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Senatus Hotel
Ranked #32 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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34 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place to stay, terrific value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We thought this was a great hotel for a great price. We spent 1 night in instanbul the week before and stayed in another boutique hotel in the same area for over double the price. I thought we would splurge for the 1night knowing we would be jetlagged. We should have booked the Senatus for that stay as well. Value there was no comparison, Senatus was so far ahead. If you are expecting an American style hotel then you should go and stay in one of those. This is a small boutique hotel like many in Istanbul, we received great service, good breakfast, a claen, good sized room - we only booked the basic room type but even so it was most confortable. We would absolutely recommend the Senatus and understand why it has such a great TA review.

Room Tip: Great value, small fun hotel in great location
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank CanadaAlison
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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vancouver wa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

As the many other reviews will attest, this is a great place to stay for numerous reasons in Istanbul. We would like to stress that the staff was the best thing about it. We had a couple of moderately serious problems of our own making that were handled by both Cagdas Turkoglu and Selcuk Vardar at the front desk, going way beyond what we could have expected and saved us a large amount of time, money and grief.

In addition, the same applies to the restaurant staff. In addition to great food and wine, they went out of their way to accommodate our very early departure and were extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Schoorl, The Netherlands
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed 8 nights at the Senatus Hotel. It's a charming place, in the middle of all the must-sees. But also close to more mystic streets with old houses, the fishing harbor etc. etc. Really very centrally located. The rooms are very good, superclean, good beds, fast internet. We stayed a few nights in a room at the back side and the rest at the front side. Even though it's a street with many restaurants the room was very quiet due to the good isolation. The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. We really felt being at home. A calm haven in a busy city, staying in this street it feels like being in a quiet village.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bucharest
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60 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Senatus Hotel, for the 3 nights we were in Istanbul. The room was very nice and the staff is very friendly. Be aware of the rooms which have street view, as they tend to be very noisy at night (which is normal for this area). With the breakfast we were not very delighted.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed for 6 nights, and found the location to be perfect because we could walk to all the main sights. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, advising us on where to go; helping with Turkish phrases, and allowing us to check in online and print our boarding passes on the day before we left. Our room was at the back, so very quiet, and cleaned to a high standard every day.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed in Istanbul for 4 days, the hotel is in a very convenient location which helps not getting lost on your way back. The rooms are very clean, modern and the whole building is very new. Apart from some noise at night (which is normal for the are) we had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2012

A perfect location for a 3 nights stay in Istanbul, in the middle of Sultanahmet Area, during the day, we walked short distances to the attractions (sultanahmet mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, grand bazar and sultan ahmet park), and in the night, we enjoyed walking to sultan ahmet park, and had dinner in the great restaurants of Akbiyik street (the hotel's street)

On our last night, we told the friendly front desk guy that we'll checkout by 4:30 A.M., so we need to have our breakfast earlier, they prepared us delicious Sandwiches to go.

Pros:
- Great location very close to sultanahmet attractions.
- A great selection of good restaurants are within 50 meter walking distance.
- Great service, and super friendly front desk staff.
- Free and tasty breakfast.

Cons:
- The AC will stop working when you leave the room, because you'll take the key card from the electricity switch.
- Safety box is NOT SAFE, it can be easily opened with a universal pin code!

Room Tip: Ask for an extra Key card, and use it to keep the power (A/C) when you leave the room, this is very...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ralturki
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UmutG, General Manager at Senatus Hotel, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Dear Alturki,

Thanks very much for your kind review about our hotel. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Meanwhile, due to your comment about the safety boxes, we adjusted all of them in the hotel; now they are much safer.
We will be glad to welcome you here for a longer stay next time.
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Property: Senatus Hotel
Address: Akbiyik Caddesi No: 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Senatus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 22 guest rooms in our small and boutique hotel have been designed with your comfort in mind. Our finely detailed spacious rooms offer superbly comfortable beds and efficiently modern bathrooms. We take pride in our fine furnishings and we are happy to offer our guests internet access and writing facilities in the rooms. We have created an ambiance of calm and tranquility in our rooms where you would be happy to relax and plan your excursions, use your laptop or simply contact your friends. ... more   less 
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