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“Very good homely hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Ada Hotel Istanbul
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Binbirdirek Mah. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu Sok. No:30 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #24 of 900 hotels in Istanbul
Valletta, Malta
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“Very good homely hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for three nights and we were extremely satisfied. This family run hotel is located in a quiet area in the heart of Istanbul's old city very close to the Blue Mosque. Considering that this is a three star hotel, it is a very good value for money hotel. The room was equipped with tea/coffee facilities and the bathroom had a jacuzzi and a hairdryer. Moreover, it is a very clean hotel with an excellent breakfast served on a very nice roof terrace and with a very homely atmosphere. The owners that run the hotel and their two staff members who prepare breakfast and do the cleaning are extremely friendly and go out of their way to assist guests. The owners make you feel at home. They even give you a small souvenir gift before you check out.
Suggest you book the hotel directly (or through the hotel website) as you would benefit from a free airport pick up and a discount on your hotel accommodation if you pay cash.
There is only one drawback with this hotel: you get an early wake up call from the nearby mosque during the early morning prayer time. However, the beds are very comfortable and you go back to sleep quite quickly. Moreover, mosques are all over the place in Istanbul.

Room Tip: Suggest you book a sea view room and possibly try to get a room on one of the top floors.
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We stayed at the Ada Hotel for 5 nights and it was an excellent. The location is perfect- 5 minutes (really 5 minutes, slightly uphill) from the Blue Mosque, but not on a busy, shop-filled street. Roof terrace has a great view of the sea. The rooms are large, clean and have great views (we had a full sea view room). The service staff was excellent and very friendly. The staff folded and put away our clothes, which was a little odd at first, but really harmless. The jacuzzi tub was an added bonus, although it was located in the main room by the window. Breakfast was also very good. The hotel also has a free airport pick-up with was helpful and a reasonably priced airport drop-off.
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have been Istanbul 4 times and there is no other place I would recommend other than this beautiful boutique Hotel in the heart of Sultanhamet. The family friendly former University Professors will make you feel at home, the breakfasts on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the Marmara Sea and the breakfast itself. I can write a book. Don't look elsewhere ADA hotel is mins walking distance from the main attractions .

Room Tip: If you are on a budget, ask for the budget rooms. If you need a Hot tub and view of the Sea, than th...
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  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This family run hotel is such a gem close to the Blue mosque,Topkapi Palace ,Hagie Sopie all less than 5 minutes.Rooms are clean and very comfortable .The owners are very hands on friendly and helpful.Breakfast was wonderful lots of choices and great views from breakfast area

Room Tip: We had two rooms and both were great cant wait to go back
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights with family and chose this hotel after reading excellent reviews on trip advisor. I wanted to stay in a hotel close to historic sites and this one was just 5 mins walk from Blue mosque. We could do morning sight-seeing and return to room to relax and then go again in the evening. Room was very spacious and had a jacuzzi in it. We were in room 203 and good view of the sea although quite misty in the morning. Bathroom was quite small seeing the room size but shower was very good.

Breakfast was good and there were many vegetarian choices. View is excellent from the breakfast table on the terrace. Lovely family run hotel and owners are very helpful. Will stay here again if visiting Istanbul.

Room Tip: 203 was good but heard better views from 4th floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The glowing reviews are right: the hotel owners are delightful and very hand-on, the reception area a little tightly packed if more than 5-6 people want service at the same time, rooms are full of homely touches and very clean, beds comfortable to a degree that allows going back to sleep after the insistent 5 am call to prayer, some have lovely fitted kitchenettes and foot-saving jacuzzis. More light for the buffet table would allow one to study/admire the rich variety of savoury and sweet dishes on offer. An Nespresso machine would be great as the percolated stuff gets a bit hard on the tastebuds after a while on the hot plate. The Georgian ladies do a splendid job and hum a pretty tune when they think no one is listening, they could provide a super light supper if the dining room/terrace were to be open also for dinner, even without a licence. We watched the fresh fruit being delivered by the grower and got a present: some of the best apples and tangerines we have tasted this year. The souvenir gifts on check out is a final sweet touch from this very hospitable family. Hope their new venture, the Ada luxury hotel down the street turns out as good as this one.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife and I stayed five nights at the Ada in the Ottoman Suite. I’d recommend that room if it’s within your budget: king bed, nice view, and extra sitting space really let a guest spread out in a hotel that was, for me, a tad cramped in all other common areas.(The reception area, when filled with incoming and departing guests and their luggage, just isn’t big enough, and the elevator is identical in size to a telephone booth.) Two trips minimum to get two guests and four bags upstairs.
Much has been written about the highly-likeable owner and his wife , and the reports are acccurate --this is a labour of love for the retired couple(who must be in their 70s now).
The retired professor’s quirky love of gadgetry permeates the Ada. You are issued a front door and room entrance key” shaped like a small pointer. To get inside, you you must aim it at a scanner light; if the light changes color, the door unlocks. This system was a bit troublesome on a couple occasions, but worked. The in room safe has also been electronically “customized” by the former academic, and it failed on me twice. I just quit using it.
The rooftop breakfast rooms are lovely, but quickly become elbow-to-elbow congested if more than six or eight guests arrive at the same time.
Overall, the Ada maintains high standards and the glowing reviews on Tripadvisor keep the place very busy. We enjoyed our stay with no real issues, but I sense there may be a tipping point coming soon when this family-run business just can’t cope with its popularity.

Room Tip: The Ottoman suite is a great room
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu Sok. No:30 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#14 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#14 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#72 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ada Hotel Istanbul 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ada Hotel, located in the centre of the historical peninsula, is steps away from world famous Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Mosaic Museums, Islamic & Turkish Art Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar. Ada House brings you comfort with its modern decoration and genuine quality of service. Our rooms have a panoramic view of the Marmara Sea and several historical mosques. ... more   less 
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