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See what I did there with that title? Set myself up for failure. Being witty on demand is harder than you might think. Go ahead. Try it.

Arriving in Instabul was a shock to the senses. After a week of being pampered and catered to on our cruise, we were thrust back into the real world, which required navigating a language barrier and new currency while trying to arrange a cab ride to our accommodation. After several blank stares from cab drivers we finally called the hotel who told us to hand the phone to a driver. He listened, nodded solemnly, and moments later were being swept away in a cab. Now that’s service! When we arrived the hotel manager came out to welcome us and to make sure we were being charged the correct amount.

I don’t write a lot about the places I lie my head when I travel. In some cases, I’m staying with family and friends (Scotland), while in others, I’m staying in non-descript budget guesthouses (Malaysia). But the place we were about to arrive at is worthy of more than a mention. I’d say its worth about eight photos and about fourteen descriptive sentences, and a post of its own. Do you agree?

The Witt Istanbul

The moment we arrived at the Witt Istanbul, I was smitten. We had chosen the hotel on the recommendation of my very stylish and design savvy mentor at Melangerie, so it came as no suprise. Each night included a delicious hot breakfast served in this adorable front room.

The Witt Istanbul

While the entire hotel was like a design magazine come to life, my favorite feature was the elevator, which featured a glass door with hand painted murals behind it. As you went up and down, a little cartoon strip came to life before you.

The Witt Istanbul

Then we walked in to the suite, and we just looked at each other and laughed. We agreed, this surely was the most beautiful hotel either of us had ever stayed in. Of course for me it was up against a bunch of seedy guesthouses, some smelly hostels, and a 65 foot boat with 28 people on it. So that’s not saying much. But my Mom has been to some pretty nice places in her years of traveling.

The Witt Istanbul

The Witt Istanbul

There was even a kitchenette, which was a nice touch though we didn’t use it. After being on an all inclusive cruise for a week, I had to remind myself that the sodas in the mini-fridge were not complimentary!

The Witt Istanbul

There were so many beautiful touches, from the textured wall above the bed to the miniature chocolate cakes left for us everyday. If only hostels could pick up the tradition of leaving presents in the room for you.

The Witt Istanbul

Even the bathrooms were chic! We basically spent the next hour or two just admiring out surroundings and exploring the hotel.

The Witt IstanbulEventually we were able to draw ourselves away from our room, as with only three nights in Istanbul we were going to have to move fast just to brush the surface of what this city has to offer…

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18 Comments...
  • Chris Haughey
    October 2 2011

    Wow, this place looks a little outside a budget backpackers range! 😛
    Chris Haughey recently posted..Fleeing the nest

    • Alex
      October 2 2011

      It most certainly is! That’s why it was part of my graduation gift trip with my mom 🙂 However, compared to what this hotel would cost in NYC, it was a pretty good deal!

      • Chris Haughey
        October 3 2011

        Ahh, graduation gifts. It’s awesome basking in the glory of a degree, looks like you milked it pretty good! 🙂

  • Elana Dweck
    October 2 2011

    So glad you liked the Witt! It is a beautiful hotel in a great location too.

    • Alex
      October 2 2011

      Thank you for the recommendation! And all your other Istanbul hints and tips!

  • Audrey
    October 2 2011

    Looks like a beautiful place to stay! Love the views!
    Audrey recently posted..Hopewell Rocks for Sunrise

  • Dad
    October 2 2011

    your little ditty was not that witty
    but the Witt was a perfect fit

    • Alex
      October 2 2011

      And the most clever comment award goes to….(!)

  • m.j. (Troy)
    October 2 2011

    Alex, I have regularly followed your blogs. While I knew you were a very talented young woman, I never knew of your literary skills, nor your photography abilities. You have done a great job ! I have enjoyed your work very much.

    • Alex
      October 3 2011

      Thanks MJ! Well I’m writing and photographing my butt off and you know what they say… practice, practice, practice!

  • Kris Koeller
    October 4 2011

    Pretty nice indeed. I stayed at the Four Seasons in Sultanahmet, once a Turkish prison. It might not sound nice, but I would gladly serve a life sentence there. Istanbul is full of amazing things, like FOOD. enjoy!
    Kris Koeller recently posted..Daily Photo: The Louvre at Sunset

    • Alex
      October 4 2011

      I love unique lodging options like that! Next time I’m in Istanbul (and there will definitely be a next time!) I’ll have to check this out!

  • Traveler
    December 25 2015

    Turkey is very beautiful 🙂

    • Alex
      December 26 2015

      Indeed! I had a great time there.

  • Julie
    January 2 2016

    Hi Alex, beautiful article with gorgeous photos. Thank you.
    Yes, Istanbul is an amazing place to visit and as Kris Koeller said, the food is A-MAZING!!!

    Next time, try Istanbul Food Walks (careful has an “s” at the end, the one without an “s” takes you to another company). We walked in the back streets of Istanbul for 5 hours and tasted more than 12 different foods. They only take very small numbers so its like being shown by a local friend. Make sure you don’t have breakfast before the walk!!! I’m sending you the website below. We booked very easily through the site.

    http://www.istanbulfoodwalks.com

    • Alex
      January 4 2016

      Thanks for the tip, Julie. I hope I am lucky enough to return to Istanbul someday!

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