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Megara Palace Hotel
Ranked #206 of 1,171 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Stayed on 3rd floor (2 up from ground floor). No elevator which was OK as they carried our luggage up the winding stairs for us. One floor up (4th floor?) has rooms with some kind of terrace/balcony and the roof has a nice dining area (breakfast) with a view to Marmara Sea. I took a tea and raki up there every night. Decent room with a firm but large bed (I liked it, my wife thought it was too firm). Noticed the slight odor in the bathroom (after my wife pointed it out) but may have to do with the older plumbing and less than glacial-pure water. Not seen as a major issue.
Staff was great although the night staff spoke limited English, but we were always able to communicate. Nearby everything as others have said. Our room faced the Mosque that had the morning call to Prayer. I preferred to think of it as Evocative rather than annoying.
On the end of a seemingly ancient street with tourist restaurants and higher than average prices. Also net to the Taxi Stand. We wanted to catch a taxi to Galata and Mehmet (at the Hotel) said that it should be around 15 TL. Found a Driver who offer the ride for 45 TL, I offered 15 and he balked. Guy was trying to rip me off. Thanks for the local tip!
Decent hotel with friendly and welcoming staff (even made me some late night tea - aka cay) in an ideal location in Sultanahmet. Not the next-door Four Seasons, but I would consider going back there if staying in Sultanahmet again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

I stayed here with my husband over the bank holiday weekend at the start of june. We arrived a day late as we missed our connection in paris. The hotel is in a great location, just 5 mins walk away from the main sultanhamet square and Hagia Sophia/Blue Mosque/Topkapi Palace. It was also just a 15 min walk from Grand Bazar and about 20 min walk from the spice market and the pier where you can get the bosphorus boat trips from. This was the best thing as we could walk everywhere.

The hotel itself was clean but generally fairly basic. It supplied shampoo and soap but no shower gel or conditioner. This was not a big deal as I had taken my own shower gel and we were only there for a few days. There was a hairdryer in the bathroom also. One thing that was a slight problem was that there were hardly any sockets/plug points - and the one that was available was stuck behind the bedside table. So we had to use the one in the bathroom to charge our phones and use my straighteners which was obviously not ideal.

The staff at the hotel were lovely, very friendly and helpful in all respects. Our airconditioning was not working properly on the first night, and as a result I could not sleep properly all night as it was too hot, but we asked for it to be fixed and the next evening when we came back, they had fixed it for us. I also asked for an iron one day and it was brought up almost as soon as I had put the phone down. Also it was my husband's birthday, and on our first day there, the staff brought up a fruit platter and a small bottle of drink, which was a very nice touch.

just a couple of negative points:

First of all, the breakfast was not that great. Especially as we are vegetarian, there was not that much choice and variety. Bread, cereal, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and dried fruit. That was about it. There was also sausages and boiled eggs for others though. it was fine just for something to eat in the mornings, and kept us going until lunch anyway.

secondly, the walls are very thin and you can hear everything outside in the corridor and next door so if you are a light sleeper and have noisy neighbours this could be a problem. We were disturbed the first night by extremely loud neighbours who came in around 2am (not that it mattered much as I couldnt sleep anyway because of the air con), but they were very loud and kept talking for ages. Luckily we were not disturbed at all after this, and there was no noise from outside either, and I bought ear plugs the next day so slept fine the rest of the nights.

The bathroom was fine, but the shower didn't really have a screen all the way around so we had to be very careful to not get the rest of the floor and toilet wet, which was annoying. Also there was no full size mirror anywhere in the room, or the bathroom, which was a slight issue for me.

Overall this was a good choice for us as we were out most of the day sightseeing and it was close to all the attractions, the staff were very nice and helpful, and as we were there only for a few days, the few shortcomings did not really bother us much.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

The hotel is in the best of locations to view the sites around the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its literary across the street from the Topkapi Palace. Walking distance to many shops and popular restaurants and sites. The staff were very helpful and went above and beyond to make me feel like part of the family. I know I will return again and will always recommend this small diamond in the ruff of Istanbul.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Megara Palace Hotel is an excellent location for the main sights of the city. The hotel is adequate rather than smart, but has a lovely roof terrace, where a pleasant breakfast can be enjoyed, while looking out over the Bosphorous to Asia. Reception staff were very friendly and helpful. Room 207 is very dark and gloomy. Avoid. Request a room on the street side - much brighter.

The hotel is literally about 100 yards from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. It is also only a few minutes walk to Sultanahmet main plaza, which has very good tram service down to the waterside/Galata and ferries across Golden Horn/Bosphorous.

Turn right out of the hotel and you are on a street of bars and restaurants. Wonderfully relaxed ambience there. Many have roof terraces with fantastic views. As is usual with Turkey, staff are very keen to promote their restaurants but they do it in a friendly way and enjoy a bit of banter.

*Hopefully helpful note re airport*.
We used Sabira Gokcen Airport, which is a long way from the city. In my view the best way to travel to/from is a shuttle. These can be booked online or in a kiosk in the airport. Cost 25TL per person each way for door-to-door service. Taxi much more expensive and no more convenient. No trains run there. Buses go to Tacsim Square, which then requires a taxi or trams to Sultanahmet. Not viable with luggage. WARNING: in rush hour, allow 2 hours for shuttle to get out to airport. Very congested.

Finally, you might like to know that the blue hop on-hop off bus tours give excellent value. For 50TL per person you get THREE tours over two days. One around the Golden Horn, one which takes you over one of the big bridges to Asia and one which repeats the Asia tour, but at night, when all the buildings/bridges are lit up.

Enjoy. Istanbul is wonderful.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

We found this hotel on the internet and took a chance. We were very pleased with every aspect of the stay. You could hardly ask for a better location. The staff was terrific, we found no language barriers at all. The bathroom was surprisingly modern. The view was magnificant from our lovely 4th floor room as well as the restaurant. There was plenty to chose from for breakfast, all of it good. The multi-lingual African Gray Parrot in the lobby was entertaining, too. If we ever get back to Instanbul, we'll be back to the Megara Palace.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Warm and welcoming service from the moment we arrived; we were invited by the ever-hospitable Mazlum to complimentary tea in the charming 4th floor restaurant (overlooking the Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara); had dinner there twice, which was a treat; and we got to discover the pleasures of Turkish wine and raki!

Thorough and filling breakfast buffet, wonderful breads, homemade halva; the presence of a multi-lingual, talkative (and imitative) parrot in the lobby adds a Somerset Maugham quality to the whole experience. The whole staff was very attentive, friendly and helpful (and they'll assist in expanding your knowledge of Turkish phrases on request); and they arranged for transportation to and from the airport. The room on the second floor was simple and pleasant, and suggestive of Turkey's past and present. And we found the muezzins' call to prayer at various times during the day evocative and perhaps even ethereal.

As for the location it is ideal, just down the hill from Aya Sofya and the Blue Mosque, yet quiet and even serene.

We would go back in a heartbeat...

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Stay – 16/04/12 – 22/04/12. Megara Palace hotel was as usually welcoming. But few things were changed compare to my previous stay in august 2011. Staff members are extremely friendly and helpful but unfortunately only receptionists speak English. The best think with this hotel is a perfect location – close to all historical places and on the quite street. Taxi park is next to the hotel – so cars are available any time. Maintenance of the road that lasts for last month almost finished and makes it easier to walk around. Breakfast in the hotel is exactly what I need in the morning.Only wish if a quality of sausages may be better.Restaurant has a good selection of local wine which is not bad. But dinner that we had in a hotel first evening of our stay was unreasonably expansive for the quality of food we got. You may have dinner in the old city area for a half price and that will taste much better. Rooms amenities – shower is very small if you have room with shower cabin (so when you take shower you fist need to turn on water, then turn it off to put gel and then turn it on again to rinse) and half closed if you have a room with “open” shower (so half of the water goes to the floor of bathroom). But anyway we were in Istanbul not to stay in a hotel but to be out cause it was a time of 7th tulip festival!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Megara Palace Hotel

Address: Ishakpasa Cad. 8, Istanbul 34140, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#102 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#111 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#162 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $33 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Megara Palace Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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