“In the heart of the city’s old European quarter, a sophisticated apart-hotel with 10 spacious suites and an Italian restaurant and bar”
There are just 10 suites: 2 on each of the building’s upper 5 floors. They come in 4 sizes. Standard Suite (which lacks a kitchenette), Superior Suites, Deluxe Executive Suites and the Penthouse Suite - but all share the same basic comforts: kingsize platform bed (which converts into 2 singles), a dining table and chairs, low lighting, a minibar, air condintioning, nifty fitted cupboards and storage, satellite TV with dozens of channels (including BBC news and CNN) and plenty of space.
The décor tends toward the urban bachelor pad (in muted masculine colours: grey, taupe, cream, black, chocolate, leather, beech, dark wood etcetera), though the Penthouse Suite (number 501) has a vaguely 60s pop-art theme (featuring a guitar and rows of illuminated eyes, staring out from red walls), and Deluxe Executive Suite 410 has a Chinese feel.
If you can, book the Penthouse; situated on the 5th floor (though the elevator only goes as far as the 4th floor), this spacious suite has superb views of the Golden Horn, seen across rooftops through floor to ceiling windows which slide open onto a little balcony. At dusk, the sight of Sultanahmet’s floodlit domes and minarets, Suleymaniye mosque, Aya Sophia, the Galata Bridge, is breathtaking. Of the rest of the suites, only Deluxe Executive Suite 410 has Golden Horn views, but all the rooms are comfortable and inviting.
All except the Standard Suite have a kitchenette with a halogen hot plate, kettle, crockery, basic pans and utensils, and a fridge stocked with cold drinks (Miller beer, miniature Moet, mineral water).
The bathrooms are lined with marble and mosaic tiles, and have modern walk-in glass showers.
The Da Vittorio restaurant , on the ground floor, complete with wood floors, walls of black-and-white photography and glass lamps serves Italian dishes. A warm, inviting bar, serves, wines, spirits and cocktails.
If you don’t fancy dining in the restaurant, you can have dinner sent up to your room, or you could knock up a simple meal in your mini kitchen (see Rooms).
Otherwise, a 5-minute stroll will take you into the back streets of Beyoglu - where dozens of restaurants, many with outdoor tables, serve simple, authentic Turkish dishes. And there’s a good Thai restaurant, the Pera Thai, right next door.
Breakfast in the Petit Bistrot, served more or less whenever you want it, is a buffet of cheeses, olives and scrambled eggs, and/or cereals, breads, pastries and preserves. Continental or Turkish breakfast can be served in your room.
Children are welcome at Ansen Suites, and there is ample space in each room for a child, and under 12s go free in parents' room.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Almost all of the suites certainly provide the space needed, and the modest cooking facilities are useful. All the suites have a basic kitchenette and are furnished with a sofa bed, cots can be provided on request - except the Standard Suite. If you are traveling with toddlers with push-chairs, you may want to avoid the top floor suites as the lift stops on the 4th floor.
Babysitting can be arranged, though it's expensive.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking