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White House Hotel Istanbul
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alemdar Mahallesi Catalcesme Sokak no:21 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #3 of 885 hotels in Istanbul
congleton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“could not fault hotel or location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in November, the staff were attentive the rooms clean and very well furnished, shower was just fabulous (my wife now wants showers like this fitted at home!) comfy bed, adequate storage and floor space.
location couldn't have been better, truly central to all the major sites in Sultanahmet.
Large buffet breakfast with great choice (would have been even better with fresh juice but a very minor point)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Chicago,Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

“The cleanliness and comfort of the Hotel exceeded our expectations. Even better was the professional staff of Meryem, Necati, and Aydin. I made a point of collecting their names because my husband and I were impressed with their attitude, guidance and aim to please. Great location!
Meryem also asissted me by connecting me with a nearby leather maker (Steel Leather) who made a perfet copy of an old coat of mine that I loved.
”The absolute only thing that I think could use improvement are the towels. In a place where there are really nice soft Turkish towels the towels in the hotel are overused and a bit rough.

Room Tip: We had a room off the lobby which we originally thought would be bad but I would ask for it again. I...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is truly a gem of a small hotel. Our exposure to it began immediately after booking the hotel, with a welcome email from the management. It ended with gifts of white roses and Turkish Delight when we left to return to Canada. The location of the hotel is perfect, within walking distance of all the attractions of the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. The staff could not have been more friendly or more helpful. The premises were spotlessly clean (no odor when we were there). Breakfast offerings on the roof (with a view) were extensive and delicious. There are several good restaurants very close by. As suggested by other travellers, we asked for (and received) a triple room at the back of the third floor (#302). The view was not great, but the room was spacious and pretty. I found the beds a bit hard, but my travelling mate liked them. We did note some noise from the room above, but it was not loud enough to really disturb us.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redwood City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The White House Hotel is in an excellent location in the old city. It is within easy walking distance to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. It is in the heart of the city with many shops and restaurants nearby. The Sultanahmet tram stop is also nearby.

We paid 149 Euros per night and were in room 303. The room was small and clean with a comfortable bed and excellent foam pillows. The bathroom worked well including the corner shower.

Breakfast was good but not lavish. Some hot food, cereal, pastries, fruit along with cucumbers, tomatoes and olives.

The hotel staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful.

We booked a car from the airport to the hotel and the service was very good.

This hotel does not have the luxury of the Four Seasons, but it is a good value and an excellent choice in the old city

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The hotel is located in the heart of historic Istanbul: 3 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque and 7 minutes to Topkapi.
The rooms are small but with everything you need (including a kettle).
The staff is very polite and helpful.
The only drawback is the breakfast. Unfortunately, if you come to 7.30, you do not get hot meals - staff bring it about 8 am. The choice of dishes is not great, not always fresh pastries, fruit badly washed.
If a rich breakfast is not important for you, I recommend staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Small hotel in excellent old city location, within 10 minute walk from all major sights - Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. One block from the tram stop. Very clean and well maintained. Excellent helpful and friendly service staff. Many good restaurants in the neighborhood. Breakfast room on the roof with terrace has excellent view of Hagia Sofia and the old town. Our group of 7 adults stayed here for 2 nights before a cruise. Couldn't have made a better choice.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

The White House is a lovely little hotel with extremely friendly and welcoming staff. Its location is also perfect - beside Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque, and just down the street from the Sultanahmet tram stop with decent restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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 Mahallesi Catalcesme Sokak no:21 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 885 hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — White House Hotel Istanbul 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
White House Hotel Istanbul is located in the heart of the historical peninsula and it is within walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Archeology Museum, the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, the Millennium Stone and Byzantine Hippodrome, which are the most important landmarks of the city. White House Hotel Istanbul is the ideal starting place for exploring this Ottoman capital city's endless historical sites, museums, restaurants, clubs and shops. The architecture of the hotel combines the east and the west civilizations and authentic cultural characteristics. The façade of the hotel is mainly designed in accordance with Roman architectural concept. The interior design is a classical concept resembling Ottoman architecture which is not grandiose. The architecture of the hotel blends the synthesis of East and West. ... more   less 
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