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Grand Hotel Halic
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Refik Saydam Caddesi TepebasI BulvarI 37, Istanbul 34430, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #602 of 916 hotels in Istanbul
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“2nd room better than the 1st”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My husband & I stayed at this hotel at the start & end of our Cosmos Grand Tour of Turkey, last autumn.
Our arrival was too late for the evening meal but check-in was pleasant. The room (210) was ok, just for the night. It had a hairdryer but no kettle (not good for a supposed 4*) fortunately, we had our own. There was shower gel & shampoo; the room was spacious & clean but no balcony & not a great view. Other part members had nice views of the Asian side of the city & the Golden Horn. Traffic was noisy; take ear plugs, if you’re a light sleeper.
Breakfast was ok; I don’t eat cooked breakfasts but my husband does & would’ve appreciated bacon amongst the cooked offerings. I did note that the croissants were rather soggy! There was a TV, fridge & mini-bar containing fruit juice & chocolate, so it wasn’t all bad!
Our final 2 nights of the tour was spent in a refurbished room, 624. It was at the back, so no view except an inward one of the other rooms. There were nice, silky bed drapes, in warm red & gold colours along with a nice rug on the wooden floor. It had a plasma TV on the wall, spacious bathroom, good glass shower guard, full length mirror in the hall part of the room, hairdryer *and* kettle this time, but no coffee or tea bags; luckily, I always carry some sachets with us. The hotel floor plan, on the back of the door, showed that it’s the largest room on that level.
The air-con was a bit too efficient & rather noisy. Strange smells waft in, now & again, e.g. before 4am, one can smell breakfast preparations / cooking & there was an unfortunate, unsanitary smell, floating around after breakfast, in the corridors; sometimes a musty one too.
Now for the lifts…..goodness! Lifts at the front had been ok but the ones at the back had a will of their own! One journey up to room 624 was like something from a film. We’d just joked about getting stuck between floors when there was a big jolt & it wouldn’t open. After fiddling about with the buttons it did re-start but would only go up to level 5, so we got out & walked up to 6. The 2nd journey saw us being taken only part way down so we got out & went the rest of the way on foot. One of our party was taken down to the basement & was quite lost till some more of the group ‘happened upon her’, as the lift took them down there too. After all that, I refused to get in it again; I like to be in control!
There is a free safe key available from reception & taxis to the bazaar & environs should be about 15TL. There is a Café Nero nearby & we enjoyed meals at the Big Chef Café & Brasserie, 3rd left as you come out of the hotel.
We weren’t too struck on the location & if we return to Istanbul, we’d like to be on the other side of the river, but it was ok for the odd night, as part of a group tour.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Tehran, Iran
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

this hotel has 2 parts, the part that we were, was so clean with white sheet and so nice persons ,
the place was very excellent , it is near isteglal St. and metro and Bus station and also Tagsim Sq.,

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Hotel has a sweeping entry and certainly looks grand. Rooms ( had 3 different ones during my stays) clean, basic and all that we needed except for a kettle and tea:) Depending on rooms, walls thin and during our stay there seemed to be no understanding by some guests to lower voice after 10-11pm or caution their children to behave. For two nights neighbors talked loudly until 2am leaving us less than sparkling for our Istanbul day. This is a situation for the hotel to remedy .... Simple signs that remind guests ' no noise ' after 10 pm ' lower voices in halls and rooms after 10 pm' might be helpful. Children were left to run in breakfast room and at least twice I was ' run into' while carrying a tray of food. Perhaps the serving staff need to reinforce safe behavior if the parents don't :). The hotel staff were lovely, exceptionally helpful - they do their best if you present patience, understanding, humor and a smile. A real gem is both the pool after a long day walking and the simply stated restaurant on Floor 8 offers a simply magical panoramic view of Istanbul over the Golden Horn. It is perfectly situated to get to ferries, restaurants ( Takzim Square), metro ( buy card from concierge), Spice Bazaar, GalataTower area and shopping.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This hotel is the designated hotel for cosmos tours. We arrived in Istanbul a couple of days before the tour commenced. We had checked out the previous TA reviews on the Grand Hotel Halic and luckily decided not to stay there until the day the tour commenced!!! Reception was staffed by one person who had no people skills at all. Our allocated room had twin beds, was small- photos deceiving, decor pleasant. We had main road facing room...thank goodness for the double glazed windows. Air conditioning was appalling, we complained 3 times to reception, even at 3.45am with nothing being done. We had to open the windows and try and get some sleep with earplugs in situ as the city was still alive at this hour..Other people on this tour had similar problems. One poor women slept on the floor right underneath the Aircon. Breakast was average, reasonable variety. Avoid the tubs of jam...contents had dried up. Aircon not the best in dining area either.
On a plus, it was close to transport, Galata tower, and old town. Lovely views of old town especially at night !!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

we spend a week in this hotel from 26 of July to 1th of Aug. when you are in Istanbul you can't use hotel so much you spend most of your time in city so i think choosing hotel like this is not bad. the location of hotel is very good you can use bus and metro and minibus every thing near this hotel, and you can walk to Istikhlal street and also to Galata tower and Galata bridge and reach every where by foot. the hotel is clean you can use the pool ( it's clean) in the room there is safe-box, the staff are not so friendly, just one woman can speak English and she could help you for the address, i don't like the breakfast it's repetitive, they clean the room every day, the best thing about this hotel is just the location.
if i go to Istanbul again i will use this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I stayed at the Grand Hotel Halic for 3 nights during my trip to Turkey fom 7/28/2013-8/9/2013. I would say that the hotel is pretty basic, and good for your average tourist who just wants a clean room, reliable free wifi and a relatively comfortable bed after a long day of sight seeing. The first thing that struck me about the hotel upon arrival was the musty odor in the lobby area, it wasn't especially offensive but it was definitely noticeable. The bathrooms in the room were very clean, and the water pressure in the shower was excellent, however the showers were pretty high and would definitely be difficult for an older person to get in and out of.

The breakfast buffet at the hotel was basically the same every morning. Hard boiled eggs, very watery scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, sausages (more like hot dogs) in a tomato sauce, soup, cucumbers, tomatoes, turkish cheeses etc. Nothing really satisfied my American palate. The best breakfast item was a round croissant type pastry in the shape of a ring. It was a pity that that was only available once out of the three breakfasts I ate.

Location wise, the hotel was pretty good. For people who are interested in taking the hop-on-hop off tours, the bus stops right in front of the hotel and brings you all around Istanbul. Otherwise İstiklal Avenue is just about a 6 minute walk away where you can find many restaurants and shops. You can also walk to Taksim square which is about a 20-30 minute walk from Istiklal ave.

Overall it was a pleasant stay, clean room, reliable wifi, comfortable bed, but it certainly was not luxurious or "Grand" as the name might imply.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I stayed there last summer and a tour I had picked booked it for me. The staff were not so friendly and the room was really small with bad view. The most annoying thing was that they had this funny policy that u r just allowed to eat and drink from mini bar, u can't buy water and take it to ur room! But it was 20 mins walk to taksim square and the breakfast was good.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Refik Saydam Caddesi TepebasI BulvarI 37, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#313 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Halic 4*
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