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Cinci Han Hotel
Ranked #19 of 22 Hotels in Safranbolu
Reviewed July 30, 2011

We had a corner room for our family of 4, one kid sleeping in a small room close to bathroom which was in a separate room. The main room was large, sleepin couple and other kid, and still plenty of place. they unfortunately had problems with television but as you are in the midst of the city, there are plenty of things to discover, the city is (a)typical in a sense, with many Asian tourists when we were there. The hotel is ancient karavansaray and has the typicla architecture and you can have breakfast for ex in the open courtyard which is more pleasant than in the dining room which is rather dark and not welcoming. Acceptable breakfast, and parking on backside of the hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

You're probably bored of reading reviews about how lovely the Cinci Han is. But it is. You get to stay in a marvellously restored caravanserai for just over thirty quid a night. It feels like a luxury hotel, the staff are courteous, the rooms wonderfully done, the courtyard breathtaking.

As soon as we arrived we booked an extra night - we just didn't want to go. We abandoned our schedule and just hung around, napping on the lovely beds, or sitting watching the canopy of the perfect courtyard wash up and down. In the evenings we ate in the restaurant and played cards on the balcony and just made the most of it. In an ideal world all hotels would be like this. As it is, it felt like a privilege to stay there.

There are downsides, if you really look for them. There's no laundry service and the television is limited to Turkish channels. It's also a mild irritation staying in the town's biggest landmark, as you'll get tourists rattling your door or peering through your window (note to self: make sure the bedroom door is firmly shut before showering). But my word, it's really nit-picking to raise this kind of thing when you're staying somewhere so gob-smackingly beautiful.

Plus the staff are charming.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

Safranbolu (the old town) is a beautiful town, stunning scenery, lots of tiny streets with interesting shops and cafes. And at the centre of the town is the recently restored Caravansaray, Cinci Han. The rooms are clean, a little small, but look amazing. Mine had a domed ceiling (see photos). There really is nothing to complain about. The restaurant in the courtyard serves some tasty and very reasonably priced food. There are also plenty of great places to eat nearby. It's just such a great location - I can't fault it. We loved it so much we extended our stay.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

This place is incredible. Staying in a caravanserai on the Silk Road - but renovated into a tasteful, modern hotel. Our room was spacious and elegant, and the dinner we ate (alone) in the courtyard was excellent. Spectacular view from the roof, and it's easy to imagine life on the road for the 17th century camel caravans who stopped here. The staff was very helpful and the han is central to historic Safranbolu, a delightful town.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2009

We spent three nights at the Cinci Han in March 2009. The location is great. However, we were disappointed on several fronts. Our room was not cleaned at any time during the stay, the shower was so hot that it was dangerous (there was no cut-out to stop it getting scaldingly hot), the breakfast was mediocre, probably the worst I have been offered in a hotel for years, and the noise from the disco in the evening was intrusive. The rooms were over-heated and we couldn't find a way to turn down the temperature. The TV was so old, it didn't even have a remote control! We had agreed a price when booking, but were charged more. We were not expecting facilities you would get in a modern hotel, but hoped for a bit more than we got

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

Safranbolu is a gem of a town, laid back and not that touristic...yet. If you go, you will probably be one of the few non-Turkish visitors. Most visitors stay in B&B's which are converted antique Ottoman mansions. The Cinci Han is the only large "hotel-like" accommodation. It is a 400-year old authentic caravansery that has been immaculately renovated. We were told most of the rooms are small, as they were built for traveling caravan merchants to stay one night in the 16th century, but we reserved the main suite which were the apartments for the "master of the inn". It is outrageously exotic and authentic. The ceiling is a series of beehive domes. The living room has a turkish sofa (very hard) and woven rugs. There is an authentic antique stone bowl to take a turkish bath in the bathroom. The kitchen has been kept intact. Bed and bathroom facilities are modern and decent. Note that the "master of the inn" room is on the 3rd floor; you must climb irregular, steep steps with no railing so people with equilibrium or climbing issues should be very cautious.

Service is friendly. As we had a guide, the hotel manager (originally from Southeast Turkey, speaks no english) sat down with us to have a cup of tea, asked us questions about ourselves and what we thought about Turkey.

The Cinci Han is located right in the middle of the historical district. If you have an interpreter, make sure to talk to the local craftsman within the few blocks of the hotel. there are blacksmiths, turkish (straw) saddlemakers, etc. Many of them are old, have been doing their craft for 50 years or more, are happy to talk to you. Some of the Ottoman mansions are historical homes you can visit, but don't expect to fill more than a day of touring here.

As the only large, modern bar with large flat-screen tv's in the historical part of Safranbolu, the men in the town have taken over the restaurant/bar. For dinner, the food was excellent traditional turkish cuisine with dramatic presentation, but the cigarette smoke was thick and the televisions were turned up loud so the local men could watch a football (soccer) game of which they are absolutely fanatical about. I personally found it interesting to watch the locals, but don't expect an elegant dining experience. The breakfast buffet was basic Turkish with cheese, cereal, some fruit, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, olives, hard boiled eggs, toast, tea and coffee.

One last item: If you are coming from Istanbul, note that the call to prayer in the "country" is at the first glimmer of light...for us that was at 4:50AM in the morning; the windows are NOT double-paned...

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2017
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  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled on business
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Address: Cesme Mah. Eski Carsi Sok. Cinci Han Safranbolu Merkez, Safranbolu 78600, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Karabuk Province > Safranbolu
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #19 of 22 Hotels in Safranbolu
Price Range: $102 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cinci Han Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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