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“Clean, 3star hotel in the heart of Istiklal Street.”

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Hotel Residence Istanbul
Ranked #723 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed November 7, 2012

If you are not looking for a fancy stay with a pretty view but a clean, affordable stay right in the heart of the most buzzing street - Istiklal Street, in Taksim then this is perfect. Not many people in Turkey speak English, however the hotel staff did which was a sigh of relief and were always helpful and informative whenever we needed help.

The biggest advantage of staying at the Residence is that you get out, walk 10steps and you are on Istiklal which is home to an array of excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, shopping, and just loads of happy people.

Disadvantages:
If you are a light sleeper and it's the weekend (Fri/Sat) this place maybe too busy or loud for you.

One thing to note, i realized after staying in 4 different hotels during our entire holiday is that most hotels serve the Turkish breakfast (baguette, boiled eggs, tomato, cucumber, cheese, butter, olives, turkish tea/coffee) which i will be honest i wasnt a big fan of. I found it extremely hard to find a place that offered omelette or cereal or regular english tea. So carry your own tea/cereal if you are finicky.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

hotel is quite average..
bed sheets are not prepared well, not good ironing which gives you a bad feeling..
room was small..
however, it is located in the center of Taksim/most famous Istiklal street..
Hotel staff are kind and helpful..
ok for such amount of payment......

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank eproxi
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Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in Residence hotel for 6 nights and our stay was very pleasant. It's location is perfect, 2 mins walk from Istiklal st (3 blocks away from Istiklal) and 10 mins walk from Taksim sq and the metro station though the room was quite and we didn't hear any noise from the near by bars. The room was small but had everything one could need A/C, TV, minibar,... etc. The hotel is very clean and same is the room which was cleaned daily also the dirty towels were changed. The breakfast was very good and delicious with variety of turkish cheese, olives, cucumbers, variety of jams & honey, cold meats, different kinds of bread, 2 or 3 kinds of eggs, various turkish pastries, 3 types of fruits, coffee machine and juice machine. The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, they spoke English well and they are available 24 hrs. Special thanks to Mr. Mesut, the manager, who was very kind, friendly and helpful.
I'll definitly stay there again next time.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank nsalem83
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Nice location(right on Isticlal str.),old room and extremely noisy!!! People in next door discos keep yelling and party all night until sun up.I could not sleep at all. If you plan to be out late or not in your room in the day this won't be a problem.Breakfast was average, but due to the noise unfortunately I won't be staying again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We wanted to stay near Taksim Square and this hotel fit that requirement exactly. It is a block away from the main street (i.e. the chaos) and only a few blocks from the Taksim statue. Even so, you could not hear any of the craziness outside (although the door was pretty thin so you could hear everything in the hallway). There was always someone at the reception desk and the person always spoke great English and they were very helpful. The breakfast had everything that a Turkish person could ask for...several kinds of eggs, several kinds of cheeses, fruits, a juice machine, coffee/hot chocolate/cappuccino, several types of bread, etc. We couldn't figure out how the A/C worked...it would go off after about an hour and we had to turn it on again.

PROS:
- Awesome breakfast spread...the best of the 6 hotels that we stayed at.
- Great location
- Public computer
- Lobby was very big and had comfortable furniture

CONS:
- Although there was wi-fi in the room, the signal was very weak.
- The room and bathroom was tiny.
- Housekeeping was poor. They did not change the sheets every day nor give us new towels.
- Although there were windows, the views was of brick walls.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sung K
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

The single room is tiny,but clean,wifi is not very good,quite slowly. excellent location,very close to taksim square and galata tower,and metro station.....staff are very friendly,helpful...if they can change their breakfast a little bit every day,i would be very happy.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank QinYin
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Needed a central location for 1 night stay whilst on business in Istanbul.
Picked this one as the price was good and was very pleased overall.
Location could not be better suited for Taksim and Istiklal street, being just 2 minutes walk to the main shopping area.
PLenty of restaurants, bars, shops, all a short walk away.
Room was twin, spacious and clean, shower had good pressure and hot water plentiful.
Breakfast 7-10.00 a.m. was buffet style, enough choices and fresh.
Staff all very friendly and helpful, booking us taxis and storing bags etc.
Free wifi - even though we were on 6th floor, it worked perfectly.

Room Tip: front rooms do get some music noise but have a terrace, so choose carefully. we are late people so...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank thebaroness
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Address: 19 Sadri Alisik Sokak, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #723 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $33 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Residence Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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