We made the mistake of driving to the hotel which is very close to the main attractions in Istanbul. On the day we were travelling the police decided to shut down one of the main roads so the traffic was chaos. We had to negotiate our way up the hill from the Galata bridge side.
We phoned the hotel to ask about parking and they actually sent someone to us to guide us in. Your sat nav probably takes you to a road with a white barrier across it and you think that this is wrong. It isn't. You need to enter this road and the hotel is actually at the end of it. They will park your car and look after it for you.
Although this is a small hotel it provides a big welcome. The reception lobby is small but comfortable and tastefully decorated. The Reception staff are absolutely amazing and they genuinely look after their guests.
Your room is clean and tidy and well laid out with everything you need for a comfortable stay. With herbal teas and a welcome aperitif the hotels provides good wardrobe facilities, a safe and TV which also has BBC news and foreign channels.
The bathroom is spotlessly clean with soaps and shampoos and bed is very comfortable. The location of this hotel is also very good. You are within walking distance of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, the underground cistern and much more.
Istanbul is full of street hawkers, particularly the covered bazaar. They use every trick in the book to get your attention. Even the shoe shiners will drop one of their brushes and wait for you to pick it up and shout for them. Quick as a flash they will then be cleaning your shoes! Try and have a local with you when your are buying anything expensive as you can bet your bottom dollar that the handbags, carpets and leather jackets are twice the price the locals pay!
Breakfast at the Agora Life Hotel is excellent. They go out of their way to make sure that they provide a proper Turkish breakfast - and more! Everything is fresh and well prepared and again the hotel staff excel with their smiles and welcomes you just cannot fault it. This is a genuine family hotel run by people who actually care.
Don't miss the terrace bar either. You get a stunning view of the Bosphorous bridge and the surrounding area. The hotel has a good Wi-Fi connection and routers on every floor. Important if you are on a business visit.
Would I stop here again? You bet I would. We had friends over from the UK and also had a business meeting but it was ideal for everyone. I strongly recommend this hotel and would like to say thank you to the staff for their professional expertise and warm welcome. The owner of this hotel can be very proud of what they have achieved here.
This is a good hotel in a central location by the metro. The hotel service is outstanding with staff very pleasant and friendly. The hotel is clean and the rooms are adequate for a short stay in Istanbul. The hotel is situated in Fatih and within a ten minute walk you can be at Hagia Sophie, Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
We stopped here for one night late in May. Having booked over the internet we had no idea what to expect. However, first impressions on arrival certainly confirmed that we had made the right choice.
This hotel is modern and well laid out. There is a spacious lobbly area with a bar and the Reception staff are very friendly and accommodating. Check in was a breeze and we were soon in our room on the second floor.
We paid around 250 tl which also included breakfast for two. There is ample secure parking on site. Included is also free Wi Fi. Our room was extremely spacious and large by most hotel standards. With a spacious balcony, very comfortable King size bed, tea and coffee facilities and a good size Samsung TV it was excellent value for money.
The bathroom has two wash basins and is also very spacious and modern. Everything works as it should. The air conditioning works particularly well and it is easy to set the temperature to your personal comfort level.
The breakfast room on the 5th floor is light and airy and with panoramic views. There is a very good selection of cheeses, bread, hot and cold meats and eggs, jam and cereals; something for all tastes in fact. This hotel really is a good choice for your stay in Edirne. It is not far from the city centre either. I would have no problem in recommending this establishment and would definitely stay here again.
We stopped here for one night on our way to Edirne. An advanced booking for a double room cost 200 tl which is a little on the expensive side for the level of accommodation offered. Check in was straight forward and the room was clean and tidy. However. the bed, whilst comfortable enough, did not have a bed sheet cover, just a bedspread although there was a quilt in the wardrobe.
The hotel has clearly made an effort to upgrade what is or certainly looks like a fairly tired building. You get a reasonably good sized room with no frills, a small TV and a balcony. Fly screens fitted to the balcony door were a nice touch.
Our booking included breakfast for two and the breakfast was served on the terrace bar which is very pleasant with panoramic views of the seafront. Surprisingly for late May the hotel seemed pretty empty.
Parking is easy enough along the main road in front of the hotel. The staff here are pleasant and helpful. For a one night stop over this hotel is OK. There is a supermarket next door and the ferryboat terminal is within walking distance for those without transport.
Cesme is known as an up market resort and offers a good standard of accommodation generally. It is very European in its make up and infrastructure and you could be anywhere on the mediterranean really.
We went straight to the Cesme Ugulama Hotel but found it was closed for the winter renovations. They directed us to the nearby Kamera Hotel where we enquired about a double room for the night. The Reception area is well laid out and as soon as you walk in you get the impression that the staff here know how to run a hotel. It just looks very professional in every way. There is also ample parking outside and in the side road.
We paid 120 Turkish Lira ( £23.46 ) for what we thought was a double room with breakfast for two included in that price. What we got was a suite, complete with hallway, lounge and bedroom with a spacious bathroom. The quality of the build, the attention to detail of the fixtures and fittings and the actual buildings which formed part of the complex was of a very high quality.
The heating was more than adequate ( it was very cold outside when we stayed ) and the beds comfortable. The accommodation has a TV, kitchenette and tea and coffee services. This really was excellent value for money.
The staff here are very helpful and friendly. The Wifi works fine and the breakfast in the morning consisted of a good selection of Turkish breakfast cheeses, breads and salad, egg and jams etc with coffee, tea or fruit juices.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. If you are staying in Cesme and have your own transport then this is for you. Although this hotel is not right by the sea and a little out on a limb at first glance it more than makes up for it in every other way.#Cok Begendik. Cok guzel bir otel. Personel 5 yildiz, hotel 5 yildiz, hersey harika. Tavsiye ederiz. Cok tesekkur ederiz.
Having stopped at this hotel before in the summer and knowing it was to a good standard I booked again for 5 days in December. This really is a good hotel. I was amazed that it was so quiet. I would have thought that people would have flocked here from Istanbul and Izmir for get away weekends and for short breaks.
If there are any ex pats reading this who want to get away from the city for a while then try this hotel. This is the real Turkey where people are very friendly and the countryside and beaches are unspoiled. In the middle of winter the rooms are well heated and everything functions as smoothly as in mid season.
My special thanks go to Ersin and Tuncay for their outstanding levels of service and friendly personalities and to Zafer the cook who conjured up the most amazing Turkish cuisine which was consistently good every time. What a great team. Thank you guys!
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. It is right on the sandy beach, near to Ezine, in close proximity to some seriously interesting archaeological sites such as Troy and within easy day visit to Canakkale. Nearby lies the beautiful village of Assos ( Behramkale ) and a trip to Bayramic where the large reservoir dam and the surrounding countryside is of significant beauty is definitely not to be missed.
Kis sezonunda odalar iyi isitiliyor ve heresy yaz sezonunda oldugu gibi uyumlu bir sekilde isliyor. Ersin ve Tuncay’a gosterdikleri misafirperverliklerinden dolayi ozellikle tesekkur etmek isterim. Zafer sefin yemekleri her defasinda cok lezzetliydi. Cok iyi bir takim calismasi yaptiklarindan oturu onlari bir kere daha kutlumak isterim. Troas Beach Oteli herkese her sezon tavsiye ederim.
The Uzunhan Hotel is situated about 3km from the town centre and there is very little nearby in the way of shops or restaurants. There is plenty of parking spaces in the road in front of the hotel but no on site parking as such.
Check in was straight forward and efficient and the staff friendly and accommodating. Rooms to the front of the hotel get a great view of the sea and islands but have no balcony and rooms to the rear of the hotel get a large balcony overlooking the pool. The rooms are adequate in size with bathrooms fitted to a high standard.
The rooms have complimentary slippers, a fridge and air conditioning. There is no lift so you have to walk up thte flights of stairs. Might be tricky for an elderly person so be sure to book ground or first floor if this applies. The rooms are clean and tidy but let down by the lack of attention to detail. There was no toilet paper in the room.
The main light was not working and neither was the hair dryer. The base of a smoke alarm was still screwed to the ceiling but the smoke alarm was missing. Breakfast is served between 08:30 - 10:30 am but it was all a bit hit and miss. Bread arrived quite late, people coming to breakfast had no idea the cutlery was in a drawer and although the variety of food provided was excellent the attention to detail was lacking here too.
All in all this is a good basic hotel and more than adequate for a stop over. It is reasonably priced and I would recommend it. I would have given it 4 stars if things had been a little more professional.