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Aquarium Hotel Istanbul

Alemdar Mah. Alay Kosku Cad. No:16 Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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    2 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great stay in this hotel which is a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque. It is a very short walk to the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus as it is in the centre of Sultanamet. The service from the porters were great, even ran off to buy some beers for us late at night. If you are on... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Booked this hotel while stranded in Istanbul during the snowstorm in mid February. Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely and friendly member of the staff and realized that the entire hotel was under extensive renovation works. We were escorted to our room, located at the basement. The room was large enough, with one double and two single beds,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The worst hotel stay that I have ever experienced! I wasn't expecting more than a budget-level stay, but this was way worse than any of the bad hostels that I have stayed before. I would make sure to avoid this place! The location is perfect, very short distance to all the major sights, but you can find much nicer places... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I rented this place due to it's proximity to the Blue Mosque area, public transportation, the Grand Bazaar and tour buses. It is very reasonable but is a budget hotel. The people working the counter are friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast is decent and you can either walk to everything or hop on some form of transportation to get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I styed for one night during July 2014 as I had to visit some popular tourist areas in Istanbul during my business trip and after search around the Sultanahmet district I found this budget hotel nicely located in the middle of all attractions (Blue mosque, Aya Sofia, Grand Baazar, and Tram station). The hotel is a budget hotel where you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Think hostel not hotel. Very cheap and serves its purpose, not advisable for family s but I would say ok for bag packers. Make sure you stick to your guns when paying remainder of the bill when you arrive they tried to apply an additional 10% to ours followed by 10 minutes of faff whilst he 'looked' for the discrepancy

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The location of the hotel is perfect, it is within walking distance to all places of interest; Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topakapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and much more. The night staff were more than helpful, they couldn't do enough for us and made us feel most welcome. A nice typical Turkish breakfast was provided but apart from that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

It was very convenient as the hotel is in the heart of Sultanahmet, a walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Aya Sophia and other interesting places such as the Grand Bazaar. The room was basic but clean and the staff was hospitable.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

If you are looking for less value for your money, Aquarium Hotel may be your choice! Okay, there are some positive aspects: it's located in the vicinity of the most important sights of Istanbul and the staff seeks to help you (within the limits of their possibilities). BUT: the room was tiny, dirty, without nearly any storage room, there was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

The hotel is very close to all the touristical attractions in the old part of the city, it is perfect. You can walk around and feel completely safe to explore Istanbul. The staff is very nice and always ready to help in any way they can. The room was small, but comfortable and clean. I traveled with my mother and... More 

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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