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Nena Hotel
Ranked #70 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Hotel Nena is located in an excellent part of Sultanhamet and is easy access to all the major sites of this historic and beautiful area of Istanbul. A very short walk to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar as well as all the other great sites and restaurants, shops and markets. My husband and I spent a week being spoilt by the very knowledgeable and friendly/professional staff of this small hotel. Breakfast was a buffet arrangement and the ladies really looked after the guests and the chef provided an assortment of bread and fruits, cereal, cake, yogurts etc.

We found the Hotel Nena to be fantastic in every way possible in such a great location at a reasonable cost. The view from the top floor is truly magnificent. Congratulations to all the team at Nena.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

I took a party of seven spread across three rooms for five nights over christmas 2011. The standard of service is admirable, the rooms perfectly acceptable and kept spotless.

I agree with all the positive comments posted for this hotel and can only add that it is spendid value, with genuinely pleasant personnel and a location that could hardly be bettered in terms of seeing the important sights.

Room Tip: state your needs clearly when making your booking and the Hotel will do its best to accomodate reque...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank SueDenym
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The Nena Hotel was excellent. The hotel is close to all of the major sites in the historic part of Istanbul. A SHORT walk to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. A slightly longer walk will take you to the shore to enjoy the sea and the restaurants that line the piers. The tram to Taksim Square - the trendy, hipster hot spot - is close to the hotel.

The hotel is well decorated and comfortable. The room and the bathroom were very nice. The hotel staff was helpful and friendly. The breakfast was enjoyable.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window. Other than that. All rooms are nice.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Anna K
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Small rooms, first night room at the back of the hotel facing the walls... next nightmoved to a bit better room. But VERY clean, helpful staff, great location, very good breakfast!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

Both my husband and I would like to highly recommend the Hotel Nena and its lovely staff, especially the manager Mustafa. We stayed in August for a week and really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast was a delicious Turkish style buffet which includes hard boiled eggs, porridge, yoghurt, cereal, cake, bread and fruits. The evening meals are also good. We would definitely return when we come back to Istanbul!

As a warning to other travellers, please avoid the men that stand outside their shops (esp carpet and ceramic shops) in the Sultanhamet area as many of these men are dishonest and wish to scam travellers credit cards. If you must shop in these places, we would advise paying cash only.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenpop
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

MrReaves and I take an annual Christmas trip, and this year, we thought we'd try something different. Istanbul was only one of two places that we each had on our Top 5 lists (sorry, Madrid...maybe next year).

Hotel Nena was the perfect choice for us on what turned out to be our favorite trip in the last five years. When I was researching, I noticed that the majority of the better hotels offer free airport pick-up from Ataturk. It took us a bit to find our driver even though he had a sign, but so did the other hundred drivers. We were grateful for this service because traffic was crazy, and we've driven in Rome!

We arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon and were met by a super attentive staff. We were given tea and information. They were wonderful throughout our stay, and answered all of our questions and made good suggestions. We were also upgraded once we arrived because they were expecting three people and all they got was us. When I booked, the difference between a double and a triple room was so small, that we booked the triple for the extra room. I was thrilled with the upgrade, but we booked the triple for a reason having to do with MrReaves sleeping problems. We were in Room 401, a double with a balcony and a view of the Blue Mosque, parts of Aya Sofya and the Bosphorous Strait. The rooms looked just like the pictures. The bed was not too firm and not too squishy; the bathroom was clean with a good variety of toiletries and a decent hairdryer. The only issue that we could forsee with being in this room is that it is located right next to the staircase which goes upstairs to the dining room/breakfast area. The elevator doesn't go to that floor, so everyone stomps up and down those stairs every morning. Even so, we were surprised at how little noise we heard from the street below since you are in the middle of a touristy area.

The hotel is located on a side street in Sultanahmet, and it is totally within walking distance of so many things to do. Down the hill are the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Aya Sofya as well as the Basilica Cistern. Go up the hill, and it will lead you to the Grand Bazaar. There are really good restaurants all around that place, and there is even a Starbucks across the street if you just can't live without it. The area really is touristy, but the tram stops nearby make it really easy to go and explore the rest of Istanbul. We plan to visit again before we leave here, and I have no doubt that the Hotel Nena will be at the top of our list when we do.

We can't comment on the hotel restaurant because we never ate there, but they did give us a discount coupon for 50% off our first meal there.

Overall, we were so pleased with the service, the location, the value of the room and so much more.

Suggestions: Have a more visible sign for your hotel guests to see or arrange a meeting place such as next to the Vodaphone kiosk.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the double rooms on the 4th Floor with a balcony. Great view and less street noise.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Always willing to help with a smile on their face. Great location very close to many tourist destinations. Breakfast buffet was awesome. Loved the variety in spread everyday. View from the verandah was amazing!
Rooms were very small and walls were paper thin. We could hear neighbor next door cough or sneeze. Sleep was very difficult in such an environment especially if we wanted to sleep in a little in the mornings.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Miracle20
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Additional Information about Nena Hotel

Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:8 D:10 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#51 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#70 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $47 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Nena Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Nena Istanbul, the luxury boutique hotel located at Sultanahmet. The magnificent historical places are nearby our hotel like Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and many more... In our hotel with our friendly employee we provide high quality service and Turkish hospitality to make you feel at home. Hotel Nena offers 29 guest rooms, including 2 deluxe rooms with a great Istanbul view. We serve excellent open buffet breakfast at our Terrace Restaurant before you start to explore historical peninsula. No need to search come and enjoy... ... more   less 
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