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Saruhan Hotel
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Cinci Meydani Sok. No:30, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 770 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Almaty
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“quiet nice family hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Me, my wife and two children (3 and 9) stayed for 30 Dec 2009-03Jan 2010. We've booked family room for 4 pers. Hotel located 15-20 mins away (walking with two children :) from the Agya Sophia or 10 mins away (again, with children :) from the fish market and restaurants. If you go without children, you can save half of that time :).
The hotel is located in the very city center, but slightly away from the nightlife, so it's quiet there. Actually, I didn't mention any nightlife in Istanbul, comparing to what I've seen in the beach resorts in other Turkish cities.
It took us two days walking around to understand the best ways of walking tours (from the hotel), so the city is very simple and easy to find everything you want to. We've been in Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), Agya Sofia, Cistern, Archeological Museum and the Palace near it (sorry, forgot the name), Spice market, Grand market and of course boat tour around the city. Everything - walking from/to the hotel, so you don't need to take a taxi or tram. I would recommend to go there in the mornings (9-11), because later you will stand in a long queue).
The hotel had arranged transfer from Atatyrk airport (as I understand, the price is the same, as for the taxi, but it's always pleasant, when you see somebody waiting in the airport with your name :) The flight was 1,5 hours late, but we've still been met by the driver :).
4 mins way from the hotel there is a small park with fountain and children playground. As well as small supermarket (no alcohol, even beer!) and police station.
The hotel has a free WiFi and internet >1gb.
Would I like to stay at this hotel again? Yes, sure.
P.S. the breakfast is on the beautiful terrace (in winter - with big panoramic windows, cool view - you can eat and see the gulf full of ships :), but on the 5th floor with no lift.
P.S.2. In Turkey you cannot smoke inside the restaurants, but you CAN do it: outside (all of them have tables outside) and on the 2nd floor (if exist). 1st floor inside always non-smoking. By the way, the hotel is non-smoking too. I had an ashtray near the door to the room (the entrance was from the yard, private).

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

Fantastic staff who were able to help with all our needs such as directions, bookings and even on how to use the turkish spinning tops! The rooms were comfortable and clean and the local area (mainly residential) gave us a real taste of Istanbul life.

  • Stayed December 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

Stayed five nights during November 2009, staff very welcoming and accommodating, Enjoyed Turkish style breakfasts on rooftop terrace with great views over sea of Marmara
In great location within ten minutes walk from Istanbul's major attractions, very good value for money hotel, have recommended it to fellow travellers and would stay again if the chance ever came our way again.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2009

Saruhan Hotel is located in the old city, among hundreds years old winding cobbles streets, with a view of the Marmara Sea. The stuff was friendly and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and cater to our every need, whether it was its finding me a medicine when I got sick or preparing breakfast an hour earlier for my friend who had to leave early for a conference. The rooms are comfortable and on nice days a generous breakfast is served in the roof terrace facing the sea. It's a great base for visiting the old city and close to public transportation if you want to go to other areas of Istanbul.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Muscat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2009

We went to Saruhan between 27th nov and 3rd dec 2009. The reception room if i may call it saw was an inviting ,warm and artistically done up.I instantly knew we were at the right place. The ladies all three includin Abru were very informative and helpful.The room was cleen we had taken a triple room.There was a laptop for everyones use at the reception hall.That was a gr8 help as we had not carried our laptop along.The views from the terrace while we had breakfast was very good.Though at times the choice of breads offered could be better as we were vegetarians and had to depend on the breakfast for the day till we could get some thing of our choice.There is just one word of caution for all u guyz who have difficulty climbing. The hotel is situted at walkable distances from tourist places but u have to actually climb a lot to reach the tramway .Nonetheless real value for money..
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  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

Spending a vacation in Saruhan Hotel was a sum of contrasts. It is like a mini retreat just by the sea, minutes away from a crowded tourist zone. Panoramic view, immaculately clean, spacious rooms decorated with understated simple elegance, turned the room to a mini retreat.

I had been told that the place was noisy because of the train that passes by frequently, but the windows had been renovated and with extra insulation it was quite enough to meditate.
Yet, a couple of chairs and a small table-in the room- for little extra comfort would be nice.

Located by Marmara sea it is just a 10 minute walk away from the historical sites of sultanahmet and the tram that gets you to where the action is in Istanbul.
Turkish Breakfast is served in the terrace over viewing the sea and the city.

If I had to point to only one strong reason to recommend Saruhan hotel at this point would be the friendly and capable personnel. Melahat Turk the resident manager, and her husband Harun Turk -who was not even an employee in the hotel- actually went out of their way to help save my pictures when I almost lost them and it took awful lot of their time. Every other staff, were all friendly, supportive and helpful.

And, remember to use the bookshelf in the lobby! Great information about turkey in several languages, plus travelers dictionaries.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2009

The staff in this hotel were so nice, just like most of the Turkish people we met on our travels. They gave us insider information such as an authentic turkish bath to go to. Nothing was too much trouble. Istanbul is amazing, and you can see it very well from the rooftop terrace from where breakfast was served in the morning. You are looking out at the twinkling lights from the ships in the Bosphorus at night and can also see the mosque spires, special city. We got engaged at this hotel looking at this view, fantastic! There are hundreds of Istanbul hotels, let me make your decision easy, just stop looking and book Saruhan hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Cinci Meydani Sok. No:30, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet - Old City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 770 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Saruhan Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Saruhan Hotel is a yellow stone house run by a Turkish family; this is the only hotel in Istanbul decorated with stone and wood together. It is located in the heart of the open air museum Istanbul, in the historical Sultanahmet area. It is ideal for visiting by foot the oldest and the most important Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Istanbul. It is constructed of smoothly hewn yellow, pink and beige stone from Cappadocia and unbelievable quality of wood work like an ottoman wooden house. ... more   less 
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