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“Heart of Istanbul” 5 of 5 stars
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Kybele Hotel
Ranked #39 of 1,111 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Tallangatta, Australia
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Heart of Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A great little hotel in the Old City with loads of character and quirkiness, especially the hundreds of coloured lanterns suspended from the ceilings. Our room overlooked the main street and was more than adequate. Super friendly staff who went out of their way to be helpful. Breakfasts provide wide range of choices and their dinner meals surprised us so much that we dined in twice rather than go hunting for a suitable restaurant.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We liked this hotel in a great location in the Old city, but I felt it was a bit overpriced at 130 euro per night for a very cramped room. Only two weeks earlier I had stayed at the Senatus Hotel in a larger and newer room for only $140 USD (about 108 euro) per night. Nonetheless, the Kybele has more charm -- it is highly decorated with a multitude of lamps on all ceilings. Kybele has a slightly better location, both hotels had very nice staffs but you do seem to run into more staff at the Kybele. Kybele has a slightly better breakfast. So, it depends on what you like. I'm pretty good in small spaces, but the smaller double we chose at the Kybele was quite cramped. Most people would probably be happier paying more for one of their larger rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Kybele1997, Yönetici at Kybele Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2016
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52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

We stumbled across the Kybele Hotel wandering around Istanbul and landed up hanging out there rather a lot. 'Mike' (not his Turkish name of course) is a wonderful host and made us feel so at home not only to drink Turkish coffee sitting in the front room watching the world go by, or eating delicious food in the hotel restaurant but also just hanging out with him and his family drinking tea, listening to music and generally relaxing and chatting.

A really fun place to visit. We will certainly return.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Definitely a quirky hotel! We loved the lights in each room and all the lovely furniture. Rooms are ok but just a few touches would help - like besides lights for both sides of a double bed. Staff friendly and helpful. Breakfast with plenty of choice. So handy for all the major tourist spots yet on a nice quiet street.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

You are in Istanbul, perhaps for the first time, what are you hoping for? An authentic experience, perhaps a family owned hotel that is in walking distance of all the Sultanahmet sites in your tour guide, right? The Kybele offers this plus clean rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a sweet little rooftop restaurant, attentive staff and then there are the LAMPS! Every single ceiling is covered in Turkish lamps! I've stayed here 3 times now and honestly the 'WOW' factor of those lamps is still as fresh as the first time. The owners and staff can make excellent recommendations and reservations for local restaurants too. They only have about 16 rooms so this is not a big concrete cookie-cutter hotel. I cannot rate the 'swimming pool' or the 'fitness center' because they do not have one! I love that!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Kybele1997, Yönetici at Kybele Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

my sister and i spent almost a week at Kybele Hotel and this place really made the entire experience a million times better! we were blown away by the beautiful team at Kybele; the genuine, lovely, welcoming vibe of this family run business is obvious the second you step inside this wonderous place. The decor is authentic and charming...and there is no place like it.
If you want an incredible Turkish experience, this is def the place for you. Food was brilliant, service was beyond excellent, the decor is ecletically fantastic and its location is absolutely ideal being literally in the heart of Istanbul. We felt safe, looked after and will def be going back. A tremendous thanks to everybody at Kybele!!!! You guys rock! :)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Kybele1997, Yönetici at Kybele Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2016
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Schoten, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

The hotel attracts by the charming and eclectic interiors full of confectioners items like old cameras, clocks, ... and above all lampionnes. Our room had 60 lampionnes !! Rooms are very small but nice decorated. Curtains could use some washing. Marble and clean bathroom. Finishing is not as in a 5 star hotel, therefore not the 5 stars rating, but still value for money.

Room Tip: We stayed with 3 persons in one room. This is tiny but doable for 2 nights.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Kybele1997, Yönetici at Kybele Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2016
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Property: Kybele Hotel
Address: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:23 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #39 of 1,111 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kybele Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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