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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a brilliant experience, the hotels offers amazing service with its unique views from the rooms and its own touch of Turkish culture. The staff are amazing, friendly and really helpful. My husband and I enjoyed Turkey more due to the hospitality of the hotel and their staff. We felt like we was at home and felt very comfortable during... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Very comfortable, clean and friendly little (4 rooms) boutique hotel. This is not a big, sterile luxury hotel, and in some places it's not gleaming new. But it felt like we were welcome guests in a friend's home. It is something of a hybrid, the friendliness of a B and B with the amenities of a small hotel. Unbelievable location... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

I stayed on the top floor in a large room with Windows and views on three sides. the Egyptian obelisk and blue mosque were my every minute companions I woke to sunrise over the bay I fell in love with Istanbul and will never forget such generous people and beauty.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

- Can smell 2nd-hand smoke at 4th floor from day to night. - No water at 7am in my 1st morning. - No water at 7pm in my 2nd night. They said it’s construction problem, but they didn’t inform us until we asked. They did nothing until 3 hrs later we told wanted change hotel. The owner wasn’t happy, said... More 

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Newcastle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We absolutely loved this place! First of all, the staff were more than friendly and the room was lovely...such great value for money. The breakfast was good and the location was excellent. It was very quiet in Sultanahmet which we enjoyed. It's very close to Hagia Sophia and the "Blue" mosque. We would recommend this hotel and really have no... More 

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Maribor, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I cannot say enough good words about this hotel. We've stayed there last week for 4 nights and everything simply exceeded our expectations. Location: couldn't be better. You're staying directly next to Blue Moscue and Hagia Sofia and you have a walking distance to the best restaurants, other sights and evening life. Room: in hotel only 4 perfectly furnished rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Location location and location ! If you are a history buff and would like to live in the modern hippodrome then this is the place for you. The hotel is built on the hippodrome The views from each of the rooms are breathtaking showing off Aya Sophia,blue mosque and Obelisk. All the must see monuments are within walking distance including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

small, cheap and best hotel just 20 steps from the Iconic Blue Mosque is just front of it. 40 steps from Hagia Sopia and Topkapi Palace. Friendly and helpful staff. the Top Floor give a panaromic view of two iconic historic building the Sultanahmet Mosque aka Blue Mosque and Hagia Sopia a Beautiful View at Night,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Second time in Istanbul first time here. Brilliant. Staff were incredibly helpful. Location is fabulous, right on hippodrome a minute from the blue mosque and Hagia Sofia. The view from the rooms over the blue mosque is mind blowingly good. Breakfast is excellent. Can't rate this highly enough. Immediately told my family to book here when they come in 6... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

The location is what distinguishes this hotel from others. It is conveniently located in the old city Sultanahmet, right in front of the Blue Mosque and a short walking distance from Aya Sofia, Basilica cistern, and Topkapi palace. A perfect location for visiting city's attractions. You will not need a taxi! Rooms are well maintained and beautifully decorated.

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
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Additional Information about Optimist Hotel

Address: At Meydani No:16, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: $36 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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