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Hotel Centrum Istanbul
Ranked #394 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Auckland New Zealand
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“Location Is Perfect”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

We stayed in this lovely hotel in May 2012. The location if perfect in the 'old city' of Istanbul. The room was a bit too small and the air conditioning didn't work, but the location was everything. Step out the front door and no matter which direction you turn there is a restaurant. It is walking distance to the many great tourist highlights. We plan to return to Istanbul and the Hotel Centrum will be our choice of hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Hotel Centrum is a perfectly adequate hotel - nothing special but the location is excellent. It's on a pedestrian street, within easy walking distance of all the main places to visit - the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, the Bazaar and the Bosphorus. Although the hotel bar is rather dark, there is a lovely bright breakfast room on the top floor. The Ozler is a really friendly restaurant next door - ideal for lunch, dinner or a last drink on the way home - and there are other good restaurants along the street. All in all I'd stay here again - or if not here in one of the other hotels on the same street.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

- Communication before the arrival: friendly at some stage and pushy at other stages to use transfer service without providing information (e.g. cost of transfer, waiting time, type of car, hotel internal or external service etc.).
- Transfer from airport to hotel: Clients have to wait for 20min to be picked up. Vehicle is not adequate (Renault Traffic to pick up one person??!!)
- Service at arrival: Reception requests transfer to be paid cash before check-in (30 Euro). Pick up a taxi and should not cost you more than 20 Euro!
- Service during stay: insufficient room service (low internet speed, constant internet connection error especially at night, absence of Ironing service, room cleaning and bed making is not up to standard, bathroom cleaning is not appropriate), hotel infrastructure needs further attention to acoustic isolation to internal and external noise and elevators are very small so if you have some luggage then consider deliver on two times!
- Breakfast service: Serving staff are nice and helpful but food selection is relatively limited.
- Communication during checking out: Reception staff do not take responsibility for service their offered clients (e.g. receipts for transfer, ironing service their offered through their external contacts).
- Location is Good but there are tens and perhaps hundereds of other hotels in the area, some of which have excellent service such as Rast Hotel (slightly expensive but very relaxing) or Hotel Spectra (if you have limited budget).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

I'm now staying in this hotel this week. My organization got a group discount and my room costs EUR 75, normal price is EUR 90. Good - location. Average - service, room is small, basic setup, lower end (2 star in my humble view) breakfast. Poor - value for money, no shuttle service, hotel airport pickup is EUR 30 one way. It's cheaper to get a cab EUR 20. If I had a choice, I would have chosen something of better value.

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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

The Centrum is situated in the old part of the city among restaurants and shops in a cobble-stoned street near the tram line. We were advised to walk alongside the tram line and it led us to the main tourist sights within minutes. The hotel was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was included and it was adequate. The rooftop restaurant had a good view. The airconditioning worked almost too well and it was quite cold. Our room (triple configuration) was long and narrow and the beds took up most of the available space. The bathroom basin was small with insufficient space for personal belongings such as toiletries. But these were minor inconveniences and we would be happy to stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Belgrade
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Whereas there are a lot of Istanbul's hotels advertised on the Internet as a great and luxury places to stay, which are totally different in reality (or they don't even exists), this hotel is really great surprise when you take in account money you should pay for it.

Hotel is clean and comfortable, supported with politely staff ready to help and provide you with useful advises and information. You shouldn't expect some special view from rooms, but the restaurant on the roof gives you a beautiful view on the entire Istanbul. Food is also great (with regard to breakfast, cause I paid only for B/B)

There is only one PC in the hotel (this is disadventages), with not to fast internet connections, so you often have to wait for your turn to use it.

Location is the best thing about this hotel. It is placed in the Sirkeci district, very close to the Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Kapali market (5 minutes walking distance), tram station (lines to to: Taxim-Ortakoy cami-Fenerbahce and so on, or lines to Sultanahmet-Topkapi-Kapali-metro). Hotel is also very close to train stations. The location is in the old district of Istanbul, so you have to be careful and to take account on the tourist hunters. Of course, you shouldnt be afraid of it, because everywhere in the old part of city, there is a lot of tourist as well as lot of people selling some things, asking for tip etc.

Hotel has couple of facilities. There are a sauna, turkey bath, massage and a small pool devoted to sauna and turkey bath program. It doesnt looks modern and exclusive but you should visit.

Environment and appearance of the hotel are not promising anything special. Street where the hotel is placed looks dark and narrow, but its safe.

Nevertheless, I like this hotel. If I paid it more than I did, probably I wouldnt be to much satisfied. From this point of view, it is not anything spectacular but good for that money.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Delhi, Delhi, India
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Reviewed October 27, 2011

During my recent visit to Istanbul from 2nd to 5th Oct'11, I stayed in this hotel. The location of hotel is fantastic. It is infact strolling distance from Hagia sofia, , blue mosque, archeological museum, grand bazar etc. The tram stations of Gulhane and Sirkeci are just around on either side. Istanbul being a very free and safe city, you can move around at leisure till well in to the late evening. Breakfast in the rooftop resturant was reasonably good. Rooms are a bit small, but then you are not there to be locked up inside the room. Rooms are tidy and towels are changed everyday. Very quiet place( I read a lot complaint of noise). In all it is Ok to stay here. If i happen to be in istanbul, I may prefer to stay here again, on the merit of location.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Centrum Istanbul
Address: Hobyar Mah. Ibni Kemal Cad. No 28 | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34470, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #394 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Centrum Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, this hotel is close to Topkapi Palace and welcomes guests looking to experience genuine Turkish hospitality. Featuring all the characteristics of a 19th-century building, Hotel Centrum Istanbul includes 49 spacious guest rooms. Marvel at panoramic views of the hotel’s historic surroundings while dining in the restaurant or have a cold drink at the bar. All guest rooms are decorated with classic furnishings and equipped with a minibar and satellite TV. Order in room service and make use of free wireless internet. While you relax in style, the attentive reception staff can arrange an airport transfer or meeting for you. After a long day of sightseeing, Hotel Centrum offers the possibility to make use of its wellness facilities. Pay a visit to the sauna or opt for relaxation in the traditional hammam. Professional massages are also possible upon request. ... more   less 
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