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Albatros Premier Hotel
Ranked #382 of 1,106 Hotels in Istanbul
Copenhagen, Denmark
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26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

The hotel was located perfectly, with a partly view to the blue mosque, short walking distance to the sea and in a fairly quiet area. The rooms were good and big, though you could hear a lot of noice from the hallway. The breakfast was fine, but nothing special. There was very good service and all in all a very good choice, if you want to be very close to the old Istanbul!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stayed in room 104 for 3 nights. The perfume/soap/cleaning smell was so overwhelming it hurt our eyes and nose. The bathroom windows are floor to ceiling and right on the street so even though the windows are frosted you feel like you're sitting outside. Shower stall had mold in the corners.
The location is good, breakfast was ok.
Overall would not recommend this hotel to my friends.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Winora
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Rookhope
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67 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed in this hotel for a week in early November. We’d bought the room as part of a package and the whole deal was excellent value. We may have had another opinion if we’d paid anywhere near the rack rate...This is a really good budget hotel.

The hotel is in a superb location – close to the major sites; albeit at the bottom of the hill – and they’re at the top!

The staff are friendly and helpful and breakfast (western European style) is both varied and ample but, the fabric of the hotel is a little tired.

There are no convivial indoor public areas to use when it’s cool or wet and sitting on the roof terrace isn’t therefore an option. The lobby is set with tables and chairs to take restaurant overflow and there aren’t any sofas or soft chairs.

Our room was plagued with mishaps – the majority dealt with but there were dud light bulbs, no wash hand basin plug and the most awful smell that proved to be a leaking WC. The window leaked badly when it rained (as it did). Whilst not at all dirty the room and corridor needed better house-keeping and some TLC. The wi-fi was however free with a good signal.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gelim
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Yokohama
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89 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Ended up here for one night after a mix-up (our fault) at next door Hotel Amira, which is the only place to stay in this location if you can afford it. Albatros has functional if slightly drab and dated rooms. They have nice little balconies to sit and people watch from, and the roof terrace is pleasant. The GOOD is the friendly and helpful staff (except the cleaners, who hang about outside your room waiting for you to leave). The BAD is the showers, which as other reviewers have mentioned are incredibly temperamental. The breakfast fare was average, with a toaster that you had to cut your own bread for. Bizarrely, the breakfast plates are also in this corner meaning anyone cutting bread is blocking access to the plates (admittedly a minor inconvenience). The Wifi was free but access was patchy.

You are certainly spoiled for choice in terms of accommodation in this area. I can't really think of an outstanding reason either way to stay in or avoid Albatros.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tpdv21
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Baku
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

We booked this hotel because heard good reviews about it. And made right dicision.
Stayed in hotel from 02.11.2012 to 04.11.2012.

The staff are amazing. Savash Chelenk ( front office manager ) and other staff was very nice and hospitable with us. Incredibly helpful. Special thanks for them.

Location- is ideally situated in the heart of Sultanhamet. From hotel you can get to the most interested touristic places just by walking.

Rooms - were clean, spacious and the bathrooms were lovely. The beds were very comfortable

Breakfast was very delicious. large selection of food.

Wonderful roof top restaurant with fantastic views of Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque and Bosphorous.

We really enjoid staying in this hotel. and i definitely know that next time wi will stay only in ALBATROS PREMIER BOUTIQUE .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emiliya S
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Albatros Hotel in Sultanahmet is walking distance from many of the main atractions, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace the and the Grand Bazaar. It is a small friendly place with a rooftop bar. On the last day I left a scarf I am fond of in the dining room, I emailed them asking if they would post it to me in the UK, and they did. Very kind of them. Denise

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank DD3001
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Falkenberg, Sweden
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I have mixed feelings regarding this hotel. Let start with the plusses.

- Location – close to perfect. The hotel is located close to the tip of Sultanameth, a bit on the opposite side to the Golden Horn. You have everything within walking distance - even the Galata bridge. But you have to start with a climb up the hill. Up to where the sights like Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi and the Grand Bazar are situated. Up to where you can catch the tram.

- Looks – fantastic. It is a beautiful hotel. At least on the outside. We constantly saw people on the street take photos of the hotel.

- Service – outstanding. They were ever so helpful to book and rebook restaurants, tours etc. They even stayed way past closing time in the rooftop bar to serve us drinks and wine.

- Rooms – fair. We were a group who had several rooms. Some were real small others were real spacey. In particular 301 (with a Jacuzzi) and 306. Look first before accepting.

- Cleanness – fair. The rooms were generally clean - even if not perfect. Some dirt in the corners, but not much to complain about.

- Breakfast – fair. Fair but not more. Some days you could get an egg or some scrambled eggs. But if you were late it was gone and not replenished.

- Beds – hard. Very hard. So hard we had difficulties to adapt. The first night we had difficulties to sleep for more than an hour. Then you woke with pain and had to turn.

- Shower – horrible. Worst of all were the showers. Water pressure is very low – but if I stretch it ample. But adjusting the water temperature was almost impossible. You had to adjust the faucet within a millimeter or two. And when the temperature was just right and you went into the shower the water temperature changed to either freezing cold burning hot. That was really really bad.


All in all I would rate this as a very friendly 2½ star hotel. If they fix the showers and improves the breakfast I would give a strong three. Include slightly softer beds and they get 3½.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Albatros Premier Hotel
Address: Kucukayasofya Mahallesi Cayiroglu Sok No 1, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#242 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Albatros Premier Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Albatros Premier Hotel is located in the hearth of old city Sultanahmet. Located next to the Blue Mosque, Little Hagia Sophia and just 500 mt. to the worldwide famous Hagia Sophia aND Topkapi Palace.The Hotel has 55 rooms and some of them has sea view and balcony as well, also corner and family suites are available for your vacation in Istanbul. The roof top terrace has an amazing view of the Blue Mosque and Marmara Sea. ... more   less 
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