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Marmara Guesthouse
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

This cute guesthouse, right in the middle of old Sultanahmet, is only a few minutes walk from Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque, The Aya Sofia and just off the main street with many great restaurants and cafes - conveniece without the noise! We planned on only staying a few days, but we booked in again on our return to Istanbul after travelling.
Elif - the host - couldn't have been more helpful, going out of her way to help us including booking tours (you must do the traditional hamam she suggests - very local and enjoyable), ferries, suggesting restaurants and anything else to make our stay pleasant. She is also fluent in Japanese as well as English.
The view from the terrace over the Bosphorous was spectacular and the breakfast to accompany the view in the morning was also a very nice spread. Cheeses, breads, fresh fruit, eggs, salad stuff, sweets and delicious yoghurt with a selection of homemade jams to have with it (try the apricot!).
The first room was very suitable for three people but not very big (wasn't a problem for us as we were out all day) and the bathroom was modern and a good size. Our second room was beautiful and a much bigger size. They are decorated with Turkish handicrafts and spotless.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

Enjoying a strategic location in very centre of Istanbul, you can have a comfortable stay at this guesthouse and eat their succulent breakfasts while chatting pleasantly with Elif, the manager.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kaisersoze74
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Reviewed June 16, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights. The building seems to be two old houses knocked through - one where the family live and the other where rooms are let out. We found the family extremely accomodating, Elif speaks excellent english and is keen to help with advice on where to go.

We also used the family's travel agency to book the rest of our travel across Turkey at no extra charge. Absolutely faultless.

The breakfast on the roof terrace was very fresh and more than adequate. An open bar (soft drinks) facility is run and prices are the same as any shop. We were conveniently given our own key to the front door and could use the roof terrace at any time for a well needed rest.

One of our rooms were fantastic - 4 poster bed, flat screen tv, plush shower room, turkish wall hangings. The other the opposite - basic and comfortable with very dodgy shower room, so just be a little picky when you check in. I have a feeling we had the last room to be updated!

There was noise from a bar behind the hotel but this stopped when the last call from the mosque rang out.

All in all fantastic value, want no more.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Thank happyhols095
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Reviewed April 12, 2010

We enjoyed our trip to Istambul and we also enjoyed this familiar and comfortable guesthouse. Quite, warm, with a nice marmar's sea view from the terrace at morning.
Very close from the most interesting part of the city, and a lot of restaurants near the house.

Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
Thank backpackboycatalonia
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

The good points - Yes, it is a fantastic location. Located behind a street of restaurants (which we were advised not to eat along), and 5 minute walk to Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya. Breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the Bosphorus are lovely, though from what we could see, this is a common thing with a lot of the accommodation in the area.

The bad points - this would be enough for us to think twice about staying here again. Firstly, do not stay in the ground floor room. A lot of reviewers mention great rooms, but the ground floor room is not one of them. It is dingy, lacks character and feels suffocating. Furthermore, loud music can be heard late at night from this room. Secondly, while the family running the guesthouse are friendly and smile at you during breakfast, only the younger lady speaks English. This makes it too hard if she is not around and you have questions to ask. Thirdly, it was quite disappointing that an Airport Transfer, which was supposed to have been booked by the guesthouse did not arrive. Although the older man at the guesthouse was helpful in calling a taxi, it was a mad rush to the airport and we almost missed our flight because of Marmara's inefficiency.

I would only recommend this hotel if this is all your budget can afford.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank travluh
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