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“All-round average” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Ida
Ranked #844 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“All-round average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

We were just passing through Istanbul for a couple days, and so given our short time frame, we knew we'd be doing a lot of sight-seeing, and just wanted a hotel to drop our bags and rest our head at night.

Ida was exactly this.

At first however, they messed up our booking, when we clearly told them which nights we were coming, the guy on the phone confirmed our nights, then when we got there... we found out they booked the wrong nights. Our first night was OK, but we may have had to leave the next morning. This was really annoying, given we only had a couple days, and our days were planned to the fullest. I didn't want to waste my 2nd day running around Sultanahment with luggage, looking for alternate arrangements.

Because it was their fault, the manager was REALLY apologetic and he did the search work for another hotel for us. We left our bags in the room as directed, and when we got back from a full day, luckily they had one no-show booking, so our bags were moved to our new room. (Not sure why they couldn't have just left us in the same room). Our first room was at the very top (4th) floor - really nice sea view, really close to the wi-fi hub, so quite fast. The stairs coming up are narrow and circular AND steep. Not good to go up/down at night in the dark!

Location wise though, it's good for all the sights. It's a stones throw from Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque, as well as the tram route to hop on the train/tram. We even walked to Grand Bazaar from there, but if you're not young and upwardly mobile, you might not enjoy that.

The breakfast was nothing to write home about, basic as described in other reviews.

The first room we had was spotless. The 2nd room (on the 3rd floor) not so much. A little dusty and some water damage in the bathroom. Also no soap/shampoos so bring your own. Our 2nd room also didn't have a hair dryer (which was offered in the first room). I'm guessing their top floor is the nicest so they probably try to put everyone there for the best impression. Wi-fi was also really slow in the 2nd room (on the 3rd floor)

All in all, it's a good cheap place considering its location, and just a notch up from a hostel (at least your bathroom is private).

Previous poster is right - walls are EXTREMELY thin also... so whisper. And if you're a light sleeper, this will be an issue for you.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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EmirEfe, Owner at Hotel Ida, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for feedback and taking your time.There were some dissapointments for you so i want to apology about that.

The manager have confirmed your reservation on phone and he did missunderstand on days.Sorry about that fault.We have changed our breakfast menu recently and we've hairdryers in all of the rooms now.We have two w-fi spots in the hotel.All of rooms receive signal quite good but sometimes it may be technical problems about our internet provider.

I want to say my apology again and i want to recover mistakes when you're going to come next time.
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Acton, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

The quality of a decent hostel in an amazing location. Gret price and the manager, Civan, is great.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kyiv
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

The main advantage of the hotel is its location. It is very close to Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Divanyolu. It is situated on the nice street with a lot of bars, cafes and restraunts. Breakfast is served on the terace with a nice view of sea and Blue Mosque.
The main disadvantages are the following:
1) the walls in the hotel are too thin. We could hear everything that was happening in the hotel including conversations of the hotel staff that used to be too loud in the morning. Sometimes it was also impossible to sleep because of noise from the bars located at the same street as the hotel.
2) During our entire stay in the hotel our room was never cleaned. It was not properly cleaned before either: we have noticed the dust on the phone and on the floors.
3) Breakfast was tiny and the same every day.
We would not reccomend this hotel for stay in Istanbul. I am pretty sure that you can something more comfortable for the same price.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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EmirEfe, Owner at Hotel Ida, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear Guest
Thank you for your feedback.I am certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could
have been.

I would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel and its team for your stay.The hotel building is historical one so it used to be a house before we get started.We've restored building but we kept the original texture of it.

We had some problems about noise and i've planned to noise isolating for hotel, so we did finish on 2012, October.The main street(where is the hotel locaten on) has some bars, restaurants, shops.So they play loud music until the midnight.We're sorry about it.Unhappily we had cleaning problem sometimes.It was about the cleaning staff.Now, we have new team.
Our policy has chanced recently about breakfast.We have more more sort of food and many more.I want to recover your issues with new conditions so once again please do accept my apologies please feel free to contact hotel if you are travelling to Istanbul again.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Really good value for money proposal. The cheapest in the heart of Istanbul in Sultanahmet district. Really close to the best what Istanbul can you offer. It's budget proposal so do not expect anything special but it was clean and nothing unexpected happened to us. In addition, you have a breakfast served at the top of the building in order to admire the picturesque scenery of Istanbul.

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brescia, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

Really a surprise this Ida hotel. It's near to all fundamental monuments in Istanbul, but it's also a cheap hotel, suited for young couples or friends.It's clean, confortable. You can sleep quite good at night.Bathroom is quite big, hot water is always there. If you are looking for a good place to spend your holidays in Istanbul, try to llok at it first.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pau, France
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2011

Location of Ida hotel is key: Akbiyik cad. in the middle of Sultanahmet and close to all main monuments, also very well deserved by public transports.
Staff were very nice and helpful, breakfast was good also, served on the outside terrace offering an astonishing view on Istanbul and the sea of Marmara.
Rooms are small but cosy enough and allow for good sleeps at night even though we were sleeping on the street side.
The point at issue for us was the cleanliness although we are not fussy, the floor was really dirty and was not washed a single time during the 7 days we stayed there, the room was always very dusty. Most towels were stained when we arrived even though they seemed cleaned afterwards and the bathroom sink needed attention also. The water in the shower did not evacuate normally. Even on a budget you would expect higher standards.
The beautiful terrace view also was quite spoilt by the uncleanliness of it.
We would recommend this hotel for those like us who would travel on a budget since Istanbul has so much to offer. However for very little extra (€10/night/room) you could afford other hotels in Sultanhamet located in quieter streets.
No matter what hotel you choose however, YOU MUST GO TO ISTANBUL !!!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2011

The location was excellent and the value was great. The room was clean, though not sqeaky clean. For instance, the bathroom could have used some mildew cleaner and the terrace was not cleaned after breakfast every day. The rooms are small, but who spends all their time in the room while in Istanbul? The people working there were friendly. Not great at their English. Breakfast was decent though late a couple times (supposed to start at 8 and once started as late as 8:30). All in all, at 50 euros per night including breakfast, and right in the middle of Sultanahmet, this place can't be beat. Other guests were pleasant, mostly couples. Yes, the steps are steep and there are no elevators, but as we made our way around Turkey, they were pretty much the norm.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Ida
Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Akbiyik Cad. No:27 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #844 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ida 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in historical district overlooking the Marmara sea. The 24-hour desk information on excursions in Istanbul and Turkey. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.Excellent views across the Marmara Sea (Bosphorus), Prince Islands and Blue Mosque can be enjoyed from the terrace of the rooftop where breakfast is serving.The local area offers several dining and fun options.Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide express-check in/out and currency exchange. Airport transfers can be arranged, and onsite parking facilities are complimentary. ... more   less 
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Ida Hotel Istanbul
Boutique Hotel Ida

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