Decent hotel in Istanbul
My introduction to Istanbul began with the airport.Sabiha Gokcen Airport. A small but modern airport. Passport control – a matter of minutes. Put the stamp in the passport and no questions asked. Opposite the airport there are buses of Havatas company. To reach the hotel Maywood need a bus that goes to Taksim. They go on a schedule, but if the bus is full, then leaves before. The road to Taksim took me about an hour (any traffic jams at lunch time I didn’t notice). The fare is 14 lire (1 Lira = about 20 rubles). From Taksim get to the hotel by taxi less than half an hour.
The location is the best that you can imagine! Hotel Maywood is located on the quietest street, but it should take a few minutes, within walking distance is all the fun there is to see in Istanbul… the Check took about two minutes. The first thing brought a welcome cocktail. I must say,…suddenly the Room gave a good, on the 2nd floor, but overlooking the courtyard. I asked the employee at the reception to change to another, which overlooks the facade of the building. Vacant rooms on that day was not, so he promised to replace the next day. The promise — change! And while designed transfer to the new room, we drink tea. It was even more unexpected than the food upon arrival. If I knew when choosing this hotel that it would be this polite attitude of the staff, a single minute would not have thought about the choice. The new room was on the 4th floor, as small as the first room but with a small balcony. This room was also a Bathrobe, Slippers, tea corner with a whole box of tea bags to suit every taste, safe, Hairdryer. On the floor in the room is a small Turkish carpet.
Breakfast at the hotel Maywood is very satisfying. A lot of sausages, cheeses, bread rolls and fruit! The freshest honey and halva, the delicious dates, figs, raisins, apricots…the restaurant Staff are very courteous, in suits, white shirts and bow ties. Everyone tried very hard to please the guests!
Very close to the hotel Grand Bazaar. It is a long covered market. Then there just no! Bags, carpets, sweets, jewelry, Souvenirs…But the real shopping was waiting for me not on it, and in the famous Olivium outlet. It is best to take the metro. The nearest subway station is near Marmaray Sirkeci station near the hotel. The branch is short enough to Kazlicesme station. On the map it is marked by a solid black line. And from there on the dolmus, the local minibus to the village. The metro and tram costs 4 Lira per person, travel by dolmus is 1.75 Lira per person.
But most of all I liked the giant outlet “212” with a huge store-outlet LC Waikiki. Although getting there is longer than to Olivium, but there shops and much more. From the hotel take the nearest tram stop (Gulhane or Sirkeci – they are equidistant from the hotel) and accessible via blue line to the stop Bagcilar. When I went there, for some reason, the tram did not get 3 stops and drop passengers at the bus stop Soganli. And then there was a free yellow bus to Bagcilar. Perhaps there was a repair of ways, although on the way back the tram was going from Bagcilar, as expected. Whatever it is, from Bagcilar need to take the dolmus with a sign on the windshield “212” and drive 40 minutes to the same outlet.
Trams in Istanbul – very convenient mode of transport, with short distances between stops. A bit strange was that sometimes when switching from branch to branch need to pay for travel again. The metro in Istanbul is also very convenient, the train is a good long car. But still immediately understand all the intricacies of the public transport of Istanbul is not easy!
A 5-minute walk from the hotel within the old walls lies a beautiful green Gulhane Park. Everything in it is photographed lying on the lawns, sitting on the bench, a wondrous miracle!
Immediately next to the Park’s famous main Palace of the Ottoman Empire until the mid-19th century – Topkapi. Using one stop by tram or 15 minutes ‘ walk from the hotel – Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), the Egyptian obelisk, Basilica cistern, numerous tombs of various sultans and their families.
Within 5-7 minutes ‘ walk is the beautiful promenade. It was from her boat and walking on the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, which divides Europe and Asia. There, near the Galata bridge, with restaurants beneath it and countless fence rods on it are located the offices Bosphorus tour, selling tickets for these trips. It is advisable to rent an audio guide with an explanation, otherwise it will be understood that the Palace and what a mansion float.
On Board pleasure boats offer food and drinks. I tasted the local food after your cruise on shore. In General, Istanbul is attractive for its casual street food: roasted chestnuts, and corn, and ekmece, and Doner, stuffed oysters and…
I was in Istanbul for Ramadan. In the evenings the whole town walked the streets, ate, walked. During Ramadan there are concerts everywhere. To walk around the city is interesting not only due to the holiday. I witnessed a street show, which show many ice cream vendors. The buyer is trying to take an ice cream cone, but the seller just does not give…Passing tourists can not stop. All I want to see this hilarious show!
Stay in Istanbul was coming to an end. The returning flight was from Istanbul Ataturk airport, which I rode the tram (red line, changing at Zeytinburnu station).
Accommodation in Maywood is in a 3* hotel, but could be more expensive and with the high standard of rooms, cleanliness, attitude towards tourists. I got much more than expected! I can safely recommend this hotel to tourists who need a decent hotel in the heart of the historical part of Istanbul.