When you book a hotel, you can be very disappointed from what you saw on pictures or pleasantly surprised. We were both at our arrival. First we had imagined that it was much bigger than the reality, and I had never had a hotel in the center of such a huge city as Istanbul. My view was on the next building's flats, I probably had expected that there was a view on a huge green park, instead I watched the inhabitans living in their appartments, which was far more interesting than green grass and trees !
The entrance of the Lalleli Gönen Hotel.
and the reception with very friendly and helpful personal.
On each side of the street were mostly boutiques and it was very very quiet in the night. We didn't hear a thing, except the call for prayers sometimes around 11 pm and at 4 am ! But we also got used to that. It just was part of the city's life.
We both liked the sun flower painting, it was not a print but a real painting.
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Our room was on the 5th floor, spacious enough, had everything we needed, even free internet connection, a little desk and a round table with an armchair, TV and a safe. It was real cosy although we only slept in there.
The breakfast room was very nicely decorated unfortunately I forgot to take a picture and nothing was missing on the buffet to satisfy all nationalities ! There were English, American, European and other breakfast styles ! We certainly were not starving.
5 steps up from our room we had our "beach". After an exhausting city visit the swimming pool was a dream ! I had never used a swimming pool on a roof !
And as souvenir the menu card
There was a big choice of delicious food, especially salmon and trouts which I loved because it was so fresh !
The view from the hotel roof was real special ! I first was disturbed by all these parabols, but after a while I discovered more and more funny things, like here the forgotten mannequin with a hole in his head.
and at a far distance we saw the see and the ships
This gives you an idea of taking a sunbath in the middle of Istanbul !
Our "neighbor" at the same level just opposite, watered his plants every evening with loving care. (I zoomed for of course !)
Through a wood of parabols you see the mosque. We were surrounded by 3. Unfortunately the call for prayer was a little later in one mosque than the two others so we had a "3 D " sound
But the "ugly" view disappeared completely when it was dark and became rather beautiful
our swimming pool
Istanbul by night while we enjoyed our supper
Gorgeous sunsets each evening
and from far the lights of the ships.
the two of us having our supper.
It really was a nice stay without any problems and nothing to complain about.