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“A good family” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sirma Sultan Hotel Istanbul

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Sirma Sultan Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #468 of 1,012 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A good family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2011

I've been in this hotel many times and I think is a very good coiche for a nice stay in Istanbul.
It's located 5 minutes walking from Blue Mosque and Ayasofya and the tram station.
The room are comfortable and they are making a lot of renovation that will make them even better.
The breakfast is served in a nice terrace and I liked it a lot.
The people that work there and the owner are very nice and they will make you to feel at home

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2011

This small family run hotel (hostel) is right in the old city center. It is within 10-15 minutes walk to Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia. But be aware, that this area is little bit hilly. The hotel istself is clean and modern. But the surrounding is little bit messy. The rooms are small and the view isn´t nothing to write home about it. Breakfast is free and is served on the terrace on the upper floor.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Denton, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2011

My affectionate comrade and I stayed at the Sirma Sultan in January of 2011. We only stayed for a duration of two nights, but it felt like an eternity in the deepest pits of Hades. The hotel is truly awful.

Firstly, upon arrival we discovered a plethora of body hair on the sheets of the bed, which was made and set to appear as clean--it wasn't by any stretch of the imagination. When we asked for them to be changed, the manager jeered at my partner as if she were chattel.

The bathroom has a shower head yet no shower, thus you're showering next to the toilet and the sink, and all the while the water is leaking out into the hotel bedroom.

Those shortcomings are nearly bliss when compared to the smell which never seemed to escape the bathroom--that of pure death. Truly, the odor in the restroom was something very akin to that of decaying animals in the midst of summer heat.

The heater/AC did not work in our room, which required us to either sweat incessantly through the twilight, or open the window to a very cold January night. (The poignant temperature was only complimented by the many noises of the less than safe neighborhood.)

One finally gets to sleep in the Sirma Sultan only to be awoken within a few short hours by the many inner noises of the hotel--mostly that of your neighbors (or its permanent inhabitants) fornicating loudly. Putting it quite mildly--the walls are thin.

Falling back asleep after that, which isn't exactly easy, gives you just enough rest to wake up to the sound of the morning prayers. Not normally such an intrusion, but the loud speakers are placed within an obnoxiously short distance of the hotel. Around 6 a.m. every morning.

The breakfast was made by a sweet old housekeeper each morning. She was very pleasant and exceedingly friendly. However, because she was doing all the work by herself, the meal was no less than 45 minutes later than the scheduled time each morning.

To summarize, in the words of Azar Nafisi, staying in the Sirma Sultan "is like fornicating with someone that you loathe." Avoid this hotel at all costs.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2010

We stayed at Sirma Sultan 4 nights at the beginning of our four month Asia journey. When we arrived we got a room without working a/c and only one small window, but after a brief discussion with a helpful, but almost non-english speaking staff we agreed to change to another room after the first night - a room facing the small street outside. Much better!

The new room was small but big enough for two with a chair and desk. It had a small TV, quite weak WiFi signal but the bed was comfy and bathroom OK. Breakfast was alright (sandwiches, jam, eggs, coffee) but nothing special.

The location is close to the Blue Mosque, but as Sultanahmet is very hilly with small streets and lots of traffic - do take cab if carrying luggage (even though the hotel seems to be close from the otherwise very convenient tram service).

We had a pleasant stay and considering the surprisingly expensive accomodation market in Istanbul, we feel that Sirma Sultan was worth the money spent,

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Sirma Sultan Hotel Istanbul

Property: Sirma Sultan Hotel Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Medrese Sok No 5 | Sultanahmet Eminonu, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #468 of 1,012 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sirma Sultan Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sirma Sultan Hotel is located in the old peninsula of Istanbul within walking distance to its highlights - Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Archeological Museum, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Milennium Stone and Byzantine Hippodrome. All of them in walking distance within few minutes. This charming and elegant hotel is an ideal destination for those who wish to live old Istanbul in a modern and luxurious environment. During your stay in Istanbul, Sirma Sultan Hotel offers you accommodation with warm hospitality and welcomes you to one of the nicest located hotels of Istanbul. We don’t offer you just an accommodation, we offer you a sweet home, home away home, a pure friendship and assurance with joyful moments. Our hotel is also situated very close to the sea side and you can reach the sea within 3 minutes by walking and enjoy a fresh walk or jog. Hotel Sidera Palace has got 12 standard rooms. All of the rooms well designed for visitors' comfort. We will be happy to host you in our clean and fresh rooms with luxurious facilities. We also have got a covered panoramic terrace which able to see Marmara sea and serve open buffet breakfast and dinner. You will really get pleasure to have your drink and dinner here during the romantic Istanbul nights. ... more   less 
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