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Side Hotel and Pension

#259 of 1,010 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Utangac Sok. No 20, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Side Hotel and Pension
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed for three nights in June 2015. They were very responsive in making the reservation and organising an airport transfer. The rooms are simple but comfortable. The best feature is the location - it is less than a minute from the ayasofia and blue mosque

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved sitting on the rooftop terrace eating the beautiful pastries and yoghurt. The owner and the people running the kitchen are so lovely and helpful. Rooms are basic but comfortable. So close to all the major sites in the Old City.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Staying here my every visit! More than 10 times in Side, and now it's my favourite, almost family place. Recommend to everybody! Super location, very friendly stuff, excellent view from the roof, free wifi!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Side Hotel and Pension was a great stay for me during a week in Istanbul. It is in a great location, just a few steps from the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed (Blue) Mosque. Clean rooms and bathrooms, free tea, always someone available to help. Great rooftop terrace with excellent views and delicious breakfast every morning. A great little... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We have stayed at the Side many times over the years and it continues to provide a quality service for a great price. Our usual choice would be the pension as it is more economical and unless you require a/c not much different than the hotel. Breakfasts are plain Turkish breakfasts...and are very fresh...with cereal and juice available. Happily recommend... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Best score ever for this CLEAN, fresh we'll run pension. We had 3 adults in our room and had plenty of space to move around without bumping into anything. Daily towel and bathroom cleaning service. Hot water at any time of day. Delightful surrounding area with great restaurants. Magnificent roof top garden to simply be enjoyed. Breakfast included- nothing spectacular... More 

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SW Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Side Pension was recommended by a neighbor. It was fine for me: clean, quiet, and with a comfortable, firm bed. I used the $35 pick-up service from the airport arranged by the Side. It was fun and reassuring to see my name on a sign and a good idea since I was alone, very tired, and in Turkey for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We stayed in the Pension side which was perfectly good for our needs. Bed comfortable, shower good. No television in room, which suited us fine. I was woken a couple of times by the call to prayer but my husband slept right through, this was no issue for us. Breakfastroom has a view of the mosques. Breakfast suited us -... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Inexpensive, clean rooms in a hotel about 1/2 KM from the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cisterns. Breakfast is good and the view of the sea and the Blue Mosque is beautiful. I have stayed on the hotel side and the hostel side and both are very nice. I choose the hotel during hot months due to the... More 

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Mount Pleasant
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I don't know how much it was but the breakfast on the terrace with the view of the sea, the blue mosque and the sophia is great. The beds were ok, bathroom was clean, hot water. Free tea and wifi. No TV in the room itself but in the tea area

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