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Hotel Ottoman Luxury
Ranked #431 of 1,070 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 18, 2014

Nice rooms, new design, comfortable beds & very clean. Great roof top tables/seating available & a healthy breakfast served until 10am. Friendly & helpful staff. Lovely gifts/jewelry available in lobby. Location is also great for historical sites, cafes, shops, coffee & sweets! I would always return.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Wonderful stay in Old Town Sultanahmet! The rooms are large and spacious and beds are comfortable. It's a "boutique" hotel in the sense that it has a small number of rooms, but has all of the luxuries you find in the larger hotels! Breakfast is included in the stay and is simple but tasty with eggs, breads, fruit spreads and some veggies for a morning pick me up that isn't too filling! The owner, Abraham, is a great guy and has a ceramics and jewelry retail shop just down the street! He is knowledgeable about the city, just ask! The tram that takes you everywhere in the city runs right past the hotel giving the keys to explore the city. The best part of the stay was the great balcony on the top floor! Looking right into the gardens of Topkapi Palace, its a wonderful place to have some tea and enjoy the beautiful view of the gardens and city! You'll love your stay here!

Room Tip: The higher rooms offer a better glimpse of the city!
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled on business
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2  Thank Clay A
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

I have stayed thıs hotel early march . ıt was wonderfull .
Perfeck locatıon ın the cıty . Easy to acces all the hıstorıcal menument .
I would hıghly recomend thıs hotel everyone travels to old town of ıstanbul .
Hotel has a beautıful roof . It ıs great to sıt and wach the park and mosque .
I m lookıng forward to come back thıs place ..

Room Tip: street wıev rooms
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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2  Thank yasar k
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Really great location, just a few minutes walk to all major historic sites such as Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, spice market ec. It is also convenient to cool shopping, restraurants, and public transportation. I felt safe alone in the neighborhood and at the hotel. The staff was very freindly and great helping with everthing. Hotel is new construction inside so very bright, clean, modern, great terrace views. Great value for the price. I loved it and would definately stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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3  Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed March 1, 2014


Can't beat the location or the views. Nice clean spacious room, comfortable bed, room had nice big windows. (Which you don't normally find in boutique hotels .. I just hate that suffocating feeling when your in a hotel room with small or no windows) nice clean bathroom, wifi, FREE breakfast, hotel staff was very attentive and really made sure we were completely satisfied! Park is right across the street, public transportation right outside the hotel ... Like I said, the location is just perfect ... I was just completely wowed by this hotel Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: January 2014
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3  Thank Ntrssm231
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Evrey single aspect of this hotel mactched all our expectation.Staff firendly and professinal. Very familiar with all guests needs. Loved early evening roof top entertainment. Quite unique,great safe and convenient location near to all the popular attractions in İstanbul. Higly recommended for all types of travellers I will be back here Thank you.

Stayed: February 2014
2  Thank Bulent D
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

I really wanted to like this hotel. It was brand new; the few reviews on booking.com at the time were all great; what could possibly be wrong? The location was central, but being right by the tram stop was incredibly noisy; with the hundreds of hotels in the area (and I do mean hundreds), being so close to the tram was a negative, not a positive. For those who say they didn't hear it, they may be hard of hearing. We live in a city and are used to city noise, but this noise was disturbing from very early in the morning to very late at night. To be on a quiet side street is preferable (again I say, there is a choice of many hotels even in this price range).

Regarding comfort, the only place to sit in the room was an incredibly uncomfortable desk chair. A comfortable chair from Ikea would have cost little more. No one would stay at this hotel to work; who needs a desk chair? And for those who say little time is spent in the room, I agree. However, that doesn't mean no time is spent there even if its just waiting for your mate to get out of the shower. A place to sit other than the bed is not exactly a luxury, especially since there is absolutely no place else to sit in the hotel, like a lobby. Yes, there is no lobby. The entrance to the hotel is a jewelry store.

The safes were not bolted in. How ridiculous. They weighed about 4 kilos. I could hold it in one hand. I wouldn't trust leaving anything in a safe that someone could just walk off with.

The room was clean when we arrived (except for the stain on the sheets) but I would only give the cleaning staff a 6 for cleaning during our stay.

You had to lock the door to the room with your key as the door did not automatically lock when you left. Moreover, you had to lock the door with your key while you were inside the room. Since they did not have a second key to our room (again ridiculous) if someone left early for breakfast while the others slept, either the door had to remain unlocked, or those staying in the room would be locked in without the ability to get out! How this passes inspection in Turkey is beyond my comprehension. If this is not a fire hazard, nothing is. We just did not feel safe.

The materials used were so cheap (even for an inexpensive hotel) and the workmanship and upkeep so poor, that this hotel will never stand the test of time and will be a dumpy within a year.

We spent some time exploring other hotels in the area and had the opportunity to see firsthand what was available. We moved hotels and paid little more (8 euro) for a lovely, quiet, comfortable room with a chair, sofa, and coffee table. There was a lovely place to eat for breakfast unlike the basement where they served breakfast at the Hotel Ottoman Luxury. There are many better places to stay in Istanbul even in this price range.

My last point, we read that it is recommended that you ask your hotel to call a cab to avoid the hassles we read about being ripped off. The Hotel Ottoman Luxury called us a cab that refused to use the meter. We told him to stop and he demanded 10tl for two blocks! We paid him 5tl and hailed another cab on our own. It did, however, make us wonder if the staff at the hotel gets a kickback.

Compared to the other hotel we stayed at in Istanbul, our stay at the Hotel Ottoman Luxury was not a good one. As for the other "excellent" reviews on booking.com, I just don't understand their low expectations. Hate to repeat myself, but there are much better hotels with equally good locations in the same price range.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Kathy B
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Address: Hudavendigar caddesi. No:4 Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #431 of 1,070 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range: $35 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ottoman Luxury 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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