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“Perfect localization only” 4 of 5 stars
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Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:13 Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Formerly Crowne Plaza Hagia Sophia)   |  
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Ranked #183 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
Lodz, Poland
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30 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Perfect localization only”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Perfect localization near Hagia Sophia , Kumapi restaurants district and Old City . Perfect view from a window.
Modern hotel with some strange interior equipment. WI-Fi for free but works seldom. If you don't ask to change glasses , cups or towels , you will not get the clean ones ( very very strange in a 5 starr hotel ) .There are no hangers in the bathroom so the towels are all the time wet. Wardrobe so small that the suit is laying on the safe. It is impossible to hang lady dress or a coat in a wardrobe. Rooms not so clean , enaugh light to read , quiet. Acceptable breakfasts . Overall service in the hotel is sufficient . In my opinion the hotel is a bit too expensive.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This hotel used to be managed by Crown Plaza, but is now managed as a Boutique (much better). The location is perfect (all rooms on the front view the Hagia Sophia). The hotel has a nice terras in front, with bar (english pub style). The rooms were good, clean, with nice features (tv screen in mirror). Liked the bath room as well. Good, comfortable beds. I was pleasantly surprised, especially because of the location (right in the middle of the old historic centre, yet enough privacy / enough distance from all the tourist traps). Breakfast (food) was good - breakfast room still a little bit crown plaza look and feel (conservative). Overall service in the hotel is sufficient - could be better (sometimes English language is a problem). Check it out - you will not be disappointed. We stayed with a group of 10 (EUR 100 per person including breakfast).

  • Stayed May 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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chapel hill, nc
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed four nights at this hotel in the old city of Istanbul, minutes from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The location is terrific -- within walking distance of almost everything you want to see in the old city. The hotel itself is modern and well appointed. The rooms are relatively large with all the modern amenities. The staff is friendly and helpful. The restauarant, while not among the best in the area, is certainly more than adequate. The breakfast is quite fine as well.

Overall, a very fine place to stay in an amazing city.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a the third (highest floor).
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hamburg
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

The hotel postponed their official opening and there is still some construction inside the building. Although managment told me upfront there will be no noise there was construction noise to be heard during the entire stay.
We had an excellent view of the Hagia Sophia which made up for the bland interior of the room.
Why they put an oldfashioned Irish Pub in a contemporary yet slightly Ottoman style hotel is beyond me. The hotel is a conversion of an office building, not initially built as a hotel. Maybe that´s why noise travels easily from room to room. My husband had to get up at night to ask the neighbours to turn down their tv. He then realized that it was not that noisy in the neighbour´s room. The TVs are integrated in the walls (inside a mirror - weird, like in a Vegas bathroom) maybe that´s the reason why TV noise is easily heard in the adjacent rooms. The location of the hotel could not be any better. The street is pedestrian, so no traffic noise. All major attractions are within easy walking distance. The decoration of the hallways and the entrance hall are nice. Why the huge lobby only has one small sofa and 2 chairs is again beyond me. Obviously they don´t want anybody to sit there. One last suggestion from my side: Turn off the loud music on the terrace which travels into the bedrooms above.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The location is top in the Old City - the Sultanahmet aria, at 4 minutes walk of Agia Sophia Mosque and very close to a number of good restaurants. If you are lucky (or by request) you could have a room facing towards the Mosque. Evening view is great but also the day time one! The hotel seems to be newly refurbished, in a very nice way (entrance seems ato bring a sort of vintage style), modern while it also keeps a touch of the traditional symbols of the old empire.
Rooms are large, top equiped bathrooms, Wide flat screen. No noise, no difficult things to accomodate with. Maybe just that when staff speaks in Englsh you need to pay attention. Personnel is very friendly and helpful.
Breakfast: i initially expected a larger variety of food, but i then realised that the food offered is good quality and generally you can find a lot to choose from.

Room Tip: Ask for a Mosque view room in order to get the view!
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We were staying at this hotel between 22-25 March 2012. The location is perfect, in a heart of Sultanahmet District (Old Istanbul), just 300 m from Hagia Sophia and 500 m from Blue Mosque, less then 200 m trom tramway stops. It is easy to get there form/to the airport.

The hotel is new, Looks great from the outside shining its modern architecture and ambiance lights. The room (Double Delux corner) was clean, had all amenities you ight need, we could see the Hagia Sophia through the window. However, air-conditioning system did not work properly. We notified the reception about it but nothing improved. We were told that someone woul come but nobody came to fic it. We switched the AC off and opened the windows. It workds just fine! Also, there was a constant noise in the room like it was a AC pipe in the walls making noise. It did not disturbe much though.

The hotel impressed us with its nice interior and it was really clean. Wherever you go you could smel such an nice scent of flowers. Very nice!

STaff was helpful but I think not much experianced yet.

Room Tip: Our DOuble Delux Corner roome has a nice view of Hagi Sophie. We were told they have only two of suc...
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Me and wfe stayed for three nights in last week of December. The hotel is recently renovated it has very good and freindly staff, all the facilities are perfect. We had a superior corner room and it was very very comfortable, specially the bed and linen was new and fresh, the bed was awsome and so so comfy that it is difficult to explain in words. The breakfast was exceptionally good and served individually with very nice platters of cheese and starters followed by the main course of the breakfast all inclusive in your stay.

The location of the hotel is awsome, just next to all the great attractions, highly highly recommended.

Regards,

Room Tip: Choose the Corner Superior Room please, it has view of the Hagia Sofia directly, the curtains are el...
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Address: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:13 Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Formerly Crowne Plaza Hagia Sophia)
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #183 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City 5*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City , is a deluxe category hotel and situated at Sultanahmet square. Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City has opened at 2011. Hotel has 63 rooms categories of deluxe and superior rooms and offers its guest a magnificent service. All rooms has their own espresso machine, wireless internet connection, LCD televisions and general air condition.. Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City offers a rich choice of food and beverage services; 2 restaurants, one Garden Restaurant and (an A’la Carte restaurant,) a bar and a café… Hotel is surrounded with all major and cultural landmarks. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace are in a short walking distance to Hotel which is one of the best choices for leisure guests expecting upscale service. You will be fascinated with direct view of Hagia Sophia Museum when you have a look from your window or enjoy the historical atmosphere while drinking a coffee at unique terrace of the Hotel. ... more   less 
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