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Hotel Sphendon

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Eminonu, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk, 50, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
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Ranked #268 of 917 hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the rooms are quite small (this is a very old property in the Old Town), the real charm of the hotel is the location, which is literally 200 yards from the Blue Mosque. There is a pleasant rooftop deck to spend time overlooking a very busy harbor and the minarets of the Blue Mosque are practically on top of... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location for exploring the Old Town sites of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, etc. Back patio and dining area are charming. Room itself was tiny, with little room for more than a bed. A bit worn and dim as well. Really not a room you wanted to spend much time in, but there is plenty to explore so that doesn't... More

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156 reviews 156 reviews
69 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basic rooms in Old City. Staff helpful & pleasant (24 hours desk staffing). Plentiful Turkish breakfast. Backyard is a terraced garden backing to old city walls. Room are basic & clean. AC & electricity are key-activated, so room will get quite hot while you are away. Hotel is hard to locate on a small single lane side street below the... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I'm sure there are many comparable places in Sultanahmet, but this one stands out because of the friendly staff. They worked with an excellent tour company, Global Travel Service, to arrange a trip to Cappadocia, and were always eager to please us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Hotel Sphendon was great. Very quaint, delightful room, excellent breakfast, helpful staff, quiet, perfect location. Really nice to come back to at the end of the day. Good value. The only negatives were lumpy pillows and very hard bed. I would definitely stay again.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Roof terrace underwhelming as was the garden but the room was clean and the staff were helpful. Also had a pretty solid breakfast included with eggs, cheeses, different breads, fruits, olives, juice, coffee and tea. The building next door is being renovated but there was construction noise. It is very convenient to the old town sites. 3 minutes from the... More

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Apart from friendly staff and the good location in the old town there is not too much to praise this hotel. Although not cheap the hotel feels extremely cheaply built. Rooms, furniture, bathroom furniture, TV (maybe the smallest LCD TV I have ever seen) are cheap, low quality. When you book this hotel you have to be prepared by the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We booked through air b n b with the Sphendon and had no issues. The staff were super friendly from the get go (but not intrusively so, as some turkish services can be), they were great with their restaurant recommendations also. The room was a little bit small but for the price we paid we were satisfied. The bathroom and... More

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Gaillard, France
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Unfortunately our experience at Sphendon hotel was far from good to say the least. [Story] We booked 4 nights on Airbnb. First bad impression: less than 2 minutes after the payment confirmation I received an email from Sphendon hotel advising me that they made a mistake and that the room for the 3rd night wasn't available anymore. After a few... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 hotel reviews
377 helpful votes 377 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We found this place quite handy after reading reviews from other TA members and decided to give a try. The hotel was close to all the main attractions in Old Town and its staff were quite friendly and helpful. Breakfast was hearty enough to explore Istanbul for a day. Good signal for WiFi and enough TV channels to catch some... More

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Address: Eminonu, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk, 50, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet - Old City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Sphendon 3.5*
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İstanbul Sphendon Hotel - an historical and charming family-run special class hotel offering the charm, quality, cleanliness, comfort, accommodation and lodging in a select homey atmosphere. Hotel is located in the centre of the historical peninsula, Sultanahmet-İstanbul. We are ideally located within two minutes walk to the most important Ottomon & Byzantine monuments of Turkey such as St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and not more than ten minutes to The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. ... more   less 
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