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GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
Ranked #50 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great hotel, good location”
Reviewed 18 August 2012

Small hotel located within easy walking of all major sites. Junior suite room is quite large, big bath. Hotel restaurant also very good. Included breakfast is quite extensive considering there are only 16 rooms in the hotel. Staff very helpful and friendly. Lots of nearby restaurants up and down the street.

Room Tip: Junior suite large, don't know about other rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled 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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    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

The location of this hotel is great - its on a street full of other small hotels and a few nice restaurants. The blue mosque and Hagia Sophia are only 5 minutes away, as is Topaki Palace, and the tram to Grand Bazaar is only a few minutes past the Blue Mosque.

We were disappointed when we arrived as the room the hotel gave us did not match up to the description we had based the hotel booking on. Be warned - 5* in Istanbul is not the same 5* as anywhere else in the world, in my opinion this is a good 3*/4*. The rooms are very small and the bathrooms are adequate, but its not what you expect of a 5* at all. We were moved to a slightly better room after a day. We went to celebrate a birthday and the staff surprised us with a lovely cake, which was a nice touch.

The breakfast served is OK, but if you are from London and used to travelling this will not meet your standards. There was a selection, but much of it was cold and just looked a little put together and not very appetising, the eggs we ordered were not cooked the way we would have liked, possibly due to language issues. We ended up having mid-morning snacks whilst we were out as the breakfasts just didnt work for us.

We did use the turkish bath and spa which were good.

If you are looking for a luxury hotel for your break, this one isn't for you. Its a small hotel with comfortable facilities, and an 'adequate' breakfast. In hindsight we wished we had booked the hotels near Taksim Square area, as we are a young couple and that area seemed a bit more modern and vibrant with a nicer nightlife and more variety of restaurant types, and the hotel bars we went in there seemed a bit more up to the 5* mark.

However if you are looking for somewhere comfortable, close to all the main sights, this will fit your bill.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Provence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2012

We stayed here for the last 7 nights of July and were very pleased with our choice. It is a small hotel with a very friendly and helpful staff situated in the very heart of old Istanbul on a chic road with even more chic restaurants and bars but it's just a short walk from the bustling Sultanahmet square and the tram stop.
My only real complaint does not concern the hotel itself but the restaurants on Akbiyik Road which one must walk past every day - the high-pressure sales techniques of the owners/managers/waiters is intensely annoying and there is no reason which they will accept as to why you might prefer to walk on by.
To be honest the better restaurants are to be found elsewhere (see my other reviews).

Room Tip: We had the only room with a balcony but in July it was just too hot to take advantage of. It would b...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Can't praise this hotel and it's staff highly enough. Great location in Sultanhamet with all major attractions within walking distance. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with some excellent five star touches. We ate in the restaurant on our first night and the food was excellent. The real stars of this hotel are the staff who are both informative and friendly. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Napa, CAlifornia, USA
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

We are still here - 3 nights total, and this little hotel is perfect! We have a large suite with both sea and quaint local scene views. Wonderful on-site restaurant as well. Also very close to all the main attractions. Our suite is spacious and beautiful with lovely: gorgeous wood floors, great bathroom (with that great Turkish toilet that "washes you" when you're done), really comfy bed, everything including the great staff is terrific. Great AC in this HOT time. This is a 5 star hotel at a low-for-high-quality price for Istanbul....$322 per night for the best suite. Don't hesitate, you'll be pleased - guaranteed. After a disappointing Regent cruise, this was real improvement!

Room Tip: Ask for suite 404!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

My daughter and I stayed here for 4 days over Ramadan and could not have been happier. We sat on the sidewalk every morning and had our coffee, chatted with the very friendly and helpful young staff, and watched the city come to life. The breakfast buffet was excellent and everything was plentiful and fresh. This property is on a lovely street in a central location so we walked to nearly everything and generally just enjoyed the neighborhood. Our suite was small but well-appointed and the spa was a real treat. I would go back to this hotel in a heartbeat and probably will.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Orange County, California
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2012

My wife and I spent three days in Istanbul in June. We picked this hotel based upon reviews here and were not disappointed. The location could not be better: a few minutes walk to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Cisterns, plus there are many excellent restaurant choices on the same street as and within a few minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel is very clean and the facilities and breakfast are great. Our junior suite had a balcony looking out at the Bosphorous and was very quiet and comfortable. More than any of that, however, Mike and his staff were all terribly kind and welcoming and went out of their way to make sure all of our questions got answered and that we had a fantastic time in Istanbul. Many thanks to them.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa

Property: GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
Address: Akbiyik Cad. No: 46, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Formerly BEST WESTERN PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#27 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#34 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#106 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Istanbul Art De Vivre!Located at he heart of Istanbul between Europe and Asia, the GLK PREMIER Regency Suites Hotel & Spa commands an extensive view of a relatively small area that has nonetheless witnessed 2000 years of the history of some of the richest civilisations humanity has ever known: Ancient, Greece the Roman Empire, The Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire!It is only a few steps from the Blue Mosque, Saint Sophie and Topkapi Palace. The hotel, a lovely mansion built in 1905, is a listed historic monument today. The elegance of its origin is still amply visible in the neo-classical moulding on the facade and the solid wood or beige Bursa granite floors. Numerous details and features in the house bear witness to a world of such sophistication that its sultans are portrayed holding a flower.The hotel's rugs, like the motifs on the walls, seem to have stepped straight out of the Topkapi Palace.As century old traditions require, the hammam of the GLK PREMIER Regency Suites Hotel & Spa features a suite of three rooms with different functions: hot room, warm room and cool room.The hotel is equally dedicated to maintaining state-of-the-art international hotel standards, which rather than detracting from its historic past, leave its guests free to savour and appreciate this heritage.In this way, the GLK PREMIER Regency Suites Hotel & Spa distils the quintessence of Istanbul's distinctive lifestyle, particularly from its 16 suites:the dome of the Blue Mosque surrounded by six slender minarets, the monotonous chant of the muezzin, the enchanting hush that reigns over the city in the morning, the sweetly scented Topkapi Park, the view of Bosphorous or the Marmara Sea on which the Prince's Islands seem almost to float or its mouth-watering exotic cuisine, etc. The justly dubbed 'Golden Horn', which the hotel overlooks, sumptuously sums up the inexhaustible wealth of this matchless location. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Premier Regency Hotel Istanbul
Best Western Premier Regency Suites And Spa
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Istanbul Best Western

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