loads of questions:
1. can I take a taxi from Metro to Sultanhmet hotel?
2. recommendations on a Bosphorus ferry trip
3. suggestions for authentic handicrafts
4. best place for leather satchels/bags
5. recommendations for a hamam that is not entirely tourist-ity, but not completely intimidating for a foreign female alone

Your input is SO greatly appreciated! I arrive in mid-November and am very much looking forward to this trip.