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Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class"
Ranked #48 of 1,175 Hotels in Istanbul
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great location (close to tram station Sultanahmet) and there was no noise from the street. Our triple room was nice, clean and spacious. Good breakfast but bad coffee. Staff very friendly and helpful. I would recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

First, the Efendi Hotel has the perfect location for people looking for a place to stay in the Sultanahmet area. Very easy to walk to food, attractions, shopping, transportation, etc. Second, the staff was wonderful - very helpful and always available. The breakfast and internet were nice bonuses and much appreciated.

I selected a room without window, I probably wouldn't do that again, but otherwise the room was very nice. The room was very modern and very clean.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alex F
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

We had a 2 nights stay at this hotel. Exceptional location, 3 minutes walk to Hagia Sofia and near thousands of restaurants. The hotel is modern and looks brand new. The room was small, but very modern and well equipped. We had everything we needed (slippers, soap, gel shower, tea, water etc). Nice temperature in the room. We also enjoyed the bathroom, with a modern brand new shower. We had bad luck, for our whole stay the elevator wasn't working so we had to climb up to the 5 th floor the stairs.
For the price paid (55 euros/night) we were satisfied. Very good internet Wifi service, free of charge (very strong signal in all the hotel).

Now the bad parts: extremely low quality towels in the room; very bad breakfast buffet- low quality tasteless food. The second day I have skipped the breakfast for being too bad. And no alcohol in the mini bar.
But considering the price paid, it was a very good quality/price report.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Vladimir Z
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great hotel within 5 min walk of all major attractions. Lots of eating joints around the place.The rooms were good enough for the cost and it was cleaned and serviced everyday. The staff and support team were excellent. One of the best team i have seen. They were also very eager to help and advice on all your queries. breakfast was also good. a hotel worth staying in istanbul

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank NawafKoya
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

There are a lot more positives and only a few negatives. Firstly this is a city centre hotel deep in the heart of the Sultanhamet area.– The Location is fantastic literally one minute walk from the bars/restaurants and very close to all the major sights and yet in a sleepy quiet street ! We had room 506 and did not hear any noise (except the early morning call to prayer – and we had our window open all through the night). The Room is modern but is on the very small size – but clean and fresh towels and sheets every day ! The room had a double (very comfortable) bed and a full single bed which we put to good use as our storage and wardrobe extension ! The bathroom was perfect with a huge shower cubicle – full free WiFi access in the hotel was a bonus – the staff could not be more helpful or friendly – especially the girl on Reception .
The breakfast was not the best choice – just enough to get you started for the day – 7 main platters (5 of which were different cheeses and 2 of cold meats) – but there was cereals, fresh fruit, breads, jams, Juices and of course coffee and teas !
Location, Clean, Modern, Quiet, WiFi, Bed and bathroom were all the good positives – room size and breakfast scored lower.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Ideally located hotel, we were delighted to stay here recently. It is in the very centre of the tourist attractions, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. There are plenty of excellent restaurants beside it and shops. The staff are excellent. I would recommend the hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank RowenaSligo
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

This hotel is in a central location within easy walking distance of most of the main attractions in the old city area of Istanbul.

The rooms are fairly modern though, if you look closely the finish quality of the decor is average. Some issues of concern to me included: a room door which didn't close properly, low water pressure in the shower, and average level of cleanliness. I would have liked to see some tissues in the room. There were some basic toiletries.

There was a poor selection of English TV channels though, I think this is a general problem in Istanbul hotels. The wi-fi was free with a good signal and high speed.

There is a buffet breakfast though, I was a little disappointed with the selection. It was fairly basic and generally comprised of Turkish dishes, e.g. cold meats, cheese, some cereals, instant coffee, olives, pikelets, bread, jam, tomato. The room had a bar fridge with chocolate, chips, soft drink and nuts.

Reception staff spoke English and were friendly and helpful.

I would disagree with the Tripadvisor rating of 4 stars. I think 3 stars would be more appropriate.

On the first day there was some construction noise. I don't know where it was coming from though, it sounded like the floor above. Only really a problem I think if you plan to stay in your room during the day. The walls/doors seemed a bit thin as I could hear the people in the next room and corridor quite easily.

All in all, for a price of 45 Euros per night (booked in advance) it was a reasonable choice.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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7  Thank shp73
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Hoca Rustem Mektebi Sok. No:9-11, Istanbul 34112, Turkey (Formerly Efendi Hotel)
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 1,175 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $48 - $113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class" 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Efendi Hotel is only 300 meters from the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace. The Grand bazaar is a an 8-minute walk from Efendi Hotel. Local restaurants, bars and cafes are within a couple minutes’ walk away. On our Rooftop Terrace you can become familiar with Turkish Breakfast Culture served as a buffet which is provided with intimate, attentive service while enjoying a panoramic view over Istanbul's Old City. Next to our Patio Terrace, we host our Terrace Cafe/Bar, A place to wine and dine, socialize and relax, write postcards, use Wi-Fi or take photographs of Istanbul’s famous landmarks. Open 15:00 – 23:00 daily (except Sundays) The Efendi Hotel provides Free Wi-Fi throughout the venue. Our carpeted rooms with genuine black-out curtains include; air conditioning (The heating system is eco-friendly; the heat from the air conditioner is reused to heat fresh water) minibar(on the guest expense) an LCD TV with international satellite channels, antibacterial light switch and a digital safe box. Private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bathrobes & slippers. A coffee and tea basket is free of charge only on the first day. You can benefit from laundry and room service at the Efendi Hotel. Arrangements for transportation by private car to/from either of Istanbul’s airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen) can be made for all guests by contacting reception. Transportation cost is the guest’s expense. On our Rooftop Terrace you can become familiar with Turkish Breakfast Culture served as a buffet which is provided with intimate, attentive service while enjoying a panoramic view over Istanbul's Old City. Next to our Patio Terrace, we host our Terrace Cafe/Bar, A place to wine and dine, socialize and relax, write postcards, use Wi-Fi or take photographs of Istanbul’s famous landmarks. Open 15:00 – 23:00 daily (except Sundays) The Efendi Hotel provides Free Wi-Fi throughout the venue. Our carpeted rooms with genuine black-out curtains include; air conditioning (The heating system is eco-friendly; the heat from the air conditioner is reused to heat fresh water) minibar(on the guest expense) an LCD TV with international satellite channels, antibacterial light switch and a digital safe box. Private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bathrobes & slippers. A coffee and tea basket is free of charge only on the first day. You can benefit from laundry and room service at the Efendi Hotel. Arrangements for transportation by private car to/from either of Istanbul’s airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen) can be made for all guests by contacting reception. Transportation cost is the guest’s expense. ... more   less 
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