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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #23 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 4, 2012

I have just returned from my trip and could not wait to write this review.

Three words: Free Airport Transfer. Enough said.

This is not a luxury hotel, it is a very average hotel with very standard rooms. So this review is based on knowing what you're getting for the money. In sincerity, this hotel exceeded my expectations by far. This isn't the Ritz, you have to take all factors under consideration. So let's begin.

The precise location itself is not exactly pretty, though I would be hard pressed to say that any part of Istanbul would qualify in this regard. It is consistent with other neighborhoods and it feels very safe. I walked on many nights alone or with my travel companion and neither of us girls felt even remotely concerned.

The hotel is very well located, it is a short five minute walk to the primary tourist sights (i.e., Aya Sofya, The Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi, etc.). It is also quite easy to reach the tram stop which can take you down to the Spice Bizarre or across the bridge (though just as easily reached by foot depending on how much you enjoy walking).

Breakfast was standard Turkish fare and was sufficient, though it did not vary from day to day (deli meats, cheeses, hardboiled eggs, omelettes (upon request), olives, yogurt, breads and fruit).

The SERVICE - these people truly understand what it means to work in the HOSPITALITY industry. They have it nailed, they should be offering training sessions to other hotels. Patience, exceptional service, always polite, willing, helpful, pleasant, eager to assist. The best part about it, the overall demeanor never seemed fake, they were truly pleased to provide you information on their city and determined to ensure you enjoyed your stay. Provided directions when needed, excellent dining recommendations, arranged our taxi for the airport for our outbound travel and more.

I know a couple of people mentioned something about having to switch rooms and overbooking, but neither my travel companions (4 of us) or any others (during our week long stay) seemed to ever have an issue at all.

There was another note about the street level rooms being noisy - I have to say, I had one of those rooms and I am a relatively light sleeper - I never once heard traffic or any other noise for that matter during the night.

If you are going to Istanbul, there is no question, you should not even think twice about staying here.

LOVED IT.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The staff of the Hotel Basileus was very accommodating and helpful. They helped us plan our visit, wrote out directions on a map, etc.

They also allowed a late checkout.

Breakfast was quite extensive and included made-to-order omelets. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and spacious. The Basileus is located midway between the Hippodrome and the waterfront (including the fish market and restaurants), so it was very handy for exploring.

Room Tip: As for a room on the backside to avoid the street noise.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

The Basileus hotel is located in a quiet street in the old town of Istanbul, Sultanahmet, just 5 minutes walk from the Hippodrome, Agia Sofia, Blue Mosque and Basilica. The hotel is very welcoming. After we arrived and checked in the manager Yusef took about 30 minutes to help us plan our visit, places to see and where to go. He had lots of advice and tips and really helped us make the bast use of our time. The room itself was very nice. It was a good size, very clean, comfortable bed, nicely decorated, had a TV and a safe and free wifi, which was great. There was also air condidtioning although we didn't use it as the ceilings were high and the ventilation was fine without it. The bathroom was spotlessly clean with ample toiletries and towels supplied. In the lobby/entrance area there were sofas, magazines, a television, free tea/coffee/water and lots of tourist information leaflets. The staff on duty greeted us warmly every time we went past and asked us about our day, where we had been etc. The staff made recommendations and reservations at restaurants for us and as a result we went to some amazing venues for meals. The breakfast in the hotel was very nice there was a good range of hot and cold food available along with fresh coffee and juices and every day we were asked if we would like a specially made omelette, which was delicious. The prices are excellent for the quality of the hotel and service received. I cannot rate this hotel highly enough and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. The hotel also arranged our airport transport and sent a follow up email after we had returned home to thank us for our stay. It's just a brilliant base for a visit to Istanbul and has left us with very fond memories.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Basileus was our 7th and last place to stay after 3 weeks around Turkey, and it was certainly one of the best. The lobby is lovely, the room was impeccably clean (though a tad small for a family of 4), and the hotel was the all-out champion as far as the free buffet breakfast was concerned. Huge variety, and they even prepare a turkish coffee upon request. Our host Mustafa was most welcoming, super friendly and always available to answer our questions and recommend places to visit or eat. The hotel is located down the hill from Sultanhamet Park, so it is a bit sweaty to get up there in the summer heat, but once you do... wow! Be careful when you exit the hotel, though. The sidewalk is almost nonexistent, and traffic can be pretty fast.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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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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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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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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Address: Kadirga Liman Cad. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sok. No:1 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $26 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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