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The Empress Theodora Hotel

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Cankurtaran Mahallesi Alemdar Caddesi No:16 | Sultanahmet-Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #57 of 940 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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    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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Doha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The title to this review basically sums up everything. The hotel is close to the tourist attractions in Sultanahmet and to Topkapi Palace. The Tram station is also just a 3 minute walk. The room, the sheets, furniture and toilets are clean. The staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful. Its also very safe, they lock the door... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Empress Theodore Hotel in June, 2015. I was travelling with my daughter. The hotel is small but in a superb location. It was right in the Sultanhamet section of Istanbul, short walking distance to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Not only were the rooms clean their breakfasts were amazing. They had so many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Had a fantastic week in this wonderfully situated hotel. Very comfortable room, staff very friendly, breakfast amazing, would go back . Highly recommend. . Tram passes by front door, very convenient. Fabulous restaurants close by and all major attractions only minutes away.. .....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I could not fault this boutique hotel for its location, stylish accommodation and above all friendliness of their staff. They made my stay so enjoyable. I arrived after an incident with a cab driver and was a bit upset and the owner and receptionist could not do enough for me (giving me a drink, inviting me to dinner, making arrangements... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This hotel is in a great place within 5 min walk to Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet Square. Room was small but fine for a couple of nights as you are out all day. There is no lift at this hotel but the guys will carry your bags to your room. The bed was very comfortable and room was very clean.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

A great find. Very reasonably priced hotel, literally a stones throw from the Hagia Sophia and across the road from the Basilica Cistern. Yes theres a tram line outside - but this added to our experience, bring ear plugs if you're a light sleeper. the hotel is being extended and sound proofed also so should be even better in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is a small hotel c.100 metres from the gate of Gulhane Park and 300 metres from Sultanahmet Square,so it is ideally placed for sight seeing.I had a 2nd floor street front room which was bright and airy.I was a bit concerned about street noise as the tram runs right past here but all windows are doubled glazed.It was mild... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I booked into this hotel based on reviews on Tripadvisor. I guess the former guests were not wrong. The staff, from the reception to the room cleaners, are welcoming since I first stepped through the door and until I left. The location was great. Half way between the Grand Bazaar and Eminonu and within easy reach of all tourist spots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I stayed 4 nights here. It's a relative smaller hotel but in a great location for sightseeing, shopping, walking to the waterfront, getting a tram. Service was outstanding. Whatever you needed the guys got it done and always watched out for whatever you need . I felt completely safe and taken care of here and since my trip went flawless... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Stayed at the Empress Theodora Hotel again for the second time this year. Can't get enough of it! The setting is just achingly beautiful and picturesque. Loved sitting on the terrace and relaxing, chatting with the staff, despite the general bustling environment of Istanbul.
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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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