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“Five stars for the cost and the effort, some work still to be done”

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The Magnaura Palace
Ranked #137 of 1,178 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 26, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Magnaura Palace for 3 nights in June 2012. The hotel has been open only for about 3 months, it is brand new.

-Location:
The hotel is ideally situated in the Sultanahmet district, literally 150 meters from the Blue Mosque and 250 meters from Hagia Sophia, and 300 meters from the Sultanahmet tram station. Unbeatable. 5 stars here.

-Service:
Polite and accommodating. We met the owner who is making a big effort to get things up and running, but there is still some work to be done. 5 stars here

-Room:
Our room was located on the 1st floor. We had a corner suite, small but adequate. Very clean. 2 small problem here: There was no safe in the room, this must be fixed. Also, the minibar fridge was not working so our drinks were literally warm. We informed the owner and he said it was scheduled to be fixed, but this was not done during our stay. 4 stars here.

-Cost:
Great value for money. For the corner suite we paid 150euros -10% for cash = 135 euros per night. Given the location, service and cleanliness, it was a bargain.
Normal listed price for this room is 280 euros (I think), so I suspect prices will go up once the works are completed and everything is fixed. 5 stars here

-Breakfast:
Breakfast was average. A small selection of bread, cheese, scrambled eggs and salami at the buffet. Coffee included in the price was only filter coffee. Turkish coffee charged extra. Not a big deal, but I didn’t like that. 3 stars here.

-Common areas:
The bar is not operating yet, pending the issuing for the relative permits. There is no restaurant (yet?). Also, the terrace (nicely shown in the hotel’s website) is not operating, as it is still under construction. The terrace has a wonderful view and when they complete it, it will be a perfect spot to have breakfast or drinks.
Overall the common areas were largely not yet operational. Then owner was very apologetic, but still they should have made it clear upon booking. 1 star here

In a nutshell I would say the Magnaura Palace is an excellent choice if you want to be in the heart of the old city. Even with its temporary shortcomings (”childhood diseases”) I give 5 stars, mainly for the cost and the effort.
It is well worth it and we would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Corner suite on high floor for better view
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

You will be delighted with your stay at this newly opened boutique hotel in the historic Sultanamet district of Istanbul. Located just one block from the famous Blue Mosque and the elegant Four Seasons hotel, you are right in the heart of trendy shops, restaurants, and local cultural activities. The advantage of this area is that most attractions are within walking distance or close to the modern metro service that will easily get you around town. You want to avoid driving as traffic can be severely congested and hectic any time of day.

Our room had a spectacular view of the Bosphorus channel and the Asian side of Istanbul. The attentiveness of the staff was superb from the moment we arrived. The owner is Turkish American and very service oriented and committed to providing a high quality experience to every guest. The staff all spoke English so it was easy to get guidance and recommendations for sight seeing, restaurants, and shopping tips.

The hotel was very clean, new and beautifully designed for maximum comfort and enjoyment. Breakfast was included with our stay so we enjoyed many healthy and delicious selections of eggs, cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, yogurt, breads, cereals and of course coffee and turkish tea.

Would highly recommend this hotel to all travelers.

Room Tip: Room 250 faces the Bosphorus
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

They were the best days of my life , I have been in so many hotels but this one was so special .

It is  near to most important historical places like blue mosque , aya sophia and topkapa place with only 2 minute walk , and near to it old traditional bazar and many traditional and modern cafe and resturant and most of them having a bosphorous sea view 

The hotel its self is very clean , with very nice smell of Lily flower which is in every corner , no carpet or dust. The room has very new decoration and furniture as well as the bathroom . The TV has more than 1000 international channel including Famous Arabic ones . From the Room balcony as well as the Upsairs Terrace you can enjoy  a very beutiful veiw for the blue mosque and aya sophia. The resturant and cafea area was amazing and open all the time.

The staff of the hotel are very kind , helpul , friendly avilable for your service 24 hr  , speaking fluent english , I felt like I am having my family there . They guieded me alot and the night before I leave I had some difficlty regarding how to go to Bursa and in 5 mintue every thing was solved by them. They did reservation and ticketing for me therough the port.

In brief I highly recommend this hotel for everybody throughout the world. I PROMISE no one will ever regret it .

Thank you Mehmet, Hatice, Muhammad, Omat and the others that I forget their names and defintly I will come again and again 

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

You expect a well appointed room and a good breakfast when staying in a luxury hotel. But with THE MAGNAURA PALACE you get so much more!The owner, the manager and all the staff have made a vow to completely satisfy every whim of their guests. Nothing is too much:From a glass of cold water when you arrive from a busy day visiting the city, to a personal telephone call to Brazil to help you solve a major problem.When have you got a personnal assistance from the owner of a hotel to guide you through the intricate( nevertheless efficient)net of trams, subways and funicular to find an especific shop? Not from a map, but personnaly? We got that , and much more. So thank you Mustapha, Umut and ,Muamar,for your most gracious service and help.
When booking a room, ask for "a junior suite in the corner". Besides of a large room decorated in beige and dark red, with a splash of gold( this is istanbul, ladies and gentlemen)! you will get the amazing and unforgetable view of the Marmara sea.
Not to be missed.

Room Tip: ask for a room with a view.
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed at the Magnaura Palace recently and were very satisfied with the room, the location and the staff. extremely friendly and efficient staff, clean modern room (brand new!), basic breakfast and watery coffee but perfect location just a footsteps from Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazar and St Sofia! Lots of traditional or international restaurants and shops around. There is a roof terrace with a stunning view on the Maramara see. In-room coffee/tea making facilities. Loved it!
ps: matrass is very firm but nice beds!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

Booking was made before any reviews on trip advisor so not really sure what to expect and very pleasantly surprised. All the staff from the manager, reception, waiting staff to room cleaners were extremely helpful and very friendly, with good English (well much better than our Turkish) and a genuine delight in sharing their tips on places to visit that perhaps tourists might not usually see (anda not for any commision)
We had a corner suite which was spacious, spotlessly clean with good bathroom facilities meeting any west european/north american requirements. A seating area with lovely red velvet chairs and a view over the Mamara Sea through the double doors on to the little balcony (for sitting behind and not on) was quite charming and lovely place to sit for a pre dinner aperitif. It was a shame that the rooftoop was not finished; hey, maybe it will be done next time we visit?
Breakfast buffet had different touches each day of the week that we were there; no complaints if you are happy with good quality fruit selection (cherries, strawberries, watermelon etc) and the kind of food tht would be supplied for a turkish breakfast.
This is a small friendly hotel that has just opened and extra touches are being added on an ongoing basis - a kettle with tea and coffee supplies was added to the room during our stay.
The location cannot be faulted - roman ruins directly in front of one side of the hotel preserve the view to the sea and, if you are happy walking, most sights can be reached on two feet. However the excellent, and very cheap, tram, train and ferry services are all easily reached from the hotel. We were very impressed with the level of service and comfort offered; if one is seeking international 5 star hotel standards then best book accordingly. Hotels are not cheap in Istanbul and the Magnaura Palace offers excellent value for money. Eating out is vey reasonable and even alcohol is not expensive compared to many other places. The lack of a bar at the hotel was not an inconvenience for us as there are so many places to chose from in the immediate area.
Tip: avoid booking hugely expensive bosphorous tours via agent and take yourself down to the ferry area where you can easily select your choice of (not to be missed) trip direct with the ferry provider.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a corner suite and get a balcony overlooking the sea
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Wonderful position (100/200 meters from all Sultanahmet attractions), kind and helpful people, really new and clean.
We loved Istanbul even more thank to this accomodation!

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Address: Dalbasti Sok No 13/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #137 of 1,178 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $59 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Magnaura Palace 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Magnaura Palace Hotel is a newly opened in the heart of historical peninsula. Located steps away from the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantium time [such as Blue Mosque, St Sophie, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern]We are at your service with our 18 rooms equipped with central heating and air condition systems, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, sitting areas, writing tables and cupboards as well. We aimed to give you 5 star comfort in a boutique atmosphere. ... more   less 
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