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“A very cute building, old ottoman style” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Artefes Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #169 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
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169 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“A very cute building, old ottoman style”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Our 2nd stop in Istanbul and we deliberately chose a different area. We had already visited the main sites so headed towards the harbour and the thousands of locals picnicking in the park. It was great to see all the families gathered cooking on their BBQs, fishing and playing. We later found on our walk for dinner that we were also close to the Blue mosque and a bazaar. So the hotel was very handy to a couple of areas. The rooms were quite large, bathroom with a good shower, couldn't get the air-conditioning to cool and our room being on the street too noisy to leave the window open. The hotel has a haman and massage place - I was told it was open till 11 pm, tried to get a massage at 9.30 but they'd sent the staff home. The building being so old is noisy - but authentic!

Room Tip: We were on the first floor - lots of noise from the road and guests arriving back in the early hours...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2012

Fantastic hotel, we stayed for 5 nights in may 2012 we found every thing well prepared.
the hotel is placed in calm street , on the same time it is placed very closed to the main attractions of the city.
The team were very helpful managing by Mr Murat.
The important support given was valuable , they help me in each and every detail including advising tours, plans, restaurants, malls, shopping , arranging times of taxi and suggesting most important attractions.
I had felt as i was in my home... many thanks for all the teamand for Mr Murat
I recommend strongly this hotel and i will choose it again in my next visit.
Artefes hotel clean , facilites are very good and the breakfast was excelent.
we enjoyed the great view from the terrace of the hotel , sea, birds , mosques , hills and trees
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

Artefes hotel is placed very close to the old city of Istanbul close to the main attractions of the city, however is placed in a calm street. The hotel facility is very good and the breakfast excelent. The manger Mr. Mourat is a very helpful and cordial person. My staying in Istanbul since 8th of April was nice and I had greatful days visiting the city. I recomend to family people to visit and to stay in the Artefes hotel when visiting Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

We arrived at 5am and were warmly welcomed by the staff of the Artefes hotel. The turkish tea and coffee were served and we had a chance to enjoy a great view of the sunrise from the terrace of the hotel. We were excited by Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, which were 5 minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel's building is a historical place in Ottoman style with very nice exterior and interior. Special thanks to Murat, who gave us a suite room with a seaview and a balcony. The room was very clean, light and cosy. The breakfast was very tasty, especially bubliks. Meal was very fresh and for all tastes. The hotel was very calm and guests were also adequate. We highly recommend also to use hammam and massage - very clean and proffessional service. It was our first trip to Istambul, we felt in love with the city and definately be back and stay at the same place!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2012

I stayed for 5 nights in March 2012.my room was on ground floor ,room was clean .Breakfast was excellent since i was vegetarian lady staff(forgot her name) prepared potato dish for me.Best location near historic places within walkin distance of Blue mosque,topkapi palace and hagia sophia .Thanks to tunjay or tuncay for helping me out for my excursion tour,locating veg restaurant for me.All staff was helpfull .I will visit again and i recommend this nice hotel in part of Sultanhamet.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sanjay S
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Bethesda, MD
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169 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

We stayed 5 nights at the Artefes Hotel in March 2012. Our room, a double on the second floor, was not large or fancy, but it was perfectly adequate. The bathroom had a nice shower but lacked a tub (I think hotels.com said it would have one). Everything was clean, and the bed was quite comfortable. The building is a very beautiful old Ottoman mansion with a spectacular roof garden offering vistas of the Sea of Marmara and the Blue Mosque. Breakfast was a real treat. In addition to the usual breads and pastries, they had hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, and many delicious cheeses and olives. The cold-weather setting for breakfast was a large, well-lit restaurant with many windows on the top floor. What really makes this a terrific hotel option is its proximity to the sites. We were on a quiet street yet only two blocks from the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Archeological Museum, and the tram. We easily walked to the Suleiman the Magnificant Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Everything is convenient -- including public transportation that seamlessly got us to the airport on our departure for the equivalent of $3 apiece. There are many options in the Sultanahmet district, and they probably vary quite a bit in quality. This one is good value and served our needs perfectly.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Providence Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

The rooms are quaint and very well maintained in this charming little part of Sultanhamet. It really is centrally located for all tourism sites that anyone would like to see in Istanbul as well as the tram - 3 blocks away! Breakfast was delicious and the staff was incredibly helpful with room arrangements, accommodating extra guests and setting up tour trips out of town. Very quiet street but close to restaurants and shopping. We had a large group from the States and Mr. Murat was exceedingly helpful. I recommend this place over all other spots in Istanbul - very, very affordable and felt like home.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Artefes Hotel Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Cayiroglu Sok. No:17 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#63 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#178 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#178 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Artefes Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Artefes Hotel is located on walking distance of such historical and major city sights as St. Sophia (Aya Sophia/Hagia Sophia), The Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque, The Cistern Basilica (Yerebatan Cistern), Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) and Spice bazaar) Misir Carsisi. Old City and its palaces divide the historical peninsula down the middle and lead guests directly from the hotel into the heart of Sultanahmet. ... more   less 
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