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Hotel Seraglio
Ranked #20 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 21, 2011

We spent 4 days from Valentines Day last Monday to the Friday. On arriving in the morning just before ten the receptionist, and I am useless with names, sorry,took charge of our cases and said " Right before you go to your room, which is already prepared , go and have some breakfast, then I will tell you all about the area and then show you your room.

Well after getting up at 4.00 am the breakfast was most welcome. And I had asked for champagne and a red rose to be placed in the room.............which it was ....
Nothing was too much trouble. This was the quietest and most comfortable hotel room ever. Even with the morning prayers, my partner actually SLEPT.....which is a first.
The afternoon coffee and cakes ON THE HOUSE were most welcome as was the advise on getting to the airport, which was tram and metro.......instead of " oh we will call you a cab ".
highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2011

Having only 14 rooms, Seraglio is a nice, quiet, beautiful place to stay in the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul. The hotel staffs are very helpful. They will try hard to make guests feel at home. It's nestled in the quieter area, yet only around 5-10 minutes walk away from all the attractions. I highly recommend Seraglio to all planning to visit Istanbul.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 17, 2011

We chose Seraglio for our stay in Istanbul and left very happy with our choice! The hotel looks small from the outside, but once you are in, you realize that it takes up two buildings connected with a covered walkway. We chose this hotel for its hamam rooms: rooms with marble bathrooms with heated floors, benches, and walls with the full hamam setup: marble big bowl for water, small bronze bowls for rinsing, super bubbly soap, and a wash cloth in addition to all the usual amenities.

The staff turned on the hammam in the morning, so it was nice and hot for our arrival. We were exhausted after the trip, but after a few minutes lying on the marble benches, followed by a thorough wash and scrub, we were ready to face the world again! We would do hammam every night and it was wonderful, except for one little issue: we were so looking forward to relaxing on the heated benches that we were cutting our Istanbul sightseeing short for yet more time in our room :)

The room itself was large and beautiful with high ceilings, new furniture, good choice of pillows, comfortable bed, big LCD TV with a good choice of sat channels, a small safe, mini-bar, good heating/a/c unit, fast WiFi, etc. One thing that might be a nuisance for a light sleeper in a busier season is lack of noise insulation of windows and the door.

Most rooms look out onto houses on the other side of the street, but we overheard someone telling that the view from the rooms on the top floor is just magnificent (Blue Mosque or Marmara Sea).

The entire hotel has interesting compositions throughout, so the breakfast area looks very pleasant. Breakfast buffet was very good: a lot of choices both for Turkish breakfast (5-6 types of cheese, 2 types of olives, white, grey, marble, brown bread, etc) and traditional English, including eggs any type (incl. omelette) made to order. Oh, and don't forget cheese, chocolate crepes and strawberry, chocolate heart-shaped pancakes :) Freshly squeezed juice was 2 EUR extra. Oh, don't forget that they have tea time every evening in their bistro with free tea, coffee, and various tasty sweets.

The staff was very professional, pleasant to talk with, provided a lot of information about the area (their list of opening times for all major attractions was a necessity for planning our days), tickets, and tours. The hotel is 3-5 minutes walk in various directions from everything, including the tram for getting to other parts of town.

We very much enjoyed the hotel and, if in Istanbul again, will be sure to stay there again!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2011

Our room at Hotel Seraglio was exactly as we had requested, with a large balcony and was extremely comfortable. Everything was spotlessly clean, the bathroom generously-sized and the king bed and TV made for a very comfortable resting place after our 23 hours travel from Melbourne. We arrived at the back door of the hotel and were let in by the very friendly and helpful manger Kenan, who immediately offered us an Apple Tea (which I am now addicted to). The staff were more than helpful at every turn and always willing to offer advice. The breakfast each morning was a veritable banquet of more than you could imagine (6 different types of cheeses and freshly prepared omelettes). Seraglio is located in the older area of Sultanahmet but is walking distance to all of the sights (Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace and Ayasofya) . We would definitely return should we visit Istanbul again as the prices are fantastic in comparison to other pensions and guesthouses we have stayed at in Turkey.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

Excellent hotel in the center of Sultanahmet, just steps from the Blue Mosque. Their taxi came to take us to the airport. The staff is really friendly and ready to help you in all your needs. Upon our arrival they gave us a map of the city with the opening hours of the main monuments. The hotel is new and clean, the rooms are modern and spacious. The breakfast is plentiful and delicious, especially yogurt with honey. We will come back!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

My wife and I stayed four nights in hotel Seraglio. The stay was pleasant from our very arrival. Reception by young Kenan was pleasant, and he gave us a lot of information about what to do and see during our stay in Istanbul. It was almost like a Welcome-meeting in an organized tour. Great guy. The Blue Mosque Suite was an excellent room with a very nice view and a large terrace with afternoon sun. The off-season price was very reasonable, but with high season starting already in mid-march the prices may be a bit a bit on the upper end. Remember to book trough the hotels web-site and not a third part as we did. Clenliness was excellent. They have a small minus with not refilling the mini-bar, but I could have asked them to. Breakfast was outstanding. Fresh omelette made by a very friendly cook. Spreads, cheeses, jam, cold cuts, sweets, whatever you may want. The airport service offered by the hotel is very efficient.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

My husband and I went to Turkey for the first time and stayed here for a few days. We both loved the hotel! The staff were very friendly and helpful (nothing was too much trouble for them) -- they even told us where we could go for good shopping which was great! :) The rooms were clean and service was prompt. They also accomodated us when we changed our plans in the last minute and needed to stay for another night. All in all it was a great experience and we will definately stay there again.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #20 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $46 - $69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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