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“Good family room for 5” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dara Hotel Istanbul

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Dara Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #257 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Oxfordshire, UK
Level Contributor
60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good family room for 5”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in August and the family room was just right for parents and 3 kids. There are quite a few stairs to get there note and while the windows have blinds and curtains they didnt block much light out. Staff were very helpful and transfers all perfect. Location great to walk to main sights or get the well run and cheap tram to others. Terrace is lovely with typical Turkish breakfast fare, lots of choice but if you want doughnuts or English cooked breakfast try the Holiday Inn !

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, September 5, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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dublin
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

I booked this hotel with lastminute.com the night before we traveled. Seems hard to find a room for 4 that isn't tiny or uber expensive. This room actually held 5 and it was large enough.The location was great as we were able to walk to all the main attractions. The staff were very helpful. It was lovely to have Breakfast on the terrace but we were not overly impressed with what was on offer. Too many savory dishes for so early in the morning.I think it's the same throughout Turkey. Would definitely recommend here for location and value. It's a pity they couldn't offer a beer or wine. After walking through stifling heat site seeing all day it would have been nice to sit on the roof terrace sipping a cold beer and watching the sun go down.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank traveladdictdublin
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, September 5, 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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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

Lovely place to stay (near Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque), with a beautiful view from the terrace. Breakfasts in their terrace were always an enjoyable experience. People who are working there are all very kind and helpful:). Rooms are small, but clean and nice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank s d
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, September 5, 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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Sanaa, Yemen
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

I spent a week in Dara Hotel. It felt home the first minute i entered the hotel. The staff welcomed me and my mother we were tired since we were traveling all night. We didn't wait for long our room was ready. The room was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. As for the breakfast i loved it and the view was just amazing. I would like to thank all Dara staff for making my stay as amazing as they were. Also i cant forget the reception whom were helping me in all my tours. Thank you all

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank KhuloodAbdul
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, July 24, 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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Stavanger, Norway
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

I know how finding a right hotel can be frastrating, so that I decided to add my oppinion and impression from Dara hotel service and hotel itself. We were on the 3rd floor, actually i have booked for 2 person however i was located to 3 person room which was greit for me:)))) People at Dara very friendly, whenever i had question they helped me, where i am b\very greitful for it On top of that Hotel has a greit veiw fom terrace where i have enjoyed duing my breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank 380Gulnar
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, July 24, 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

I spent a week at Dara and had a very pleasant stay. The hotel arranged my transport from the airport and the first room I got did not have good views so they moved me the next day. The lady that runs the breakfast was the most helpful person I have ever met on any holiday. The reception staff was also very good and helped with bookings for a cruise etc.
This hotel is very close to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and all other attractions. It is also a short walk to the trams and other transport services. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would go back any day.

Room Tip: ask for a room on the top floors
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank mohamedv
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, July 24, 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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Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank DCSimian
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, 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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Property: Dara Hotel Istanbul
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 #257 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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