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“Hidden Away in the Center of Town” 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Sophia Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tasdirek Cesme Sok No 20 | Cemberlitas, Istanbul 34470, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #603 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
Washington Dc
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Hidden Away in the Center of Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Great little hotel and a great value at 60 euros. Nice staff, clean, cheap and cheerful. It is centrally located near Cemberlitas tramway that runs right to the harborside and all of the main sites. It is located approximately 250 meters from the Hagia Sophia.

Room Tip: all the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Austin, TX
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Six of stayed here and had mixed reactions but mostly liked it, some of us very much. With a great location, we never bought bus or rail tickets to reach popular local attractions, saving us money. We thought the staff was quick to respond to requests and readily available. All six of us were content with their free breakfast. The beds were average, but bearable. Transportation to and from the main airport was well-managed, also. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kherson, Ukraine
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed in Santa Sophia hotel for 6 days. The staff is friendly, rooms are clean and cozy. The location is great - very close to Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Basilica, Blue Mosque and other places of interest.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We arranged to see the sights and sounds of Istanbul for 1 week in June. The hotel is conveniently situated in the old part of Sultanamet near all the usual tourist attractions. Our room was clean but dark and dingy. The small little tv hardly worked. There was one skimpy little blanket on the bed. The breakfast was a daily offering of the same unimaginative fare day after day. And for those of you who are not the chit chat kind, this is a good place because the hotel staff never once recognized our presence in their hotel. They were the least friendly staff in any hotel I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Bucharest, Romania
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The hotel is well positioned, close to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
The rooms are extremely clean, comfortable and cosy. As when I first got my room I did not like it, as it had a view to a small backyard, I asked for a change and I got one with the street view the next morning. I realised that the comfort is the same - it was only the light that was making all the difference, in my case.
The continental breakfast offered a good choice of food. The staff was extremely nice. The overall experience was a very good one.

Room Tip: A room with a street view is sunnier.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel twice in the past and intend to return this year.It is well situated,close to the major sites.It is comfortable,clean and the staff are friendly,courteous and extremely helpful H & S Edinburgh,Scotland

  • Stayed September 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 Service
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Omro, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel for many years now, and always feel like I'm returning "home." It's quiet, comfortable, easy walking distance from all the main sites and the tram, and the staff is so friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet has a nice variety also, and I love the cigar bourek especially. I plan to stay here on many more trips to Istanbul, and in fact will be there again the end of October, 2012. Home again, here I come!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the sea.
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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
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Santa Sophia Hotel

Address: Tasdirek Cesme Sok No 20 | Cemberlitas, Istanbul 34470, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #603 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Sophia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Santa Sophia is in the heart of the historic center of Istanbul and many famous sights such as the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are within walking distance.The hotel’s 40 guest rooms are simply, but comfortably furnished. Each room has a private bathroom, as well as satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and the restaurant is also open for dinner, serving international food as well as many Turkish dishes.The Santa Sophia is in a great location for public transportation around the city, with both tram and bus stops close to the hotel. ... more   less 
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Hotel Santa Sophia
Santa Sophia Istanbul

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