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Dara Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #281 of 1,171 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Nice little hotel near all the sites in Sultahnamet. My wife (Mariam S) and I stayed for six nights on the third flood, which had its advantages and few disadvantages. It provided a great view of the Maramara Sea and was very quiet. Major disadvantage was in the morning when tables and chairs were being moved around the terrace. You could hear everything! The room was small, but cozy enough for two people. Clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly, particularly Simra, who was the breakfast chef. She made us feel very welcome! Oh, the terrace is awesome...especially in the evening when the sun is setting...very peaceful :)

Room Tip: If you want to sleep in, try getting a room on the first or second floors. Third floor rooms, while...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 14, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I booked this on laterooms and found a great deal. Thought it was too good to be true. Turns out it was even better! Only downfall was that the walls are a bit thin making it noisy at times throughout the night. I actually slept with earplugs the second night and was perfect. But I'm. Super light sleeper- my friends didn't have issues.
The staff were amazing and gave outstanding service! Super clean rooms and very comfortable.
Breakfast was amazing and even better on the rooftop. But get there earlier as it goes fast- well all the super yummy stuff anyways. Lots of food and all homemade.
I would definitely stay again and have already recommended it to my friends.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Dara Hotel for 6 nights. The room was clean but a bit small. We stayed on the 3rd floor. The breakfast service was great and the view from the terrace was amazing. My husband and I became friends with the chef, Samira. She was so sweet!

The only con was that our room was on the 3rd floor below the terrace where the breakfast was served. Starting 8 am, we would hear everything from the terrace, chairs moving etc. We were forced to be up at 8 am!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mariam S
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Great place for a family. We stayed with our three kids in a family room. The size of the room was just right. The service was great the breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed July 6, 2012

I have traveled quite a lot. The Dara is a 3-star hotel. But that is fine that's what I was looking for. I think the price was fair at 70 Euro for what we got and where it was. Our room was smallish but just fine. It was clean, clean sheets and towels though they should be replaced soon. But it was the service and location that sets it apart. The front desk men are superb. Always seemingly really interested in doing the right thing for the guest. Each morning there is a wonderful, very adequate and diverse breakfast on the roof. The roof view is great but it is the hospitality of the staff that makes you feel so welcome. The woman in charge quickly learns where you like to sit and what to drink in the morning. It's located maybe 250 yards from the Blue Mosque. The street down to it is a bit steep but even with my 102 year old father-in-law with us we did great. So if you don't need all the glitz then try it out. WIFI in our room was fair but very strong down in the reception area where they have comfortable couches.

Room Tip: We stayed in #34 which is fine for a couple though small and a smaller bathroom. Very quiet until ab...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

My friend and I booked this hotel because of very favorable reviews and we had an excellent visit. We stayed 5 nights, which gained us free pick-up at the airport. Our room was small with only a view of the central air shaft but very clean and entirely adequate. We were there only to sleep and change our clothes. The bath was big and also very clean. Breakfast was excellent and the view from the breakfast terrace started each day with a treat. The hotel is in the old town, which made our explorations very east. Close to the tram to anywhere in the city as well. I loved Istanbul and want to return. When I do, I'll choose the Dara again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Reviewed June 27, 2012

We booked this hotel because of the many favourable Tripadvisor reviews and we were not dissapointed. I told them in advance about my gluten intolerance and to my surprise, even though it is not easy to get it in Turkey, they had 4 loaves of gluten free bread (one for each day) waiting for me. The staff were very friendly and very helpful and the buffet breakfast on the roof overlooking the harbour was excellent. The room was very clean and modern and although on the small side we coped OK even with 2 large bags, partly because there were a lot of drawers etc. Being just a short walk from the main tourist attractions (Blue Mosque etc) is an added bonus with this hotel. It is so easy to return there for a rest in between visits to attractions. The early morning call to prayers from the mosque close by was perhaps the only negative but we soon got used to it. Being able to leave luggage in the storage room after check out and when we went away for a few days was an added bonus.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded June 30, 2012

Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accomodation at our hotel. I am happy to be acknowledged that you had a very good stay with us and you are happy for your experience.
I have also informed my colleague with your nice comments in order to make all of them pleasure about your feedback.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our hotel on your next holidays.
Kind Wishes and Best Regards,
Osman YASAR

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Address: Kucuk ayasofya Mahallesi Su Terazisi Sok. No:25 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #281 of 1,171 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $26 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dara Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Dara is located at the heart of the Old City in Istanbul. Historically, the building was once used as a sweet Ottoman mansion, which was renovated as a Hotel in 2009. Hotel Dara has 50 seat capacity with a rooftop restaurant. Along with a team of professional staff, it offers a great opportunity for its guests to have their rich breakfast while enjoying the mystical view of the Marmara Sea and the beautiful Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque. ... more   less 
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