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“Perfect stay in Istanbul”
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Katelya Hotel
Ranked #7 of 1,051 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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Zug
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“Perfect stay in Istanbul”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were picked up from the airport which was really great when arriving in a city. It took ages to get through customs and the man was patiently waiting for us.
Check in was very good, friendly and very helpfully. Giving us a map of Istanbul and giving us tips of what and where we should visit for our 6 day stay.
We were 3 people, my husband, daughter and myself. The room was a good size for us, clean and modern. Breakfast was located in the basement and was light and airy. We had more than enough for breakfast and was very varied for everyone's taste. For me breakfast is important to start a day in a city.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Urgup, Turkey
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our 11 nights at this charming hotel. Salee, the concierge, is a wonderful host, the rooftop terrace is a great place to read and the whole hotel is spotlessly clean.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a great place in old Istanbul.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

It is an absolutely fantastic new hotel located in the historic downtown of Istanbul. We were a group of friends, stayed there for 4 nights, and had 1 double room and 1 superior room on the first floor. Both rooms were nicely decorated and very comfortable. The double room was rather on the smaller side, but it was very comfortable, and had all the things we needed. During the night we didn't hear any noise coming from the street or lobby, but we were all sound sleepers :)

The cleaning was performed daily, and was very thorough. The bathroom is modern, clean and comfortable. The stock of soap, shampoo etc. was renewed daily.

The breakfast was very nice, fresh and delicious - the variety of hot dishes for breakfast, as well as standard breakfast items - eggs, cheeses, olives, breads, cereal, etc. Hot dishes were different every morning. The coffee was very good.

The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. We had an early flight to catch, and manager Salih had sandwiches prepared for us, so we don't go hungry in the morning. It was a very nice touch, and it was appreciated greatly. We also received a complimentary ride to Ataturk airport, and the van was at the hotel's door even earlier than expected.

The hotel is located very close to main sights in Istanbul. Most of them are within walking distance. There are also lots of restaurants located on that same street. We personally liked Seatanbul restaurant, just about 150 meters down the street.

We would definitely stay there again. Highly recommend to everyone looking for a good value stay near the historic sights.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

The mark of an outstanding and professional hotel is not when everything goes right but when things go very wrong, and at no fault of the hotel. I recently stayed at the Kateyla in Istanbul on vacation together with my husband and family. I was most unfortunate to be robbed of my gold necklace at knife point not far from the Grand Bazaar. (my fault for wearing jewellery on the streets so be careful!). Mr Salih the Manager drove us to the Police Station in his own car and stayed with me interpreting with the Police for many hours. My memory of Istanbul is of a beautifully furnished boutique hotel, unique designs in each room, a 5 star breakfast and overwhelmingly the kindness and professionalism that went far beyond what anyone would expect. Will I go back to Istanbul after such a frightening experience? Of course just to see Mr Salih and stay at the the Katelya. I hope he will still be there and next time I hope to see more of Istanbul than the Police Station!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Whittier, California
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed for one night at the Katelya last June while we waited for our flight the next day. We had stayed at the Albinas two weeks earlier prior to going on a tour and wanted to stay there when we got back. They were booked and recommended the newly opened Katelya just up the street. What a find! The rooms were all individually decorated and the staff was about as good as they get. The breakfast was excellent and the dining room was well designed and even had a glass floor in parts to reveal Greek and Roman ruins. It was conveniently located just a couple of blocks from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Hippodrome. You can't go wrong staying here.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Oradea, Romania
1 review
Reviewed August 28, 2013

I was recently in Instanbul.A great city. and a great experience.Turcish people know to make you to spend you money smiling.Nice people.I stayed in Katelya Hotel.Is a new one-10 years.Stuff is very nice. They gave us all information that we ask.Rooms are very clean,meal is ok and is very closely to Blue Moschee.The hotel is also close to Arasta Bazar.it is situated in Sultanahmet.They also took us from the airport and the surprise forthe final day was that they also took us from the hotel to airpot.I recomand this hotel to every one.If there are grammar mistakes please forgive me.my English is not may be soo good

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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beijing
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Hotel with best location, about 5 mins walk to Blue Mosque, but very quiet. We had a well decorated sea view room, I fell in love with the mint green color and atmosphere immediately, though the bathroom is a bit tiny, and need a small stool for working table. The hotel offers the best breakfast, omelet for order, just say Chef`s favorite, they will make you a good one. BTW feel free to ask for suggestions from hotel staffs, they are all very friendly, and full of useful local knowledge.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Katelya Hotel
Address: Kucukayasofya Mah. Ogul Sok. No. 21, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 1,051 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Katelya Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Katelya Hotel is located in Sultanahmet district, only few minutes walk from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Each room of Katelya Hotel features a unique decor combining classical and modern styles. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and a minibar. High speed Wi-Fi is available in entire hotel and is free of charge. Daily breakfast is served as an open buffet. ... more   less 
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