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Hotel Seraglio
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Amiral Tafdil Sokak No 32, Istanbul 34400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #17 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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“Lived up to expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This hotel lives up to its Tripadvisor reports. It is very well located, the rooms are very clean, well equipped and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. Three of us shared a room and there was enough space. The bathroom is modern with spacious shower, this room does attract our only criticism, namely that it was a bit smelly and we were keen to keep the bedroom door shut for that reason. Everything else was great.
Breakfasts were plentiful and very good variety for the size of hotel. Afternoon tea, cake and soup were also a nice touch. We would certainly recommend this hotel and would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Our room faced an inner courtyard, quiet in the winter. One building has a lift and the other does...
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Reading, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Seraglio had pretty much everything you could want. Friendly and helpful staff, transport from the airport, comfortable big rooms, welcome drinks, air conditioning, free coffee/tea and cake in afternoon, breakfast and good wifi included. There was nothing I can think of that was missing or wrong!

It is also in a brilliant location, within walking distance of 90% of everything we wanted to visit (would have been very annoying to travel from somewhere else in the city every day). The hotels restaurant was also very good and cheaper than most places in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Truth in advertising, for sure. Beautifully remodeled from a family home into a 4-star boutique hotel. Excellent meals on site, very pleasant guest rooms, support and cleaning staff were genuinely caring and helpful. Most of all, I'd like to give the concierges Kenan and Celal my sincere thanks for making me comfortable and well cared for, arranging for travel when needed, and introducing me to their friends. I stayed for 9 days, and next time will stay longer!

Room Tip: If you don't care to wake up to the call to prayers from the Blue Mosque, ask for a room facing...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The hotel is right in the centre of the tourist area, easy access by foot or tram to all the sights. The rooms are wonderfully clean with everything you could want and the bathrooms are a delight.The staff are excellent, the breakfast buffet and delicious. The hotel also offers free tea/coffee and cake in the afternoon from 5pm - 7pm. They arranged a taxi pick up from the airport and arranged a minibus pick up to go back (much cheaper but times are limited) This hotel has excellent reviews because it really is that good !!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Las Vegas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I can't say enough good things about the hotel - we were treated to a five star service for a very affordable price. The hotel staff picked us up from the airport in the middle of the night and the great service continued throughout our whole stay. The staff is incredibly nice; the room was so very comfortable and clean; the complimentary breakfast was delicious; the complimentary tea time was very pleasant; the free wifi was fast.

The location is ideal and picturesque. There are cobble streets lined with hotels, restaurants and shops, and it is a very safe and touristy area. The best part was that the hotel was in such a great location that the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the tram station were only a 5 minute walk!!!!! We did not need a taxi even once!

Oh, and the staff is so amazing that when we told them we needed to leave the hotel at 2am, they actually prepared some sandwiches for us to take to the airport. What other hotel does that for you?!

I absolutely ADORE this place, and would never stay anywhere else but HOTEL SERAGLIO!!!

  • Stayed February 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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Warrington, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This hotel was an excellent choice ....an easy walk to all the main sights, located in a pretty, quiet cobbled street, with warm and friendly service. The rooms are modern, clean and comfortable, and the breakfast ample and varied.
Most of our small group stayed here, and those who opted for a much more expensive chain hotel in a busier part of the city wished they had too. We would definitely return here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

My daughter and I went to Istanbul to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was really hard to decide on a hotel without knowing the area, but I couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice. Not only is it in the perfect location, very close to the Arasta Bazaar, Sultanahmet Mosque and the Aya Sofya, but the people couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful. We very much appreciated feeling comfortable and completely at ease at the hotel.

Hotel beds are usually not as comfortable as what I have at home, not the case here. Not only was the mattress wonderful, but there was also a nice assortment of pillows, and a fluffy European style duvet. The spare blanket was also very nice, not flimsy like you usually find in most hotels. The bathroom was up to American standards with good water pressure, and a nice shower.

The hotel itself was very well maintained, both inside and out, and immaculate at all times. If you are not used to walking up and down a lot of stairs, you might want to make sure that your room is on the side with the elevator.

There was, at times, noise from the hallway/stairs, but this is understandable due to the type of flooring. If noise is something that will trouble you make sure to bring some earplugs. The call to prayer is pretty loud; we were on the ferry half-way to Kadıköy and could still hear it clearly. We thought that this was one of the best things about being in Istanbul, and were not unhappy that we could hear it in our hotel room.

I liked the fact that the Wi-Fi was specific to each area of the hotel. We only had one issue with the Wi-Fi not working and this was taken care of in a timely manner. Otherwise we had no issues with using it with our phones (iPhone & Blackberry), iPad or computer.

The food at the hotel was all beautifully presented and very tasty. My daughter and I still are arguing which soup was better – the chicken or the vegetable. For my birthday they had a very beautiful cake with candles during tea, it was very nice.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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: Amiral Tafdil Sokak No 32, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #17 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Seraglio 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more   less 
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