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Symbola Bosphorus

Portakal Yokusu Caddesi No: 17-19 | Ortakoy, Istanbul 34347, Turkey
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California/Norway
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56 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

First, getting to the location took really a long time with a taxi, on side streets, late at night/early morning. It is really out of the way. Then, when I arrived, I thought the taxi driver was lost, this could not be it. But alas, yes, that was it. The reception (really..?!) was a room under ground, basically under the... More 

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Hong Kong Region, China
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

My first trip to Istanbul with my family .Been there for a week. - The place is originally home converted to hotel - The owners are nice , they are personally involved on day to day operation - Rooms are nicely decorated but toilet fittings were bit rusty, shower was bit of struggle . - Nice healthy breakfast but same... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Very nicely decorated rooms. A place to feel like at home due to the very friendly owners. Very delicous breakfast! It is close to the highway, but this doesn't disturb at night. 5- minutes walk to beautiful area of ortakoy, but to the centre (taksim) or to the major sites (blue mosque) you have to take a taxi which can... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you need to be close to the centre of Istanbul's European side but don't want to live the hustle & bustle of the historical centre, this place is ideal. Compared to all the other hotels in the region, it is a very good deal. All the rooms are decorated differently in Ottoman style and they are very spacious and... More 

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My husband and I stayed in this hotel.We were very happy .Design was unfortable.Each point of the hotel has been considering nicely. Garden was fantastic ,staff s were very friendly. Location is perfect near all Ortaköy centrum. Breakfast was very delicate with all natural foods. It is very turkish.I like it a lot . I have never seen that much... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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363 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is a nice hotel just next to Bhosphorus bridge. It has a a beautiful garden. There is the noise of the road but windows are good and it is quite inside the room. I would rate the hotel with 5 star if the waitress didn't leave the breakfast area to have her own breakfast in the kitchen.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our stay at the Symbola was sadly all too brief, as we had to cut our stay short (not related to the Symbola in any way). The staff were absolutely fantastic, allowing us to check-in early to a delightful room. After a 24 hour journey, this was a sight for sore eyes. The breakfast the following morning was delicious and... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We arrived there by noon and it was sunny. First barrier, plenty of stairs! Someone rushed to get our suitcase down and we were welcomed pleasantly. The room looked nice, I loved the design. You cannot say its luxury, but looks like a classic/modern room. The view to the garden was cute and within 5 minutes you can reach Ortokoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

There is nothing wrong with this place. Their staff are very friendly. You have to walk quite a bit to get there, otherwise you can use bus or taxi. The breakfast is very limited. Internet is fast. And rooms are fairly big.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Initial impressions. Bad: 50 metres from hellishly busy main road, very noisy. Built on a hillside, so more steps than a Himalayan goat trail. No bar. Good: Friendly helpful staff, quaint 'boutique' rooms, nice (albeit VERY terraced) gardens

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In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighborhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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