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Hotel Sapphire
Ranked #98 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2011

Lovely staff & great location, entertaining Parrot.

Close to all the local attractions, we walked to most places & used the tram only once.

Great base & good local restaurants & bars to relax & unwind.

F1 Fan - Walk 5/10 mins to the Blue Mosque to catch the track organised shuttle buses, very cheap 5.25 Lira each way (journey time around 1h 30m).

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Athens, Greece
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2011

Excellent Location, just few meters from Hagya Sofia, Excellent Service, Very good Breakfast. Everyday cleaning.

A bit small rooms with a very big bathroom though!

Located in a pedestrians street, just next to many great restaurants!

Room Tip: prefer rooms with a Pedestrians' Street view
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  • Stayed May 2011, 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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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank al_advisor82
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2011

Perfect for those
Spending a few days in Istanbul, because of the proximity to all the major sites. Staff is warm and welcoming, rooms are clean and modern, hotel has free wifi. Location could not be better

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jlove0230
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Hyde, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2011

What more can I say from my previous review of the Sapphire? The standards of the hotel were just a good. The rooms had been refurbished and our's was excellent - we were told it was the best room - on the top floor with a view of the topkapi Palace and grounds. Amazing considering how built up the city is. The staff were just as warm and welcoming - and great fun!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dehradun
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Sapphire in Istanbul for two days, en route to Rome in March. Our selection of this hotel was based on the ratings of the hotel in TripAdvisor, its vicinity to the sights to see in the old city and, of course, the budget. I am happy to say without any reservation that we had rightly selected this hotel on all these points.
The hotel had arranged a free pick-up from the International airport, saving us about 40 Liras. When we reached the hotel, there was a sweet welcome cold drink, a Turkish Sherbet, waiting for us. The room was very clean, with artistic furniture and the breakfast quite delicious. The hotel staff, especially one Mr. Halil- Musa- Deniz, was friendly and efficient and arranged for us Bosporus Cruise and, later, a visit to famous Hamm near the hotel. I recommend all visitors to Istanbul not to miss out on either of these two attractions.
The hotel is a walking distance from the famous Ayasofya. We were mesmerized as much by the stunning architecture and mosaics of Ayasofya as by its history. Built initially by a Christian Emperor as a basilica, it was further nurtured by Ottoman emperors. Such respect for other religion and architecture should be exemplary for all in the present times.
Apart from the historic monuments which we enjoyed visiting, we found a walk through the city sides quite refreshing. On a street right opposite the Blue Mosque, we made friends with one calligrapher – reputed locally, it seems, as Professor Sinan, Jr after the famous architect Sinan who had designed Ayasofya and the underground Cistern. It was a memorable experience to watch his hand dance artistically over a paper and paint calligraphy in Ottoman style.
Given an opportunity, I would like to visit Istanbul again. And again, I would stay at the same Hotel Sapphire. No doubt about it!
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

After being in Turkey for a 10 day tour we arrived at the Sapphire exhausted and in need of some relaxation, and the Sapphire did not disappoint!
The rooms are beautiful and the mattresses are super thick and amazingly comfortable.
Location couldn't be better for exploring Istanbul with a tram stop right around the corner and the major sights a short walk away.
The breakfast selection was huge and we walked away feeling very full every morning.
The staff are brilliant and very helpful, and the room was excellent value for money compared to some hotels we had stayed at previously in Istanbul.
We loved it here and would not hesitate to come back again or recommend it anyone who is going to Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LittleMissKrafty
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Georgia
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283 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2011

We stayed here for our first 2 nights in Istanbul. First night just 2 of us and the second night our adult daughter joined us. The staff organised a room upgrade for her to join us and the charge was only small. They moved our luggage and welcomed our daughter like a long lost friend. Just so nice. The rooms were small, but well laid out. Tea & coffee in the rooms too. Small, but functional bathroom with lots of hot water. Breakfast was a huge buffet with lots to select from. Indoor pool is a bonus! The farewell was personal and a parting gift such a nice touch. Ali and Denis are wonderful on the front desk and more than happy to help out and give you tips on local things to see, do and eat. Not the cheapest hotel, but such a nice place to stay it is worth it.

Room Tip: Request french bed if you want a double.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Di222
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Property: Hotel Sapphire
Address: Ibn-i Kemal Cad. No:14 D:16 Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#60 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#64 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#73 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#102 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sapphire 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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