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Hotel Darussaade Istanbul
Ranked #64 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed 2 nights with our daughter. Hotel members were very polite and helpful. A small, cozy and a fine boutique hotel. The beds are really comfortable, the rooms were clean and well-designed with Turkish cultural interiors. Breakfast was my favorite.

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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Darussaade is built as a proper hotel rather than a boutique hotel or a bed&breakfast - including the decor, rooms, hotel layout, reception, restaurant, lift, etc. They have recently opened the "back wing" with new rooms which are very nicely appointed - elegant/classic and not over-the-top.

The staff at Darussaade were generally good, except for Omer and Gokhan, who were excellent. If we needed anything or had any issues then we felt Omer (the manager) was the only one to speak to - he was honest and professional and happy to help. Whereas Gokhan made sure we had a great start to the day, every day, with his presence and understated humour at breakfast!

Darussaade is in an excellent location very close to Sultanahmet Square and Arasta Bazaar. On the same street there are some good restaurants; we enjoyed the Turkish food at the Akbiyik Kebab Evi (ask for Isa Bey). The 24-hour restaurant/hookah cafe at the end of Arasta Bazaar was also surprisingly good with food.

The primary issue we had with Darussaade was in the room layout - the rooms on the ground floor (street level) tend to be noisy; one of the (new) rooms we had was way too small; one of the (older) rooms needed refurbishing in terms of the wooden flooring, bathroom, furniture. The older room was not very clean when we moved in and smelled of cigarette smoke (though it is a non-smoking hotel). Omer did his best to address the issues, and overall we were pleased with our stay due to his efforts.

Room Tip: As mentioned above, we would recommend larger rooms in the new back wing, on the higher floors - if...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

The room we booked wasn't available. We had to pay extra for a superior room when we arrived.

The toilets weren't clean. Disgusting.

Very good and fresh breakfast.

The phone wasn't working.

Too much noise and knocking after midnight and starting 7AM.

Good location.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Toto M
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

My boyfriend took me to Istanbul for my birthday and we stayed at this hotel. It is one of the most charming hotels I've ever stayed at. The rooms are designed in Ottoman style - posh, warm and very cozy. The bed and pillows are fantastic and comfortable. The shower is small but it's not a big problem. The only con is thin walls - you can hear what's going on in the corridor and in the next room. However, it didn't bother us much either as we were pretty tired after taking long walks around the city to hear anything. The breakfast is delicious, especially local olives! The location of the hotel is quite convenient too because it is not far from Blue Mosque (around 5-10 minutes of walk) and in a quiet area. Of course, you will hear prayers - it's everywhere in a Muslim state. I will certainly stay there again if I visit Istanbul again.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at this hotel one year ago, and it was our first choice when going back to Istanbul this year! We had the same room this year, love this room. The location is unbeatable, in a small street not far from any of the Sultanahmed attractions. Breakfast is still great and the staff is very nice. Only small minus was that there are very limited common areas, and most of the time it was occupied by the owner, and then you do not feel like sitting there. But - if going back to Istanbul we will probably choose the same hotel once again :)

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

This was a last minute choice as the hotel we wanted was booked - Best decision ever.

The staff were welcoming, lending us a laptop when mine crashed, offering us a bus pass, suggestions, detailed directions to everywhere we wanted to go and making reservations for us. Interested in making sure we got the best out of the city without being intrusive.

Breakfast buffet was excellent. It felt freshly set out rather than unloaded from a box or cupboard and included made to order omelettes, pastries and enough variety and freshness for two failry fussy eaters to be happy.

We loved the decor of the room - not identikit chain, but character with taste. Very clean room, great, comfy, bed and the bathroom passed my US friend's triple clean test!

Great location for exploring and minutes from the old town - we walked to most places (Tpkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia) very easily.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

Small hotel in a great location (take the map from the website with you as some taxi drivers are not sure where it is). Warm and friendly welcome.
Opposite a convenience store and close to top tourist attractions and many restaurants.
We stayed in the family suite, which is large and on two levels - ensuring privacy.
Free wifi and good breakfast
I have recommended this hotel to several friends and all have raved about it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Darussaade Istanbul

Address: Akbiyik Cad. No:90 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#35 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#48 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#54 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#139 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $46 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Darussaade Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Darussaade Istanbul is one of the protected examples of Ottoman civil architecture dating from 19. century. The wooden mansion, which is restored by sticking to its original, is decorated with elaborately so as to reflect the spirit of the period it belongs to. Darussaade Istanbul, which is in the middle of many unique structures belonging to Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires, provides opportunity to explore this magical city with its perfect position within walking distance! ... more   less 
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