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Hotel Empress Zoe
Ranked #39 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Ankara, Turkey
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“As wonderful as we remembered.”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The Empress Zoe has been our "go to" hotel in Istanbul since 2003. In that time they have accommodated us on numerous occasions for as long as a week and each time wonderfully. Traveling with two children our room choice is the Deluxe Garden Suite, which gives everyone their own sleeping space and at opposite ends of the suite. The breakfast has only gotten better since the remodeling of the kitchen/breakfast area, and that is saying something because it was great before. The rooms are priced for value given the location and service. We especially like the lack of television/cable/in room entertainment. We are in Sultanahmet for goodness sakes. Get out of the room and see the city. If you have mobility problems or cannot do stairs, this may not be the best choice for you.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I stayed in a lovely apartment style room with my parents, it was our last stay in our months trip around turkey. We had stayed in the same area at start of trip so knew it well. The location is great only 5 mins to the blue mosque and other lovely sites in old Istanbul. The breakfast was lovely and simple nd staff went beyond expected everyday.
Our room was very light, my bed doubled as couch during day as it was a day bed and my parnts had lovely private room.the decor was simple. A lovely large bathroom, and as any traveller around this area would know the pluming is not amazing but in general Empress Zoe's wasn't to bad.
Our favorite place was diagonal to the front entrance and we were greeted with smiles every time we went past.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Got a recommendation for Empress Zoe from a friend and the reviews on Trip Advisor were also positive, so here's another one. Exactly what other reviewers had said but only better, particularly as we prefer quirky hotels to the 'standard' type. Rooms are comfortable and clean and the location could not be better as the hotel is only a 3 minute walk from the Topkapi Palace. Staff and owners are very friendly and helpful and will assist with any queries and will give good recommendations where to eat. Empress Zoe is a little gem and is a great place to start from when exploring this incredible, beautiful, friendly city.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

First impressions are very important. Maybe it was end-of-season blues, but the initial reception we received when checking in for four nights was not quite as warm as we had anticipated: it was a bit impersonal. However, everything else about this quirky, boutique hotel was excellent: a most convenient location free from traffic noise, a wonderfully quirky layout with individuality of rooms, a delightful courtyard garden and staff who, on the whole, were very responsive and helpful once we got to know them. Despite the 74-stair climb, our 4th floor rooftop "penthouse" suite, with its terrace garden, was a delight, with wonderful views of the Bosphorus as well as some of the famous buildings of Sultanahmet (eg the Blue Mosque). Would we stay here again - definitely yes.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed here for a long weekend and we loved it. From the airport pickup to the helpful reception desk to the breakfasts, we were thrilled. Like many others say, the stairs are steep. We are fortunate that we have 52 steps to our apartment so the 62 to our room was easy. But, if you aren't used to it, be aware. We enjoyed the bar at night where we could stop for a cup of tea or a glass of wine after a long day. The recommendations were always spot on and our room was lovely. The website states that there is only wifi in the lobby, but there was wifi in our room which was great. I highly recommend this and I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The Empress Zoe is an enchanting boutique hotel. The location is fantastic, about a five minute walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The hotel is attached to an abandonned hamam, which has been worked into the design, particularly in the lobby. Breakfasts are hearty and in warmer weather, can be spent in the extremely lovely garden. We loved our balcony with a view over it. Rooms are small, but sufficient. The staff are very helpful and willing to offer great advice. There is a lovely rooftop balcony open to all guests, that is a lovely place for an evening drink (you have to carry it up from the bar). We would definitely stay at this hotel again, the whole place feels like home and is a wonderful respite in a city that can be a little crazy at times.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

A wonderful place to stay. A great change from the more modern or plastic places we stayed in.
The staff was helpful and friendly; breakfast good; garden enchanting plus free internet everywhere. It's located near the major tourist sites plus surrounded by restaurants. We loved the old canopy bed--not to mention the best shower of our three week stay in Turkey. Fun to interact with other guests too.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Empress Zoe
Address: Akbiyik Caddesi, No:10, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#54 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#75 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#106 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#167 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
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