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“Lovely!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Coliseum
Ranked #371 of 1,109 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Solothurn, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Stayed there together with my girlfriend for a couple of days in August 2013. First the bad news: The rooms are indeed small and some may nag about that there was no fresh bread for breakfast but single packed buns instead (though they're not really that bad at all). And IMHO this is easily forgotten once you take the good news into account: The staff was very friendly and also went to great lengths to help us with whatever issues we had. This went from simple things as calling taxis and recommending tours or restaurants, to helping us to get our ferry tickets (which was quite a bit of trouble!).
The rooms may be small but they are really lovely decorated, clean and have aircon. Also water pressure was good even on the top floor - some of you may know this can be very annoying in some places. So in short: Very good standard all in all.
The location of the hotel is nearly perfect as it is just a stone's throw from Sultanahmet square and at the same time easy to drive to and from with taxis or busses. The biggest part of all attractions and POIs in Istanbul are conveniently reached on foot.
We had a very good stay, will happily return and therefore can highly reccomend this hotel!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Arif K
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Just 3 nights in Istanbul, and Sultanahmet proved to be perfect for the major attractions .Friendly staff who directed us to all the locations and attractions . The rooms are on the small side but comfortable .Breakfast service prompt and with a good variety of fayre..
Both managers very helpful.

Overall very pleased we stayed there as it is a small hotel and personal service is second to none

Room Tip: top floor has fabulous views of the sea . Blue Mosque almost 800 yards away and visible from the roo...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank SHINDY V
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We spent a couple of nights here and were very pleased. It seems to cater primarily to a Turkish clientele. Rooms are small and the room decorations feature a lot of gold lamay. The staff is very friendly and helpful; we really liked them. The location is tremendous, close to SultanAhmet Park. The (included) breakfast is very adequate. We had better breakfasts but were paying a lot more for the room. The roof top is a wonderful place to hang out. Either we did not understand the controls or the air was broken. We could not get it to cycle on/off automatically.

Room Tip: We wanted a lower floor because the elevator is tiny and I'm claustrophobic.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank tom g
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I was there for two weeks in the begining of July 2013. Location is fantastic, a stone throw from SultanAhmet and AyaSophia and many restaurants. DoyDoy is a local good option (better than Buhara 93, where I found hair in my food twice).
Mr Mehmet is a dedicated host who really cares about the hotel and guests.
Only issue you might find is that rooms are quite small, but decoration, service, cleanliness and other aspects make it unnoaticeable.
Breakfast is ok, better than most similar hotels is Turkey, but some fresh bread wouldn't hurt.

Room Tip: Some rooms have a sea view, which was my case.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Julien M
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mcallen
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

It is located off a quiet road less than 5 min from the hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The rooms are a bit small, but very quiet even on the ground floor rooms. Hotel staff and management were helpful and friendly. Turkish breakfast is served daily in the lower floor, not the terrace.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank charisse l
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Lisbon, Portugal
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We used Coliseum Hotel as a base to explore Istanbul. Location is it's best feature: in less than 5min you are in the Blue Mosque and in just 10min you can find lots of good restaurants. Besides that, the street is very quiet and good to rest. The hotel is also recent and clean. The terrace offers good views. The owner, Mehmet, is very nice and available to help you with everything.

However, as every hotel in Sultanahmet, it is a bit over priced considering what it offers. Rooms are a bit small but enough. A couple of things to improve: there are too many things in the corridors (e.g. boxes) and breakfast doesn't have fresh bread neither fruit.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank tegomes
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

I stayed at the hotel with some friends for three nights. From the check in until check out we felt welcome and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel has a great location to reach the attractions of Istanbul. The hotel also has a nice terrace on the roof where you can relax at any time.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Peter W
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Property: Hotel Coliseum
Address: Kucukayasofya Mahallesi, Aksakal Sok., No:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #371 of 1,109 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Coliseum 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are expecting to welcome you, our dearest guests in our Hotel Which is located in the heart of Istanbul, Right in the center of Historical Peninsula and surrounded by; The HAGIA SOPHIA of which the dome is believed is to stand by means of a spiritual power by The Christians, The TOPKAPI PALACE, the magnificent residence of the Ottoman Empire, The BLUE MOSQUE, which is one of the most important monuments of Turkish and Islamic World, The CASTLE WALLS of old Istanbul, The GRAND BAZAAR, KAPALI CARSI, which is the oldest and greatest shopping mall of the world, The MOSAIC MUSEUM, which is constructed on the foundations of the Bukoleon Palace, The SUNKEN PALACE (BASILICA CISTERN), which survived from the first age to the modern day, The AYA IRINI, the Byzantine Church, The ISTANBUL COLISEUM, which was the arena of power and entertainment during the Roman Empire and the Byzantium Empire. All rooms include flat screen TV telephone,air conditioning,minibar,safety box,wardrobe,hair dryer,telephone in bathroom,slippers,anti allergic materials,orthopedic bads.Ataturk Airport 19 km,Sabiha Gokcen Airport 55 km from Hotel Coliseum.By walk,Blue Mosque 3 minutes,Hagia Sophia Museum,Basilica Cistern 5 min,Topkapi Palace 7 min, Grand Bazaar 10 min, from the Hotel Coliseum. ... more   less 
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