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Blue House Hotel in Istanbul CLOSED

We now have to find a new place to stay in Istanbul, in about two weeks now. We received this email last night:

"We are writing to inform you on behalf of Blue House Hotel Management (Colpan Tourism ), our Blue House Hotel Istanbul has ceased its activities from October 01, 2016.

Because of 2016 events in Turkey the tourism business was unfortunately decreasing day by day. We have tried to survive until today but very sadly the management have to take this decision as there is no other solution at this current situation.

On this step, we have to cancel all the confirmed bookings (and the airport transfer arrangements if you have) from October 01.

Please note that as your booking has been made as a non-refundable option, the charged amount is going to refund to your card account within 1-7 days. Because of the correspondences relating to the bank and its procedures, it may take to see more than 7 days at your account. So that please contact us if you will have any problem than we will contact with our bank.

We are really very sorry for this disappointed situation and we kindly ask you to understand our position. We hope your plans do not effected with this and you will be able to easily re-arrange your vacation.

Best regards,

BLUE HOUSE HOTEL "

Posted by
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Don't worry..there are a gazillion other options in Istanbul. Sadly, probably many mom and pop hotels are not going to survive.

If you need recommendations, I really liked the Empress Theodora and the Raymond Blue hotels - they are both right off the Gulhane stop. I would check prices against booking.com (I found them much lower on booking.com but I booked way ahead of time).

Posted by
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Thanks for the recommendation.

The room rates at Hotel Amira are very low, now, and that hotel seems very nice. For places to stay in Sultanahmet, can you say what specifically you like about Empress Theodora and Raymond Hotel? Because the room rates at the top rated hotels are so low now, we do not need to consider budget travel hotels. We are also hesitant to book with smaller hotels that might not be in business in 3 weeks!

Jeffrey

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I don't consider them budget hotels (more like mid-priced) - to me, everything in Turkey is affordable so there's no need to go overboard. One time I stayed in a sizable apartment/suite for 46 EUR a night - that was something! And it was nice. You'll see hotels at all price points (and an incredible selection to boot).

Anyway, here goes...

Raymond Blue - it's practically brand new (only a few years old), everything is very clean and nice. Great location.
Empress Theodora - the best part of how close it was to the Gulhane stop, couldn't be closer - very easy to navigate with luggage to the airport on the tram. Very good breakfast with lots of choices on the roof, and very kind people working there. I always got a good deal there and was treated well. I did ask for a room facing a wall in the back because I don't want to be so close to the tram.

If the Almira and other luxury hotels are at rock bottom prices, then by all means, go for it. This seems like a good time to do it. I've walked by Hotel Almira many times and even have it in my photos - yes, it's very nice. You can even stay at a 5-star luxury Hilton nowhere near Sultanahmet for under $100. Or heck, how much is the Four Seasons? If I was going now, I would pick a boutique hotel right on the Bosphorus, that would be my favorite location of all (I wish I was going now given the exchange rate and lack of tourists).

Posted by
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Wow! I didn't realize just how much prices had come down. I just checked a few hotels and it's an eye opener. I thought I got great value before (last September) but this is quite incredible.

Posted by
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Thanks Agnes for your great info and attitude. This is a great opportunity, as you point out, not a bad thing at all - for us the consumers. I feel bad for the local businesses.