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Hotel Tulip House
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Katip Sinan Cami Sok. No:28 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)   |  
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Ranked #56 of 829 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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“Feel like home at Tulip House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Best place to stay in Sultanamet´s area. Nice and clean rooms with superb view of the marmara sea. Location is 5 min walk to the Blue Mosque, AyaSofia and all you can see in this neighbourhood. Home made breakfast (the best we´d tried in Istanbul) served in a lovely garden terrace. But the most valuable thing about this hotel is their warm staff. We have no words to thank them all for a truly helpful stay. Every place to go or restaurants they recommend us were what we were looking for. If you want to feel confortable and relax... this is your hotel!
We would definitly recommend this hotel to a friend or stay here again.

Room Tip: If you can spend just a bit more ask for the room with terrace and amazing view of the Marmara´s sea...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

We absolutly enjoyed our stay here. From the minute we arrived we were greeted with warmth & staff were super helpful.
Location is perfect - approx 5min walk to Blue Mosque etc
Rooms were basic but tidy. Free wifi worked throughout hotel.
Breakfast had great selection & nice ourdoor area to enjoy it.
The staff are amazing. All spoke perfect English & go out of their way to help you. We left hotel for overnight tour & they held our bags as well as organising a special breakfast for us as we were leaving @ 6.30am. They were also helpful in restaurant suggestions-recommend DoyDoy.
Would definitley stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

What I liked most about this hotel is that they make you feel home. When we arrived the owner of the hotel welcolmed us by showing us all the places to go to according to our tastes. After that, the stay became better and better. After a long day of visits, it is good to go back to the hotel, you get a tasteful advice about where to go to have dinner and go out. This is what makes the difference for me.

Plus, the rooms are large and comfortable. The sea view is magnificient. You can see it from your room or from the garden terrace (a peaceful place where we have breakfast and where we can sit during the day to rest with the sea and the seagulls).

This hotel and this city are worth to visit back!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The Hotel Tulip House has clean rooms and a nice terrace for breakfast with an amazing view of the marmara sea. The staff was awesome, they made everything to help us. The Hotel is on a side street that most taxi drivers do not know how to find, but after you did once you can easily find it by yourself.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The Hotel Tulip House has nicely appointed, clean rooms, although on the small side. We had a balcony and an amazing view of the sea. The breakfast was the best we had in Turkey. But the standout was the staff, who made numerous phone calls on our behalf and allowed us to print out boarding passes using their printer. The Hotel is on a side street that most cab drivers do not know how to find, but it is nice to be a little secluded from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. If we're ever in Istanbul again, we will definitely stay at the Hotel Tulip House.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a sea view and a balcony - the extra cost is well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Stayed for a long weekend in a double room with a balcony; a good sized room, and everything was fine. Mehmet and the rest of the team were very hospitable – perfect hosts really – and seemed happy answering any questions in flawless English about the city and how to get around and what to see.

Bed comfortable and firm (maybe note great for those who like very soft). One thing I would have liked was a top sheet, as there was a sort of cover thing provided that wasn’t as soft as a sheet would be.

Bathroom fine, adequately lit and cleaned with plenty of towels. Water got hot quickly and easy to control the shower temperature.

Air conditioning was efficient and kept the room chilled all night. As regards the electrics, it’s one of those arrangements where you put your key fob into a little receptacle by the door to turn the power on. I found it a bit tricky, it would go on and then off again, happened a few times, but once in properly the electricity supply was fine. I wondered if it was the way I put the fob in.
Number of TV channels was insane, about 1,600, majority seemed to be from the middle east. I couldn’t find BBC or CNN or other stalwarts, but could get news from the Al Jazeera and French and Russian English-language news broadcasts. WiFi in room worked perfectly so you don’t really need TV these days to stay in touch with news.

Fire safety appeared adequate – there were smoke detectors (one in ceiling of my bedroom), although no LED light in it or other way of knowing if it was working, but no reason to believe it wasn’t. Staircase is stone tiled and not cluttered so looked like a reasonable looking fire escape although there doesn’t seem to be an external one except from top floor. It’s not a high building, and I’d feel safe staying there again. Security seemed fine, reception always staffed and they have cctv for public areas. Safe in bedroom was big enough for a passport and money, but not big enough for a netbook.

Breakfast was brilliant! A buffet with great choice including fresh fruit and salad, and excellent coffee. The woman in charge of things also fried some food as well but the cold buffet was good enough in my opinion. You can eat outdoors, the terrace has good views of nearby mosque and out towards the sea.

Minibar small but adequate – prices reasonable, a straight 100% mark-up on street prices for water, but it’s still very cheap by British standards, so a 1.5 litre bottle seemed to cost equivalent of about 75 pence if I’ve done my currency conversion properly. (I think that’s about one euro?). Doesn’t include alcohol. There is a little shop nearby for provisions (doesn’t sell alcohol) but a mini supermarket only a few minutes away that sells Turkish wine and beer. Hotel lent me a bottle opener.

Balcony nice; chairs have obviously had a lot of use so starting to sag a little but still fit for purpose. Impressive views of the minarets and domes of the nearby mosques and of the ships out at sea. Especially nice at night, with the sound of the call to prayer from the local mosques and the reflections on the moon-lit Sea of Marmara. Hotel is in a residential district so there are families, kids, cats, dogs, all kinds of life going on - late into the evening – fine for me as I don’t go to bed early, but for those who do and would be disturbed by domestic noise they can close their windows and use the air conditioning to keep cool. I wasn’t troubled by noise within the hotel itself, it seems to be solidly built, and I got a long undisturbed sleep each night.

The blinds / nets / curtains block most of the light out but not completely (not reaching to the bottom of the French window style balcony door), this didn’t bother me, but it’s not a complete “black out blind” type of thing. Door lock to balcony annoying, but I figured it out in the end.
No lift (hotel is over about four floors), and main walking route to the tram is up/down a short but steep hill, so if you have limited mobility or are very unfit you should think carefully before booking, especially a room on a higher floor.

Hotel arranged pick-up from the airport which was fine and not too expensive, although once I had found out how to use the trams and metro it was easy and cheap getting back to the airport by public transport. With the trams / metro / ferries, you put 2 lire in a machine and get a little token back – I was confused at first by the token as I thought it was a bit of small change……DOH. The location of this hotel is great for walking to the main historic sights.

A friend traveling with me stayed in a standard room which was also nice, although without the balcony - he had a similar experience, with good air conditioning etc.

All in all one of the nicest and friendliest hotels I have stayed in, not luxurious but good enough for me and excellent value - if I can return to Istanbul one day (probably in winter, it’s so hot in summer) this is where I will want to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Great value for money, and anything this hotel lacks in facilities is made up by the very service minded staff (whom are all fluent in English). Breakfast is served at a small terrace with sea view, and the location is about as good as it gets in Istanbul. True walking distance (5-10 min) to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and many other attractions. Only downside is the steep slopes if you are in a wheelchair, but that is the case for almost the entire Sultanahmet area, which is not handicap-friendly.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor only has a roof window with little/no view
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Katip Sinan Cami Sok. No:28 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet - Old City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 829 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tulip House 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It was built as a mansion, during the last years of the Ottoman Empire and has recently been renovated as a boutique hotel retaining the original design and look. From Tulip House you can see the sea on one side and a lovely little street with children playing games on the other. There is a nice backyard where you can have your fresh breakfast and evening tea. ... more   less 
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