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“Decent Experience”
Review of Family Istanbul

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Family Istanbul
Ranked #214 of 1,039 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Decent Experience”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in June 2013. Hotel is a budget hotel with small room, but you get exactly what you pay for and although small, everything was clean and no issues with hot water.

The location of the hotel is very good, and you can walk to almost all the main historical sites in Sultanameht. Yildrim (the manager) did his utmost best to make us feel welcome and always had good tips on what to do and where to eat.

Breakfast was above average and much better than expected. Our flight back home was at midnight and although we checked out the morning, they gave a room to shower and freshen up for free before the flight.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for your trip!!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

ayvaz was a funny men also yıldırım too.. old woman WHO was clening the rooms she didint know engilish :) ,ı really enjoyed to stay there ,room was cleaning every each day ,that was also fresh and nice breakfast also really nice turkish tea which is regular black tea when you put milk in it it became British tea ,blue mosque,grand bazaar,hagia sophia museum,basillica cictern,sea side, and a lots of nice place was only walk distance you woudnt need any transportation with taxi or another car,,tramb goes every monumantus place where you need.. lets make a shorth story ..it was great experiance ı would recomment that hotel everyone

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Torino di Sangro, Italy
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

it was a lovely and very enjoyable place that we ever stay essipecialy boss of hotel was very funny and help full also aother stuffs too.. hotel wasnt that much big and luxury but for most of importand things was great location clean and friendly stuff that is why ı would deffinatly would recomment to other guests who would like to stay in that hotel.. ı would like to go back ıf ı visite istanbul agean..

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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California Hot Springs, California
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

when ı see the hotel first in the begining ı was expecting to see bigger and more luxury.. but it was still nice and wonderfull experiance for me .. because hotel stuffs was great ,they help us about every information that what we need a..location was really great ,after 300 metres you would be just infront of blue mosque(which is one of most important historical place to see) and 200 metres you are just in front of hagia sophia museum its also incrediable and most important historical districs are just wals distance and also sea side is close to hotel (we like to run in the morning around boshporus.. price wasnt expensive when you compare with other hotels.. its a budget hotel and exactly you would get what you pay that is why ı would higly recomment that hotel to everyone.and even now we start to plain our next trip agean turkey and probably we gonna stay in that hotel agean.. thanks guys you did take care of us very well:).. and dont forget to visite also to see grand bazaar that is one of most biggest shopping center fo the world

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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American Canyon, California
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

people in the hotel they were all helpfull and friendly.. location was central,breakfast was great also fresh breat,cheeses,and vegatables,, ı would deffinetly recommend that hotel to everyone.. only think is about the hotel.. that hotel is not a big hotel its small hotel where you can feel like home

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

While it's true this place is close to the Blue Mosque, that's about the only thing it has going for it. The rooms are tiny, so overcrowded with furniture that the bedside table blocks the entrance to the bathroom. The traffic was noisy and we slept badly. The shower was broken (which we told them about after checking in, and wasn't ever fixed, despite their claims they would fix it), and there was no lid to the toilet, and the seat was broken, and not the same size as the toilet (smaller). The bathroom had a bad smell, the towels were threadbare, and there was no topsheet or duvet or bedcover of any kind. The wifi didn't work well in our room. The breakfast area is very cramped and crowded, and the breakfast offerings were fairly sparse. And as another reviewer mentioned, reception is a guy with a laptop in the breakfast area. My husband and I took a walk the morning after our first night (we were supposed to stay 3) and found another hotel, closer to both the Blue Mosque/Aya Sofia, which was also much better AND cheaper.

I've never left a bad review before, but the reviews here are SO far off reality, that I felt it was necessary. I'd highly recommend looking at the rooms in person before booking them!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Me and my partner came to the hotel just at the beginning of this year. The hotel was a good price for us being just a young couple from different continents, and choosing this hotel for our 4 monthly meeting was a good idea.
We was greeted by the staff and helped with our bags to our room.
The hotel Manager is a Very Good man me and my partner spent many times talking to him, laughing and on our last night we all sat and had tea and had a good conversation for hours, really the manager is a good man he would help anyone if they asked. His aim is just to please people.
The room was a good size for me and my partner to stay, the bed was larger than a double, it was clean, tidy - mirror, paintings, good lighting, hair dryer, walldrobe, fresh towels, crisp white newly painted walls and more... The bathroom was clean and was rather like a shower room. There is a bright light above the sink which I liked!

The breakfast was fine for being FREE with the hotel. You will find, fresh bread, traditional Turkish bread, spreads, salami, types of cheese, olives, cakes, orange, coffee and more...
We had the breakfast every morning and coming in late every night seemed amazing for me in the morning! Even one morning I was offered some traditional apple tea, I liked it so much the manager (GREAT MAN) gave me a free packet.

In an AMAZING location! The Beautiful Blue Mosque is a 5 min walk, as well as shops, stalls, restaurants. There is a huge bazaar just up the tram way. The Marina is not far too where you can get a ferry over to the other side of Istanbul and it’s just around 15 lira to catch a taxi to a couple clubs in Beyoglu! Really it is a beautiful area for someone like me with an interest in world travelling!

I really can't understand the review before mine because we had the opposite experience; maybe they were too stuck up and expected 5 stars! It’s a small family hotel! If they had a problem, why not tell them you’re not satisfied, I'm sure they would have tried to make your experience better if not, find you another place, after all you pay at the end of your stay for this reason; they don’t want to grab your money.

Anyway! GREAT time here!! Especially the Hotel Manager!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoy your stay like we did.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Family Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Akburcak Sok. No: 6 | Sultanahmet/Fatih, Istanbul 34120, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #214 of 1,039 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Family Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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