I would normally give a hotel like this an "average" rating, because it does have its good points, but I felt that at around 80 euros a night it was severely overpriced.
It's a 15 minute walk to the main sites, but I wouldn't choose this area again - it's teeming with low-quality clothes retailers who continually pester every foreign-looking passerby.
The hotel seemed clean, which is obviously a good thing, but that's not enough to merit a four-star rating. By EU standards this would be a 2-3 star - for example, I stayed at a 2-star Ibis in France that was much nicer.
The Wi-Fi didn't work, which was enormously inconvenient, and meant I had to go out hunting for Wi-Fi elsewhere.
On checking in, I was required to pay for all four nights up-front - this is an unusual requirement, and sends a very bad signal to the guest.
The room was very small and a bit gloomy. The window opened on a quiet, narrow street, but with no view to speak of.
The staff were actually fine, and one of them spoke good English.
There's a five-star review below that seems to me to have been written by a non-neutral party. I can't prove that, but it seems fairly clear. That should be enough to send alarm bells ringing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 4-star hotel in Istanbul is a 10-minute walk from the St Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque. It offers air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV. Free Wi-Fi is available.Rooms at the Samir Hotel have a minibar, a private bathroom and a work desk.Guests can enjoy authentic, local cuisine at the restaurant. The hotel also has a bar which serves hot and cold drinks and refreshments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samir Hotel-Old City Istanbul Hotel Istanbul