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Akbiyik Caddesi 10, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Empress Zoe
Ranked #70 of 957 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had 5 days in Istanbul and it was our first visit so wanted to be in the old town and wanted to feel in Turkey and not in a generic hotel. Decided to splash out and chose the penthouse with its view and terrace and space. Great choice as far as we were concerned. It was a few minutes... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to immerse yourself in the culture and daily life of Istanbul - then this is for you. We stayed in Istanbul for a number of days in different trips and have tried many hotels - and this is definitely the best in the city. They excel in all areas of room comfortability & staff service. A beautiful... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff at the hotel were friendly but particularly helpful with quick communication prior to arriving in Istanbul. There were four of us travelling we stayed in the Chez Zoe Garden Suite and it was comfortable for us- the only thing I would say is that in the double bed our backs were a little sore in the morning perhaps... More 

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was the second time in Istanbul, I really enjoyed staying at this hotel each time. They have lovely staff, location is perfectly convenient in the old city. Their garden is gorgeous built around an old Turkish Bath. By the way, thank you guys at front desk for recommending Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. That was the best carpet shop I... More 

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North Miami, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
45 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't say enough about how wonderful our week in Istanbul was and a much of the reason was our amazing experience at Empress Zoe hotel. This hotel is in the perfect location to explore the Sultanahmet ("Old City") area of Istanbul on foot as it is within walking distance of ALL the main attractions. The staff is wonderful and... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely boutique hotel with super friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable bedroom, delicious breakfast served in the courtyard garden. No evening meals, but the breakfast bar serves drinks in the evening. The hotel is located at the end of a street full of touristy bars and restaurants, although there are better places in Istanbul to go to eat. The location is... More 

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Perth, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we have visited Istanbul several times before, we were looking for something a little bit different this time around, and we certainly found it in this hotel. The Hotel Empress Zoe is completely unique as it is made up of old Turkish style townhouses situated around a tranquil garden and bordered by the crumbling ruins of an ancient Turkish... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved staying at this hotel, I was on my own and my first time in Istanbul - hotel staff so friendly and helpful. They set up airport pickup and a wonderful guide for my first day touring the city. As many other reviews have mentioned, can't beat the location in Sultanahmet. I stayed in one of the small rooms... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great hotel. Great location and friendly staff. I'm not sure if there is a club or something near by but a couple of nights I was awaken by loud music coming from outside. Other than that very happy to stay here and would stay again.

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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is one of the few. most wonderful hotels I've ever stayed at in my life. So, if you are coming to Istanbul and you can't get a room here, change your plans to when you can. First, the hotel is within seconds of the "major sites" that you come to see in Istanbul: Sultanahmet Camii, Aya Sofia, Topkapu Palace,... More 

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annnevans1, Owner at Empress Zoe, responded to this review

Dear Marc, thank you so much for your absolutely superlative review of Hotel Empress Zoe. We are so happy to have returning guests like you and your inspiring comments make all the difference for us. I truly believe that with your positivity and kindness you must bring smiles wherever you go :) We wish you a Very Happy New year... More 

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Address: Akbiyik Caddesi 10, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Also Known As:
Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul
Hotel Style:
#50 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#51 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#76 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul

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