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“Worthy of high praise.”
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Hotel Sapphire
Ranked #98 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 23, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a short break in Istanbul and had 3 very enjoyable nights at the Hotel Sapphire.
On booking the hotel I was contacted and informed of the free shuttle service the hotel provides from the airport. which was a real bonus! It was free just the one way, but only 7 euros per person for the return journey.
On arrival at the hotel ( we were dropped on the adjacent road as the hotel is on a pedestrianised street, which meant a 2 minute walk! ) We were greeted by a lovely young man from the front desk who promptly fetched us a drink and some Turkish delight, which was a lovely gesture. We were also given little Turkish eye pins for good luck..so thoughtful of the hotel.
Check in was straightforward, and carried out sat in the grand entrance lobby, the young gentleman showed us a map of where the hotel was and where in proximity the main attractions of Istanbul were. We were also given information about the leisure facilities and restaurant times..all very comprehensive.
Our room was on the 3rd floor, and while compact in size, the opulence of the room more than made up for it. The bathroom was well stocked with toiletries and plenty of towels and slippers.
Tea and coffee making facilities were provided as was a mini bar which for once was not extortionately priced as most hotels prices for their mini bar contents are truly ridiculous.
Our double sized bed was comfortable and the room had the option of air conditioning.
A free safe was handy and the TV was great.
Breakfast at the hotel was good with plenty of choice but if you like a full English this isn't on the menu! However there was an omelette station and fried eggs to order.
The hotel is very central in the old town and all the main tourist attractions are within walking distance. Also the hotel is surrounded by excellent restaurants the majority of which were very reasonable. The main street outside the hotel after dark is very pretty with twinking lights. The area is also very safe. One street down is a main road with plenty of touristy shops which leads to the banks of the river and the Galeta bridge. The views from the middle of this bridge are stunning both the skylines of the old town and the new town were beautiful.
We visited the main attractions, but had the most fun in the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, where all the shop keepers are game for a bit of friendly bartering! We came away with lots of bargains ( or so we hoped!!! )
Istanbul is an amazingly diverse capital, one which I would recommend to anyone. What my husband and I particularly liked was the lack of rowdy youngsters, the old town is certainly a place for a more mature clientele and a very international one too.
Our last evening after a full day of walking and sightseeing we made use of the hotels leisure facilities and enjoyed a sauna and a refreshing dip in the pool.
On departure we were presented with gifts of Turkish delight and a set of apple tea with cups/saucers and spoons which again was a wonderfully kind gesture.
Even before arriving home I received a lovely email from the hotel manager ensuring we had enjoyed our stay and would be welcomed back anytime at a discounted price.
Collectively all these thoughtful little gestures makes this hotel an exceptional place to stay. I can certainly understand why it consistently rates highly with guests. When I return to Istanbul I would not consider staying anywhere else.
Well done Hotel Sapphire- keep up your excellent work!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A well placed hotel in a road of good restaurants. A short walk from the so many 'must sees' and also close to the ferries. Wonderful buffet breakfast and staff who are helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend it.

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3  Thank SVNGB
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Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

This hotel offers grate value for money. I would stay again with no hesitation and would most definitely recommend to anyone. The staff at front desk wete very informative and it was never an issue to guide us in the correct direction. The kitchen staff and restaurants need more attention and should offer food that caters for the European pallets.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I stayed at hotel Sapphire for 3 night. It turns out to be one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in Istanbul. The hotel staffs are GREAT especially Ahmet, Onur and Yavuz.They're warm, friendly and accomodating.They tried to help me and my friend with everything that we need since we walked into this hotel. You don't have anything to worry if you come to Istanbul for the first time. The hotel staffs will provide you with every informations that you need to know, maps, tourist attractions, restaurants, tours what to be careful of in Istanbul, do's and don't's and so on. If you have any questions or comments, just tell them. I'm sure they will do their best to make your stay a pleasure. Also, we have to thank you Yavuz for helping my friend by bringing wet cloth with soap right after he saw my friend messed her pants with tomato sauce. We didn't ask for help. He really did exceed customer's satisfactions.
Also, the location of this hotel is everything, just close to all major attractions by walking distance. Breakfast is a wide varieties with hot and cold plates which is very nice to start your days. The amazing staff and location make this hotel an excellent value in Istanbul. I'd highly recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Annikari16
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This hotel was very central to all the attractions in Istanbul. The rooms were a little small but decorated to a high standard.. The food was not of a good standard. Breakfast could do with more choice including fresh fruit. There were plenty of restaurants around so suggest you try those.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Sapphire Hotel (Safir on the outside signage) turned out to be a perfect choice… its location is right among some of the best restaurants in Istanbul, on a pedestrian street near several of the main attractions. Still, it’s not overly commercialized (at least the hotel isn’t – a few of the eateries on the same street are), and the folks at the desk are charming, help you when you ask for it, and obviously take great pleasure in offering top notch service and a great value for the traveler.

Rooms are small but have satisfactory room to move around and stash your things, and they’re very well kept. Our room was spotless and well-tended each day.

Breakfast is a feast with traditional Turkish foods as well as enough to please the stodgy visitor seeking what he might eat at home.

Overall, I'm very happy to have made this great choice!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Hotel close to Grand Bazzar, Spice Market & Blue Mosque
Very clean but staff couldn't speak English well at all. Communication was a struggle
Plenty of restaurants at doorstep too. They all try to drag you in & even follow you down the street just to get your business

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Additional Information about Hotel Sapphire

Address: Ibn-i Kemal Cad. No:14 D:16 Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#40 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#59 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#63 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#74 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#101 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $37 - $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Sapphire 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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