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“Great Place to stay in Exciting Istanbul”
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Nena Hotel
Ranked #78 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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Sydney, Canada
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“Great Place to stay in Exciting Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wonderful place to stay and a great staff to look after your plans. We would return there in a heart beat as it is very close to all the main attractions yet free of the noise and bustle of a big city. Keep up the great work!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had a great stay, clean rooms, fantastic rooftop breakfast. When we went to leave, they refused to take a credit card ( we had 8 people) and demanded cash. Made the whole stay sour. That's a scam, will not be back.

Room Tip: Street views are great, but loud.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

Hotel Nena is a little gem within walking distance of the main historical sites of Istanbul and the T1 tram line. Our two night stay there, at the end of a cruise, was made all the more enjoyable by the excellent management and staff. Cengiz Dogan on the Reception Desk contributed enormously to those few days with his practical advice and efficiency. 'You want a guide to the Bazaar, then I will get you an excellent one. You want tokens for the tram - you can buy them here. You want a restaurant recommendation - then I suggest this one. You need a taxi - let me call one for you.' All this and a stunning view of the Blue Mosque from the breakfast terrace - and the breakfast was excellent. To end our few days the private car organised by the hotel to take us to the airport was clean, the seat belts worked and we had an excellent driver. What more could you ask for.?

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Am a travel agent from the United States who fell in love with Istanbul some five years ago. And just four weeks ago I already had retuned to this wonderful city with a travel group for the fifth time! This was also my fifth time staying at the Hotel Nena in Istanbul!

Our return on October 13th was greeted by a complimentary transfer from Ataturk Airport to the Nena. That's always such a nice way to start the visit!

And from that time on, absolutely everything was taken care of for our group of 15!
Prior to our arrival at the Nena, Muzaffer Sahin (General Manager) arranged several private tours for our group. As in the past, each and every tour was perfectly planned and executed. Guides were top-notch and prices were very competitive. The guide picked us up at the Nena and dropped us back off at the Nena. It's always wonderfully assuring for me to realize that Muzaffer will take care of so many of our group arrangements prior to our arrival! He also assisted with land transfers from the hotel to and from the cruise ship terminal, then back to Ataturk Airport.

Do you want to visit places not normally on the typical tourist itinerary? Early-on just send your desires to Muzaffer by email and he will do his best to have a private guide piece together exactly what you would like! "Muzo" (as is his nickname) literally spends his entire day at the Hotel Nena's computer receiving emails and answering client questions--ALWAYS great service from an always efficient and always very nice General Manager!

Need tokens for the local street car located just down the street from the Nena? Don't wait in a long line outside. Just purchase the tokens at the hotel desk! And the friendly desk clerk will explain exactly what you'll need to do to reach most areas of the historic district of Istanbul!

Want to spend time at the Grand Bazaar shopping? It's a quick three block walk from the Nena! No need for public transportation (unless you want it!).

Need to convert money? Dollars to Turkish Lira, Euros to Lira, etc.? They'll help you at the Nena's hotel desk. Otherwise, if you need an ATM to obtain Turkish Lira, walk to the bank directly across the street from the Nena. Machines work just like those at home (and in English). Hint: only use ATM's attached to banks--just in case the machine "eats" your card--that has happened to us elsewhere in the past.

I consider the Nena an atmospheric hotel with a lot of Old World charm. Rooms are efficiently maintained and cared for and Muzaffer and his amazing staff are always available to answer any and all questions. First thing you will notice when entering your room is a card stressing to each guest that any concerns should be immediately be brought to the attention of the front desk. The Nena's staff honestly wants your stay with them to be perfect!

No need for me to stress again the amazing location of the hotel. Most every reviewer tells about that. They also always rave about the spectacular views from the Hotel Nena dining room up at roof level

During our recent visit I counted more than 40 items available at the breakfast buffet table! I have included a few photos of the fresh vegetables, cheeses, olives, eggs and breads. A highlight for Americans is always the selection of home made preserves--so tasty!

Don't pass up the chance to have dinner at the upstairs Nena Forever Restaurant. If the weather is good, dine outside with the amazing night-time views. Great food at very competitive prices, and by the way, the white and red house wines are great!

Looking forward to my next visit to Istanbul and the Hotel Nena. In closing, a final sincere "thank you" to Muzaffer and his caring staff at Hotel Nena! Hoping to see you all again soon!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Attactive hotel in the centre of the Sultanamet tourist area. Lovely room with balcony opposite the Blue Mosque. Staff absolutely fantastic at Reception and in the restaurant. Pleased we overcame our bias against hotel restaurants because we had a nice evening meal in the hotel. Pick up and drop off service to Ataturk airport was marvellous and in a luxurious "stretch limo" type car.

Room Tip: de luxe rooms well worth the extra cost
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

My elderly parents and I stayed at the Nena Hotel in Istanbul in August prior to a cruise. It was in the heart of the old city and the location was perfect for wandering the streets, seeing the sights and finding great places to eat. Our room was so lovely in every way--nicely decorated and very comfortable with plenty of room for three people. In addition, we had a balcony with a view of the city that was wonderful. We had a fantastic breakfast in their rooftop restaurant that my mother still raves about. In addition, the staff was so helpful, arranging for us to be picked up from the airport, and making suggestions for places to see. We were only sorry we did not stay longer...next time!! I so highly recommend this hotel. You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Extremely efficient, kind and considerate staff. The location is excellent, within very short walking distance to the major attractions in Sultanahmet. Our room was comfortable and quiet and we really enjoyed the wonderful breakfast provided in the top-floor restaurant. The restaurant terrace provides an amazing view of the sites. We will definitely stay here again and highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Istanbul.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Nena Hotel

Property: 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:
#46 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#52 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#71 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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