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Senatus Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Akbiyik Caddesi No 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #55 of 911 hotels in Istanbul
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We ended up staying here unexpectedly and booked based on other reviews. We were not disappointed! We had a small room on the ground floor at the back, it was very quiet! There were also nice touches like slippers and robes. The included breakfast was great, lots of variety. The staff at the restaurant were friendly too. I found some of the reception staff a bit brusque but overall everyone was relatively helpful. The location is perfect, in the touristy area of Istanbul, very close to main tourist attractions.
My only quibble is that the bathroom door in our room offered next to no privacy (you can hear everything), my boyfriend and I coped ok but if you're sensitive about that kind of thing this might not be the place for you. Also, the bed was pretty uncomfortable, very firm.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We booked this hotel based on other Trip Advisor comments and were very pleased with all aspects of our stay. The budget double room although a little cosy in size was modern and very clean and the bed comfortable. A large TV with BBC World / CNN etc. The breakfast is fine for vegetarians and is a buffet - lots of different cheeses, fruit, eggs, yoghurt, bread, cake etc. All the staff were friendly and extremely helpful and checked in our return flight for us and without prompting made us a takeaway sandwich as we left before breakfast on the last day. The location is great for all the big sites.

Room Tip: I'm not sure if some rooms would be noisier than others? Ours was at the back and pretty quiet w...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Used this hotel as base for when working in Bursa. Great central location within 10 minutes of ferry stations. Airport pick ups and welcome was great.

During time not working, the location was fantastic as great historic sites within a few minutes.

All good!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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Bad Windsheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Very friendly staff! Very clean! Nice rooms, superb breakfast and excellent location! The sleep quality is good, could be better, if the walls to your neighbours would be thicker... or our neighbours would have been more respectfull!
The location is so cool, you are in the thick of the historical area and sourrounded by a good choice of restaurants, bars and little shops. Ok, very touristy, but very comfortabel, too. But take a room to the back! The front rooms can be noisy!
We arrived from the airport by metro and tram and the short walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop to the hotel gives you a wonderful first feeling for the historical area. Btw: the walk is about 7 minutes.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

nice and quiet rooms, very clean. excellent position in the old city also for tramstops.
very kind staff that will do anything to help and inform you. lovely turkish breakfast, but
a good choice of continental too. good value also for the restaurant. Istanbul was a nice surprise, also thanks to the kindness of the people : I hope to be back and this is the hotel
for adding quality to your trip !

Room Tip: I love the rooms in the basement : there is maybe a little less light, but so quiet and next to the...
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  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Istanbul is a wonderful city. People there are full of respect and consideration for each other You will feel most welcome everywhere and it's just like if everyone's purpose was to see you happy; in fact, Turkish are happy when they can help you and give you satisfaction.
This is especially true in Senatus Hotel where each one will do his best in a very friendly way to help you and make your stay the best ever.
We recommend the Imperator room which is of a maximum comfort with all its amenities described on the hotel site.
We recommend the restaurant as well: the food and the wines are great and typical.
The situation of the hotel in the historical center is just perfect. There are so many things to do and to see that we could have stayed in a walk range during our five days stay, enjoying the proximity of the hotel for a rest, a sauna or simply to spend so little time in transportation.
We left the hotel and Istanbul with regrets, but with our senses full of sweet memories and nice dreams... We shall be back...

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  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Stayed in Senatus hotel for 3 nights for a leisure trip to Istanbul. As it was already mentioned location is very central, close to all possible old city attractions and sight seeings. Staff is very helpful and nice. I have ordered transfer service from IST airport to the hotel, but they due to some reasons didn't get there, so hotel asked me to take a cab and they paid for it upon arrival to the hotel.
Again all the facts about amenities in the rooms are true, everything is clean and well prepared, bottle of water, tea and coffee in the room are complimentary. Breakfast is a bit unusual for European taste, but your are in Turkey after all so have fun and enjoy (and they provide not just local dishes, so not a problem at all). Bed is very soft and comfortable.
In case you are interested in having excursions or boat/bus tours staff will help you with the options and arrangements.
There are only 3 things i could consider as minuses for this otherwise perfect hotel:
1. Booking.com says that hotel has WiFi coverage in all hotel areas - that is not completely true. Good WiFi is only in the lobby, restaurant and i believe on the 1st/2nd floors. My room was on the 4th floor and I been constantly searching for a right location to get signal and anyway it was very poor.
2. Noise - if your room has windows on the front side it might be very noisy in the evening;
3. Door to the bathroom is actually transparent, so if you are not alone or staying with someone with whom you are not completely happy to share your naked appearance it might be a challenge ;)

But in principle i am very happy with a hotel and definitely would recommend it!

  • 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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Address: Akbiyik Caddesi No 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 911 hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Senatus Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 22 guest rooms in our small and boutique hotel have been designed with your comfort in mind. Our finely detailed spacious rooms offer superbly comfortable beds and efficiently modern bathrooms. We take pride in our fine furnishings and we are happy to offer our guests internet access and writing facilities in the rooms. We have created an ambiance of calm and tranquility in our rooms where you would be happy to relax and plan your excursions, use your laptop or simply contact your friends. ... more   less 
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