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“Exceptional service, great location and wonderful staff.” 5 of 5 stars
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Boutique St Sophia Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Alemdar Cad. No 2, Istanbul 34400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #86 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
1 review
“Exceptional service, great location and wonderful staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our stay at this hotel was perfect. The location was excellent and we felt very comfortable and at home in this beautiful hotel. Very modern and spacious room. We would definitely return to this beautiful property and would highly recommend this beautiful hotel. Carmen

  • Stayed December 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I only spent one night in this lovely, very central hotel. The location is perfect, right below Hagia Sophia which is visible from the room's window (get a lux). Rooms are clean and cozy, the staff is very welcoming and can give you information about the sights. I loved this hotel and definitely go back there when in Istanbul again. The only thing that I do not personally like is the glass door in the bathroom which can be intimidating for those looking for privacy.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Location of this hotel is absolutely central right next to Hagia Sofia. The hotel is nicely designed and very comfortable. The staff is welcoming and helpful. My stay was short but perfect. I would suggest this hotel and spend a little more for a luxury with view it worth it.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were booked at Boutique St. Sophia Hotel in November. It is the perfect location, especially if you are a first time visitor in Istanbul. It is a very short all of the important landmarks in the Old town. Special mention to Çetin and Lokman for the warm and friendly faces that greeted us as we arrived, and made our stays most comfortable. I will definitely book this hotel again, and recommend to friends and family.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chanced upon this modernly-decorated, beautiful boutique hotel right after visiting the Basilica Cistern.

Within 20 minutes of being inside and checking the rooms, we arranged for a booking for our remaining nights in Istanbul even if we were already booked at Divan Hotel.

Our decision to move here was the right one as this just had the perfect location! It was literally a few steps from all the popular tourist attractions in Istanbul! You know how some hotels say they are walking distance to the train station or this and that and they are not?? Well this is!! We got to save a lot of time just by starting our day from here, and that is especially important when you want to be first in line to avoid crowds in busy Istanbul attractions.

It was so near we could use our own hotel room toilet between visiting attractions in Istanbul!

The place is clean and handsomely furnished, the staff always helpful. Only downside is there is no way of escaping the prayer calls at 530am. You WILL hear it every morning. But then you just have to get back to sleep again.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location of the Hotel is perfect for visiting the major attractions. We were able to walk to everything we wanted to see in the Sultanhamet area. Public transportation is also nearby. There are numerous restaurants and small shops very close to the hotel, but do not forget to eat at the restaurant attached to the hotel. We had meze there for lunch that was excellent and the outdoor dining under the stationary umbrellas was delightful. Our room was spacious and always clean. Our only complaint was that water leaked under the glass door of the shower and the floor flooded. Fortunately there were lots of fluffy towels to wipe up the marble. The very best thing about the hotel was that the staff went out of their way to help us with a terrible problem. Our hotel arranged for a cab to take us to the airport at 3:30 a.m. After we entered the airport my husband realized that he left a carry-on bag containing his IPad and needed document in the cab, which had already driven away. He called the hotel at 4:00 a.m. and the hotel was able to contact the cab company who contacted the cab driver. The cab returned to the airport with our forgotten belongings. What an amazing thing for the hotel (and cab company) to do. Would we stay at this hotel again? Absolutely and so should you!

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best possible location in Istanbul, next to Hagia Sophia . Nice rooms, and good service.
Breakfast is little expensive, but on 3.day is free.
Highly recommended for business travelers, as well as for tourists .

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Senay D, General Manager at Boutique St Sophia Hotel, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Boutique Saint Sophia Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing this post regarding your stay in November and for recommending us to other travellers.
I'm delighted to read that you had a lovely time with us and enjoyed your room, location as well as the service.
We hope you come back and visit us again very soon...

Best regards from Istanbul,
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Additional Information about Boutique St Sophia Hotel

Address: Alemdar Cad. No 2, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#48 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#49 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#208 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Boutique St Sophia Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boutique Saint Sophia is situated in the premium location of Istanbul, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, just next to the renowned Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, AyaSofya) Museum. In this prime location, locals and visitors alike are offered the chance to experience Istanbul’s impressive history that spans the rise and fall of three of the world’s most famous empires: Byzantium, Roman, and Ottoman.In this city full of art and history, you are sure to enjoy spectacular historical landmarks, a plethora of museums, churches, and bazaars amidst the beautiful harmony of cultures and people from East to West.Our team is ready to look after your every need and please don’t hesitate to call on us if there is anything further we can do to enhance your stay. We are delighted you have chosen Boutique Saint Sophia and wish you a most enjoyable and memorable stay. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Istanbul
Istanbul Best Western

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