The 54-room Grand London is an authentic period piece, having undergone much less restoration than the far more expensive Pera Palace. It is a bit the worse for wear, with knocked-up woodwork, frayed furniture and creaky floors, but friendly, still serviceable and quite cheap for this area. If you’re looking for unchanged Victorian Ottomania at a moderate price, this is it.
The location is not bad: a few minutes’ stroll from İstiklal Caddesi, the British Consulate-General and Galatasarayand Tünel squares. Taxis along the broad avenue called Tarlabaşı Bulvari provide fairly fast transport to Sultanahmet and Taksim Square; or walk to Taksim in about 15 minutes.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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