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Hotel Seraglio
Ranked #20 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
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Chicago, Illinois
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95 reviews
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“Excellent Accommodations, Great Food, Fantastic Staff! Book now!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Hotel Seraglio was perfect the minute we stepped foot in Istanbul. The front desk was quick to orient us with the best-of-the-best in Istanbul, including Turkish bath and Bosphorus cruise recommendations (both were great!). The rooms were extremely spacious and the surprisingly loud "call for prayer" cannot really be avoided in the early morning...think of it as unique ambiance for your trip :) The breakfast buffet was great and so was the in-house restaurant, not only for the free daily tea time, but the dinner food was DELICIOUS. Actually the best kebap we had while in Istanbul! The shuttle service, free one-way if you book 4 or more nights, is extremely convenient and I highly recommend arranging your airport transportation through the hotel. I am extremely glad I chose Hotel Seraglio for our stay, as the gracious staff and comfortable accommodations made it that much more memorable.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We spent 4 nights at this hotel during our travels to Istanbul. We can't say enough about the incredible and very accommodating staff. They helped to acquaint us with Istanbul the minute we walked through the door. The price point was great and the location is excellent for first-time visitors to the city. Would recommend you also work with the hotel on airport transfers if needed - this will help you from getting overcharged by taxi drivers. The rooms are very clean and rather spacious. Breakfast each morning is also a huge plus. Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

We spent four nights here in two rooms on the top floor with one room overlooking the blue Moseque. The hotel is well located for all major Sultanahmet attraction and the Sultanahmet tram (best option for getting to northern side of city) was a few minutes walk.

Staff were friendly and helpful with attractions, directions, restaurants and changing money at much better exchange rate than airport. Airport exchange kiosks offer low rates and charge 4% commission; however, money changer in the town and hotels will exchange will no commission and better rate!

The room were well presented, perhaps on the smaller size. Whilst not in the hotel control, the call to prayer at sun rise is pretty loud especially if facing the mosque and it goes on for a few minutes.

Breakfast was ok. They key attraction was fresh made omelettes . .

There is a small restaurant attached to the hotel. We ate there on our first night: it was fine; tasty plain vanilla Turkish food.

All in all, a pleasant stay and we recommend the hotel. If you pay can pay cash then as advertised on hotel website there is a discount.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Well located option in Istanbul, close enough to all major sites, yet away from all the noise .The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the booking and check in process was handled efficiently. The food in the hotel was first class and we were sorry we didn't eat there on more occasions. The bedrooms were well appointed and comfortable and for the price we paid, we thought we got good value. We would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a recent stay in istanbul. The Seraglio hotel was excellent- it was at an excellent location close to all the major attractions and the tram line. The front office staff was very helpful and helped plan all my itineraries .They have a nice coffee shop with happy hour between 5 and 7pm when they give out free coffee, apple tea and cakes . One can relax there at the end of a busy day sightseeing and looking at the nice cobblestoned streets outside .  Of all he hotels i have stayed in -this has one of the best quality of service i am actually looking forward to staying there again on my next trip 

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

Having never been to Istanbul before I chose this hotel based purely on Tripadvisor reviews knowing I wanted to stay in old town. We chose the Blue Mosque suite and it was really good. Big terrace to sit out at night with an amazing view. The two gentlemen that helped us at the front desk were accommodating and friendly and provided all insight on what to see and how to get there. The location of the hotel is absolutely perfect as you are literally a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia which are all must see sightseeing spots. Great restaurants and bars and the shopping in Istanbul is to die for.

Given we were so close to the Mosque we were woken up the first morning by the call to pray. It is really loud, but by the 2nd and 3rd day it wasn't as overwhelming as it was day 1.

The breakfast provided was fine. Cook to order omelets and some fruits and pastries. We ate in the bistro and that was pretty good too. The hotel arranged airport transfers and they were there to meet us and were prompt on the return pick up.

If I am fortunate enough to return to Istanbul one day I would definitely stay in this area and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Great find in the middle of a stunningly beautiful city.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

If you're looking for a perfectly-situated, peaceful, welcoming little hotel in Istanbul, look no further. We had a room with the hamam which was great fun. Breakfast was enough to keep you going all day, though lots of tempting restaurants nearby. Thanks to all -- the staff were very accommodating, giving us plenty of cups of apple tea, storing luggage etc!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Seraglio
Address: Amiral Tafdil Sokak No 32, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Seraglio 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more   less 
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