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“Modern. Compact. Comfortable”
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Senatus Hotel
Ranked #26 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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“Modern. Compact. Comfortable”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

Location: Absolutely amazing. Its just a few minutes away from the blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica cistern, topkapi palace, grand bazaar and the metro station. The hotel is located in a lane with small outdoor cafes & restaurants, souvenir shops.

Room: The room had everything: queen size bed, a nice shower, locker, bath robes, candles, travel accessories kit, a desk, a mini refrigerator. Its amazing how so many things have been put in such a tiny room. The only thing missing in the room was a good view. All we could see when we opened the window was somebody else's balcony.

Breakfast: It was ordinary but sufficient. It was available from 8 30 A.M to 10 30 A.M. One day we reached at 10, the croissants and the egg was over and it wasn't refilled.

Staff: The staff was friendly, specially Ayse.

On the whole, it was a good experience.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

After staying in several different places - some too expensive for what you got; some with lots of heavy brocade and old velvet furniture and drapes - this hotel was a breathe of fresh air. Simple clean lines. Great shower. Comfortable big bed with fluffy pillows and comforter. Refrigerator, hot water pot, nice robes, thick towels, and candles in the room - nice touch.

Hotel is right on the street and be warned that if you get a room that's at the end of the hall, the next door restaurants will keep you awake until 2 or 3 AM! Location makes it easy to walk to trains, parks, mosques, shops.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

The first visit left us the best impressions so we knew what to expect the second time. Senatus is the ideal place to stay as it's centrally located in a walking distance of well known attractions and local restaurants. It's stylish, modern, clean place with friendly staff. Breakfast is not its strong spot as it lacks variety, but this doesn't mean that it's not enough.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alper O, Manager at Senatus Hotel, responded to this review, September 21, 2016
My dear guest ,
Thank you for a charming review.

I am thrilled you had such a lovely stay with us again and very much hope all your other expectations in Istanbul were just as enjoyable. We are honoured you choose Senatus Hotel and rather hope we shall have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the near future.

Thank you again for taking the time to write such a nice,that generous review.
Greetings from Istanbul to anyone who is a part your life.

Warm regards,
Alper OZTURK
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Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in the Senatus alone for a week and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotel, given how inexpensive it was (got a last-minute deal).

The rooms are well appointed, clean, tasteful and comfortable. Staff are friendly, helpful and available 24hrs (though when I tried to checkout at 4am the receptionist was sleeping and initially seemed a bit grumpy at having been woken up!). The bed was just right for my tastes - not too hard or soft.

Breakfast is served in the hotel's restaurant, and has something for most tastes, from traditional Turkish delicacies (if you can stomach them at that time in the morning!) to cereal, pastries and boiled eggs. The restaurant itself was good and well-priced, and I ate there most nights.

The only significant negative points were the thin walls (through which you could hear every noise), but having read reviews of other hotels in the area this seems like a common problem and is more than compensated for by the overall quality of the hotel and convenient location; and the wifi didn't work very well from my room on my laptop (though it was a little better on my phone) - probably due to very poor signal strength.

I will certainly be returning next time I visit Istanbul. One week isn't enough to see this amazing city!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Super central, clean and comfy with lovely helpful staff. Rooms are small but very quiet, especially for the middle of sultanahmet. Easy walk to tram stops and the Haggia Sophia and blue mosque - we loved out stay here.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Moved from a much smaller, outdated, Istanbul hotel to the Senatus Hotel and got a room that was modern, beautiful, twice the size and was 34 euros per night less. Hotel staff was excellent and Ayse went out of her way on numerous occasions to make our stay memorable. The meals at their restaurant were the best we had in Istanbul. We tried different places but they were always so-so and we always received excellent food and superior service from the restaurant staff. This hotel is on one of the nicest streets for food and fun in the Blue Mosque area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Another trip to the Senatus hotel and just as good as the last. Staff are friendly and helpful, rooms clean and comfortable. Even getting to know the hotel cat Hamza.
Nothing to add to my previous reviews other than this is now my preferred hotel to stay in Istanbul when I am on business. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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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 #26 of 1,141 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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