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“Small rooms, great location, think twice”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Marmara Guesthouse

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Marmara Guesthouse
Ranked #4 of 1,028 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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Boston, MA
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98 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Small rooms, great location, think twice”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights last month and would look further next time. Room was very small, no place for luggage, and impossible to use the toilet without first shutting the door. Many narrow steps up to rooftop area where breakfast served. Food was OK, not excellent as many reviewers state. Lovely family running the guesthouse. Limited English other than the daughter. Best part was the location and the restaurant Aloran 2 blocks away.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Marmar Guesthouse is so close to all the sights in Istanbul. The rooms are great and there is always hot water. The hosts (Effie) is very friendly and always willing to help out with everything. The only downside is there is no elevator. The terrace on the roof is awesome and has a great view of the bay. Overall I would definitely recommend the Marmara Guesthouse. Also it's on a little street just off a main street so it's pretty quiet.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We found Marmara Guesthouse through the Lonely Planet Guide, and everything they said is true.
Elif Aytekin and her family make you feel very welcome and comfortable. The rooms are small, but very clean and have everything you need for a good night's sleep. The breakfast's are delicious and you have a beautiful view of the Marmara Sea from the vine-covered rooftop terrace. It is located in a great part of Sultanahmet, close to most of the major sights. Great value for the money.

Room Tip: You might want to request a room above the ground level, but in the front of the building.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

excellent location, charming rooms, clean and air conditionned. Great view from the terrace on Bosphorus, (unforgettable breakfasts!)
The team is adorable and very helpful.
I would sincerely recommand this place to my friends.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Larchmont, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We loved our recent trip to Istanbul and a lot of this was thanks to our nice stay at the Marmara Guest House. The location is ideal, the prices very reasonable and the roof top terrace is a pleasure in the evening and for breakfast. The rooms are spotless and the breakfast was delicious. The best thing about the hotel is that it is run by Elif and her family and they were so charming and helpful. Elif helped us organize tours, a visit to the whirling dervishes and lots of taxi rides. I was traveling with my mother and two teenage sons and we appreciated the atmosphere and other guests. It was very wholesome and a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

This was the perfect place to stay to be in the thick of the action. All the big guns in tourist attractions are nearby, including the blue mosque, Hagia Sofia etc. The rooms were comfortable but the main drawcard is it's rooftop terrace with sweeping views over the Bosphorus. Elif was a great host and gave useful local tips. The honesty fridge stocked with drinks is a nice touch. Free wifi and breakfast round out a great deal. Even though the organised airport transfer was handy, the driver was driving exceptionally slow for some reason, at some stages 20km below the speed limit.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Elif and her family were so amazing and went out of their way to help us out! So friendly. The rooms were nice and always clean, and the location was perfect in the little heart of great cafes. The Breakfast was the best I had ever had in Turkey!! Highly recomended to stay in this beautiful guesthouse.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Marmara Guesthouse
Address: Akbiyik Cad. Terbiyik Sok. No:15 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 1,028 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Marmara Guesthouse 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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