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“Fabulous Location , great staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Coliseum
Kucukayasofya Mahallesi, Aksakal Sok., No:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #51 of 829 Istanbul B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Fabulous Location , great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just 3 nights in Istanbul, and Sultanahmet proved to be perfect for the major attractions .Friendly staff who directed us to all the locations and attractions . The rooms are on the small side but comfortable .Breakfast service prompt and with a good variety of fayre..
Both managers very helpful.

Overall very pleased we stayed there as it is a small hotel and personal service is second to none

Room Tip: top floor has fabulous views of the sea . Blue Mosque almost 800 yards away and visible from the roo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We spent a couple of nights here and were very pleased. It seems to cater primarily to a Turkish clientele. Rooms are small and the room decorations feature a lot of gold lamay. The staff is very friendly and helpful; we really liked them. The location is tremendous, close to SultanAhmet Park. The (included) breakfast is very adequate. We had better breakfasts but were paying a lot more for the room. The roof top is a wonderful place to hang out. Either we did not understand the controls or the air was broken. We could not get it to cycle on/off automatically.

Room Tip: We wanted a lower floor because the elevator is tiny and I'm claustrophobic.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I was there for two weeks in the begining of July 2013. Location is fantastic, a stone throw from SultanAhmet and AyaSophia and many restaurants. DoyDoy is a local good option (better than Buhara 93, where I found hair in my food twice).
Mr Mehmet is a dedicated host who really cares about the hotel and guests.
Only issue you might find is that rooms are quite small, but decoration, service, cleanliness and other aspects make it unnoaticeable.
Breakfast is ok, better than most similar hotels is Turkey, but some fresh bread wouldn't hurt.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a sea view, which was my case.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mcallen
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It is located off a quiet road less than 5 min from the hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The rooms are a bit small, but very quiet even on the ground floor rooms. Hotel staff and management were helpful and friendly. Turkish breakfast is served daily in the lower floor, not the terrace.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We used Coliseum Hotel as a base to explore Istanbul. Location is it's best feature: in less than 5min you are in the Blue Mosque and in just 10min you can find lots of good restaurants. Besides that, the street is very quiet and good to rest. The hotel is also recent and clean. The terrace offers good views. The owner, Mehmet, is very nice and available to help you with everything.

However, as every hotel in Sultanahmet, it is a bit over priced considering what it offers. Rooms are a bit small but enough. A couple of things to improve: there are too many things in the corridors (e.g. boxes) and breakfast doesn't have fresh bread neither fruit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

I stayed at the hotel with some friends for three nights. From the check in until check out we felt welcome and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel has a great location to reach the attractions of Istanbul. The hotel also has a nice terrace on the roof where you can relax at any time.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Walnut Creek, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Coliseum for 5 nights and they were 5 of the best nights in the best hotel I've ever stayed at in Istanbul. The hotel owner whos' name I think is Mehmet is one of the kindest, friendliest gentlemen I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I trusted him to set us up with tours and send us to places to eat and visit every day and I must say he did a fantastic job, trust this man to show you a good time, in short, take his advice. The entire staff is extremely polite and helpful. The hotel is new and extremely clean. Breakfast is ready everyday at 8:00am and the lady that is in charge of the set up does a beautiful job. The location of the hotel itself could not be better. It’s a short walk up to Sultan Ahmed square and the heart of the city. Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace are all within a stones throw of each other and the hotel. Tons of restaurants right there in the square also. Trains are right there and run every minute or so if you want to leave the area but believe me there is so much to do and see right there that you will hardly find time to go anywhere else. In short, trust me Hotel Coliseum is the place to stay if you go to Sultan Ahmed, big thanks to the entire staff for making this trip so memorable for us. (Free wi-fi and yes it works)

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Address: Kucukayasofya Mahallesi, Aksakal Sok., No:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 829 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are expecting to welcome you, our dearest guests in our Hotel Which is located in the heart of Istanbul, Right in the center of Historical Peninsula and surrounded by; The HAGIA SOPHIA of which the dome is believed is to stand by means of a spiritual power by The Christians, The TOPKAPI PALACE, the magnificent residence of the Ottoman Empire, The BLUE MOSQUE, which is one of the most important monuments of Turkish and Islamic World, The CASTLE WALLS of old Istanbul, The GRAND BAZAAR, KAPALI CARSI, which is the oldest and greatest shopping mall of the world, The MOSAIC MUSEUM, which is constructed on the foundations of the Bukoleon Palace, The SUNKEN PALACE (BASILICA CISTERN), which survived from the first age to the modern day, The AYA IRINI, the Byzantine Church, The ISTANBUL COLISEUM, which was the arena of power and entertainment during the Roman Empire and the Byzantium Empire. All rooms include flat screen TV telephone,air conditioning,minibar,safety box,wardrobe,hair dryer,telephone in bathroom,slippers,anti allergic materials,orthopedic bads.Ataturk Airport 19 km,Sabiha Gokcen Airport 55 km from Hotel Coliseum.By walk,Blue Mosque 3 minutes,Hagia Sophia Museum,Basilica Cistern 5 min,Topkapi Palace 7 min, Grand Bazaar 10 min, from the Hotel Coliseum. ... more   less 
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