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“An oasis of calm and relaxation”

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Garden House Istanbul
Ranked #48 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“An oasis of calm and relaxation”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at this lovely hotel. The advice we were given on sights ,tours and restaurants enabledbusbto plan our stay and have time to relax
What a delight to return to the calm of the cool a garden after a busy day exploring the city.
As someone who spends a lot of time in corporate hotels, what a pleasure to see the personal touches and attention to detail in things such as free wifi,tea,coffee, water and those delicious biscuits. Breakfast superb and a great start to the day.
Our room was on the top floor with no lift so ask to be lower down if stairs are a problem. Excellent size, spotlessly clean and a great view of the nearby mosque.
Excellent location away from the crowds but close to all the major sites with an easy 10min walk.

Without doubt we will recommend this hotel to our friends .

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We loved this little jewel of a boutique hotel, Ottoman house-style, nestled in a quiet street just 3 minutes walk away from the very beautiful Little Hagia Sophia mosque (not the main Hagia Sophia which is about 10 minutes walk). Our room was large, very good quality bed and solid furnishings, a marble turkish bath with shower and a decent A/C unit too which was really needed with outside temperature above 30 C ! The Buffet breakfast, in the garden, offered us a nice varied selection and provided a great quality start (fill-up) to the day, especially as there were so many queues at the museum fast food outlets.
Check-in, Check-Out and staff attentiveness during our trip was most courteous, respectful and professional, of special note is Mr. Bora at the Reception Desk and Ms.Nino in the Breakfast room but everyone was clearly part of the dynamic team which evidently makes this hotel work very well ! We would highly recommend this hotel to most travellers wanting a quality stay minutes away from Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace etc...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

It was certainly a great start to our time in Turkey to arrive at this welcoming and comfortable hotel. The location was fantastic as it was close to many of the main tourist sites. It was lovely to relax in the common lounge area or the garden terrace after a busy day. Complementary tea, coffee, water and biscuits available in the lounge area was most appreciated. The hotel staff were very friendly, attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were comfortable, clean and the bathroom was fine. A nice touch in the rooms was the complementary fruit bowl and small bottle of wine on arrival. The buffet breakfast included a good selection and the eating area was lovely. We would highly recommend this hotel and would certainly stay here if we returned to Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

We have just spent an excellent six days at this hotel.
Judging from the reviews, the rooms do vary but ours was quite spacious,pleasant enough and very well looked after by the staff. It also makes a nice change not to have to pay for the room safe !
Having the garden provides an extra element as does the tea, coffee and freshly made pastries available in the afternoon.
The breakfasts, served by the ever smiling Nino,featured fresh fruit and omelettes made to order.
The reception staff were very helpful, especially Bora; It really is worth picking their brains.
All in all, my only problem in recommending this hotel, is that I want to go back; And soon !

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Overall this is a great, well-run, ideally located hotel. It has a huge number of "pro's":

1) Location is amazing. 5-10 minute walk to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi ... and 10-20 minutes to the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and really anything in the Old Town - which is going to be 80% of what you'll likely be wanting to see. Great location.

2) Great breakfast ... but their snacks also go above and beyond. Their breakfast is very nice and includes a made-to-order omelete station. But throughout the day, they also provide snacks, cakes, cookies, and coffee & water in their lounge - very nice for recharging a bit throughout the day.

3) Very well run, great staff. We arrived early at 7am and they gave us a free breakfast and got us into a room early. Were very accommodating to all requests.

4) Insanely charming little garden patio / lounge area. Really pleasant to relax there after a long hot Istanbul tourism day. Feels very 'homey.'

5) Rooms are good not great (see Con's). That said, I kind of suspect that grading on a curve, the rooms are better than average in this price range. That said, they are fairly small, and a bit run down. But fine for most purposes.

So overall I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. There are just a few things that if they fixed, would take this place to the next level. Here are some of the Con's:

1) The showers don't have screens/glass. This results in the bathroom becoming soaked and very slippery after any shower. Not sure why it would be hard just to put a screen or glass panel in.

2) Wifi is very spotty. We basically did't get any signal in our room and had to go to the lounge to use - which isn't a big deal since the lounge is so great. But still, not ideal. Further, even in the lounge, the bandwidth isn't good. Expect trouble if you have any critical Skype calls or high-bandwidth activities to do.

3) At least in our room, the curtains are very thin and the room will be quite bright very early.

4) As mentioned, the rooms are a bit run down. The AirCon in our room was sort of broken - sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. The staff was able to turn it on when it was broken, but it isn't ideal to have to call the staff to turn on AC when you want it.

5) Rooms facing the street are a bit loud.

So in summary - great place, probably one of the best in the area - and this area is the one you want to stay in. But just know that compared to hotels in this price range in other cities, there are a few issues (wifi, shower, street noise). But this is more than made up for by the great staff, amazing lounge, abundant free snacks/water, and location.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canberra
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was such a reviving experience for us after an action packed 4 wks in Turkey. A lovely hotel, beautiful rooms,around a lush garden. Just the kind of oasis that we hadn't realised we needed for our last few days in Turkey. In the end we spent quite a bit of time in the garden and reading room of this comfortable place and ate our last dinners under the huge walnut trees. Lovely touches with a welcoming fruit bowl and wine and then tea and biscuits available throughout the day. The breakfasts were a great start - comprehensive range of goodies including freshly made omelettes and turkish coffee, all presented with cheerful dispositions even at 7am. In fact, though the location and aspect of the hotel were wonderful it was the thoughtfulness and helpfulness of the staff that made our visit so memorable and really demonstrated what Turkish hospitality is all about . Thank you all so very much

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights during our trip to Turkey arranged by Ture Blue Tours. It was a wonderful experience. All the staff was very respectful. attentive, friendly and welcoming. They had great buffet breakfast in the morning and had complimentary wine and cheese testing on the weekends. They also had complimentary water, tea, coffee and snacks available all day in the lounge area. It is ideally located close to Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Our room was very clean, nicely decorated and very spacious. Would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Garden House Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmetpasa Sokak No:11/13, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#24 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#32 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#53 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#97 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Garden House Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 19th-century Ottoman mansion offers luxury 4-star accommodation with personalised service and a beautiful courtyard, just a short walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Garden House enjoys a prime location in Istanbul's historical district of Sultanahmet. It has gained a popular reputation for its staff's outstanding service and great hospitality. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a complimentary fruit basket and mineral water. Guest rooms are well-presented and full of modern amenities, including plasma TV and free wireless internet access. Garden House's courtyard is surrounded by old walnut trees and offers a lovely place to relax with a drink. Enjoy a variety of cuisine from the al fresco restaurant. ... more   less 
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