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“Grad Ant Hotel - What a Pleasurable Experience!”
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Ant Hotel
Ranked #926 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Erzurum
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“Grad Ant Hotel - What a Pleasurable Experience!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Grand Ant Hotel is situated in a very central location, withing walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, the Bosphorus ferries, restaurants, and many other places of interest for tourists.

Close to the Aksaray underground from the airport, it is also close to the tram route, all making it an ideal location for tourists.

We found the staff extremely helpful and friendly, any time of the day/night.
The Reception staff assisted with excellent day-trips and booked the best seats for a number of shows and functions. Room service and cleaning was prompt and thorough and all staff (from Reception to Cleaning and Catering) worked together as a team, making our stay very enjoyable and memorable.

We will definitely return to this hotel on a future trip!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Essen, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2012

i finde this hotel have much recpect and great people .
nice rooms nice bathroom good breakfat and great and we feel free and much rest i like this hotel much i wish hes still like that all the time i think i am never change this hotel .thank you for all the people there .. have great days

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank rabbamichaela
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2011

Same story as "Stinky room in dodgy area".
We arrived at 11:30 pm and told that they had large group staying extra night etc etc....They sent us to an even worse hotel over the road called KANDA Hotel. the bloke at the reception was a complete idiot, our room was the terrible, the beds had yellow stains on the sheets there was long black hair in the beds. The bathroom was shocking, the shower was broken, and to top it off there was POO on the toilet seat!!!!! Oh yeah two nightclubs next door = no sleep at all. WE had zero sleep and checked out at 5am went accross the road back to the mighty ANT Hotel and sat in the reception until we went on our tour at 6:30, NOT HAPPY CAMPERS... (actually from all the camping toilets I have experienced none have been as dirty as the KANDA Hotel.

Now back to our friends at the not so Grand Ant Hotel.... they only managed to find a room after I blew my stack at them! However, it was in the STINKY room as mentioned by another reviewer Room 906 from memory. The room was closer to a store room than a standard room! They totally ruined our stay in Istanbull! Looking back at the experience I am sure they are dishonest and were out to scam a few extra $$

Good luck if your brave enough to stay here, if you do and they try the same scam - dont take any crap from them and stick to your guns!

Room Tip: Avoid level 9 - this is an addition to the building and has very low ceilings
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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16 Thank Neville R
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2011

I recomanded this hotel . very good standard, large rooms , breakfast room nice, traditional. 5 minutes to tram station.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2011

GAP tours have started using this hotel as a start and finish hotel for it's turkey tours which should explain the big one night bookings that are causing problems. Obviously a nice little earner for the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Thank Sarah I
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montpellier
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had exactly the same problem as reerehtse and flashpack (and maybe others). Obviously the owner was lying about having all his rooms booked for a group of tourists who had to stay an extra night. After arguing with him for about 15 min (he wanted to send us to another hotel which I'm sure was some sleazy run-down place), I told him I was going to call the police.We had paid for our room already, so we felt that what he was doing was perfectly illegal. Suddenly, he seemed confused and said there might be a way to find a room in the hotel for us and pretended to call a customer to transfer them to the other hotel. We got the room we had booked and stayed there for 4 days. The owner remained unfriendly to us for the rest of our stay. The room was nice but noisy. We could hear loud music from the night club next door till early morning. We suspect he gave us this room on purpose. We did not even dare to complain and ask for another room considering what had happened on the first day. Avoid this place!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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8 Thank adeline l
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2011

My partner and I are deeply unsatisfied with this hotel we booked through Agoda.

We booked Grand Ant Hotel in Istanbul for 7 nights in July. It was our second booking with Agoda. When we arrived at Grand Ant Hotel, we were told that there was no room for us on that day as a big group of tourists had to stay for one more night, hence our room was not available. We were offered another hotel in the area to stay for the night, and were told that we could move back to Grand Ant Hotel the next day. We were sweating heavily then, as it was very hot in Istanbul, and we tried to argue that our booking was with Grand Ant, not another hotel, and we produced our Agoda hotel voucher, but we were repeatedly told that there was no room. There was nothing we could do – we did not know the city, it was very hot out there, and we had no internet access to contact Agoda or find another hotel. We had to agree to stay in the substitute hotel for one night. The hotel we stayed at is totally different from Grand Ant. We don’t know what ‘star rating’ it has but we suspect it is at least 2 levels lower than Grand Ant. There was no lobby to speak of, and the room was tiny and smelly. It is totally different from Grand Ant and we could not even find any review of this ‘hotel’ online! It is not listed in any hotel booking sites.

We googled Grand Ant Hotel and saw a rather negative review here on Trip advisor stating a similar experience to ours. Apparently, this is not the first time it happens at Grand Ant.

Back to Grand Ant. The room's tiny, but it's expected. What we didn't expect was a stinky toilet - it stinks even before you start using it. If you leave the toilet door open, soon your room stinks like the toilet.

The hotel's located in a dodgy area where middle-aged prostitutes and their pimps are seen right across the street. True, the hotel's close to Aksaray tram station, but there are obviously lots of other hotels in the Sultanahmet area to choose from, a lot more convenient to most sightseeing spots and a lot safer too. The hotel's also right next to a night club / disco - we hear disco beats at late night, well after 1am. Not good if you want a good night's sleep!

P.S. When we complained to Agoda after coming back, the hotel lied and said they sent us to a better hotel (and gave the wrong hotel to Agoda's CS). So far Agoda has not done anything to compensate us for this.

Room Tip: Avoid this hotel at all costs
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ant Hotel
Address: Kucuklanga Cad No:9 - 11 | Aksaray, Istanbul 34096, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #926 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ant Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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