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Optimist Hotel

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At Meydani No:16, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

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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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Just come back from Istambul and I can recommend this hotel, is very near to many main attractions small and very clean, with really nice and helpful staff. I will not doubt to go back again. And the most fantastic breakfast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Hotel absolutely deserves given rating on tripadvisor: communication before arrival perfect; although central, hotel is quiet (except hearing the call for morning prayer at 5 A.M.; location could not be better - across Blue mosque, 5 minutes on foot to Hagia Sofia, short walk to Topkapi palace, 5 min to tram station; staff very friendly and helpful; breakfast nice; WI-Fi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

My daughter & I stayed at The Optimist Hotel in Istanbul & enjoyed outstanding service from the moment we stepped into this friendly, family-operated boutique hotel. We were given the most beautiful room on the top floor, complete with spa & with windows on 3 sides that overlooked the tree tops to see the amazing Blue Mosque right before our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Had only a short stay here in Istanbul and wanted to stay close to main attractions such as Blue Mosque, Bosporus etc. We were give my the terrace room which was the top level room. The view is truly unbelievable. Above the treetops you have perfect view of the blue mosque, and so very close. The service and kindness of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

This centrally located hotel, just steps from the blue mosque and hagia Sofia. It was beautiful, quaint, and although it felt like I was on an exotic honeymoon,strangely the staff made me feel right at home. Mustafa, Mohammad, Gaya, and the rest of the staff were very attentive. They greeted us upon returning from our sight seeing with cay(Turkish tea)... More 

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Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We stayed in the Taksim area and we came to see the Sultan Ahmet parki, when we saw the Optimist restaurant and that they serve breakfast. I recomend to eat there. Good food and reasonable price (we were on a budget). And since I had only Euros, there wasn't a problem to pay in them and also their excange into... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Have stayed here several times alone and with friends when visiting Istanbul and have found it to just grow from strength to strength. The rooms are very comfortable and freshly cleaned every day even if I've said not to worry. A jacuzzi bubble bath after a long day shopping is the best treat ever!!!. The staff have always been very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I stayed here with a friend for two nights at the beginning of April and we loved this place! The staff was friendly, the room was clean and comfortable, wifi was strong, breakfast was delicious and the bar/restaurant downstairs was a great place to relax and enjoy a drink. Would definitely stay here again!

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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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