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Grand Hotel de Londres
Ranked #442 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 7, 2014

I have stayed at this hotel on several occasions, both as a solo traveler and with friends or family. Location is just off Istiklal cad, in Beyoglu, and the Golden Horn is at its feet, if not blocked by the ugly square box of TRT studios. Historically, together with Pera Palace hotel, this used to be a choice destination for Oriental Express passengers when passing through Istanbul.
I would not stay there any more, as there is only so much historic charm alone is worth and boy is this hotel overpriced ... if you are lucky the old, unrenovated rooms are full of curious little details from times past. The rooms after renovation are horrible in my opinion as all what made this place special have been destroyed. Breakfast is also not anything to write home about, in fact it was one of the worst breakfasts during my numerous stays in Istanbul.
Having a drink in the lobby bar is a different story altogether. It is amazing. Meet the talking parrots, see bits and pieces of Constantinople history and enjoy this unique place while it is not "brought up to standard".

Room Tip: A room overlooking the Golden horn (facing the street) would give you most amazing views including H...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a lovely hotel in an unbeatable location. The hotel is right off of Istiklal, the main pedestrian street in this area of the city, and you are within walking distance of almost everything (about a 30 minute walk to the Hagia Sofia, as a reference point). The rooms were very comfortable, the staff incredibly friendly and helpful, and the hotel itself is quite charming. The roof-top bar is also not to be missed! All-in-all, I'd highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Wonderful place, right in the middle of it all but away enough from the noise of Istiklal Cad. 15 minutes to Taksim and about the same time to Galata-Bridge by foot.
Great terrace, very friendly and helpful staff. Nice bar, only the breakfast could be more diversified, especially if you stay longer.
Hope to come back with my family.

Room Tip: Golden Horn view room !
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great location and nice old style of the hotel. The hotel has a big terrace (with a bar) with an amazing view of the city. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The doors to the room don't appear safe so I recommend leaving valuables at the reception.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Location is the best (close to Istiklal Cad., in warmer months great view over Golden Horn from terrace bar), staff are always friendly and helpful, interior is beautifully retro and website is honest about the rooms. I have been coming back regularly since 2009 and can really recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

I'm a solo traveller from London. My standards of choosing hotels are basically 1) safe 2) authentic(so no international chain-hotels) and this hotel fits them all--plus a high value of money. I was there last week and I was absolutely delighted. Located on the extremely vibrant Istiklal Cd the hotel is literally a door to the "other side" of Istanbul. Beyoglu is such a fantastic place with people from all over the world(like London) and a warm, casual, lively atmosphere(not like London). The hotel is full of the aroma of the good old times and is so nostalgic. Staffs are helpful and professional in every standard and they will call you taxi to the airport at a fair(<50 lila) price, better than any airport pickup services out there. Rooms are clean(even for my cheapest economy room) and spacious. The only drawback is that Istikal is quite noisy at night and parties would last to 2/3 am which inevitably results in noise in the room, but bearable anyway.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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LondraOtel, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for staying with us during your visit to Istanbul and leaving your warm comments.

We appreciated all your comments and are happy to hear that we were able to meet your expectations. Especially glad to know that you enjoyed our unique location and hotel facility.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you back once again in the near future.

Best regards,

Nur Hüzmeli

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Reviewed January 16, 2014

As a NewYorker who worked and lived on pretty much all continents, this is the first time I feel the need to write a review about a hotel I stayed. It was a unique, extremely pleasant and a delightful experience. The architecture, beautiful façade, mystic interiors, friendly and sweet staff, great breakfast, unmatchable location, amazing view of the city from the terrace, the parrot in the lobby, clean rooms...Not only will I go back to this place but also would I never stay elsewhere during my Istanbul trips. My partner and I had the most romantic trip and staying at Grand Hotel de Londres added a great deal to make things that way. I highly recommend staying at this hotel and you are welcome in advance...

Chris

Room Tip: 4th floor rooms, Agatha Christie room, Orient Express room (A.C. stayed at this hotel during writing...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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LondraOtel, Manager at Grand Hotel de Londres, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this lovely review of your stay with us. It is always great to hear such positive feedback !

I will gladly share your kind ramarks with the rest of the team.

We thank you once again for recommending us and hope to see you again next time you are in Istanbul.

Best regards,

Nur Huzmeli

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Additional Information about 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:
Ranked #442 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $47 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel de Londres 3*
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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