Despite this hotel being off of the main Taksim shopping street we found it very hard to find. It was down a very steep hill which involved lots of steps (the taxi driver refused to take us to the door due to building works taking place a few doors down from the hotel!).
Once we eventually found the hotel the Townhouse style exterior contributed to the boutiquey feel of the hotel. We were greeted in a small reception area on the ground floor, most of which was taken up by an art exhibition. As we had arrived early and our room was not quite ready we were taken to the terrace bar and restaurant for a complimentary drink.
The bar was very relaxing in the late morning sunshine which streamed through the conservatory style windows. They were all open letting in a welcome breeze and the sounds of the call to prayer coming from the nearby mosque. There was also a nice view of the pretty gardens of the Italian Embassy opposite. After 20 minutes we were told our room was available.
The room was small yet quirky. A platter of fruit and water had been laid out and chocolates courtesy of the hotel chef were on our pillows. The bathroom, although overlooked included lots of Molton Brown goodies!
This hotel was very central and conveniently located for a brief tram ride into the historical centre where we spent the afternoon sightseeing.
Once we returned to the hotel we were at the mercy of the concierge for a restaurant recommendation that evening. After asking for an authentic Turkish meal they suggested Peymane located in TomTom the ‘quiet centre’ of Pera which was a 2 minute walk from our hotel. I can not recommend this restaurant enough and it should definitely be on your radar if you plan to stay in the area.
When we returned from the restaurant we were offered yet another complimentary drink in the terrace bar. The adjoining restaurant serving European cuisine was fully booked and the food looked delicious. So much so that we would have eaten there had we stayed another night.
The following morning we headed to the terrace restaurant for breakfast. We were given a menu to select made to order eggs, we recommend the turkish style eggs, complimented with the buffet selection.
Upon check-out we were given a gift of Turkish delight which was devoured during the taxi ride to the airport organised by the hotel.
This was a boutique hotel which provided an intimate service. If you are looking for a combination of business and pleasure the facilities and location are perfect, highly recommended.
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at Tom Tom Suites, Istanbul. Our opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night is €179 (February 2015).