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Living Istanbul to the fullest at the Room Mate Kerem Hotel

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Istanbul is my favorite European city

The second week of October I was invited by the Room Mate hotel chain to visit its newly released Room Mate Kerem from Istanbul.

My first -and only, to date- visit to the Turkish capital was in 2006 and my memories were more than diffuse. On that trip I visited the most tourist spots: Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus ... That is why on this occasion I changed my return ticket, extending my stay, to be able to kick the city in my own air and learn more about How the Turks live their capital.

The situation of Room Mate Kerem is perfect for it.

My room at the Kerem

The hotel is located less than ten minutes walk from the Galata Tower and about twenty of the most tourist area of ​​the city: Sultanahmet. But, monuments aside, is in the real heart of Istanbul's bohemian and nightlife. Many are hit in the chest while talking about the unique Madrid night; those in the northeast of the Peninsula talk about how cool Barcelona is and its garitos; the islanders love Ibiza ... Well, let them all come to Taksim and kneel before the true temple of the night.

I will dedicate an article to the multiple night options that the city offers but I anticipate that the concentration of bars, pubs, art stores, tea shops, bookstores, restaurants and people, especially PEOPLE, which I found in the Taksim area and, specifically , its charismatic and alternative neighborhood of Beyoglu, is something that I have not seen in almost any other city in the World. And I don't talk only about weekends.

We arrived at Room Mate Kerem on a Wednesday evening and went out to dinner at a nearby restaurant. The Kerem is just 2 minutes walk from the famous street Istiklal. It is the main artery of Taksim and Beyoglu and that Wednesday at 9 p.m. seemed to far exceed the life of Madrid's Gran Vía. And I don't speak only of foreigners. Most of the young people who walked in one direction or another were Turkish. Groups of friends, couples, families, loners ... I came to think that the next day was a national holiday.

Duplex room

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