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“A good choice to feel the life there!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of May Hotel Istanbul

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May Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #539 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Alba Iulia, Romania
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“A good choice to feel the life there!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

I went to visit Istanbul for 4 days. Was the first time there and the first time when I travel that a chose a hotel that has less then 4 stars. The deal was outstanding , so I decided to give it a try.
I had not big expectations of Istanbul because I knew I should not expect the other places luxurious life. The hotel is situated few minutes walk from the Grand bazar, Blue Mosque, and seaside shore.The rooms are small but you can expect much from 3 stars in Istanbul. The personal was very nice and welcoming and I was very pleased to see that they change the sheets and towels every day. The only inconvenient that i have experienced was that the walls were very thin and you were able to here the neighbor talking.
If you really want to experience haw normal life is in Istanbul and really get in touch with their customs you definitely should chose this hotel or something similar. It it worth it.

Room Tip: I would go for rooms at the first floor because of the noise and internet connection.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Algiers, Algeria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

august2013.....what a wonderful experience...well we can say that we are realy pleased ..the rooms were clean and cute,,a respectable service also..they were realy helpful..location is great perfectly in the middle..what make our journey fabioulous and easy..we loved istanbul ..and every time we joined our hotel we were happier..great mometns there ..me and my husband i guess we falled again in love and yhis time in istanbul......wish you enjoying it also..my regards.

Room Tip: middle floor is awesome but i prefer the highest// a better view
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Only 2 stops away from Sultan Ahmet Mosque by tram, and several other mosques museums and monuments all in the same vinicty. This is generally the best location in Istanbul to be close to the centre of the Old City and New City.

The hotel staff are very welcoming polite and friendly.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Istanbul not just because of budget but because of location. However the 5*'s are further down the end of the city will take you awhile getting here every day .

  • Stayed December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Amazing staff were very friendly they always had an smile and happy to help us. the room was clean, tidy and cosy,very comfortable mattress. Great localization, you can access walking to the main draws. Wonderful continental breakfast.
However, I recommend this hotel for leisure purpose, not for business as the wifi is quite slow and distraction as is very close to the mosque (they are praying 6 times a day) which is amazing if you want to form part of the culture but you might won't be able to focus if you have to work.
Nevertheless, as I said, they are very helpful so we didn't have any issue that wasn't fixed. I will definitely come back to May hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed at May Hotel for 5 nights and my friend and I enjoyed very much our stay.
Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the location is great for someone who wish to see as much as possible in a short period of time because most of the tourist attractions are very close. The hotel/room was always very clean however, the room was a bit cold
It's not an ideal location for someone who needs the internet frequently as it is very slow and I wouldn't also recommend the Traditional Turskish Bath that is very close to the hotel since the service and the facilities were very poor.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Plymouth, Devon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

We chose this hotel for it's location, and because of previous good reviews on Trip Advisor. However, we were disappointed.
The plus points are that the staff are wonderful and very helpful, the hotel is spotlessly clean, the wi-fi is free (assuming you can get a signal), and if you like a Continental breakfast you will be very well catered for.
On the minus side, the room was very small and extremely hot (the aircon made no difference at all). When I asked for the curtains to be left closed during the day to keep out the heat and sun, my request was ignored. Also, the shower had a door missing, so showering was an interesting affair whilst trying not to flood the bathroom. And the beds! The mattress was so hard that I barely slept at all for the three nights we were there.
Then there was the noise. We had a room at the front, so the noise was pretty constant all night, not helped by the local mosque's call to prayer at 6am.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the back of the hotel - it'll be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Stayed 4 nights in The May Hotel in October. As has been said in other comments the hotel is in the old part of town and is handy (up the keep fit hill) to the main attractions about a ten to fifteen minuite walk depending on your fitness.Two minuites down the hill to the lively restaurant district. The Hotel is 3 star and is clean and tidy with the usual Turkish breakfast. All in all a good place to see the old town of Istanbul.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about May Hotel Istanbul

Property: May Hotel Istanbul
Address: Mimar Hayrettin Mh. Bali Pasa Yokusu Nr: 86 | Beyazit, Fatih, Istanbul 34126, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #539 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — May Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
May Hotel is situated in the Sultanahmet district in the centre of Istanbul. All of the rooms have air conditioning and satellite TV. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. Grand Bazaar is 500 m from the property. The terrace offers panoramic views of Istanbul in the summer. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine and a variety of drinks can be enjoyed in the bar. The hotel is only 10 minutes walk away from many of Istanbul's historic sights including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sohpia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace. May Hotel Istanbul is 14 km away from Atatürk International Airport. Fatih is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, monuments and architecture. This is our guests' favorite part of Istanbul, according to independent reviews. We speak your language! ... more   less 
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