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Alaaddin Hotel
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Alemdar Mah. Catal Cesme Sok. No:20-22 | Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Istanbul 34410, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #136 of 828 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reading, United Kingdom
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“Very good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Hotel location is in the heart of the Sultanahmet area of the city and within a few minutes’ walk of the “Sultanahmet” tram stop. Many of the major sites and points of interest are within walking distance notably the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Hotel staff are warm, welcoming and very helpful, with the cleanliness of my room being of a good standard. The breakfast buffet was excellent with great views of the city from the dining area. In summary, the hotel was good value for what I paid and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Alaaddin Hotel is located within a 5 minute walk of all the great sites in Sultanahmet. It is on a quiet side street within an easy walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, or the Grand Bazaar. A little further afield leads one to the water and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. The tram is just one street away for longer trips.

The rooms in the hotel are small but clean with up-to-date bathroom facilities. The staff was very helpful in both of my visits, assisting with choosing from one of the many cafes in the area and explaining how easy it is to get around in Istanbul.

I highly recommend this great little treasure of a hotel. The view at sunrise of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia is spectacular from the rooftop terrace.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the street may be a little noisier on the weekends. The rooms toward the back...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had the opportunity to stay in this hotel in May 2013. It was myself, my wife and our two children. The overall experience was very pleasant and all of us had a fantastic time in our stay in Istanbul. Like many other (boutique) hotels, Alaaddin is also located in a very prime location in Old Sultanahmet. It is literally walking distance to all the major and mainstream tourist spots i.e. Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia etc. In addition to that, there are several restaurants at your disposal to choose from when dining and the tram service is at your doorsteps should you choose to travel to further distances i.e. Galata Tower, Eyup Sultan etc. The hotel itself is very cozy. offers a decent view of the Blue Mosque from the open terrace on the top floor. Room service is spot on with no complaints, and breakfast is fairly reasonable offering a more light snack than heavy. The staff was very hospitable and my two year daughter left a lasting impression on all of them.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The hotel arranged by our travel agent is to our delight. Small hotel, with a small room- with a view. Ample, clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. The location is excellent, minute's walk to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, The Grand Bazaar and very close to tram station and rows of food joint. We also went to Cagaloglu Hamami and Hodjapasha dance theatre with the direction given by the staff. The roof top give a picturesque sight of Blue Moque and Hagia Sophia at dawn. The breakfast is great and delicious, but need a day to day variety since we stayed there for 5 nights, and start to get bored of the same selection.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Great Yeldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Very nice small hotel. Lift, but not to the breakfast terrace and a few steps to the reception. Clean, reasonable sized room. Good for the tram but not as close to other sites as some of the hotels in the heart of Sultanahmet. Friendly and helpful staff. Best breakfast selection we have had in our three trips to Istanbul and a fabulous view from the roof terrace. Some of the towels and pillows were a bit grotty.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

As other travellers have commented, this hotel scores highly on many points. I stayed 8 nights, in a clean comfortable room, with friendly and helpful staff creating a relaxed atmosphere. The location is excellent: 1 minute's walk from a range of good restaurants, 2 minutes from the T1 tram (which takes you quickly and directly to many of the main tourist sights), and 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Agia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. Yet the hotel istself is quiet. The generous buffet breakfast is served on the 6th floor with a view over the city. The use of a computer, and free coffee or tea all day, are available in lobby: these "extras" make the hotel even better value.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carbondale, Illinois
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

My friend and I were extremely pleased with our choice of the Alaaddin Hotel for our recent trip to Istanbul. The location is excellent – just one block away from many shops and restaurants, and only a 20 minute walk to some of the best sights – the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, The Grand Bazaar, the Double Decker busses. The hotel was on a quiet tree-lined, cooler street just five minutes from the hustle and bustle. It had a true European/ Turkish feel and a welcoming atmosphere. It was clean and quiet, and the entire staff was very friendly and helpful, especially those at the Front Desk. A wonderful buffet breakfast was served with a panoramic view of the nearby sites, all the way to the Bosphorus. The highlight was definitely the view from the rooftop terrace on the 7th floor – just spectacular at night! The people in the surrounding areas were also so friendly and helpful . Especially helpful to us were the services of the Front Desk staff. They went out of their way to assist us in any way that they could, which made our visit so much easier and more enjoyable. I’m already looking forward to a return trip to Istanbul, and to the Alaaddin!

Room Tip: We were on the 5th floor, so had easy, quick access to the Breakfast Room and to the rooftop terrace...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Catal Cesme Sok. No:20-22 | Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #136 of 828 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Alaaddin Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alaaddin Boutique Hotel - Istanbul We are conveniently located in heart of the Sultanahmet, and either a walking distance or a short tram ride (Tram Station is 3 mins walk from the hotel) to many of the historic attractions. ... more   less 
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