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Kybele Hotel
Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:23 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #107 of 986 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Kenya
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“The kind of hotel you dream of finding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is my second stay in this little gem. The staff, especially Vefa, are just so pleasant. Location, location, location ... OK it is important but when it comes with the whole package of charm, ambiance and to my surprise, incredible food, it really makes the stay in this gorgeous city extra special.
I rated the dinner we had for our group of 12 as the best meal of our entire 12 night stay in Turkey and Morocco.
Don't expect large luxury rooms and bathrooms - that is not what this boutique hotel is about. Think narrow staircases, odd shaped bedrooms, cosy corners, a surprise jungly rooftop garden, kitsch opulence, an eccentric, well connected, knowledgeable owner and enough fabulous 'pieces' to furnish a small palace. And of course those thousands of lights made from hand blown glass, old perfume bottles and various other beautiful debris. If you are a bit squashed in the bathroom, who cares.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vevey, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

A quircky charming place, small and quiet, in the very heart of the wonderful city of Istanbul. Traditional lamps being the signature in the design, you won't find a single inch free from them neither in the numerous small and cosy lobbies to sit with a coffee and book on a sofa, nor in your room. I've stayed in this hotel twice by now, and both times was admiring the view of magnificient Agia Sofia's minarets straight from my pillow - really to die for... I'd say this is how staying at grandma's would be if my grandma was Turkish and very traditional. Very nice roof garden as a bonus and most attractive areas of the city in a short walk reach. If you are fine with not having hi-end bathroom eqiuipment and king-size hi-end mattress but want a unique experience of staying in a museum almost, this is the place to be!

Room Tip: rooms on 4th floor have balconies with view of Agia Sofia
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I simply had the most wonderful experience at Kybele Hotel and cannot recommend it highly enough! The location was excellent - a quiet street yet only a block or two walking from the bazaar, the blue mosque, the basilica cistern and other sights. Everything was literally right there but the hotel itself was peaceful and quiet.

But location is not what makes this place spectacular. The vibe and decor is wonderful. The room was incredible. My friends and I stayed in a triple and what we arrived to find was a virtual suite with two balconies.. It was as if we had our own little apartment with seating area and everything - adorably decorated and more than roomy enough for 3 people. The food was great and the atmosphere - the best.

But the absolute most impressive part was the service. Everyone who worked there was SO nice and accommodating (especially Hasan!). When I had to ship a package home, he literally walked me down the block to show me where DHL was. And when it was closed due to a holiday, the hotel made other arrangements for me to get the package home. They answered all of our questions, helped us with dinner reservations, stayed open late when we wanted to have an extra glass of wine on our last night, helped us with our heavy bags, you name it, they were on it!

I just can't say enough wonderful things about this hotel. Your trip to Istanbul would be incomplete without a stay here!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in a triple. It was on the top floor and while I was worried my two friends and I would b...
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A great little hotel in the Old City with loads of character and quirkiness, especially the hundreds of coloured lanterns suspended from the ceilings. Our room overlooked the main street and was more than adequate. Super friendly staff who went out of their way to be helpful. Breakfasts provide wide range of choices and their dinner meals surprised us so much that we dined in twice rather than go hunting for a suitable restaurant.

Room Tip: Ask ffor a front room
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  • Stayed September 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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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We liked this hotel in a great location in the Old city, but I felt it was a bit overpriced at 130 euro per night for a very cramped room. Only two weeks earlier I had stayed at the Senatus Hotel in a larger and newer room for only $140 USD (about 108 euro) per night. Nonetheless, the Kybele has more charm -- it is highly decorated with a multitude of lamps on all ceilings. Kybele has a slightly better location, both hotels had very nice staffs but you do seem to run into more staff at the Kybele. Kybele has a slightly better breakfast. So, it depends on what you like. I'm pretty good in small spaces, but the smaller double we chose at the Kybele was quite cramped. Most people would probably be happier paying more for one of their larger rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stumbled across the Kybele Hotel wandering around Istanbul and landed up hanging out there rather a lot. 'Mike' (not his Turkish name of course) is a wonderful host and made us feel so at home not only to drink Turkish coffee sitting in the front room watching the world go by, or eating delicious food in the hotel restaurant but also just hanging out with him and his family drinking tea, listening to music and generally relaxing and chatting.

A really fun place to visit. We will certainly return.

Room Tip: We didn't stay but will another time
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sussex UK
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Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Definitely a quirky hotel! We loved the lights in each room and all the lovely furniture. Rooms are ok but just a few touches would help - like besides lights for both sides of a double bed. Staff friendly and helpful. Breakfast with plenty of choice. So handy for all the major tourist spots yet on a nice quiet street.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:23 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #107 of 986 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
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