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Senatus Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Akbiyik Caddesi No 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #51 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
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33 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel, Excellent Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

The Senatus is very clean, comfortable, and centrally located. All the major sites are within a 10 minute walk.

I saw some reviewers complain about the size of the rooms but I was quite pleased with the size which was downright spacious compared to other hotels in the area.

Best part of The Senatus is the staff, especially Gorkam, who are very friendly, helpful and warm.

I don't think you can so any better in this area and within this price range. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 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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  • 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
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Second time at the Senatus and just as good as the last only the weather was better. Staff nice and welcoming and remembered me from last time.
Will definitely use this hotel from now on. As a single female traveller I feel very safe and well looked after.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

The Senatus is in a great down town location in Sultanahmet, which is the old part of Istanbul very close to the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofya. It is set amongst many local taverns and other hotels, in a very lively location. The hotel facilities are basic, but very clean and the shower was hot and bathroom supplied with a hospitality pack of toiletries.
Our package included breakfast which was buffet style and a reasonable selection of fruit, local cooked food (eggs, etc,), cereals and breads. The staff were always very helpful if a little vacant at times. All in all, wouldn't hesitate to stay here again, and hope to in the future.
Tip : Take GBP and exchange locally, the rate was much better and the some traders in the Grand Bazaar gave better prices for GBP.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a room at the back of the hotel, you then wont have the noise from the busy street...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommended! The staff (front desk and dining) are friendly, helpful and always there to assist. Rooms a well equipped, spotlessly clean and well serviced. Breakfast offering covered both middle eastern as well as international options and what I liked most, was that at any time residents can sit at the street-side cafe / dining area and have coffee or tea as part of the perks included in the room rate.

The location is perfect, situated on a street with lots of restaurants and within walking distance of all of the sights of Sultanahmet. Highly recommended - thi sis my second stay at the hotel, and it will not be the last!

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is a nice little hotel ideally placed for easy access to the major sites. It has a boutique feel: our room, which was one of the smallest, had a good standard of decorations and furnishings and an excellent though smallish bathroom. Breakfast is ok and the restaurant is fine (though you will be spoiled for choice in the area). Everything was spotlessly clean. The staff were delightful and the service excellent. Downside? The street is lined with hotels, bars, restaurants and hostels, and the partying gap year students can get a little tiresome.

Room Tip: Face back if you can, away from the street
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

I spent only 1 night at the Senatus. I am here on a business trip and needed to go to a hotel close to our office on the Asian side of Istanbul for my second night. The location is super, perhaps 10 minutes walk to the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and 15 minutes to the Topkapi Palace. The management is attentive and friendly. The restaurant very good, too. I will definitely return. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 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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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back for quiet, at the front if you want a view and sun and don't mind str...
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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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Address: Akbiyik Caddesi No 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Senatus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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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