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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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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