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Reviewed June 10, 2008

The Dersaadet Hotel is close to all the important sites in Sultanhamet. The staff is very helpful and the owner is always present.
There is a laptop in the lobby available to guests and also books and travel guides.
The rooms are a bit larger than other boutique hotels in the area.
The crowning touch is the terrace where breakfast, etc. is served...lovely view. A wonderful way to start off the day or to relax after a day of sightseeing.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 26, 2008

We've just returned from a full week at the Dersaadet Hotel. There were 2 couples and we all enjoyed this small, friendly, family run hotel. It's located in the old city in a residential area. That was the best part. We enjoyed "living" among our neighbors. Yes, there is a manual car wash business across the street, but all you hear is the sound of water coming from one pressure washer and the voices of the 1 or 2 people working there. There's also the neighborhood produce man who wheels his cart through the narrow streets each day, the bread man who comes by calling out with a huge round tray of fresh bread on his head. Each day a man comes by crying out to buy scrap iron which he loads into his wheelbarrow. The potato truck drives by now and then. Women hang their laundry on their rooftop terraces to dry. One woman lowered her money in a bucket on a rope from her 3rd story window to pay for some fresh goods a peddler put into the bucket for her to haul up. Kids play soccer outside their homes in the narrow street. The nearby mosque calls the faithful to prayer. I loved it, even at 5 in the morning. Other than that, the neighborhood is quiet at night except for an occasional dog barking.

The location is perfect for seeing the major attractions in Istanbul. This is the area the tour buses haul everyone to from somewhere else, but we got to live here instead and simply walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, the Hop On/Hop Off city tour bus, the Topeki Palace, many and varied restaurants, the Archeological Museum, and more.

The only time we needed transportation was to catch the ferry to tour the Bosphorous (and actually we could have walked -- it would just have taken 30 minutes).

So the location is perfect. Besides that, so is the hotel. It has about 17 rooms on 3 floors with the lobby below and the rooftop terrace above. We sprang for one of the two corner suites and it was worth it. It was huge with one double bed and across the room a single bed, in the middle were 2 comfy overstuffed chairs with a little coffee table and reading lamp, a big roomy dresser and an ample wardrobe for hanging clothes. The bathroom could have used some shelf space but otherwise is large and included a jacuzzi tub with shower. Shower cap, shower gel, soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and a hair dryer are provided. The room has five windows -- the better to stick our heads out for watching neighborhood life, gazing at the sea, and getting plenty of light. Nicely decorated in rich, warm colors and a Turkish rug. The room has 2 heat/ac units which worked just fine.

The lobby is comfy with a sofa, bookshelves with LOTS of guide books you can borrow, and several small round tables/chairs. We four played bridge there several times in the evening. Also a lap top computer is set up on one for patrons to use with no charge. It works fast and without problems. There is free Wi-Fi in the rooms (our laptop worked great -- no problems using it the whole week). The entire hotel is spotlessly clean and nicely furnished and decorated.

The front desk is manned 24/7 with the most helpful, friendly people possible. They can recommend places to see and eat and will arrange reservations, transportation, etc. When returning one night from a wonderful dinner at a newly opened restaurant recommended by the young man at the front desk, we told him the otherwise great meal was spoiled by cigarette smokers surrounding us. We found out the next day he had spoken with the owner and given him our complaint and they were working on a smoke free space upstairs! By the way, we were told that within a month or so new city ordinances will be in effect requiring all public areas to provide separate smoking and non-smoking areas. That will be a big help as there is a LOT of smoking in Istanbul -- everywhere.

We had absolutely no problems walking around at night. Never the slightest concern about our safety. There are lots of tourists wandering around by the nearby attractions and near our hotel there are many neighbors out and about.

The hotel has a small, efficient elevator. It's true as others have written, that the electricity may fail (it did only once that we were aware of in our 7 night stay and that was for less than 30 minutes). The elevator will not take you to the terrace level. It goes only to the 3 floors of rooms, then you must walk one short, circular flight to the rooftop. Breakfast is served here until 10:30 so no need to get up early. There are several round inside tables and smaller, wrought iron outside tables with floor to ceiling glass/sliding door for an unspoiled view of the sea and the Blue Mosque. The food was very good. Scrambled eggs were especially good. Cheese or meat wrapped in baked/fried pastry, dry cereals, many different breads/muffins, cheeses, butter, cream cheese, creamed chocolate spread, hard-cooked eggs, thick yogurt, lots of jams, milk, cherry and orange juice, American style coffee that was delicious. One of us did wish there had been oatmeal (instant would be fine if a microwave could be provided) and skim milk since he's working on a low fat diet. We ate 7 breakfasts and I never tired of them. There is always someone there to help/serve. After breakfast, the terrace is open until late at night. Very light snacks (2 types of sandwich) are served as well as mixed drinks, several beers, and wine.

Just across the narrow, hilly street from the hotel are 2 mini markets where we got snacks and even decent red wine for about $12 a bottle. In both of the markets, the clerks were willing to open the bottle for us and even provided plastic cups without charge.

There a tiny laundry next door where you can drop off your clothes and pick them up washed and dried that night or the next day. About $7 for 2 pounds. They'll even iron for an additional charge.

There is even a turkish bath down the street (but we didn't try it).

One of the best services the hotel offers is free pickup at the airport if you are staying 3 or more nights. It was such a gift to find our names on a placard being held by a very friendly man as we walked into the terminal. He introduced us to another friendly man who managed to fit us 4 and our 12 pieces of luggage into his new, clean, big "people mover." Although this same free service isn't offered when you leave, the hotel will arrange it for less than $30 total (not per person)! Well worth it.

Another nice service: because we paid cash (some in US dollars, some in Turkish lire, and some in Euros) our bill was discounted 5%.

Remembering some of the complaints other reviewers had: I have fibromyalgia and have a very difficult time finding a comfortable bed away from home. I had no problem with the hotel bed; I didn't even ask for the extra topper. The bed was firm but felt good. The car wash is virtually a one man operation and not a repair shop in any way; it's not a problem. The free computer works fine; no problems at all. If you can walk for 10 minutes, there are plenty of restaurants around serving all different kinds of food. Yes there are a lot with only traditional Turkish and that does get old after awhile, but we found Indian, fish, continental, Italian, and even Mexican as well, all within easy walking distance.

I agree: be sure to see the Basilica Cistern (it's huge, underground, amazing -- they even sometimes have concerts there). Also definitely take a cruise up the Bosphorous. Don't take a tourist ferry. Take the regular commuter ferry. It will zig zag from the European to the Asian side, stopping at several fishing villages. At the end (where the ferry will have a 2 or 3 hour wait before returning), get off and eat a nice leisurely lunch in the village, then cruise back to Istanbul. Pretty sights along the way. The Hop On/Hop Off bus is expensive but we enjoyed the tour. Saw the modern side of Istanbul and so glad we stayed in the old city. But also saw many other sights we'd miss otherwise (e.g., the metal church brought from Norway (?), miles of the original city fortress walls). The Grand Bazaar is nothing special, really -- just huge and claustrophobic. Much more fun and exotic was the Spice Bazaar which we saw right before we boarded the ferry for the cruise up the Bosphorous (they are just across the street from each other).

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2008

We spent four nights in the Dersaadet Hotel in Istanbul. Close to the Blue Mosque (five minute walk) and the Aya Sofya, the hotel is very conveniently situated in the Old City, but away from noise and bustle.

The staff were all absolutely charming and nothing was too much trouble for them - indeed they regularly went out of their way to help us and were always cheerful with a ready smile and greeting.

Breakfast on the roof terrace in the sunshine with beautiful views out to sea and to the Asian side were a lovely way to start each day.

I would commend the Dersaadet Hotel to anyone looking for a conveniently placed, comfortable and friendly hotel in the Old City, Istanbul.

David Fettes Surrey England

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 18, 2008

We checked out Tripadvisor prior to making our booking to Istanbul this year. What a good decision that turned out to be! Not only was the Dersaadet cheaper than standard hotels, but it's right in the middle of the Sultanahmet area. The Dersaadet is a small guest house, our rooms were comfortable and clean, the view was faultless, overlooking the Sea of Marmara (try to get a room on one of the upper floors). Breakfast was served in the roof top restaurant which afforded magnificent views of the Blue Mosque: we could not believe we could be that close!
Breakfast was really lovely - a full range of continental with home baked cakes and pastries, cereals, yoghurt, honey, fruit, eggs and hot home prepared savoury pastries.
The staff were so pleasant, we really felt welcome at once. Wifi and access to a laptop at all times meant we were able to check in and print boarding passes for our flights home. They also gave recommendations where to eat (although we we not far from a wide range of restaurants). Another feature was the option to book their taxi service to and from the airport for only 30euros which we thought was very fair and hassle free.
Definitely check out this place - very comfortable, close to the heart of Istanbul but not noisy with very friendly and efficient staff.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2008

I am a regular guest at Dersaadet Hotel since business trips bring me to Istanbul on a regular basis. I discovered Dersaadet Hotel a few years ago in an internet search for a nice hotel in the historical Sultanahmet area. I was very satisfied with all my stays (5 in total so far) and was there last week, this time accompanied by my wife and daughter.

The staff of the hotel is immensenly helpful and friendly. They assist on all occasions, inculding pick-up service from the airport, they also provided a baby cot and had many useful suggestions for restaurants, travel business (e.g. checking Golden Horn or Bosphorus sea-bus timetables and printing these out). The hotel is in a fantastic period design, all rooms are stunningly beautiful and very clean. The breakfast on the roof terrace is an unforgettable experience with sea-view on the Marmara sea as well as on the Blue Mosque. The hotel is in a 3-minute-walking distance from the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

I do strongly recommend Dersaadet hotel to all Istanbul travellers.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled on business
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