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Optimist Hotel

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At Meydani No:16, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Taipei, Taiwan
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

- Can smell 2nd-hand smoke at 4th floor from day to night. - No water at 7am in my 1st morning. - No water at 7pm in my 2nd night. They said it’s construction problem, but they didn’t inform us until we asked. They did nothing until 3 hrs later we told wanted change hotel. The owner wasn’t happy, said... More 

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Newcastle
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We absolutely loved this place! First of all, the staff were more than friendly and the room was lovely...such great value for money. The breakfast was good and the location was excellent. It was very quiet in Sultanahmet which we enjoyed. It's very close to Hagia Sophia and the "Blue" mosque. We would recommend this hotel and really have no... More 

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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I cannot say enough good words about this hotel. We've stayed there last week for 4 nights and everything simply exceeded our expectations. Location: couldn't be better. You're staying directly next to Blue Moscue and Hagia Sofia and you have a walking distance to the best restaurants, other sights and evening life. Room: in hotel only 4 perfectly furnished rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Location location and location ! If you are a history buff and would like to live in the modern hippodrome then this is the place for you. The hotel is built on the hippodrome The views from each of the rooms are breathtaking showing off Aya Sophia,blue mosque and Obelisk. All the must see monuments are within walking distance including... More 

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Thank Nahla C
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

small, cheap and best hotel just 20 steps from the Iconic Blue Mosque is just front of it. 40 steps from Hagia Sopia and Topkapi Palace. Friendly and helpful staff. the Top Floor give a panaromic view of two iconic historic building the Sultanahmet Mosque aka Blue Mosque and Hagia Sopia a Beautiful View at Night,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Second time in Istanbul first time here. Brilliant. Staff were incredibly helpful. Location is fabulous, right on hippodrome a minute from the blue mosque and Hagia Sofia. The view from the rooms over the blue mosque is mind blowingly good. Breakfast is excellent. Can't rate this highly enough. Immediately told my family to book here when they come in 6... More 

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Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

The location is what distinguishes this hotel from others. It is conveniently located in the old city Sultanahmet, right in front of the Blue Mosque and a short walking distance from Aya Sofia, Basilica cistern, and Topkapi palace. A perfect location for visiting city's attractions. You will not need a taxi! Rooms are well maintained and beautifully decorated.

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Braila, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This small hotel is at the heart of Sultanahmet, just at the end of the boulevard. Its converted attic room, where we stayed, is a huge space with an almost 360-degree view of both Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorous, all at the same time - absolutely fantastic! Downstairs, the hotel offers a delicious breakfast on its outdoor... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Food was of mediun quality, and be aware that they count tip to the bill without telling (bill handwritten). Fish's price (defined daily) turned out not to be the same that was told. These gestures might be disappointing. Wine was good, waiters speak good English.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The location couldn't be better. It is right beside the Blue Mosque and about 2 min walk to Sultanahmet tram station. About half of the locations on my itinerary are within walking distance or short tram trips. The best benefit is being able to conveniently get home for a shower and use the toilet mid day. The service is very... 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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