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“Splendid little hotel in Sultanahmet” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Raymond Blue Hotel
Ranked #264 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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59 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Splendid little hotel in Sultanahmet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

First time in Istanbul, this is truly a great hotel. Location is splendid. A few minutes away from tram station (Gulhane stop). Near top tourist attractions. Plenty of local cafes, bars and restaurants. Near shops for souvenirs and gifts. Amazing helpful staff! Nice breakfast buffet. A great stay!

During my stay the rooftop cafe was not opened but you still can go up.

You may book shuttle van to airport here for affordable price.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Helmie
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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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Kamloops
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Firstly, the customer service was great. Everyone was extremely helpful. Secondly, the location was walking distance to all the main attractions or a quick cab ride away (cabs are fairly cheap within the city). The breakfast offered was a good way to get your day started, it was small, but satisfying. The rooms were cleaned everyday. The price was 85 euro a night, but for the location it was well worth it. We stayed here for 6 night and would gladly do it again. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Denis M
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Rheinfelden
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117 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

The rooms are very small but "OK". More time could be invested in cleaning but it is acceptable for the price you' re paying considering other prices. The location is very nice, just about 10 min walk from hagia Sophia and Blue mosque, this is a great advantage.

They also offer transfer arrangements and tours in the city if you' re interested and also transfers arrangements to and from the airport. The breakfast is the best thing about the hotel, with everything you could think of: olives, different breads, eggs, cold meat, croissants, different pastries and so on, it will really do the job!!!

It is an average hotel compared to others on the same category but OK, will do.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Analola
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Izmir, Turkey
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

we have stayed at this hotel last week but really is dirty hotel. and breakfast not nice and very disgusting... we dont like this hotel. I do not recommend for a nice vacation..this hotel is very terrible and a bad hotel. because very expensive and poor service.We were saddened to stay here.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank murat a
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayed at the hotel from 17/02/14 till 22/02/14.
The hotel is pretty nice located in walking distance from main attractions and touristic destinations.
Rooms are small is a fact but this is normal for centrally located hotels in Istanbul. I may find spacious rooms only in new hotels located in suburbs or in Taksim. The room and the hotel is very clean. House keeping visited our room every day. Bed linens and towels all in a good condition. Also we did not have problems with hot water. Also there are teapot and cups in the room, so we visited supermarket located near the hotel to buy water and had evening tea. We had breakfast in hotel's restaurant located on ground floor. Breakfast was nice but assortment of meal was like in 3* hotel.
Personal of the hotel are great. All of them was polite, nice and friendly. Actually we arrived at hotel at 09:00 in the morning but hotel manager did not make us wait until 14:00 and gave as room key. Thank you very much.
And one more thing is Wi-Fi connection was good and free.
Thank you very much for everything.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Valeria V
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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73 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

The hotel was very well located, a very short walk from the tram that takes you to the other side of the bridges (Taksim area), also a short walk from the Spice Bazaar, the touristic Mosques and very good restaurants.
The staff was nice, the breakfast was good, with a lot of diversity. The room was our biggest problem..
The room was a lot much smaller than the photos showed and it was a little bit uncomfortable, also it was very dusty. The mattress was very nice, we slept very well!
The bathroom was not quite 4 stars for me. Once we arrived for the first time to our room, my husband went to the bathroom and found a very unpleasant surprise..The toilet had the "has been sanitised" paper lock but when he opened it, it was dirty! The worst kind of it, very disgusting!
Also, the shower gel dispenser cover fell down every time someone used it as well as the toilet flush button. There were a lot of little ugly fixes all over the bathroom that minimised the aesthetics of it.
For me, the hotel should be 3.5 stars, which is good! But those little details are the ones that make a great hotel (or a bad one), and for what I paid and the number of stars they have, I expected a little bit more greatness on their behalf.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Kariecheverria
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Manama, Bahrain
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

i was there with my friend for almost one week and i like the breakfast and i like how they care about us and its easy to visit every thing ,almost every thing close to the hotel by walk or tram or shuttle from hotel every thing is soo easy

i wl be back there in some day sure

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank abdulla-alhaddad
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Property: Raymond Blue Hotel
Address: Ebussuut Caddesi No:22 Sirkeci | Old City Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #264 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Raymond Blue Hotel 1*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Raymond Hotel Sultanahmet boasts the best location in town, at Sultanahmet in the heart of the historical Peninsula. Being just 18km from Ataturk Airport and a short walk from tram station, this boutique hotel offers a perfect base for your stay in Istanbul. All major sights and attractions are within walking distance. All rooms include a complimantary tea& coffee facilities and individually controllable climate control. ... more   less 
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