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“Our home in Istanbul!” 5 of 5 stars
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Uyan Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Utangac Sokak No 25 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #153 of 980 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Our home in Istanbul!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We have stayed twice in Uyan hotel and we loved it both times. We dont even think twice, if we ever have an extended stay in Istanbul that is the one hotel we book. We are a family of four and this hotel has large rooms that are accommodating. The best part about the hotel? Location, location, location! You can walk to so many attractions and sites. On our last trip we had my elderly parents join us and the kids, so it was perfect that the hotel was so close to all the main attractions. Anyone who was tired had a chance to walk home and rest. The terrace is amazing with wonderful views. We love that its not taken up by a restaurant because we were up there enjoying the panoramic views with our drinks and snacks every evening. We made sure we had breakfast there every morning as well. Breakfast is a nice spread and they were willing to fry up some eggs sunny side up upon request or serve us some turkish coffee in elaborately decorated cups.
We absolutely loved Salih (the server/bus boy/handy man/ etc) and his young lady helper in the morning. They made our 8 day stay so comfortable. The rooms had everything we needed and the bathrooms are nice, clean and very practical. The small fridge came in handy as well.
Here are a few tips for families staying in the area:
Down the hill on the road adjacent to Topkapi palace's walls, there is a laundry shop that will do your laundry for $3 a kilo. That is so helpful when you have two kids and are staying for 8 days. They even delivered the laundry nicely folded back to our hotel room for no extra charge.
Also if you continue down the road there is a really good deal at the municipality owned restaurant/ cafe. They have very good mixed grill, grilled fish for a really good price compared to Sultanahmet touristy places. Theirs was good and cheap (relatively). The best part is the sea view. It does get busy towards the evening and there is a waiting line to be seated outdoors. But they also had an outdoor playground and ice cream stand.
Also another family friendly value and great tasting place to eat in Sultanahmet was
Karadeniz Pide Kebap Sultanahmet. It was within a 10/15 minute nice walk but they also deliver. I realize it may not be your first choice but you have to try the white dry bean stew there it is out of this world! While you are there walk down a couple of shops to a good convenience store to buy drinking water really cheap and some drinks and snack for the terrace ;)
Also if you want a tasty meal and a nice night out go to http://www.alburakathisma.com/en/
We had really good food and the best part is if you are staying at Uyan hotel ask them to show you the way out through the Cistern. The place is built on the entrance of an underground Cistern and you get out right next to the hotel.
I have no problem recommending this hotel to anyone traveling to see the sites in Istanbul. It is within a very easy walking distance to many sites, metro stations, restaurants, shops, etc and although its in a busy area, its not very noisy since its mostly pedestrian and we never had noise issues.
You have to be really picky to find something bad about this hotel. We are, and we still couldn't find anything to complain about. That tells you something!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This hotel has a wonderful location and it's very quiet, but the service leaves a lot to be desired. The greeting at check-in was perfunctory. When I asked for a map of the area, I was offered a city map for purchase. When I asked about the location of a handicrafts center I had passed walking in the neighborhood, the desk clerk suggested I go to a shopping mall. The two restaurant reservations we asked to have made were both messed up (in different ways). I was just glad I didn't really need anything important from the staff.
The breakfast was mediocre, and the place felt tired overall. In short, if you need a reasonably comfortable room and not much more, you'll do fine here. But if you have experienced good service elsewhere in Turkey, you'll be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The deluxe room is large. The bed and pillow is quite firm. My first floor room was quiet, not facing the street. Walk to Aya Sofia and good restaurants. Great view from roof terrace. Breakfast is not great. Service is fine. Great value for the price. Free airport transfer with stays of 3 nights or more.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Wonderful small hotel within walking distance of all the sites. Situated on a side street, close to the hippodrome , the palace and the large mosques, As a solo female traveller, I stayed in a single room which was quite adequate for my needs. Nice window to the quiet street, a TV , ample bathroom and kept clean daily by good housekeepers. Only wish would be for a bathtub instead of shower. Free wifi works well throughout. Breakfast adequate , not grandiose,with hot foods and breads served on a lovely outdoor terrace or inside if desired. Only consideration is to remember to keep bottled water with you as city water is not safe anywhere in Istanbul. I asked hotel admin if they might add bottled water to each room in the future. There is a lovely open market within a block that features an open Turkish restaurant with Turkish musicians and the famous whirling dancers. This is a very good buy for the money.
As for safety, I read warning after warning before I left and found absolutely no justification for any of it. I never felt unsafe, even late at night as there are many tourists and open businesses. The salesmen were the usual seen all around the world, certainly not the overly pushy that I had read about. In fact as some saw me limping from a recent injury, I was offered countless chairs to rest bu these same "pushy " merchants. Of course, they saw an opportunity for their charity, but I only say them as kind. I have travelled solo all over the world and find this as safe as anywhere else for the seasoned traveller. A trip to the lovely Princes Islands is a good bet also after taking in all the old city sights. wish I had taken more time to see some of the countryside though.

Room Tip: Choose a room facing the quiet street but away from the elevator. Room 204 is as good for a single...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Loudon, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Uyan September 1st thru the 5th and then again on September 10th till the 12th. The hotel is a boutique hotel with 4 floors which is the norm for Istanbul. We opted for a Blue Mosque room on the 4th floor and it was well worth it. The extra space and the small outdoor patio were appreciated as well as direct views of the Blue Mosque, particularly at night. The service we received was very good and the breakfast provided several options. There is a dining room where you can sit, or for the best experience you can go up to the tables on the rooftop where you overlook the ocean. Nothing beats that view while you're having your first coffee/tea of the day. Equally valuable was the location. We were very close to all of the sights and the downtown core but never had a problem sleeping at night and it was obvious that it is a very safe area. There are nearby trams but for the most part we chose to walk all over the city. There are no shortage of nearby places to eat and drink. WIFI was free. Very important to note is that if you stay 3 nights or more and book thru the hotel directly they will pick you up at the airport. By the time we landed it had been nearly 24 hours since we had slept and it was great to see the driver waiting for us, particularly in a place and country we had never been in.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Stayed for just one night but very impressive. Located right next to major historical sites, saved a lot on transport as could just reach most sight seeing place by just walking or taking tram. reception was very helpful and friendly, will give sincere recommendations on tours. Breakfast spread was average but the rooftop restaurant provides superb view on the surroundings. Did not regret i've chosen this hotel. Would definitely recommend to others going to Istanbul.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

I have stayed at the Uyan hotel at the end of my summer holiday in Turkey for 3 nights and 2 days of intense sightseeing.
We arrived late at night, check in was fast and in few minutes we were in our rooms already.
My cousin and his girlfriend stayed in a standard room. It looked nice, clean, and had all you need for a comfortable stay. The bathroom moreover is not one of those claustrophobic space with a perfect Tetris-style arrangment of sink-toilet-shower. The only bad point of their room was the fact it was on the ground floor next to the reception, which might be disappointing if the hotel is hosting people that are not very respectful when coming back in after an evening out.
I have stayed in a deluxe room with a big double bed and an additional single bed. The room was on the second floor. Very nice with wooden furniture, and with enough space for 3 people. Also here, the bathroom was big enough and nice.
The hotel has a nice terrace on the roof where you can relax at sunset and the breakfast room is on the 4th floor, it gets sunny and beautiful in the morning. They could offer a bit more for breakfast (such as fried/scrambled eggs) but it was good anyway.
ATTENTION: The hotel is near the Mosque. Please remember when booking that you are travelling to a Muslim country, which means that early in the morning (and during the day as well) from every single Mosque of the city, you will hear the Muezzin call to the morning pray. It is loud, yes, it does wake you up at 5 am, yes, but it lasts no more than 5 minutes, and after that you can go back to your sleep. This is travelling: you go in a different country and you see different cultures and habits. If you don't want to be woken up by the Muezzin call, then book something far away from Mosques and check if they have thick windows.
But the Uyan Hotel sure is nice, clean, comfortable, in a nice area of Sultanahmet, and it's good value.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Utangac Sokak No 25 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#71 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#97 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#112 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Uyan Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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