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Hotel Sapphire
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This hotel is very nicely situated in the Sirecki district of Istanbul, very near to the Aya Sophia, Blue mosque and Topkapi Palace. Great value for money, warm rooms, friendly and helpful staff. Breakfast more than adequate with as much as you can eat. Comfortable lounge area and free, reliable, wifi internet in all the rooms.

Room Tip: Back rooma have no view but are quiet. Front rooms overlook bustling side street but maybe a bit more, relatively low level, noise.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Stayed here for our first visit to Istanbul. Hotel is very well located for all the main sights and very near the tram too. Lovely inexpensive restaurants all around and in a cobbled pedestrian street. Right from the moment we arrived staff were very helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. Room was good and had everything we needed and well cleaned every day. We booked well in advance so the price was very competitive. Breakfast was a buffet with freshly cooked eggs/omelettes to order and everything else one could want catering for a range of nationalities and tastes. Then when we left in a taxi very efficiently organised for us, a parting gift too! We will definitely go back. We didn't have time to use the pool so can't comment on that.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Antras
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is one of about 20 small Ottoman hotels in a safe cobbled street area that is very central and very accessible to all the main sights. My superior room was small but well appointed and furnished. It had all I needed for 2 days of sightseeing and the price on Booking.com was very reasonable. It is 100 m from a tram station, from which you can get to anywhere you want to go.

The hotel staff seem driven to provide excellent service. I got all here that I needed that I got at a top hotel, except for the size of the room. The breakfast buffet is good and broad enough for most western and local tastes.

Down the same cobbled streets are a whole number of restaurants that offer a wide range of local fare that most western tastes will find enjoyable, and one is within walking or tram distance from the Galata Bridge, with its fish restaurants.

It got to the hotel easily from the airport, using the M1 Metro train and then changing over to the T1 tram line, changing at Zeytinburnu, and alighting at Gulhane tram station. Just 3 TL per trip, get your access token at the "Jetonmatic" machine at each station.

From the hotel, if you are energetic, you can walk to the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Galata Bridge, Galata Tower and the main shopping street in Galata (Tunel to Taksim). If you need some help with the hills, or just don't want to walk, use the tram and the funiculars. Very cheap. You don't need a taxi. Don't even think of hiring a car - it will just be a problem for you.

Room Tip: Ask for a superior room
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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4  Thank Ian_Neilson
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We have recently returned from a short break in Istanbul. We stayed at the Hotel Sapphire, we booked this hotel because it seemed so central for everything that we wanted to see during our short stay. On arrival at the hotel we were greeted with warmth from the start. The reception staff were very welcoming to say the least. We were given a free welcome drink and asked was there anything in particular we wanted to see during our stay. We were told about excursions (no pressure) and told that if we wished we could ask reception anytime and they would book a trip for us should we wish to take one. That day we had a free day but on returning to the hotel we decided to book the half day cruise of the Bosphoros with a visit to the Dolmabache Palace. We had a fantastic time and our guide was brilliant. We had a lovely breakfast the following morning with plenty to choose from plus poached eggs or omellets cooked to order. We did not have time to use the pool or spa facilities but we did take a look and it all looked lovely and clean.
Overall this was a lovely hotel in a brilliant position very central, on a quiet street very close to lots of good restaurants too and we will definately return there on our next visit to Istanbul.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sue w
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights in June 2012.
We booked the hotel through an on line hotel brokerage and got quite a good deal.
We opted for the hotel pick up and I am glad we did, as the hotel is initially quite difficult to find, but once you got your bearings, it was very easy to navigate.

This hotel is possibly one of the best you can get in Istanbul; on arrival we were given cool drinks while we checked in, and we were offered all sort of tourist maps and tips and guides and things by the reception staff.
The room itself was good, really comfortable beds, a nice big bathroom (all marble) and nice furnishings in the room, as well as being spotlessly clean. It is an old building, and this is noticeable in the room sizes, but at least you could tell where you were when you wake up, I'd definitely be in a room that has some character than be in a chain hotel that all look the same.

The hotel has a great location, located a 20 minute wander away from the Hagia Sofia and other tourist parts of Istanbul, but this hotel is ideal for visiting the Sultan Ahmet area.
The hotel staff were really welcoming, even lending us a bottle opener and glasses when we decided to buy a bottle of wine at 1am and drink it on the hotel veranda!

All in all, I have recommended this hotel numerous time to my travelling colleagues, and if I were to go back to Istanbul, I would definitely stay here!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank David J
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