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“Memorable Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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The Magnaura Palace
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dalbasti Sok No 13/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #23 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
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“Memorable Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The rooms -- I stayed at this hotel 2 times (in October and November) -- first with my mother (double corner room with requested twin beds facing the sea) and then on my own (single room facing the side of the blue mosque). Both times we enjoyed soundless stays -- we did not hear any noise whatsoever. Both rooms were beautifully decorated -- boutique standard and very cozy - the bathroom is stylish and modern and quaint at the same time. The towels were soft and the toileteries of high quality.

The location -- We could not have been more pleased - the location allowed us to go back and forth between sightseeing all the main sights we wanted to see (Blue mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi palace, the Cistern, Bosphorous tour and returning to rest or freshen up. The map does not do justice to how close the hotel is to the blue mosque -- we were mesmerized at our arrival. We were around the corner from the mosque and Aya Sophia and a pleasant walk to Topkapi palace and the cistern...one cannot expect a better location. There is a wonderful bazaar right below the hotel and I was able to buy many of the momentos that I wanted to buy (note grand bazaar is also not far). Further around the corner -- there is a lovely cobblestone and hilly street which is lined with open air restaurants and shops. Further (!) a great feature is the open air restaurant (with heated lamps) steps from the hotel on next to the bazaar where there is live music each night and one can enjoy eating Turkish kebabs and other mezze (eggplant with yoghurt, stuffed peppers etc.) and listen to the music and watch the Sufi dervish dance. People also smoke sisha there. It’s a very relaxing environment and we went there each night after the entire day was over just to have a little more fun and relaxation. We felt very safe at all times and this was literally a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

The rooftop -- We also went up to enjoy the rooftop throughout the day to enjoy the magnificent sea views (Bosphorous and the Marmara). In the evening time the sunset is also beautiful there and one can see part of the blue mosque and all of Aya Sophia. The staff always offered to bring us Turkish tea. There will be a restaurant up there soon --which will be fantastic given the views. Right now the breakfast is served in a beautiful space downstairs -- the food is very tasty and served elegantly.

The staff -- was extremely friendly and helpful. If you have any questions or need suggestions -- they do everything with sincerity -- it was very refreshing and added to the quality of the stay. When I booked the cruise on the Bosphorous (which is also walking distance from the hotel) the staff arranged for the tour guy to walk over and pick me up at the hotel and take me back to the place where everyone else was waiting. From there we walked as a group to the boat.

I could go on but will stop here...I already returned there my second time and will recommend this hotel to family and friends. I had not anticipated such a memorable stay.

Room Tip: If you are wanting sea view - the higher level rooms would provide a more expansive view of the sea...
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We spent 2 nights at this lovely hotel.It's situation is the best possible aince it's close to Hagia Sofia,the Blue Mosque and walking distance to Topkapi Alle the employes are very nice freindly very attentive to our demands.The room was nice and clean.A very enjoyable breakfast.We even had a small balcony with a view on the Bosphore.I woulld definitly go back.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Westlock, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We selected this hotel from Trip Advisor and what a find! This is in the heart of old Sultanahmet. We stepped out on our balcony, upon our arrival, and saw the Blue Mosque out front. Our room was exactly as shown on their website, beautifully finished. Their included breakfast was top notch. Full buffet with both hot and cold choices. The staff were all so friendly and helpful....and very proud of their new hotel. With just 18 rooms, you become "family" very quickly. Their rooftop view is fantastic, looking across the Bosphorus into the Asian side of Istanbul. All the top tourist sites are within easy walking distance. No need to buy packaged tours. Just walk at your leisure. Be prepared for an early morning wake up call to prayer at sunrise, but that is part of the Turkish experience. (And you get this everywhere in the city). As tired tourists, we had no problem rolling back to sleep. In advanvce, we had the hotel arrange our pick up from the airport. Although this cost more, it was worth avoiding the chaos of a new foreign city.
We also chose to make our reservations directly on the hotel website and pay in cash . They did honor a further 10% discount as advertised.

Room Tip: We selected the basic room, which was located over the entrance.This offered a partial view of the s...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed here in October and found the location to be extremely convenient to all the main sights in the old town. Public transport was very efficient. We even caught the train/tram in from the airport on day one. The service was fantastic. We were a bit lost when we disembarked from the tram, and after 2 phone calls to ask directions, the concierge actaully came and found us and helped drag our bags to the hotel - above and beyond the call of duty we thought!!
The hotel is freshly renovated and the rooms were great. Very affordable. My only gripe was no internet, but with smart phone had no problems keeping in touch with emails once/day.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We were in a hotel that was Bento-box small and happened upon this hotel in the middle of the night in a desperate effort to find a room large enough for two adults to comfortably spend a week! Even at that hour, the desk attendant invited us to come have a look and furnished us all the information we needed to make one of the best travel decisions we have ever made.

When we met the manager the next morning, we were even more surprised to find a host that made us feel that we were staying with family from the outset.

The hotel is relatively new, and the condition of the rooms is impeccable. There is plenty of space, the decorations are tasteful and lovely, and the staff was consistently courteous and helpful. We could not imagine a stay where we could feel more welcome!

The prices are competitive, the breakfast was good, and when the rooftop restaurant is complete, sunset experiences of the Bosphorous (views are already available) will be magical!

The location is excellent, within easy walking distance of all the major tourist attractions.

We highly recommend this hotel and plan to return as soon as possible! In fact, the only negative about writing this fabulous review is that the hotel will be the most sought-after in Istanbul and it will be hard to get into! :)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Duvall, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The hotel is wonderful; it is in the perfect location walking distance to the SultanAhmet and Hagia Sophia and other sites. It is very clean and the staff is exceptionally friendly and accomodating! They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. It's a great hotel for families. i will definitely be staying there again! :) :)

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baghdad
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Rooms fancy and tidy; a tad on the small side. Delightful cobblestoned tourist-y neighborhood right among the biggest sights. We liked the staff very much; they were wonderfully helpful though not always as knowledgeable as they made out -- their hearts are always in the right place but don't rely for info. Nice micro-balcony to look out from. They can summon a taxi to the hotel door in 3 minutes. Breakfast is orderly and adequate (and in a nice room), not more. Traffic can be a chore in Istanbul, maybe here a bit more than other places. Tip: Avoid the Daytime Bosphorus Tour from Turnatour.com if you have other options; obnoxious tour guide almost as annoying as the incredibly penny-pinching carb-loading "snacks" like corn from a can and bulk meatless pasta.

Room Tip: Push them to get a room with a view of the sea view or partial sea view; they will try for you.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Dalbasti Sok No 13/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #23 of 920 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Magnaura Palace 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Magnaura Palace Hotel is a newly opened in the heart of historical peninsula. Located steps away from the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantium time [such as Blue Mosque, St Sophie, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern]We are at your service with our 18 rooms equipped with central heating and air condition systems, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, sitting areas, writing tables and cupboards as well. We aimed to give you 5 star comfort in a boutique atmosphere. ... more   less 
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