Hotellino is located in the old part of Istanbul. For old read rough. Everything you would wish to see is within easy walking distance – Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Spice Market, Central Market, tramway, the river …

Hotellino is a lovely little hotel, friendly staff. Breakfast consists of simple Middle Eastern fare. Rooms are spacious and clean, but no view other than of a yard. Free water in room. Free internet. Free wi-fi. Fee safe. Free fridge.

Turkish delight for breakfast! And halva too! Delicious walnuts and dried apricots. These I added to my muesli. Large pots of jam, a spoonful went well on toast. There was fresh fruit salad but I missed fresh fruit.

You are spoilt for choice for places to eat for the rest of the day. Try hot chestnuts off the street vendors and fresh grilled mackerel down by the river. An absolute must is fresh crushed pomegranate juice.

The rooms are spacious They lack a decent view, but so what, you have got legs. Plenty of cupboards and drawers. A long glass-topped table with a bench seat which could also serve as a writing desk. Paper and envelopes provided. A notepad and pencil by the bedside.

A very good bathroom. Lovely coconut oil shampoo. The soap had a lovely spicy smell, not the usual sweet scent. But what it was I could not say, and try as I did, I could not find any soap like it.

An electric hairdryer in the bathroom not a good idea.

The bathroom also had a phone!

I was baffled by a window from the bedroom into the bathroom, looking into the shower! Maybe some like to put on show!

Dotted around the lounge were some excellent books on Istanbul.

Passers through leave their books behind for others to share. I suggested Hotellino register as a BookCrossing zone.

Very quiet.

A level of environmental awareness at Hotellino. The paper used was unbleached, lights turned off when you left the room. But polystyrene cups in the rooms! Not pleasant to drink from and very bad for the environment.

I was at a St Joseph’s Day Party at Pera Place Hotel and I was given a list of hotels nearby but pleased I did not make the mistake of staying there. A ten Turkish lire taxi ride away from the old part of Istabul and some taxis will try to rip you off with 15 Turkish lire or more.

I looked at two other hotels in the old city, Askin Hotel and Askoc Hotel. They had views of the Mosques and the Bosphorus but bad reviews on Trip Advisor on the other hand Hotellino had excellent reviews and it is easy to see why.

Whereas many hotels especially those owned by faceless corporations take every opportunity to rip you off, with Hotellino it is what can we do to help you? The staff from the manager down are very helpful and friendly. Not the usual plastic smiles.

An ideal hotel for the independent traveller within easy walking distance of places worth visiting and the tram stop and train station are only a few minutes walk away.

A nice touch on my leaving was to be given a pack of Turkish coffee with instructions on how to make.

I was also on leaving handed a large postcard. The front showing a map of the old part of Istanbul and on the back thanking me for my visit and asking that I post comments on Trip Advisor. This I was more than happy to do as I had anyway been intending to post comments on Trip Advisor.

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2 Responses to “Hotellino”

  1. Dances With Crayons Says:

    Hope you are able to return soon! I liked the staff and your hotel very much.
    Enjoyed where I stayed too, we had so much fun. Can’t wait to start a herb garden, truly craving fresh basil on veggies.

    Thankyou Keith, Thankyou Paulo, Thankyou Istanbul!!

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