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“Being neighbors with Topkapi Palace was great!”
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Esans Hotel
Ranked #30 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
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“Being neighbors with Topkapi Palace was great!”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Essans Hotel made us really happy after our visit to Istanbul. The room was spacious. The breakfast was much more than what we expect with many local things and some well known fruits and muesli,corns... Very tasty. The location is wonderful just couple of minutes walking to Saint Sophia and right next to Topkapi Palace. The staff doing their best to make your stay memorable. Even providing very early breakfast during our very early checkout. Definitely stay and come again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The room was beautifully decorated as was the rest of the hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room was very spacious and had everything we required, even tea/coffee making facilities which is a treat when abroad. The breakfast was a huge buffet with lots of choice. It was our honeymoon so we were given wine and a fruit basket which was a lovely touch. Our only issue was our upstairs neighbours were terribly noisy. It was a family with 4 kids running riot, we even had breakfast on the terrace as they were so unbelievably noisy. The parents didn't seem to have any control over them and it was just unfortunate we happened to be in the room below them. This isn't the hotel's fault as it would have put them in a very awkward position to say anything about it. Without the noisiest family on earth this would have been a perfect stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2013

When we arrived at the Esans in the late evening, we were greeted cheerfully by the person on duty and our bags were swiftly unloaded and taken to our rooms while we checked in (a nicely painless process). We were all pretty tired so we asked where we could find a drink and a snack (up the hill and turn left) and following refreshments we called it a night.

Our room (we had two double rooms and a family room for our party of eight) was very nice, with a safe and a decent bed (which was on the hard side, but not unacceptably so). There were plenty of power sockets for our assorted consumer electronics, the air-con was sensibly placed (it was over the door, round the corner from the bed, so you didn't get an Arctic blast straight on you when in bed) and although it could get quite noisy outside thanks to there being a public car park over the road, closing the window soon blocked this out (and kept the air-con working efficiently).

Breakfast was varied; most mornings there were pancakes, and my staple of bread, cold meat and assorted nice cheeses kept me happy. There were two hot dishes each morning; one was scrambled egg with assorted additions such as herbs, spinach, etc, and the other varied day by day. Orange juice, tea and coffee were also plentiful.

The location was perfect for sight-seeing in the "old" part of the city (Sultanahmet). The walls of Topkapi Palace were a couple of minutes up the road, and it didn't take more than ten minutes or so to get to most of the bits we wanted to see (the harbour and Grand Bazaar were a bit further, but not overly so). There were also loads of places to eat in the vicinity, some better than others (but you'll always get that).

Finally, the Esans has a roof terrace; although there's not a bar up there, this wasn't a problem as we just took our own locally-bought beer, wine and munchies up there to sit around, chat and play board games whilst looking out over the water.

On departure, we could have paid our bill in a number of different currencies, with the conversion rate very fairly set at the official Internet rate for that day.

The Esans is, then, a really lovely little boutique-style hotel. It's in a lovely location, the staff couldn't be more helpful, and it's good value.

Room Tip: I gather that the ground floor can be a little noisy, so perhaps go for something higher up.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Stayed at this hotel for two nights and loved the overall experience. The hotel is a small quaint hotel, but the rooms are clean, modern with very good air conditioning. The wifi coverage is also excellent throughout the hotel.

We loved the breakfast too although if you require a more 'international' breakfast, the spread here is primarily turkish. The hotel being a small one does not have a restaurant in it but it is literally a minute walk away from a street with absolutely dozens of eating options.

The location is perfect for the whole Istanbul tourist thing. A 5-10 minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Probably a 20-30 min walk from the main market area (where you would do your carpets, scarves, souveniers, spices type shopping). but we found it far easier to just get the frequent trams that run to the market - just a 5 min ride.

The terrace of the hotel has got very pretty views of the Bosphorous and we enjoyed having a drink up there after dinner.

Lastly, the service at the hotel is consistently top class. Really nice, friendly and helpful people who are always happy to help you with things like getting around town, where to eat etc.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a great hotel for a very good value given its prime location. The rooms are very clean; the bathrooms are excellent. And the staff is very helpful in terms of making your stay at the hotel and in the city comfortable and easy. We enjoyed the waking distance proximity to all the major sites in the Sultanhamet region.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I would really love to give this hotel four stars on the basis of friendly service, but as sleeping experience is key when staying at a hotel, I can’t justify more than three stars.

It is a quaint little guest house within easy reach of many of the key attractions in Sultanahmet. It is very clean and well-kept with attractive decoration and furnishings.

I had two key problems with sleep. The first was that the bed was really hard. Now, I like a firm mattress, but this had no give at all. I was in a superior room that supposedly had a king bed but it was actually two single mattresses pushed together – not a big problem in itself, especially as I had the room to myself (I was travelling with my Dad and he had his own room) – but it did lead me to discover that the hotel uses more than one type of mattress. One of the mattresses in my room had more give that the other and when I realised this I swapped sides! This does explain why you will read some reviews where people complain about the hard mattresses and other reviews where people say the beds are comfortable.

The other issue was that my room was on the ground floor a short distance from the lobby on the lower ground floor. I could hear a lot of noise from the lobby. People weren’t shouting, but I could hear normal conversation very loudly and clearly in my room so this did keep me awake quite a bit.

As I mentioned at the start, service was friendly and warm – the people are lovely. We did have a minor issue with breakfast as it generally wasn’t set up on time. One morning we needed to leave very promptly to join a tour and we asked them in advance to set up breakfast on time, but when we came down at 7am it still took 10 minutes for them to sort things out. The breakfast buffet is quite small and limited but then I am quite fussy about breakfast. The best bit of breakfast is the fresh borek cheese pastries that are brought out. There was scrambled egg most mornings too.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Esans (essence in English) is apparently named after a 19th Century Ottoman perfume maker who built the original building. If you're coming to Istanbul for the first time you'll probably want to be in the oldest part of town - Sultanahmet. Esans is right in the heart of the Sultanahmet district 5 minutes walk to Hagia Sophia (which is the masterpiece of masterpieces for most visitors). My wife and I have just stayed here 3 nights and would definitely go back. This is a family run place and they have put their personality and love into it. The rooms have a quirky décor which is a mix of modern and traditional, they are very clean and a reasonable size. Our room (302) had great views over the Bosphorus (worth the climb). Facilities are limited but there are loads of nearby restaurants and amenities. Best of all, the young staff at Esans could not be more friendly and helpful. Use the roof terrance for breakfast for some great views. Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Esans Hotel
Address: Ishakpasa Cad Yenisarachane Sok. No:4 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Esans Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Housed in a 19th-century, wooden mansion, offers Ottoman-style spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi in the Sultanahmet Old City Istanbul District.The location is on silent street under the foot of Topkapi palace and 4 minutes walking to Saint Sophia and Blue mosque. The terrace offers wonderfull Hagia Sophia and Marmara Sea views.Esans Hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are individually decorated, and feature wooden furnishing and rich fabrics. Each room also includes a flat-screen TV, a full-length mirror and a dressing table. Some offer views of the Bosphorus.A Home made open buffet breakfast is served daily in the Esans’s restaurant or on the terrace. Room service is also available. ... more   less 
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