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“Perfection on the Bosphorus”

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The House Hotel Bosphorus
Ranked #118 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfection on the Bosphorus”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

A superb hotel in a buzzy and exciting location with excellent facilities and attentive staff who are professional, courteous and responsive - and this combination translates into a First Class experience.The tone is set by the GM who is attentive in a very low profile way and who ensures that every guest is looked after and their needs attended to - and this creates a very relaxed and "homely" environment. The Room could not be faulted and the views are second to none.
I have stayed in a number of the larger 5 Star Hotels along the Bosphorus in the past but the House Hotel is in a class of it's own and I will recommend this as the place to stay in Istanbul both to our friends and to business colleagues alike. A 10 out of 10 and our thanks to all the staff who made our stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms looking directly on to the Bosphorus !
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gary W
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Gary,

Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to share your experience at The House Hotel Bosphorus by this amazing, candid review.

On behalf of all of us here at the hotel, I want to thank you for your words and recognition. This feedback is exactly what my team and I strive for.

We are very happy you experienced our one-and-only Penthouse Bosphorus Suite and thoroughly enjoyed your stay.

My team and I look forward to welcoming you back to Bosphorus.

My sincere thanks and warm regards,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Super nice view of the Bosporus from the lobby and the rooms (if well oriented :)).
-Very comfortable bed, clean bathroom, and nice sofa in front of the large windows facing the Bosporus. Not all the rooms are as good (changed room as the one that was given originally was facing hotel wall and next to floor trash room).
-Stunning breakfast room with view and terrace. Great food,choice too!
- service at reception and coffee lobby was poor for such a hotel. Smiles are not included too;)

Stayed September 2012
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Thank Hussein D
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Hussein D,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback about The House Hotel Bosphorus, especially one year after following your stay.

Many thanks for your feedback about our hotel and accommodations. In terms of your thoughts on service, I am disappointed to read your comments as service philosophy is what makes our hotel stand out the way it has been. I would be much interested in getting your further thoughts on the subject, my email is address is below for your records should you wish to share them with me.

We look forward to seeing you again in our hotel on a future trip to Istanbul.

Warm regards,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The House Hotel is a gem, and not just because of its magnificent architecture or fantastic location, but also because the staff put every possible effort to make our stay comfortable and unique. They helped me prepare a surprise engagement evening while transiting through Istanbul and went beyond the call of duty to make this day most memorable and magical. All of the staff, from the hotel manager to the front desk clerks and the barman, were so attentive and considerate. The quality of service, kindness and extra care have meant so much to us and turned our experience into one of the most memorable moments of our lives. Besides, the location offers splendid views over some of the most beautiful Bosphorus landmarks, and the hotel itself is a treasure of elegance, design and comfort. It also offers great services, which we barely had to time to indulge in, except for the private boat cruise that – needless to say – is a must when discovering Istanbul.

Room Tip: The desk staff is extremely helpful and responsive to questions online, I certainly recommend sharin...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Antoine,

Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience about The House Hotel Bosphorus.

It was great a pleasure to witness this special occasion in your lives. We are very happy to know we were able to help make this exciting time unforgettable for you.

Thank you for your recognition and feedback. Please know that you will always have a “home” in Istanbul whenever you decide to come back to celebrate many more special occasions.

On behalf of the entire team The House Hotel Bosphorus, I send you our heartfelt congratulations and warm wishes.

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This is what a boutique hotel should be all about. Impeccable service, high quality accommodation and a loction with stunning views of the Bosporous and the Asian side across the starit. The staff are super friendly and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. This is simple a must stay in hotel if you are in istanbul. It is located at the water front in the quaint little market and restaurant area of Ortakoy. Rooms are comfortable with all the amenities you need. Internet access is free all over the hotel and works very well. My room was a bit small and with no space for working. Never mind; why not sit in the cafe with you laptop and enjoy a coffee and the view! Breakfast is delicious and a great way to start your day. The gym is very small bur okay for a light workout. I will be back for sure

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Christian K
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Christian,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about The House Hotel Bosphorus following your stay.

I am very happy that you enjoyed our hotel with all its attributes. Many thanks for your wonderful feedback and recognition.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Warm regards,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

My first stay at The House Hotel and such a great experience I am coming back in a week.Have recommended to my friends as a lovelly central Ortakoy location next to The House Cafew hich over looks the Bosphorus.
Big rooms and well organised service.
Highly recommended.

M J Foster

Room Tip: Boshphorus view best but partial view also good
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Malyblue,

Many thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about The House Hotel Bosphorus.

I am very happy you enjoyed your first time visit with us. Thank you for your loyalty as our repeat guest.

My team and I look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel in the near future.

Warm regards to London,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stayed here for three nights at the end of May and happily would have stayed longer happily. The rooms are fully consistent with their high TA ratings. The noise was not an issue and we are not patrons of nightclubs. We could hear their rhythmic thumping sound, but it was sort of lulling and not at all loud after about midnight. We only heard that really awful screeching loudspeaker once in the morning, but in Istanbul it is brief and we quickly fell back to sleep. The hotel manager, Bahar Karaca, has trained his staff to operate at the highest level, which I call the Howcanwepleaseyoutoday? attitude (think Ritz Carlton) and in addition, in personal interactions he is most considerate and anxious to assure that all is well. We strongly recommend a superior room on the third floor with partial seaview. I forgot - chocolates on your pillow every night. Amazing hotel.

A huge bonus is the attached restaurant that has a very large, extremely atmospheric patio on the Bosphorus. It clearly is The Place to Be for the upscale Turkish residents and visitors. We normally avoid returning to the same restaurant during a stay, but couldn't resist going here twice.

We were quite apprehensive about going to Turkey, but now can't figure out why, at least as to Istanbul. Alacati and Kalkan. (not Bodrum) The people and standards are completely different than other Islamic countries. We avoided certain areas at night, but felt totally safe during the day. The residents, shop owners, restaurant staff, and others are more refined and genuine overall than in any western European countries we have been to yearly for the past 25 years.

Room Tip: We strongly recommend a superior room on the third floor with partial seaview where noise issues are...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Dear trvelingtwo,

Heartfelt thanks for taking the time to write this wonderful, candid review and sharing your feedback with fellow travelers.

I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at The House Hotel Bosphorus and experienced our service philosophy. My team and I are dedicated to creating a memorable experience for our guests whether they are staying for one night or one week. Hearing feedback like yours absolutely make my day... On behalf of the entire Team Bosphorus, I thank you for your distinction.

It would be a pleasure to welcome you back to Istanbul and perhaps you might travel to some other beautiful parts of our country to experience genuine Turkish hospitality.

Warm regards to LA,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed here at the beginning of June in a Deluxe Bosphorus Suite. The views of the Bosphorus were well worth it and the room was really well designed and very homely. The hotel itself is also beautiful but what really sets it apart from other hotels that we've stayed at is the service. From the moment we arrived Metin the concierge went out of his way to help us with anything he could. On our second day, he met my girlfriend in the street outside the hotel when she was on her way to the pharmacy and stopped whatever he was doing to go with her to two pharmacies and translate for her. We asked Cenk on the front desk for a local restaurant recommendation one night and he walked us to a restaurant that he thought we'd like and arranged a good table with the waiter for us. Bahar the hotel manager made a point of introducing herself to us when she saw us in reception and also sought us out to discuss our plans and offer advice for where not to go as we were actually there while the protests were underway in the city. It was also my girlfriend's birthday while we were there and whilst at breakfast, they brought her a birthday cake and candle along with two glasses of champagne. They also then delivered a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine to the room later with a birthday note from Bahar. I liked the location of the hotel being away from the main tourist part but this is still only a taxi, ferry or water taxi ride away. Getting to have dinner and drinks in the House Cafe bar and restaurant downstairs whilst backing onto the Bosphorus also added to the hotel's appeal. We plan to head back to Istanbul at some point in the future and will definitely be returning to the House Hotel Bosphorus and will not even think about booking another hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bahar K, General Manager at The House Hotel Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Stuart,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience at The House Hotel Bosphorus.

It was lovely meeting you and your girlfriend. I shared your thoughts with my team including Metin and we are all thrilled you had a memorable time on this trip of celebration.

What you wrote is by far one of the most rewarding feedbacks we have ever received. We are humbled by your recognition.

Looking forward to the next time you will visit Istanbul so we can welcome you back.

My sincere thanks and warm regards,

Bahar Karaca
Hotel Manager
The House Hotel Bosphorus
bahar.karaca@thehousehotel.com
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Property: The House Hotel Bosphorus
Address: Salhane Sokak No 1 | Ortakoy, Istanbul 34347, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #118 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The House Hotel Bosphorus 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The House Hotel Bosphorus is a landmark building built in late 19th century with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. Renovated by the internationally acclaimed design firm Autoban, the historical building has been transformed into a design boutique hotel. With its original features that have been restored, the Hotel combines historical glamour with contemporary design. The Ortakoy area where the Hotel is located is a lively area with restaurants, cafes and a wide range of stores. A few strokes away from The House Hotel Bosphorus is the landmark Ortakoy Mosque which is constructed on its own platform in the Bosphorus and offers almost 360 degree view. ... more   less 
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