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The Empress Theodora Hotel

3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Alemdar Cad. No 22 | Sultanahmet-Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #91 of 748 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beirut, Lebanon
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great location, 1mn down walk to Gulhane park, 3 mn walk to Agia Sophia and Blue mosque. Very clean room and bathroom with tea kettle, coffee and tea selection, hair dryer,good towels, slippers and a safe. Omer on reception is very friendly, helpful, always smiling and available for any question, info, or advice and speaks good English. He provided us... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

It is located just opposite Aya Sofya, 100m from tram station Gulhane or Sultanahmet. The Blue Mosque is only 5min walk and the Grand Bazaar just 500m away. Countless restaurants, bars and shops around and what you see in the photos, is true! The staff is very kind and very helpful. The hotel is one of the cleanest we've ever... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

So clean hotel with very comfortable and clean rooms, helpful and friendly staff. Breakfasts are excellent and in terrace with friendly atmosphere. Hotel situated in the city center (Sultanahmet area). You can go by walk to all best places in that area. I Recommend this hotel to everybody who would like to stay in Istanbul for short and long stays,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

First impressions of this place, it didn't look so great with no lift, a tiny front desk as reception and the room size much smaller than the pictures, HOWEVER the location was amazing. We were practically walking distance from everything, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, the Palace, as well as outside the tram stop which can take you around the... More

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

After seeing the photos and reviews online, boy was I surprised when I stepped through the door of the Empress Theodora. First, the hotel is sandwiched between two very dingy buildings. The hotel building itself is also dingy. The first thing you see when you walk through the door is a staircase. The front desk is set back - behind... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a great little spot! Literally the tram is right outside your door and easy access to get around. At your doorstep are all the sights within the old town - couldn't pick a better spot for ease and convenience. Excellent restaurants are right door - the food in Turkey is amazing and the breakfast was great also at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

There are three things in this hotel which amazed me: 1) The Location - it is just a few minutes of short distance walk to most attractions in sultanahmet and also the tram. I only need to use the tram when i am going to eminonu and istiklal caddesi. 2) The Working Staff - the receptionists are very friendly and... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Fantastic location! Right on a tram line (easy to get to Taksim Square and Ataturk Airport via public transit) and steps from the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, and Basilica Cistern. Also walking distance to the Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, and New Mosque. Has one of the BEST breakfast buffets I've seen (definitely a highlight!). Room itself was alright. Cleaned daily... More

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Milan, Italy
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Extremely close to Ayasofya and Sultanhamet Camii, 3mins walk from public transport stop: it makes the hotel perfectly located for touring the Od City (and other areas of Istanbul) Nice terrace on top floor

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Me and my husband stayed at the Empress Theodora the first few weeks of its opening. The experience then was wonderful with a huge room and great breakfast. I do Airbnb but that fell through so my third time in Istanbul I did this hotel again. My smartest decision ever. The standards had been maintained, for a single person I... More

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Address: Alemdar Cad. No 22 | Sultanahmet-Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #91 of 748 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Empress Theodora Hotel 3.5*
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