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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #22 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Fairbanks, ak
2 reviews
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“Fantastic Staff and Location!!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Superb hotel! Wonderful staff! Very friendly and helpful in locating things and pointing out places of interest! Across the street from Kucuk Aya Sofya and a few blocks from the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and other sites in Istanbul. Lovely breakfast with hot and cold items! A home away from home! Would surely go back!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

This hotel is very well located, within walking distance of the many of the must-see sights of Istanbul. The staff is very friendly and helpful, helping us plan our itinerary everyday. the rooms are of a fair size and the breakfast is more than adequate. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2012

As others have noted, the staff of the Basileus is superb. They sat down with us personally after we checked in to inform about nearby sights, restaurants, transportation, etc. Any time we had a question, they went to great lengths to explain. The room was quite clean and comfortable. The only downside is the street noise because the hotel is on a major, although narrow, route. We walked to all the major tourist attractions from the Basileus; the steep climb up the hill didn't bother us and we eventually became accustomed to Istanbul traffic. I would definitely recommend this hotel to other travelers. It's friendly and a great value.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2012

I do not think I could give true justice to the ethic and experience the owners and staff go to in order to keep patrons happy. One day, we passed a comment that it would be nice to make a cup of tea in our room. The next day, a kettle, cups, coffee, milk and tea were provided. We are so pleased with them, we make sure to book months in advance to secure a room. It would be a shame if you missed staying t this superb hotel. We just love staying there.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

September 12, 2012 Extremely friendly and helpful staff and owners. They would spend ages offering advice to residents and nothing was too much trouble. Great location and very close to all the sights. Room very clean, modern and comfortable. Large double bed very comfortable. Breakfast was ok but not really for my English taste. Great little cafe / restaurant across road from hotel for late night drink. Good internet access in lobby. Hotel is 5 mins from ferry links. Loads of great resaurants close by and a visit to a rooftop restaurant with view of tankers going through the Bosphorus is a must, as is a boat trip. The highlight was the attitude of the Staff which was fantastic.

Shower was a bit feeble. Would highly recommend to friends and go again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The staff at the Basileus were absolutely amazing - helping us get around town, answering our questions, and generally making sure we were getting the most out of our trip to Istanbul. We said over and over throughout the rest of the trip how we wish we could've brought them with us to every other hotel. The location is great - we walked everywhere and never felt the need to take public transport or taxis. It's also a great value - clean rooms, updated bathrooms, and free wi-fi. Breakfast was amazing - also something I wish we could've brought with us throughout Europe! I got the impression that the staff generally cared that we had a comfortable, safe, and happy time in Istanbul - and we definitely did.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Tampa, FL
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Basileus. After a long flight, we arrived and immediately felt at home. Upon arrival, we were offered breakfast, even though the kitchen was closed, which was such a nice gesture after a long day of travel. Yosef and his colleagues were kind, easy to talk to and eager to help.

In terms of the room, it was well apportioned and clean. It's been said before that this hotel is a value hotel (probably 3 stars) but what sets it apart from others its service and overall value. The hot water heater was broken one evening but was quickly fixed.

Breakfast was excellent; large variety of traditional Turkish options, along with omelettes made to order.

Great location, short walk to the center of Sultanahmet, where many major attractions and landmarks can be found.

Enjoyed our stay and would definitely return!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Additional Information about Basileus Hotel

Property: Basileus Hotel
Address: Kadirga Liman Cad. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sok. No:1 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Basileus Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more   less 
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