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The Sofa Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Tesvikiye Cad. No:41/A Nisantasi, Sisli, Istanbul 34367, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #276 of 943 Hotels in Istanbul
Dubai
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“A boutique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

The Sofa Hotel is one of a group of boutique hotels in Istanbul. If you are weary of international chains of hotels and looking for a unique experience then try Sofa Hotel. It is part of the art community in Istanbul. I witnessed an art auction taking place. Art pieces adorned the hotel corridors. The staff were helpful, courteous and went way beyond the call of duty to provide us with a perfect stay. The room was spacious and comfortable. I highly recommend The Sofa Hotel.

Stayed December 2012
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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to comment regarding your stay, we were very happy to read that you had enjoyed your stay .
We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again when your travels bring you back to Istanbul

Best Regards

Hümeyra Ercil
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The hotel is situated in the center of Nisantasi which is an upper class neighborhood and the rooms are decorated just to match that high-level and classy atmosphere of the area. The rooms are nice and clean,they have everything you could have forgotten to bring by available in your bathroom and the breakfast is breath taking (im by heart a breakfast person and it almost took my breath away). The only disadv of the hotel is that they dont have wifi which we learned will be implemented by next month.

  • Stayed November 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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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your comments.
I am very happy that you enjoyed your stayed with us.
I am also very glad to tell you that Wifi service has been implemented recently.I wish We will have another chance to welcome you here again.

Kind Regards

Hümeyra Ercil
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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23 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Stayed here for business on January 2012. This hotel is located in the heart of Nisantasi - nice area of Istanbul with lots of upscale shopping and nice restaurants around.
We arrived at midnight and it took us 40 minutes to check in, considering there was only one person in front of us. It felt like the guy at the reception didn't know what he was doing, and he felt totally fine with his pace. Considering that was after midnight already, I wasn't particulary happy with the way things were going.
I had a beautiful room on the top floor, modern, very spacious, nicely decorated and with a walk in closet. Perfect.
If only my stay was ruined by the check in I would give this hotel 4*. However, on the last night of my stay there was another very unpleasant accident. We all came back to the hotel from the dinner (about 50 people) and went up to our rooms. The last three floors were covered with smelly smoke so people had to come downstairs as they couldn't stay in their rooms. Upon questioning the front desk, they were totally calm about it saying that something happenned with electricity in the spa and very soon the smoke will go away. After 30 minutes just handging around front desk some people started heading back to their rooms (in some of them there were no light). Some stayed outside. For me it was rather scary to go back to sleep in my room, so I just stayed up until my airport pick up in the middle of the night. All my clothes were stinking.
Such thing can surely happen anywhere, in any hotel, but the way it was handled in Sofa showed they had no respect or care for their guests at all. Considering it was 11 pm they could at least ask people to wait in the bar offering them at least some tea/water.
I am visiting Istanbul 3-4 times a year for business and always tell everyone about Turkish hospitality and level of service. Well, this is definately about other hotels, not Sofa.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Dear Guest,

We appreciate your taking the time , provide us with this feedback as it is instrumental in helping us improve our services and identify those areas where we can improve.Please be assured that your commnets have been copied to the related departments and additional standart has been implemented to make sure our standarts has been given to our guest and our service delivery is as consistent as you expect from The Sofa Hotel.
We are very sorry that we did not make your stay satisfactory one due to unfortunate inconvenience
We very much hope you will give us another chance to convince you of the quality of our services and reinstate your confidence in The Sofa Hotel

Best Regards
Hümeyra Ercil

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London, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Sofa suits me and my family perfectly, located in Nisantasi and within walking distance to all the places we would like to visit. It is a short taxi ride for tourists to the Blue Mosque and Covered Bazaar. For super luxury shopping only a few steps away. The hotel is opposite the City`s Shopping Centre.

The rooms are very well laid out and spacious with excellent en suite facilities. Everything we always find clean and tidy. The buffet breakfast is very good only down point is that they have started charging extra for omelettes and fried eggs instaed of the standard on the buffet boiled or scrambled.

All the staff are very professional, friendly and courteous , the bell boys very helpful.

If you are with your partnet try the Hammam with the private couples massage in the hammam, very relaxing, gives you a vibrant feel and cleanses the skin like nothing else.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are very happy to hear that you were in general satisfied with the services rendered to you.

Your comments are a big motivation for the entire team, we have also, conveyed your sentiments to our Concierge Team.
Again, thank you for your visit and we look forward to having the opportunity of welcoming you back to The Sofa HotelIstanbul soon.

Best Regards

Hümeyra Ercil
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Nice hotel, friendly staff and excellent spa and wellness centre.
The Turkish Hammam with a really nice Balinese lady is first class.
Really nice staff there especially.
Maybe not that central to Sultanahmet (Old City) but a nice up market location.
Ideal for shoppers!

Room Tip: Look for the 5th or 6th floors for a room as equi-distant from noise of reception/bar and roof bar.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to express your views about your stay with us.
We are very glad to hear that you had enjoyed your stay with us, your comments are a big motivation for the entire The Sofa Hotell team and encourage us to even further upgrade and improve our services.
Again ,thank you very much and hope to see you in our hotel

Best Regards
Hümeyra Ercil
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I loved the hotel, it is definitely boutique hotel with superior location.i stayed in suite room , it was excellent with king-size bed, separate wardrobe room , large bathroom etc.
the only thing is that windows are not open and you forced to use air conditioner the whole day. because of very hard time schedule i haven t got a chance to try the spa center which is working for 24 hrs but seemed to be very good.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Dear Guest,


Thank you for taking the time to comment regarding your stay, we were very happy to read that you had enjoyed your stay .
We hope to have the pleasure of serving you again when your travels bring you back to Istanbul

Best Regards

Hümeyra Ercil
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Cairo, Egypt
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The arrival at the hotel was below our expectations and wanted to move out the next day. However the Front Office Manager got to know about our dissatisfaction and really did everything not to let us go. Though we got a reservation in another better hotel, we stayed! Since that moment, we experienced the best attentive service from all the staff. Frankies on the roof is the nicest place in town to have a nice evening. The live music is great and the place very trendy.
We would certainly return...if we get the nice rooms at the back with a terrace!

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms without a window.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Humeyra E, Front Office Manager at The Sofa Hotel, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear Guest,

We were delighted to see that you thoroughly enjoyed your recent stay at The Sofa Hotel..
We are glad, once again, to see that our team has delivered promised highly individual service.

Hope to see you soon again.

Hümeyra Ercil
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Additional Information about The Sofa Hotel

Address: Tesvikiye Cad. No:41/A Nisantasi, Sisli, Istanbul 34367, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#154 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#156 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#204 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#206 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sofa Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 82
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