Well in all fairness, our hotel in Istanbul was called ‘Petrul’ which may or may not have a deeper meaning in Turkish. We didn’t bother to find out since we were too busy staring open-jawed at the way it had failed to meet our expectations.


It wasn’t terrible at first sight but as we had our hopes up for a moderately fancy hotel, we were taken aback by how Hotel Petrul dashed those hopes down its rusty sink. Our rooms were cramped, three single beds although two were placed so close together that they were sharing a double bedsheet. For me though, I was glad that it seemed quite clean but for other more seasoned travellers of the group, they were shocked at the lack of luxury.

We immediately realised a problem in our room. The A.C wasn’t working! Now after entering Turkey from cold old Britain, we certainly needed some air-conditioning but we were told that any requests shall have to wait for the next morning.

As the sun rose and the streets became busy, I woke up for breakfast which was on the top floor. It was here that I realised that the beauty of Istanbul can affect you no matter what your condition. Just take a look at this view:



Seeing Trams on the road was definitely an unusual experience for me.


I met a very cool resident of Hotel Petrul too at breakfast.

Thereafter, the day began and we kitted up for the sun and emerged into the burning hot sun in order to visit the attractions of Istanbul.

What have your best and worst experiences been at a hotel?

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

10 thoughts on “Upon Arriving In Istanbul

  1. Right. new comment.
    That certainly is one cool resident XD the bird posing was perfect; it made me laugh πŸ˜€
    And ahhh hearing of you talk about your student trip makes me think back to my one…*ponders* ah!


      • Sorry, and Thanks πŸ™‚
        Oh, do name the seagull!
        I went to Greece on a classics trip πŸ™‚ reading this made me think of the hotel, and how for the first few days I was put in a dorm with girls a couple years above XD it was hilarious they thought I was “cool” and then how we travelled around..and the hotel was okay, but the last one was on the beach and the sea was so dreamy and pretty and ah, we saw all sorts of things (apologies for the ramble, I’ll stop now) and I remember everything so vividly!
        I think student trips at school in particular are great ways to establish friendships between younger and older pupils πŸ™‚


      • Gutsy the Seagull – YAY A NEW FRIEND πŸ˜€ I love it already!
        Oh that’s interesting. A lot of our school trips are a few year groups smushed together. Not all, like the…errr ah that reminds me. We’ve got this French exchange coming up..I’m not quite sure what to think of it. Je ne sais pas, mais c’est assez intΓ©ressant..


  2. I had a somewhat similar experience when I last visited Istanbul… but that moment when you look off the balcony at the stunning view truly does turn it all around!
    Awesome photos πŸ™‚
    (I was followed everywhere by cats instead of seagulls!)


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