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“The flair of history”

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Grand Hotel de Londres
Ranked #444 of 1,151 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
96 hotel reviews
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“The flair of history”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Very special place. Unique I would say. But you definitely have to be an adventurous traveller and excited about history more than about the usual criterias of judging a hotel. Everything there is out of time, even the mattresses, the sheets, the bathrooms etc. But the experience remains something unique. Don't hesitate to bargain, by the way - prices here can also be a part of the ... history.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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LondraOtel, Guest Relations Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind review of your stay with us.

We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our historical atmosphere and satisfied with our prices.

We thank you once again for your valuable feedback and look forward to welcoming you back !

Best regards,

Nur Huzmeli
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Findhorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Wonderful to find this lovely old quiet hotel one minute from the bustle of Istiklal St, Beyoglu and a short walk to Galata Bridge and across to all the sights in SultanAhmet. Comfortable and very reasonably priced and a terrace with a good view. Breakfast was not to my taste - some cold scrambled egg and no fruit.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Mehmet H, Guest Relations Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us for your recent trip to Istanbul. We appreciate that you took the time to comment on your experience.

We are pleased to know that you found our location to be convenient and enjoyed your stay.

On the other hand, we are sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with our breakfast. I would like to inform you that your feedback has been discussed with our team and we improved the varieties of breakfast including some fruit and hot products. Also we will certainly be checking the temperature of the food regularly .

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best regards,
Nur Huzmeli
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Porto, Portugal
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Most of the reviews are not focused on what a hotel is. A hotel is a service you pay for. It might be charming because of it's incredible age or have a cool contemporary decoration, but in the end, what you really want is a good, clean and quiet room.

Having said that, "gem", "quirky", "picturesque" or "charm", in this case, are euphemisms for decrepit, tacky and disillusion.

We booked 3 nights and paid 1 in advance.

The room they gave us, to put it bluntly, was a dump hole. Dirty carpet, old bedding (didn't get through the night), damaged and disgraceful furniture, torn and wrinkled wallpaper, cracked walls. No air conditioning, just a fan. Grainy TV. Clean bathroom, but old and with a strange smell -- rusty-iron smell, conducts I guess.

This is "our standard room", said the uninterested receptionist, but we could upgrade. We did have a look at another room, the only difference was the air conditioning. Nothing else. Thanks, but no thanks.

After our big no-no, the receptionist insisted on the "Agatha Christie" room, probably renovated, but we can't attest that.

(I walked around the hotel floors. I can say that some rooms looked like they have been renovated, but for the most part, no. The clue: brand new doors versus old doors.)

We immediately decided to leave on the following day. We were able to negotiate and cancel the remaining 2 nights, without paying any additional fee. That's the only positive thing I have to say.

At night, a last surprise, a marriage party on the terrace rooftop. "You should warn guests about this before they get in", we said, "well, we are in a noisy area...", explained the on-duty receptionist.

Breakfast could be much better, but I didn't saw any value on it considering the price. The breakfast room is in the basement, a tacky and depressing hole.

Overall, the hotel's decoration, old and faux-old, made me chuckle.

Summary: if you stay in a non-renovated room, not worth it, a rip-off, and overall totally overrated.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mehmet H, Guest Relations Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Guests,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and informing us about the inconveniences you faced during your stay with us. We're disappointed to hear that we did not meet your expectations. Please accept our apology for the inconvenience caused.

We will be sure to work on finding better solutions to improve the overall level of services and facilities.

We thank you once again for your valuable feedback and hope that you would give us another chance in the future.

Best regards,
Nur Huzmeli
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Good location at a very lively part of town and walking distance to the historic district. Our room was very clean, they have helpfull staff and good breakfast. Ficcin, a retaurant on the side of the hotel had very good food. The mezzes were delicous.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mehmet H, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear Guests,

We thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on your past stay at Grand Hotel De Londres and for your good comments.

We are so happy to read that you enjoyed our fantastic location and were satisfied with our team, room and breakfast.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Best regards,
Nur Huzmeli
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013

This timeless quirky joint is steeped in history and is so cool without trying to be cool. Beats the soulless contemporary design hotels try to create such coolness but end up simply being contrived. I wasnt surprised to see a mix of chic to hipster clientele and staff were simply wonderful. Most impressive was my arriving at breakfast at 11am once staff had cleared up and switched off the lights. They quite happily switched on the lights and insisted on making a special breakfast/brunch for me at no extra charge. The beauty of the crystal lamps, wallpaper, lights switches etc make it a photographers dream. Bed was really super-comfortable too however as I was in a cheaper 5th floor room, I was lucky to fit into the shower. Thankfully i'm slim but anyone not can expect to get stuck in it - seriously! The place is so affordable, I'd suggest a 4th floor room and roof terrace is wonderful day and night.

Room Tip: I think that rooms facing the street/river have the best view. 4th floor seems best and roof terrace...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Mehmet H, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, August 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

We really appreciate your warm comments and thank you very much for mentioning all the good aspects found after your stay with us. I will certainly share your review with all staff members.

It was a pleasure welcoming you while you stayed at Grand Hotel De Londres and we hope that you will return soon.

Best regards,
Nur Huzmeli
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed August 10, 2013

well placed In a very interesting, lively part of Galata/Pera the Grand Hotel De Londres hotel has a well-preserved period style & atmosphere, helpful staff.
enjoyed being near Istiklal Caddesi and Gezi park during the protests.
Would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: despite noisy street, front corner suite is spacious with good light & view
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mehmet H, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us.

We are glad to hear that the atmosphere was at your taste and you enjoyed our central location.

We hope to see you again next time you are in Istanbul.

Best regards,
Nur Huzmeli
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Danbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for our trip to Istanbul. They are located on an area called Pera (Tooth fairy). It is about 15 minutes driving from the monuments. They are located on a nice area for restaurants, night life, and shopping. I enjoyed a lot!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Mehmet H, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Dear Guests,

Thank you very much for staying with us during your visit to Istanbul and leaving your kind comments. We are very pleased to read that you found our location so ideal and enjoyed your stay.

Once again thank you for writing the review and we hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

Best regards,

Nur Huzmeli
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel de Londres

Property: Grand Hotel de Londres
Address: Mesrutiyet Cad. No:53 | Tepebasi, Beyoglu, Istanbul 80050, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#301 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel de Londres 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Buyuk Londra is one of the few establishments managing to survive from that era to our time. Passing through many renovations, the hotel still graciously reflects the atmosphere of the 1900's. With some of its rooms overlooking the Golden Horn and a lively bar, Hotel Buyuk Londra is the meeting point of many people – local and foreign- looking for something different and special... ... more   less 
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