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Hotel California Istanbul
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Eminsinan Mah. Camii Sok. No:55 Beyazit, Fatih, Istanbul 34126, Turkey (Sultanahmet)   |  
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Ranked #601 of 1,011 Hotels in Istanbul
boston
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great location/great price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Clean quiet budget hotel. This was my second visit and I stayed 22 days this time. I hope to return. Helpful staff. Clean rooms. Turkish breakfast. Easy walking distance to historic sites and shopping.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Cosy hotel at a great location.... right at the centre of Sultanahmet area. 2 mins walk from Cemberlitas tram station. All the main attractions in the old part of the city area are just few mins walk away. Room was cleaned and towels were changed daily. Breakfast menu was pretty basic and was not changed (for the five days I stayed). Staff were warm and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

we stayed for 2 nights, great low budget hotel, nice room , the breakfast was full, very clean, the staff very helpful and all the famous monuments in walking distance..

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cairo, Egypt
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

small street , no Taxi driver khnow the place , no view , small room.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

We stayed at this hotel 8 nights and I can score it as "well" or "very well".
Convenient location (tramway stop - Cemberlitas), just 5-7 minutes on foot to the main attactions of Sultanahmet (Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque etc).
Rooms was not too big but very clean (they changed towels and bed linen every day). There are little safe-box in the room, and fridge with free bottle of water which housemaid brought each day. Enough comfortable bed.
Breakfast is a little boring if u stay there week or more, but it`s ok to feel not hungry till dinner. They serve bread and butter, a few kind of jam, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers, olives, cakes, eggs. U can take hot water and tea everytime when u want.
I would recommend this hotel. For this price it is very attractive offer in the Sultanahmet! Thanks for our pleasant stay!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Very good hotel, nice stuff , but bad breakfast.great location.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

After reading critical reviews of many boutique hotels in Old Istanbul I thought I would provide some insight into this type of hotel. These are not five star lavish hotels they are basically converted homes and if you look at it as if you are renting out a bedroom then these critiques are completely false. We stayed in the California Hotel and found the accomodations clean adequate and a great value. We talked to numerous tourist who stayed at other hotels in the area, paying double what we did having horrible experiences. The staff at the California were polite, helpful and very kind. The breakfast was typical Turkish, bread, boiled eggs and some vegtables. The location was absolutely amazing- we took the metro from the airport for under $5 US as it was only a block from the Cemberitas station. We walked to all the historic sights and even visited the Grand Bazaar the morning we checked out- yes it was only a few blocks away. This is a perfect place in a safe, clean neighborhood with a wonderful staff.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: Eminsinan Mah. Camii Sok. No:55 Beyazit, Fatih, Istanbul 34126, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #601 of 1,011 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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