Hotel Çara Hotel 0 star
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KOCA RAGIP PASA CAD. - LALELI 34490 Istanbul Turkey Istanbul, Turkey -
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A comfortable hotel located in the old town, just some minutes away by tram from the main tourist sites, with pool and a panoramic view over the sea of Marmara. A good hotel for the area.

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    Location 5.85 /10

    The Hotel Çara is located in the area of Laleli (old town), a few tram stops away from Sultanhamet (15 minutes). The airport is 9 miles from the hotel. Allow about 20 minutes for transfers.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The 101 standard rooms are simple and quite large. You will have a choice between two twin beds or a double bed. They have air-conditioning and satellite television, a telephone with direct line, mini-bar filled with a few drinks. The bathroom features a tub, toilet, and hairdryer.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Built in 1994 and opened in 1995, the Hotel Çara is a modern 7-storey building that can be easily recognised by its high white façade and its windows, which are encircled in red. The lobby is pleasant, with Ottoman decor similar to art déco (granite, mahogany, gilt...). Most of the walls in the communal areas are adorned with ceramics illustrating the history of Anatolian civilisations. A large bar room, with television and aquarium, is furnished with armchairs and sofas in fake leather. The top floor is reserved for fitness. An indoor pool, dominated by a large fresco, occupies a large part of the hotel's roof. Its bar, open in summer, extends over a large panoramic terrace from which we can appreciate the sea of Marmara, the Princes' Islands, the west areas of Istanbul and the roof and mosques of the surrounding streets. It is also on the top floor that you will find the sauna and a small hammam.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The restaurant is located on the first floor of the hotel. Like the rest of the communal areas, the decor is inspired by Ottoman style. It is divided in two parts, with a room for breakfast and a room for the other meals. Breakfast is served buffet-style (classic). For lunch and the buffet, you will be offered a list of local specialities and four menus. In summer, it is possible to eat on the terrace. Thanks to the room service you can have a proper meal in your room 24 hours a day.

    To know

    Choose the rooms on the 6th floor: thus you will avoid the traffic noise. Rooms 609 to 615 offer a view over the sea of Marmara.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, (paying), massage, sauna, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, water-polo, tennis, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The rooms are fairly large.
    • The possibility of having a proper meal in your room thanks to the 24h room service.
    • The pool and the panoramic terrace.

    disadvantages

    • The decor, although refined, might be a shock for European eyes.
    • There are no loungers around the pool.
    • The panoramic terrace is very close to the rooftops of neighbouring buildings.

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