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Side Hotel and Pension
Ranked #322 of 1,147 Hotels in Istanbul
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Neat, clean and centrally located”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

I stayed in Side Pension on 30th of March. The hotel is centrally located and is at 2 minutes walking distance from Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet area. The nearest tram station (Sultanahmet) is also 5 mins walking distance. The room was very neat and clean. The hotel has more amenities than pension and so the rates are also higher by 20 euros. I had booked the hotel on the phone on the same day and was lucky to get it reserved.
They provide free wi-fi in the rooms as well as in the lobby. They serve turkish breakfast on the terrace which also gives a good view. But the terrace of 7 Hills Hotel gives a superb panoramic view. They also have 24 hrs tea and coffee kept at the lobby.
The hotel is fully non-smoking. Side Hotel only accepts money in Euro, or at least that's what was told to me.

overall, a good combination of location, cleanliness and good room size.

Room Tip: By the way, there is no lift in the Pension side. Don't know about the Hotel side.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2014

I stayed 4 nights in a double-room with bath. The room was very nice, much bigger than expected. The area is perfect for walking Istanbul, indeed it is just across from the Four Seasons and I doubt the FS has a better terrace view. Front desk and breakfast staff are cordial and helpful; I enjoyed the morning breakfast views and the pretty plants blooming in March. It was also a nice show to see how they feed birds in the terrace, these sea birds liked their eggs too! Or, they go for the flowers. The tram stop is under 5 minutes away. You can walk to Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace- go early and skip the bus tours arriving at 9. The free tea in the lobby was a nice touch too. They have a good display of services they offer such as transportation to the airport for a great moderate price. Perfect hotel for budget travelers.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rome, Italy
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2014

My friends and I (3 college aged girls) really enjoyed our recent stay here. The availability of an airport transfer was amazing ( it was so nice and stress free - I recommend it) and the tea in the lobby was delicious.

the location was great and we never got lost because you can see all the attractions from the terrace of the hotel, so it's always really easy to tell where you are.

Our room in the pension was lovely and affordable for college students and the staff was friendly and helpful. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Perfect location 2 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Toptaki Palace. Staff were extremely helpful & attentive. In fact with my experience they went above & beyond to assist to me in all areas. Pleasant & friendly. Rooms are clean. If I ever head back to Istanbul definitely staying here again. Brilliant place.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

This is a perfect place to stop and enjoy Istanbul. It is in the heart of the old town, right between Aya Sophia and the blue mosque. Spectacular views from the terrace where breakfast is served. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Excellent pension in the center of Istanbul, just behind the blue mosque and haghia sophia. nice, warm rooms and attentive personnel. Tea available for free At any time of day and night. No elevator, but the hotel owner brought our luggages up and down from / to the room. Troubles with the bathroom: only two Towels provided, no shower carpet: every time we took a shower, the bathroom got full of water everywhere. No view from the breakfast terrace on the gold horn. Boring breakfast, orange juice simply undrinkable.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed in the pension side of the Side Hotel & Pension. It's a basic, clean accommodation right around the corner from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. Our room did not have a TV or much atmosphere. The bed was comfortable and it was quiet.The breakfast could have been better. Why do they offer instant coffee? The staff was friendly and helpful. The airport pickup and drop off was reliable and inexpensive.We can recommned the SIde Pension for the budget-oriented traveller.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Side Hotel and Pension
Address: Utangac Sok. No 20/22, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#169 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#198 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, this hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free WiFi and air conditioning and flat TV. Side Hotel features a delightful rooftop terrace with views over the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the Blue Mosqueand Bosphorus . It is ideally located just 250 m from the Marmara Sea. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, served with an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish items. Free tea service is also available throughout the day. The Side hotel is situated 1.5 km from the Grand Bazaar. Old Istanbul‘s shopping, dining and entertainment districts are only a minute walk from the hotel. ... more   less 
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