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Splendid Palace Hotel
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Buyukada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 15, 2011

Lovely old hotel with very good service. Decoration is a little bit old, but the feeling is right.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Built in early 1900's, this hotel overlooks the harbor on Buyukada ( Big Island) of the Princes Islands. A grand old white wooden building with red shutters on the French doors of the front rooms. Furnishings are well-worn and it's like stepping back into the 1920's when the hotel was fashionable. There is a classic old wooden front desk and also an enclosed cashier, quite an old small elevator, and very high ceilings. The front porch is where breakfast is served and evening drinks can be enjoyed.
Our room #59 was huge with 15 ft high ceilings, 2 tall French doors opening onto small balconies and magnificent views of the harbor. We were there in August and the summer breezes blew through the room and cooled us.
All is very quaint. The tv which didn't work had a rabbit ear antenna. There are many layers of paint on the doors. The room furniture was what your grandmother had, but it is all so charming, peaceful and civilized.
There is a sunny pool in the back garden and many families and ancient ladies stayed there. Don't expect a grand pristine hotel. The charm is in the past and the tradition this family-owned hotel maintains.
Buyukada is primarily a Turkish resort so you see local people mostly from Istanbul enjoying the fish restaurants, horse carriage rides, beautiful old homes covered with bouganvillea, and small lanes.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2011

Hotel must once have looked like a setting for Agatha Christie's Poirot, but now feels more like The Shining. We seemed to be the only guests and a lot of refurbishing was going on. Smell of moth balls and latex paint. It is unlikely that the refurb will take care of all the issues such as old furniture, poor heating, stained carpets, cheap bed covers and uncomfortable mattress. We were lucky to be able to decamp to the Ascott Hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

If you are looking for luxury this isn't the hotel for you. If you are looking for comfort, cleanliness, friendliness and an architecturally elegant and beautiful but slightly weathered historical and romantic place to stay - this is it! A perfect place for honeymooners, historians, time travellers and anyone looking for a relaxing and peaceful place to stay. Lovely and very helpful staff, the breakfast buffet was a feast to behold and certainly the best I had in all of Turkey, Cyprus and the Middle East.
The hotel still has all its original Edwardian decor and furniture, some of which you would not be surprised to see in a museum, like the Indian rubber ball key cabinet. It also still has a beautiful swimming pool at the back which I was told Edward and Mrs Simpson once used. With views out to sea from this lovely island, 50 minutes ferry from Istanbul and just a few minutes away from a bicycle rental shop, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Although it is by no means a budget hotel, it is brilliant value for what you get. The island Buyukada is very pretty and a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul and is a MUST if you are spending a few days in the city.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Faded glory of the early 1900s - like stepping back into a timewarp. Aged Turkish ladies played cards every day (one said she had come here every summer for a month for the last twenty years), seated on original 1920s furniture and listened to a couple of impromptu violin recitals from a guest (must have been a professional, as incredible quality).

We had a huge corner room (? 5 x 6 metres?) overlooking the sea with views right across the bay with boats coming from Istanbul, with two balconies and old wooden furniture that looked like it had been there for a 100 years. The bathroom was a recent add-on in the corner (maybe 30 years ago?) with a feeble waterflow to its manky shower.

The lift, with its polished brass fittings, wrought iron and wood-panels, creaked its way slowly up and down without the need for a bellboy (though it felt like there ought to be one ...).

The pool is hidden away round the back in a lovely garden, very clean, a small bar, showers, towels and sun loungers, it felt a bit like being in someone's private house.

If you are a WAG or a Pricess, this probably isn't for you, but we loved its original charm.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

Spledid Palace Hotel stands tall and proud overlooking the main town of Buyukada and you know you are arriving at somewhere special as soon as the whiteboarded hotel comes into view on the ferry from the mainland. Small flags flutter from the four domes high on its roof and the red shutters leading out onto the small balconies are all held back against the peeling whiteboarding seemingly to reflect the colours of the Turkish flag. A short walk uphill from the ferry and then a flight of a dozen marble steps and you enter the 1920's. Large and airy tiled lobby and lounging areas slow you down to an elegant pace whilst the discrete and timeless reception staff book you in at a highly polished reception desk. All the decor look as it must have looked when first constructed; the only changes appear to be to the electric wiring and probably the bathroom fittings. Some reviews say the carpets were threadbare; we saw none like that only very well cared for ones, so perhaps they have been replaced? Also the swimming pool was large and clean, even at the end of the season. Hardy any other residents meant we had paradise largely to ourselves. Don't change a thing.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2010

Keep in mind there are a handful of hotels on the island and the prices for all are artifically high given the quality of the room and service. The defining feature of the Splendid is the swimming pool which is well maintained, although not heated.

Hotel and rooms are what one would consider to be from the Imperial era. No air conditioning which in summer months is very unpleasant. Breakfast is limited - mainly cheese and bread (some stale), no fruit.

Staff made prank calls to female guests in my group at 4am which they thought funny.

I wouldn't recommend this hotel if it was on the mainland. The hotels are much of a muchness on the island, all over priced. Don't expect too much.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Splendid Palace Hotel

Address: 23 Nisan Caddesi | 23 Nisan Cad. No:53 Buyuk Ada 81330 Istanbul - Turkey, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Princes' Islands > Buyukada
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Buyukada
Price Range: $112 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Splendid Palace Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Splendid Palace Hotel…. A magnificent building with silvery domes and red shutters, facing the Marmara one side and the city of Istanbul on the other… a hotel in historical symbiosis with nature, retaining the nostalgic ecstasy of the past in Büyükada,s unique, peaceful and relaxing island atmosphere far removed from the stress creating nature of the city. In Büyükada as well as the other Princes Islands, horse drawn carriages are still the only means of public transportation.. Splendid Palace Hotel was inaugurated in 1908. Though inspired to some extent by ‘Art Nouveau’ the hotel clearly displays an east /west synthesis in architectural design with its bright inner couryard encircled with rooms, and the pillars on floors around the couryard.There are 70 rooms and 4 suites to accommodate 134 guests. Central heating is available for most rooms, and all are equipped with shower toilet and telephone. A restaurant, seating 90 people indoors and outdoors, offers to guests select dishes of Turkish as well as global cuisine. The swimming pool in a verdant surrounding of tress is the outcome of a building design which is in harmony wich nature. The Splendid Palace Hotel is one of Turkiye's few hotels which have been assigned special status by the Tourism Ministry , due to its being an unforgetable historical and cultural heritage… ... more   less 
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