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The Constantine Hotel
Ranked #244 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Oslo
2 reviews
“Great location”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

The location of this hotel is the best thing about it. I stayed in a three bed room, which was of a good size, one double and one single bed. It was only one small duvet in the double, which was quite surprising considering it was booked for three colleages. The beds were quite firm. The minibar was not very cold. But everything was clean and fresh. Surprised to find only two sets of towels, but got another one on request. First floor on street side pretty noisy because of the trams, but luckily they didnt run all night. A bit annoying having to share one key card between three members of a larger group, when we delivered the key card, they had to program it again when we asked for our key, a bit complicated. The breakfast was very very basic, and you have to pay extra to get turkish coffee. Nescafe is included, but tastes strongly of tea, as you have to pour hot water from the tea samovar. Recommend just having the tea, which you can mix as strong as you desire, really wakes you up in the morning. The staff was pleasant. My opinion is that this hotel is overrated here at tripadvisor.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here over Easter having booked few months in advance on the hotel's own website which worked out cheapest for a change. The rate was reasonable.

The location is superb literally opposite the Gulhane tram stop and suprisingly its not that noisy. Wlaking distance of Blue Mosqua, Haghia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, with Domabahce about 15 mins away on the tram. There are plenty of good restaurants within walking distance and quite a few of those offer Ottoman Cuisine.

The staff are friendly and extremely helpful and one of them even took me to a late night pharmacy on his way home quite some distance away when my wife got sunstroke and needed medication.

We had a standard twin room which I felt was rather small. Not much space either side of the bed or at the end. We had considered a deluxe room but felt the difference in cost was too much. Room is reasonably appointed and presumably the air con remote is available when the weather's hotter as it wasn't in the room at the time.

Contrary to what I've read elsewhere on here, breakfast was ok but got a bit dull after a few days. I would imagine its a typical Turkish breakfast with continental salad items, cakes, a few cereals, dried fruit such as figs and apricots, etc. There were 3 hot options: a filo pastry twist with cheese inside, some form of sausage in sauce and hard boiled eggs. I was dissappointed that the orange on offer is effectively cordial rather than proper juice. Its pretty much the same breakfast every day bar a couple of the cakes being different.

The Hotel's own restaurant next door the Han (a kebab type effort) was a little pricey for what you get. The food is good but I didn't think it was particularly good value for money compared to others. We ate at several ottoman restaurants which were much more exotic whilst still had more reasonable prices.

Avoid the restaurant next door but one (not related to the hotel in anyway), although their food was cheaper, their mixed kebab was terrible and their speciality soup severely lacking in flavour.

Overall I've no major complaints, but I would look at other hotels if I went back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sparta, Greece
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The hotel is in an excellent location of the Sultanahmet district, very convienient for sightseeing and exploring the most important byzantine and ottoman monuments of Istanbul. Just outside of the hotel is a tram station. The hotel, the rooms and the bathrooms were very clean. The breakfast was rich, with a great variety for all tastes and the hotel's restaurant provided delightful traditional turkish cuisine. The wifi facilities was very convienient for reaching internet. The personel was very kind and helpful. Mr. Oktay' s and Mr. Alandin' s kindness and sence of hospitality made me think to stay in the same hotel next time I will visit Istanbul. The combination of location, services and facilities provided and price make one of the best choises for those who wish to stay in Sultanahmet when they travel to Istanbul. I would recommend it without any hesitation. Evi, Greece

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 25, 2013

First of all the location is excellent as it is located in the heart of Sultanhaned. The entrance of the hotel is just next to the tram stop. The staff is friendly and helpful. The room was of a good size and clean. Finally there is an good kebab restaurant ($$$), The Han, just next to the hotel entrance. price is too good, i paid 90$ per night. Serivce is very good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 22, 2013

The Constantine Hotel's location makes it a very attractive place to stay if you are on a sightseeing tour of Istanbul. The tram station is right in front of the hotel and most tourist attractions are a walking distance away. The hotel staff are extremely friendly and communication with staff was excellent. Rooms were very clean and fresh, breakfast was excellent and service exceptional. Airport transfer was organised by the hotel at an affordable rate so transportation was stress free. There are great shops and cafes all walking distance way. We were greeted with fresh Turkish tea and coffee upon our arrival and also departing which added to an amazing experience in Istanbul. I will not hesitate to recommend Constantine to anyone travelling to Istanbul on a sightseeing trip. Great location, great service, great staff!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Constantine hotel for four nights in March. I will start with the positives. First of all the location is excellent as it is located in the heart of Sultanhaned. The entrance of the hotel is just next to the tram stop. The staff is friendly and helpful. The room was of a good size and clean. Finally there is an good kebab restaurant ($$$), The Han, just next to the hotel entrance.
Now for the negatives. The overall feeling is a bit shabby. Loose fitting in the bathroom, bad DIY job with the tiles etc. the bed was big but uncomfortable. The duvet was not big enough for the bed. The breakfast was very poor.
If I would stay here again? Yes if tge price was 60? per night rather than 120? we paid.

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mirrorcrax
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

The key advantages of this hotel is the location, as it is situated right infront of the metro station, and close to a lot of the sultanahmet sites, also staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to answer your questions and make your stay more comfortable. Also breakfast is decent, nothing over the top, some fruits, yoghurt, cold cuts, cheese and vegetables with 2 hot dishes.

Rooms are extremely tight, AC and wifi work fine, there's a mini-fridge which works and so does the bathroom's hot water, only 1 electrical socket available in the bedroom, and one window however, the view overlooks a small cemetry and the backside of another building, also, the bathroom door was broken, but in all fairness we didn't report it, as we couldn't be bothered.

Housekeeping is good, soundproofing not good, and the bed (queen size) is decent.

Overall this is a good hotel for bunking at night, and setting off to see the sites, not the best for family visits, comfort and defintely not luxury travel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Constantine Hotel
Address: Alemdar Cad No 19, Istanbul 34120, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #244 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Constantine Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Constantine Hotel is a modern and stylishly designed boutique hotel oasis with a warm welcome and attentive service in the heart of the old city. Whether enjoying a peaceful and relaxing stay in one of the contemporary and highly comfortable bedrooms,the Constantine Hotel in Istanbul ensures a personal touch by professional and dedicated people who take pride in their efforts to make each and every guest especially welcome. ... more   less 
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