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“The rooftop clinches it!”

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Dara Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #281 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Poughkeepsie, New York
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The rooftop clinches it!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

Great little gem near all the main tourist attractions in Sultanahmet. Easy walk to the Grand Bazaar. Price was right, staff was lovely. Breakfast was splendid. Rooms were small, but fine for our purposes (two 30-something girls). Did I mention the rooftop and the view?

  • Stayed May 2013
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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18 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Very Nice hotel. Close to the blue mosque, the Hagia Sofia and the Topkapi Pallace. The staff is very kind and friendly. The breakfast is not very impressive but is eaten at the lovely roof terrace. The room is clean and looks new.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Thank Stina1983
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Found the Hotel Dara online and it had lovely reviews. We were 2 girls traveling for fun, so we wanted to find a place that was affordable and felt safe. This place is located in the heart of the tourist scene - minutes walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Has a lovely buffet breakfast every morning on the roof deck that has nice views of the Marma Sea and all the ships coming in. The staff is very friendly - gave us a map and a run down on directions to everywhere and how to get around via foot and via the Metro. They were always smiling and spoke great English really well. There is always someone manning the front desk so we always felt really safe. The rooms are small and minimalist but clean and comfy. Great water pressure in the shower, great hot water. Can easily walk to restaurants.

Only negative I can think of...it is right next to one of the smaller Mosques, and that means the 5:30am call to prayer is loudly broadcast right next to your window. So we woke up at 5:30am each day. It was painful. Authentic, but painful. If I came back, I'd ask to be put in a room that does not face the front street entrance in order to avoid this.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing away from the main street in order to avoid the 5:30am call-to-prayer from the...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank nld99
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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jeju
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2013

it was a start of my family trip from istanbul. and choosing this hotel turned out very nice for my family. we arrived very late about 9. but we can use pick up service for free. though we arrived at hotel late, the receptionist welcomed us very friendly and explained things about a room and some attractions near the hotel. the room was spacious enough for us (4adults). without my asking, they gave us 4 single beds, so we could sleep well. breakfast was also nice. there are all sorts of food including some breads, jam, ham, butter, honey, olives, some vegs, eggs, juice, teas and coffee. we enjoyed much our breakfast for 4days. the location is really good. its only five minutes distance to some historical attractions. the most important thing is the all staff. they are truly kind. and always try to help the guests with nice smiles. though some staffs couldnt speak english well, it never bothered us. because of hotel dara, we started our trip very well.
thanks for treating us so well. take care. thanks for all.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank greatbritish
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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Tampere, Finland
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed in Dara for four nights in March 2013 and were very happy with the hotel. The service was friendly, breakfast nice (something a bit different, and the roof top terrace was great) and the room very clean if a bit small. The location is very good, close to all the major sights but away from the crowds. Would definitely stay there again.

PS: Also try the nearby Sokullu restaurant.

Room Tip: There is a mosque next door, so if you are a light sleeper, ask for a room from the other side.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Sanna_helsinki
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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Constanta, Romania
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

I repeat my visite to Dara Hotel from Istanbul, Sultanahmet ..all last 7 months ...and what can I tell
is that my first impression is now more better....
Everything is perfect for tourists in this coquette family hotel, from the location near Sokollu Camii, neat Aya Sophia, near Blue Mosque, with the magnifique panorama of Marmara Sea from the terasse , where even in winter time you can take breakfast seeing the sea , because is close with transparents walls...and Semra take care of all custommers to eat all delicious almost 80 kinds of foods ...always fresh and very delicious...
That the hotel is very, very clean and always ready to receive the customers, even early that the check in hour....it is admirable...
The staff is admirable, very helpful, always smiling, and trying to offer everything to the customers.I recomand again to all my friends and all the trip advisor readers this excellent hotel from Istanbul...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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2 Thank Liliana C
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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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Khimki, Russia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013

My sister and I, we spent a wonderful week in Istanbul in March 2013, and Dara Hotel was giving us pleasant impressions every day - besides all emotions roused by sightseeing and athmospere of Istanbul. Many thanks to Dara Hotel management and staff - most friendly and helpful, hospitable and diligent.

I'd like to underline the most positive details of our stay at Dara Hotel:
* making reservation on Dara Hotel's own site brings additional advantages - check up on http://hoteldara.com/ In our case it was a free transfer from Ataturk Airport
* spacious roof terrace with great Marmara view where breakfast is served can be used by the guests any time (we enjoyed this possibility almost every evening)
* very clean
* great location: no public transport near the hotel (=no traffic noise) and only 10 minutes on foot to Hippodrome place (= Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosk); the tram station is easily accessable though
* there are lots of sea gulls - if you like the sea, you will be able to like these funny birds, too - even hearing them in your sleep :) I only heard them the 1st night... real tourists sleep well :)

The only thing which was quite acceptable for us but I admit can be important for other people and should be noted just for info:
* our room had no normal window (just a small one loophole type) - it's a twin room on the 1st floor. Ask the manager in advance if the room reserved for you has a big window.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Maria N
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hoteldara, Director of Sales at Dara Hotel Istanbul, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Valued Guest ,

I would like to thank you for spending the time to write above review about your accommodation 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
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Ranked #281 of 1,156 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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