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Reviewed November 16, 2013

I stayed here for three nights in November 2013 in a single room.. The staff is helpful and friendly. The room was very very small. Breakfast is typical for a Turkish hotel, nothing particularly good or bad. The absolute best feature is the location. 5 min walk to Ayasofya, Blue Mosque, cisterns, mosaic museum and so on. It is on an oddly quiet street. Price seemed competitive with other hotels nearby.

Room Tip: Rooms are below ground level opening into a small courtyard. Maybe the upper rooms have a view.
Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
Thank MikeE960
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

The hotel is in a fantastic location, next to all the major tourist attractions. Breakfast was very good, water pressure excellent, BBC news and CNN on the TV, free wi-fi, coffee/tea in the rooms. Downsides: many of the rooms are very small, walls are a bit thin, can be noisy. Hotel restaurant was good as was Sarnic, just round the corner.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Hotel is next to the Hagia Sophia and the main attractions are in easy walking distance. The breakfast was very good and is taken on an enclosed roof top terrace with pleasant views of the city. The room itself was next to the lift shaft which caused some noise but the greater problem came from the thin interior walls and the noise from the kitchen extraction system (which runs right to the top of the building). The former meant it often seemed like the occupants next door were in the same room and the extraction system flexed when in use (both early morning and until late at night) causing a loud banging noise. Apart from this there was some mould on the tiles in the bathroom but otherwise the Hotel was comfortable, clean and well located for exploring Istanbul.

Room Tip: If you book this hotel ask for a room away from the lift shaft - you will then avoid two sources of unwanted noise.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Janet16
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed in this hotel as part of a group tour. It has to be one of the best locations for most of the "big ticket" tourist attractions in Istanbul - Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque and of course the Grand Bazaar, etc. Also right on the tram line and with an easy downhill walk to the Galata Bridge. The room was quite small, but adequate and comfortable. The breakfast (on a terrace overlooking Istanbul) was plentiful and varied.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Judy F
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We visited Istanbul in July 2013. After much research, I chose this hotel because of the location. When we arrived in Istanbul airport, they gave us a complementary transfer from the airport to the hotel which was great. Upon arriving, we were greeted with nice juice drinks and led to our room. The room was on the small side and overlooking the street with the tram. The bathroom was good size with the most powerful shower ever! Most importantly, the air conditioning worked well which was good! The room is decorated nicely, somewhat a bit worn but still ok. The restaurant in the hotel is really good, nice and romantic with a violin player, too. Most importantly, the location cannot be any better. Located in a quiet cobbled street next to Haghia Sophia, you can get to anywhere within 5-10 minutes! We did look around other areas within Sultanahmet with hotels on, and they seemed very noisy and compact together. The breakfast at this place is great, I loved the cherries so much I ate bowlful everyday! The staff are very polite and willing to help.
The only downside would be that the street side rooms with tram running outside can be a little bit noisy, and you can hear the musicians/music from the near by restaurant until quite late. So if you are sensitive to the noise, I would ask for the haghia sophia side rooms.
When we were checking out, there were some drinks from the minibar that we didn't drink included. We only had the raki but there were other stuff added onto it for no reason- we told the staff and they took it off, they were apologetic as well. So the ending could have been a little nicer.
But overall, if you are a first timer, want to be close to all the attractions, but not within the busy crazy streets of Istanbul, I would go for this place.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Seung-Jin C
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