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“4 stars for nothing!” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Lion Hotel
Ranked #1,035 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Tehran, Iran
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“4 stars for nothing!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

last summer me and my family stayed in lion hotel for six days. I can't believe this hotel have four stars yet. everything were very bad. recieptions were spoke turkish and they were rude. rooms were dark and dirty and we can't see any view from windows. breakfast was not bad but hotel was very old and uncomfortable. I never recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: we had two rooms in lion hotel and all of us not satisfied from our room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank shahrzad1353
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Joacaba, SC
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

This is a good hotel, not awesome. The breakfast is not so bad but there is just a few options of juice for instance. There is a lack of a lot of things on it. The room is not so bad too. Good bed, good bathroom but the carpet smells really bad.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jeydess
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isfahan
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36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

i were in Istanbul with my husband from 6 june - 10 june . first we booked for crystal hotel but i didn't understand why tour leader changed it to lion with any coordination.anyway we stayed at lion hotel for 4 nights.the location is good ,near to Taksim & Istiklal street so it is not a good place for resting and very noisy place specially due to noisiness by protesters in Gezi park and Taksim square . really it didn't worth for money we paid . the room was very small with old furniture. room was Rather clean and every day housekeeping came for cleaning but not with high precision .the breakfast was rather better than other 4 star hotels in Istanbul that i have been seen.staffs were not so good in guiding and they were poor in English language. first day i replaced bottles inside the refrigerator in order to put some fruits and water inside but tomorrow they put 2 more small bottles of water inside it and when we wanted to check out asked me for 38 TL , i asked for what? he replied because you used 2 bottles of water inside minibar, i got surprised and told i just replaced their place and i bought big bottles water enough and now if you go to the room you can see i put 2 extra big bottles of water there+ your water in mini bar so i don't pay you any Turkish lira!!! then it seems that he convinced but asked me to wrote it on a paper and signed.it is very impolitely.another ridiculous thing for this hotel was safety box inside the room that if you want to use it you must deposit 100 TL to the reception and receive your key for safety box i have never seen such a treat in other hotels. total i don't recommend this hotel for couples and those who want have good resting either during day or during night.

Room Tip: higher floor recommend
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fahimeh g
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Athens
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43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

If you are the kind of traveller who doesn't stay at the hotel and wants a B&B that is definitelly a good choice!Breakfast was ok but the rooms were far below standard. Clean sheets but filthy carpets, broken bathtubes etc.However...the location is VERY GOOD. just outside taksim square. you can choose some other hotel (the area is full of them.)
I don't know the exact price because it was with a group package. They didn;t speak good english but they try to be helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Hlektra
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rasht
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

i have been in this hotel once for four nights but i was not pleased with the staff and the service. .The breakfast was so basic and cold and the place smelled terrible.the only positive point goes to the location which was just a short walk to taksim square and it was so close to metro station.all in all if you are just planning to stay out and just for bed and breakfast need a hotel it can be a reasonable choice.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mohajer
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Shiraz, Fars, Iran
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

the hotel was dirty and facility was not good. only breakfast was good. i had chosen another hotel but the tour reserved for me this hotel but they took me price of another hotel. the name of tour agency is سفیران تراول '' safiran travel'' . i highly recommend that no use of this tour and this hotel

Room Tip: not recommended
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Payam F
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is by far one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at, I would definitely advise against it.
This hotel is graded as a 4 star hotel, although it lacks the quality, service and hygiene level of a 2 or 3 star hotel.
The rooms are incredibly small and are stuck to each other to the point where I could hear the person occupying the room next to mine use his bathroom.
On our first night, we were woken up at 2 am by a guest who was convinced that her son was staying in our room, she felt the need to wake him up by banging on our door. The following day we complained to the management who gave us impression that this was fairly normal, yet they dryly agreed to move us to another room.
Our second room was not much better, although it did not have an unsettling smell as our first one, the bathroom was just as disgusting, if not worse. There are cracked tiles all over the bathroom, the toilet seat is stained, mildew covers the entire tub and the tap doesn't work properly. You also need to be careful with the towels, some of them are completely frayed, during my stay I found a ball of hair stuffed in one of the "clean" towels, the following day, one of the towels was stained.
It would've been pointless to complain at that point because the management lack basic communication skills and have shown no indication of any propriety, professionalism or decency.
Finally, on our last day, we asked for a late check out and paid an extra charge that extended our check out time till 4 pm. When we asked if it were possible to push it till 5 pm, the management simply refused without providing any explanation. (It could not have possibly been a full occupancy, the hotel was pretty much vacant).
I find it offensive that this hotel is graded as a 4 star one, I'm not sure what kind of standard was used when giving it such a rating. I don't expect management to respond, however if they do I expect a template apology which I most certainly do not accept. Istanbul is a city vibrant with tourism, it is offensive that you profit from ripping your guests off.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nmass
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Property: Lion Hotel
Address: Lamartine Cad No 41 Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul 80090, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#505 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lion Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 104
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