I promised you guys a detailed post on the headings and here we have the first one; our hotel! Hammad and I chose to stay at the Hotel Arcadia Blue, which was just 5 min walk from the Ayasophia & The Blue Mosque. We booked the hotel at Booking.com after reading the reviews! My followers recommended a lot of different options for our stay as well (THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH EVERYTHING!), some with portable WIFI devices provided, other on a budget note but located in the bazaar, but upon our research, we realized that we still wanted our honeymoon to feel like our honeymoon.
Our research started after booking our plane tickets. We looked through Booking.com for the best prices and locations for the hotels, and once we had our 5 main favourites, we started to dive in on a deeper level with the room facilities and such. We were first thinking of booking a room with the best view but after consideration came to the conclusion that we wouldn’t be staying too much in the hotel anyway and so that wasn’t the most important.
We ended up booking a double/twin room for 4 nights for around €539 and were very happy that we decided to go with this hotel! Apart from the location, the staff was absolutely amazing. So friendly and welcoming! One of the guy followed us to our room and even helped us in with our luggage. We got a room just above the main entrance and heard the guy talking about some rooftop restaurant in this very hotel so that was the first thing we went to see.
Oh – my – god. The view was breathtaking. I mean, yes we had seen some pictures on the internet when researching about the hotel but we really did miss this tiny detail about having free pass for this view EVERY DAY? I wanted the room with the best view but since it was double the price as the room we actually booked, I had to let the wish go. The view from the restaurant, which btw was where breakfast would be provided every day from 08.30 to 10:00, was just ugh. Beautiful, amazing, out of this world. We could see Ayasophia and The Blue Mosque on the left side and on the right side you could enjoy the sea, so blue and calm that you instantly forgot all worries in the world.
So this was our breakfast view for 4 whole days. We would get ready, me with a new summer dress every day, and take the lift up to the rooftop. Up here you could either sit inside (we did that for the last 2 days as the wind was too strong) or take your food outside and enjoy the surroundings. There was nothing like eating a warm simit with nutella at 08.30 in the morning, just before all the rush started downtown. Ugh, I miss this so much!
We had free breakfast in our hotel package as well and so we enjoyed simits, pastries, fruits, freshpressed lemon/pomegranate juice and so much more! Everything here was halal (we double checked this as my followers warned me that not ALL places always had halal food available) and you could actually choose coco pops as well if you were feeling for something light!
Our room was cozy and the minifridge was full of goodies! I loved the little podium in the middle of the room. The window was located on top of it so people couldn’t see you if you weren’t standing on it! I downloaded the the Hotel Arcadia Blue app before leaving for Turkey, as I’m such a control freak and wanted to check every facility provided beforehand, but when we reached the hotel and was checking in, the staff informed us that since we were so quick with the app, everything in the mini-fridge would be free for us! The following four days they would just load it every time we emptied it!!!
This is the only picture I have of the room. Rest are videos. If you want to see more of it, they are all posted on my Istanbul highlight on my instagram profile! Click here to watch.
On our last day at the hotel we booked the free hammam which was located in the basement of the hotel. This was free of charge and you had access to it for one hour. It was a self-service one so no other person was allowed in there and since we had already visited the official Turkish Bath earlier, this was a nice relaxing moment for us. The hotel provided towels, bathrobes, shampoos, soaps etc and there was tiny lights built in the rooftop that would change from blue to yellow to green to red. Ugh, it was so nice to lay down there and just be. We had booked this for 8 o’clock but got late on our way back from Topkapi palace. The staff still reserved the hammam for us and were so lovely when showing us how to get to our rooms after the bath with the secret lift. I didn’t feel like going out with just a bathrobe in the lobby and so the lift was really helpful for us.
Hammad and I had such a lovely stay and we both agreed that this was so worth all the money spent on it. Everything from the view, the staff, the turkish hammam and the location. If we had to give some minus points it would be that there was no painkillers available at the hotel. I forgot to pack them with me when leaving for Turkey and when Hammad got his toothache, we were so confused as the hotel couldn’t help us with anything. I asked if they knew where to get them and they were clueless? Lol.
And last con must be the bathroom smell. We read some reviews on the internet where people had complained about it but since the complains weren’t even 10%, we decided to ignore it. However, when we checked in, we could confirm that the bathroom really did smell. It wasn’t a bad smell like that, and it would disappear when closing the bathroom door, but it was just weird. Hammad said it was like they had sprayed something in the bathroom to keep it smelling fresh, but it wasn’t working as it was too strong. It didn’t really ruin our trip, it would be too harsh to say that, but they should really look over that as it would be best to keep the sprays minimal.
Hope this post helped you guys if you’re planning on going Istanbul anytime soon! I strongly recommend this hotel and would give it 4,5 out of 5 stars! Hammad and I agreed on choosing this again if we ever decided to go to the same spot, and THAT means it was a good one!