Hotel Review: Gezi Bosphorus Hotel – Istanbul, Turkey (Taksim)
I’ve now stayed in about 20 different hotels in Istanbul.
While I don’t proclaim myself to be an expert (yet) – I’m working on that, and maybe I’ll attain Expert Status before I die. I do, however, think I’m getting a good feel for good and bad hotels in the city, and other locations around Turkey.
So this most recent visit to Istanbul, and I’ve stayed in a lovely new hotel located just off Taksim Square called Gezi Bosphorus Hotel.
I cannot say enough good things about this new boutique hotel. From the moment I arrived at 3am in the morning, to the day I departed and they helped me get my bags in the car, I’ve been astounded by the stellar service and comfort levels I experienced at this property.The view from my Deluxe Bosphorus room – Gezi Bosphorus
My bed was as comfy, no I take that back – it was even MORE comfy than my own bed at home. I could LIVE at Gezi forever I think, and I’ve become painfully particular about hotels over the years, so to say I want to “stay” in ANY hotel, is a BIG statement for me to make.
Bed that feels like heaven
Breakfast buffet daily was incredible with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, pure honeycombs (nice touch!) and the finest Turkish coffee.
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This has quickly become one of my favorite places in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.
I happened upon this fantastic place when I was strolling out of the Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofya) one day on my way to the Grand Bazaar. It amazed & enchanted me, and I continue to visit this lovely, mysterious place every single time I visit Istanbul.
The first time I entered Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) it was very quiet, before many people had arrived for the day. I was immediately entranced. The low, lilting sounds of the soft music, people’s muted voices, along with the dimly lit walkways simply enhance the visitor experience
The Basilica Cistern, built in 532 A.D., is Istanbul’s largest covered reservoir, and once supplied water to nearby palaces such as the Topkapi Palace and the Great Palace of Constantinople.
The Basilica Cistern is also known as the “Sunken Palace,” and was supplied with water flowing from forests in Belgrade, Serbia, to an excess of 100,000 tons. Inside the Cistern there are a total of 336 columns, in 12 rows of 28 columns.
Several columns exist inside the Cistern that are worth noting:
2) Medusa Columns: There are also the two columns located at the very end of the Basilica Cistern, whose bases are formed in the shape of the Medusa Head (a female monster from Greek mythology with hair made of snakes. Tales imply to look at her would turn you into stone.)
The Medusa upside down head is found on the base of one column and next to it is another Medusa head laid on its side. Stories abound as to why her head was placed upside down, but many believe that it was done to ward off evil spirits.
I highly recommend a stop by the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnic) if you are looking for interesting things to do in Istanbul.
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