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“Excellent base for the main sights”
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Alzer Hotel
Ranked #346 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent base for the main sights”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

The location of this hotel must be second to none. It's opposite the Blue Mosque and just down the road from the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. The staff were friendly and the rooms comfortable and the hotel had a very Turkish (as opposed to internationally anonymous) feel. The buffet breakfast was excellent and taken in the rooftop dining room, which has panoramic views of the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus. On the down side, the walls are thin and if you have noisy neighbours, you might hear more than you want to. It's therefore probably not an ideal place to stay with children. There's also a slightly random approach to what is in the rooms - bedspreads might suddenly appear or disappear, etc.. But these are relatively minor issues. We enjoyed our stay and found it an ideal base for a few days in Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

The location of the hotel is excellent, very, very close to the Blue Mosque and loads of other attractions. There is tram system very close also which let's you buzz accross town very rapidly. Don't forget to purchase your token close to the tram stop, 3TL about €1.3. The machine takes notes also.

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Atlantic City
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Kind of shabby, and not as friendly as other reviewers have said. Yes, the location is right across from the Blue Mosque, and yes, the breakfast buffet (and the view) is delightful and delicious. However, everything in Sultanahmet seems focused on the tourist trade, so once you see the "big sights", and you're ready to see the part of Istanbul that's a real cosmopolitan city, you need to leave that neighborhood. Unless you can take the tram, that's easier said than done. Cabs in Sultanahmet regularly overcharge by $10-15 ("meter is stuck"), and cabs going back were honest, but would not get closer to the Alzer than 4 or 5 blocks. All in all, in Istanbul, I think it pays to spend more on a better hotel, with full services, to help you navigate the city.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

Hard to find a better location to visit the key sites. Walking distance to all major sites in the old city. The staff and very friendly, nothing is too much trouble and the rooms are clean and adequate. If you don't want to pay top price this is a great hotel

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was a great hotel for our family stay. It is just behind the Blue Mosque and convenient to the Sultanahmet district in Istanbul. We stayed for only one night but the room was really nice, breakfast was fantastic and dinner that night was delicious. The staff was very attentive and the free WiFi was definitely a plus.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed in an economy room (4th floor) for 4 nights in March. Ideal location for Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Spice & Grand Bazaar - all walkable maximum 20 minutes, or access to efficient tram system. Very friendly staff and clean + comfortable hotel & rooms. Economy rooms overlook rear street but this does not protect you from the morning call to prayer at 5:15am! Rooms a little too warm if anything but nothing detrimental in economy room. Room safe and Sat TV with BBC if you need a news fix. Free Wifi throughout works everywhere. Did not eat in hotel other than breakfast (served til 10am) which was sustaining and satisfactory (cereals, fruit, yoghurt, bread, cheese, col meats, eggs, coffee, juice, tea, etc.). Loved the bread rolls. particularly. Excellent 270 degree viewpoint from breakfast room.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

The hotel must have payed for the stars! Excellent location, poor standard, nice price terrible tea. Stayed here with a couple of friends for 3 nights, an old school tie re-union to celibrate a birthday

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Alzer Hotel

Property: Alzer Hotel
Address: At Meydani Cad. No:72 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122-1, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#180 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#235 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alzer Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Istanbul Alzer hotel is in the best possible location for an Istanbul trip!We are committed to ensuring that your stay is both enjoyable and comfortable. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, we know you have a variety of hotels to choose from, and we are honored that you have selected Alzer Hotel Istambul. We hope you have an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Gokhan AKCAY ... more   less 
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