Thursday, January 20, 2011

Travel Advice: Istanbul Trip

A friend of mine is a die hard Turkish anything fan. Thanks to the Turkish soap operas' world she's been sucked into. So she planned this two week trip to Istanbul, Turkey which she cant stop boasting about. Her love for the country and its people has increased when she came back. She's even planning to go there again soon, with me in tow, Yay! I will be brief.

Her stay was in The Sofa Hotel, a hip contemporary hotel located in the hippest district in Istanbul called Nisantasi. Although I coerced her to stay at W Istanbul or Kempinski Ciragan Palace, she went ahead and booked at The House Hotel, she didn't stay for long because it had no lifts and her companion didn't approve, so they had to look for another accomodation. She swears that this hotel is really nice and has great looking rooms though. The House Hotel has a branch in Nisantasi also. Their cafe, The House Cafe there is popular and nice.They then booked at The Sofa Hotel, and she's happy she did. The district was home to trendy shopping and luxury brands in addition to good cafes and restaurants. She thought she has never came across a hotel with excellent service especially the service given by the information desk, they were extremely helpful.
If you've seen Al Ishq AlMamnou3, characters Muhanad and Samar actually stayed in the "Umar's Suite"!
Things she brought me include Turkish Delights, although I don't like the jello like sweets, this brand is really fancy and everyone should get Turkish Delights as gifts. These are found in Harvey Nichols.
 ... and Lavender and Patchouli soaps! Now these I adore!


  1. i <3333 your blog!


    for your transfers from airport to hotels with cheap and safe way.

  3. I made a package tour reservation for 4 nights and 5 days with this Private Tours in Istanbul on the internet and i had great days with a good price in Istanbul thanks to them. They picked me up from Airport to the hotel. They arranged me a 4 stars hotel in old city area (very close to main attractions as hagia sophia or blue mosque). visited a lot of places during these days and all of them were worth to see. For example Dolmabahce Palace, Hagia Sophia, Topokapi Palace, Blue Mosque and of course the Turkish night. On the Turkish night we had the chance to see the traditional dances of Turkey and the same time we could see the Bosphorus during having our dinner. If you want to see a coplex of religions you must visit the Hagia Sophia; Byzantium, Ottoman and Pagan religions are complete each other. We had different guides but all of them were very kind and knowlageble. So the tours were great the hotel was perfect. I left them to do my program and i only applied. I had a good experiance in Istanbul.