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Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class"
Ranked #59 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

A wonderful small boutique hotel in a quiet (no street noise!) side street 5 minutes walk from Istanbul's historical sites. The staff are the friendliest I have ever come across.

Neil Melvin, Glasgow.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

The hotel room is small but nicely decorated. It s located in the old town, a walking distances to Sultanahmet station; Very convenient to visit the attractions in the area or get the tram over to the new side. We arrived very early in the morning, much earlier than the check-in time, the staff was very kind to let us check-in to our room and offer a free breakfast. Superb!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2014

I stayed for 1 night only when completing my business trip - I wanted to be closer to the Old Town to be able to do some of the tourist stuff in town, plus it's closer to the airport (as opposed to the Beshiktas area where I stayed before).

The hotel is conveniently located, the staff is nice, the room was clean and spacious and the breakfast was plentiful. I guess for someone who does not expect to spend significant amount of time in the room/hotel, this is the place to stay. Otherwise, I would not recommend it as the rooms (although nice and well-kept) are actually "under-ground" - taking advantage of the fact that the hotel is on a hill and the rooms are facing a (nicely-kept, covered with greenery, but nevertheless) wall.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Bucharest, Romania
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Property: Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class"
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 #59 of 1,150 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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