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“Essence” 5 of 5 stars
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Esans Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ishakpasa Cad Yenisarachane Sok. No:4 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #30 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Harrogate, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Essence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Esans (essence in English) is apparently named after a 19th Century Ottoman perfume maker who built the original building. If you're coming to Istanbul for the first time you'll probably want to be in the oldest part of town - Sultanahmet. Esans is right in the heart of the Sultanahmet district 5 minutes walk to Hagia Sophia (which is the masterpiece of masterpieces for most visitors). My wife and I have just stayed here 3 nights and would definitely go back. This is a family run place and they have put their personality and love into it. The rooms have a quirky décor which is a mix of modern and traditional, they are very clean and a reasonable size. Our room (302) had great views over the Bosphorus (worth the climb). Facilities are limited but there are loads of nearby restaurants and amenities. Best of all, the young staff at Esans could not be more friendly and helpful. Use the roof terrance for breakfast for some great views. Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Durham, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

My friend and I found Esans hotel on tripadvisor and it lived up to and exceeded our expectations! The location near the three main historical and religious sites was perfect. It was also near the tram line which made accessing the rest of the city very easy. They upgraded us to a larger room with two single beds when they saw we were two girls traveling together and had a very nice spread for breakfast waiting for us each morning. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating and on call 24/7! I would stay here again and tell all friends to stay here also. Slight warning: there is no elevator so if you have trouble with stairs ask to stay on floor 1 (which is still a flight up).

  • Stayed July 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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esanshotel, Manager at Esans Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. Each piece of feedback is so important for us to control our service.

We are happy to hear that we satisfied your expectations.

We hope to be lucky enough to welcome you again in future.
Best Regards
Esans Hotel Team
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Montreal
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed at the Esans Hotel for 3 days at the beginning of July. Everything about our stay was perfect. The staff made everything possible to make our stay enjoyable and pleasant: from arranging our transfer from the airport and back to provide us with information about the local museums, historical sites and places to eat. The room has a traditional look witch is very nice and is equipped with all modern amenities including TV, phone and safe. The bathroom is large and everything is very clean. The hospitality of the staff was exceptional and they even gave us gifts for good luck when we checked out.

  • Stayed July 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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

While a small hotel - the Esans Hotel in Istanbul is a property big on service. First, it's location is perfect for visiting the old city and historical sites. The staff could not do enough for us starting with the on time no hassle pickup at the cruise port. That followed with having our room ready early and arranging a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise. The staff assisted with phone calls back to the states and even made sure they had breakfast for us at 3:30AM in order for us to make a 6:00AM flight.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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esanshotel, Manager at Esans Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. Your kind feedback is so important for us.

We are happy to hear that we satisfied your expectations. We would never be happy if you leave hungry from our hotel at 03:30 am. We try our best to accommodate our guests.

We hope to be lucky enough to welcome you again in future.
Best Regards
Esans Hotel Team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay for 4 days in May. A great family run b&b nothing was too much trouble and were happy to share information and offer advice at anŷ time.
The location is very good just a few steps away from lots of restaurants and bars and not far away from the many exciting Istanbul sights, which are all walkable.
Would recommend this b&b to stay to taste what Istanbul has to offer.

  • Stayed May 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Esans is conviniently close to main turist attractions in the Old Town and restaurants. The service was nice. Eager to help young men made my husband and I feel taken care of. The rooms are all nice and clean. The view though, if it's important for you, can be a problem. Only last floor has nice view. Otherwise you can enjoy it from terrasse with a cup of complimentary coffee or tea. For breakfast you can try some local specialties. It is rather diverse with cereal, fruits, eggs and cheese but also hummus, tapenade Turkish style and olives. The shuttle from the airport was a plus. You pay for it but avoid taking taxi. And taking taxi in Istanbul is not recommended. Overall nice place I woud recommend.

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kusadasi
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

This hotel was highly recommended to me by a group of friends and i intend on doing the same. This family run hotel is so lovely and comfortable and i can not really fault it. There are a lot of reviews that complain about the 5am prayers but thats part of staying in Istanbul and did not bother me one bit. The hotel itself was very lovely and clean. The rooms were so very homely and comfortable and the staff were very hospitable and tended to your every needs. The photos on trip-advisor are accurate. The staff are only too willing to help and are really very lovely. The location is amazing, 3 minutes walk to tourist area but the hotel does not encounter any of the noise you might expect. Again, there is really nothing can fault with this hotel and i would recommend it to anyone. Its slightly more expensive than over hotels but the quality makes up for this without a doubt. Definitely stay at Esans hotel.

  • Stayed May 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: Ishakpasa Cad Yenisarachane Sok. No:4 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 979 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Esans Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a 19th-century, wooden mansion, offers Ottoman-style spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi in the Sultanahmet Old City Istanbul District.The location is on silent street under the foot of Topkapi palace and 4 minutes walking to Saint Sophia and Blue mosque. The terrace offers wonderfull Hagia Sophia and Marmara Sea views.Esans Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are individually decorated, and feature wooden furnishing and rich fabrics. Each room also includes a flat-screen TV, a full-length mirror and a dressing table. Some offer views of the Bosphorus.A Home made open buffet breakfast is served daily in the Esans’s restaurant or on the terrace. Room service is also available. ... more   less 
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