In Review: Hotel Miniature Istanbul

Hotel Miniature origins

Hotel Miniature Istanbul; the name intrigued me so much when I was looking for a hotel in Istanbul that it immediately caught my eye. What also caught my eye was the look of the interiors; clean, modern and sleek.

In the same way that I believe a cupcake can be perfectly sublime if it has the right combination of texture, flavor and appearance, I hoped that this Hotel Miniature Istanbul was perfect in it’s combination of service, style and the cosiest room with all the necessary modern conveniences required for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. I was not disappointed. The Hotel Miniature Istanbul was perfectly proportioned and perfectly positioned near all the historic sites of Istanbul.

WHERE IS THE HOTEL MINIATURE ISTANBUL LOCATED

I requested an airport transfer to and from Ataturk International Airport and the Hotel Miniature Istanbul, and was the sole passenger on both trips in a luxury vehicle.

Hotel Miniature Istanbul is located four minutes walk away from the Sirkeci train station and two minutes away from Sultanahmet tram station. The front desk staff very helpfully showed me shortcuts to both when I enquired about directions to get to my Culinary backstreets food tours.

Hotel Miniature entrance

Hotel Miniature entrance

RESERVATION AND CHECK-IN

Before selecting a hotel I had a look at the top 10 hotels in Istanbul on TripAdvisor, then checked the reviews and compared the prices. The Hotel Miniature Istanbul had the best price and location for my budget and I made my reservation through booking.com. The rate of €129 per night for a deluxe double room seemed reasonable at the time. Check rates and availability.

The check in process was efficient and Leo who did the check-in also recommended some eateries nearby. You can read my review of Dereliye Ottoman Palace Restaurant that I loved so much that I went back there with my family on a subsequent trip.

GUEST ROOMS AND FEATURES

My room had everything a guest would need for a vacation, and was perfect for one, or maybe two persons at the most. Although small, it was perfectly proportioned and had everything that I required.

Luxurious double bed, fresh linens, sparkling clean en suite bathroom and toilet complete with toiletry essentials, thick white terry cloth robes, complimentary water and turkish delight, complimentary in room tea and coffee station, mini bar (chargeable) and an in room safe.

The furniture layout maximized the space and it never felt crowded or cluttered. Free bottled water, tea and coffee were provided daily, as well as complementary Turkish delight. The bar fridge was fully stocked, and big enough to hold my own soft drinks too. The room was always spotless after housekeeping had been there, although I noticed that the water glass on the bedside table was not moved or rinsed by the second day.

Hotel Miniature bedroom

Hotel Miniature bedroom

The bathroom was small but perfect with an efficient layout and large shower. All toiletry requirements were provided, except body lotion. The toiletries were replenished daily and are of exceptional quality. I thought the miniature bath to hold the hand soap was especially cute.

Hotel Miniature bathroom

Hotel Miniature bathroom

DINING

The breakfast buffet was small but there was a delicious variety of fresh fruits, yoghurts, eggs, cured meats, cheese, olives and fruit preserves as well as scrambled eggs, fried eggs and sausages in a sauce. I would have liked to have seen more traditional Turkish breakfast bread like simit and acma with bal kaymak (honey and clotted cream) but ate my fill on the Backstreets of the Bazaar quarter food tour and the Born on the Bosphorus food tour.

Mike was always on hand to assist with any requirements and on the last morning offered freshly cooked ‘Turkish omelette with cheese’ and it appeared that a cook was on site that day.

Hotel Miniature breakfast spread

Hotel Miniature breakfast spread

The hotel served a complimentary daily afternoon tea that was refreshing but unremarkable. There were a few types of cookies, cakes and the occasional savory item. Cem, another of the Front of house staff was always on hand to pour fresh tea or coffee and provide some insight into the lives of young Turks.

SERVICE

Leo, Cem and Mike were always helpful with their shortcuts around the old City, especially getting to the tram stations and metro lines. One exits right behind the Sultanahmet tram station. The other is 5 minutes walk down to the Marmaray line station and a few minutes extra to the Sirkeji train and tram stations.

They were also very helpful in recommending restaurants in the immediate vicinity for dinner. My favorite was Deraliye Ottoman Palace Restaurant a few minutes down the road from the hotel.

VERDICT

I loved staying at the Hotel Miniature in Istanbul because it was located a stone’s throw away from the tram station, the metro station and all the main attractions of the old city. The service and helpfulness of the staff was one of the highlights of my stay.

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