The Best Western Plus, The President Hotel, in nestled in a working neighborhood. A five minute walk from the Beyazit Tram station, seven minuets from the Grand Bazaar, and if you wish to stretch your legs about 20 minuets from the Blue Mosque. The The first thing you will notice is the number of small shops, dealing in leather wears, shoes, and miscellaneous goods for wholesalers / manufactures. The beauty of this type of neighborhood is in the fact that you are setting and eating with the local folks, having coffee in the morning and afternoon snacks with the guys that are workers. The cafes are varied, some for the workers and some up scale places that cater to a wider range of clients. ALL, without reservation, serve wonderful food, (as I write my mouth is watering and I am longing to return. We were in and out of the hotel over a period of about three weeks, we would do a couple city tours then takeoff for a few days on a tour arranged through the hotel staff. All the tours recommended by the staff were superb. More about the hot air balloon ride and the tours to Goreme / Cappdokia in a seperate review. Aside from the hotels unique location is it's personality. A warn, personal, yet professional staff are the heart and pulse of this property. From the first minuet you arrive, (following 20 hours of flight and layover time) you are greeted by the doorman and bellmen who make you feel that you may have met them before, (Humm, Old Friends ?), then when you are greeted by the front desk staff at reception and Mr. Semin Ustun welcomes you to the President Hotel, you know for certain you the long flight must have dulled your memory because Mr. Ustun is way to familiar, not to be a long lost friend. Through out our stay Mr. Ustun was our "Go To" guy, he arranged our local tours as well as those jaunts out of Istanbul. The staff make the hotel, the Health club, the Barber shop, the roof top restaurant all let you arrive and depart with the feeling you have met the staff somewhere, sometime maybe long ago, but a comfortable feeling that comes with a long time relationship. The morning buffet breakfast is great for the daily kick start and the roof top cafe is great for a wonderful sunset over the Black Sea. All said and done, if in Istanbul do take advantage of the wonderful property, and see if you to will recognize the staff from some other travel, some other time, some other place, that warm feeling when you unexpectedly encounter an old friend you have not seen in years. less
BWThePresidentHotel, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Valued Guest Tommy
On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BW Plus THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel.
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We wish you a HEALTHY, SUCCESSFUL and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018 with your loved ones.
Selami Taşkın (Mr)
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