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GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
Ranked #42 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 April 2010

HAving read various reviews we had set the bar high. Overall, the hotel passed the test.

On the positive side: Very spacious rooms, with all the amenities that give a touch of luxury, with flat screen, satellite tv's and wooden floors, really nice bathrooms, which add to the upscale feeling. Very clean property, the best location possible for people that want to go sightseeing, close to public transportation (which we found very convenient). The staff was really friendly, although most people do not understand or speak good English. Still that was not a problem, as there was another staff member that did. Price was really good, if you compare against likes. Nice touch: free use of really fast internet from a laptop next to the reception. I think there was free wifi in the rooms, too, but did not need it and am not sure.

On the less positive side: this street can sometimes be very noisy. On Saturday evening between 9:30 and 11:30 there was a lot of noise coming from the street. We had our windows open but even when we closed them we could easily hear the noise. On the same evening, there was a 30min disturbence from the lobby of the hotel from people that had gathered there and were just speaking loud (no yelling), which for us being on the first floor could be heard as if the noise were coming just outside of our room door. This never happened again and may be it is not so often as the hotel is really small with only a handful of rooms. Speaking about size, the breakfast area was really small without this being necessarily a problem, but it is not suitable for people that lfancy taking breakfast in 1-1/2 hrs in order to relax. Last 2 things that I really found annoying:

1. The satellite english speaking channels (and at least half of the others) never worked while we were there. Despite the fact the staff tried to correct the problem (they changed sat receiver) the problem persisted. The excuse (and the message on ther screen) was there was no signal. At the same time, though, every morning at the break fast area BBC was playing spotlessly! When I asked, they told me it was a different satellite receiver from the one for the rooms! This till does not explain why there was no signal (as they claimed).

2. We asked the staff a few times about tips for eating out. Their only recommendations were those for which they apprently receive retrocessions - they would routinely pull a brochure from the stand on the reception desk and insist that was a very good choice. When we asked for a recommendation in the surrounding area of Sultanahmet during the first day (as we were too tired to walk for long) their only tip was the restaurant Best Western Acropol just scross the street! Mind you, there are probably 25-30 restaurants we counted during our stay in a radius of just 200-300 m away and at least 5 up to 50 (yes, fifty) meters from our hotel.


Overall: Do go to this hotel, it is really a nice property especially for those that dislike the big properties. Just keep in mind to check about sat tv and don't ask the hotel staff for dining tips, who otherwise (don't get me wrong) were really polite.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2010

This small hotel has a great location. It is within a walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topkapi and the tram line/taxi stops that will take you to the other attractions in Istanbul.

It is surrounded by a great diversity of restaurants (the negative being that you will be asked to check the menus as you walk the streets) and small shops. A very lively and colorful neighbourhood. Not too noisy at night though.

There is a restaurant at the roof terrace with nice views, however it did not seem to be very popular.

Very friendly staff, a good example of what you will find in Turkey.

Breakfast was fair and adequate. The hotel was very clean.

The only downside is that one of our rooms (on the ground floor at the back left of the entrance) was ridiculously small for two people. After complaining, a larger room was made available two nights later, but no refunds. That was a single room for sure.

I recommend this hotel because of the location, specially if you are interested to stay in the old town. However make sure you book a room in the first or second floors.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank FromAuw
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

Many thanks go out to Mike and Mustafa for making our stay beautiful. They attended to the smallest details, including our baby girl's needs. I appreciate all that staff have done for us, and it was my pleasure getting to meet them all.

God Bless,
K

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank KalR
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Reviewed 10 April 2010

This is a great hotel for a visit to Istanbul! Location could not be better right in the center of Sultanahmet--two minute walk to AyaSofia and the Blue Mosque. The size is perfect with only 16 units it allows for personal care by the staff who are all super friendly and helpful. All the units are very comfortable providing for very good sleep, and of course very clean. We particularly like the heated bathroom floors! Very nice restaurant too--great breakfast with lots of choices. We needed to keep exercising and it offers a very nice gym with modern machines that you can access at any time. We also had some work to do and the staff could not have been more helpful adjusting to our needs of working US hours, printing, coffee to saty away. We stayed here for two weeks ... we missed them!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Thank JamaicaSpain
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Reviewed 9 April 2010

We stayed at the hotel on our honeymoon for 7 nights. The hotel is located in the Sultanahmet area near many of Istanbul's famous sights including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. The room we stayed in was beautiful, with a nice sitting area and en-suite bathroom with a built in jacuzzi feature. The staff were excellent, many of them spoke english and they were very helpful and friendly. They provided an excellent service throughout our stay. They were especially helpful in providing information about places to go, and how to get there. In addition to this, there were a range of leaflets and maps available at reception. The street, in our opinion, was one of the nicest streets in old istanbul with more than enough restaurants for every night of the week. Many of these restaurants, including that of our hotel, had an open roof terrace which enabled us to enjoy the view of some of the major sites in Istanbul including the Bosphorous sea itself whilst eating our meal. We came to really love the place. We've visited the restaurant in the hotel again since and are intending on booking another stay in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

This is a small hotel, but with the standards of a luxury chain. The rooms were well fitted and clean. The staff were super polite and keen to help. Everything was of perfectly good quality for discerning Europeans or Americans.

Breakfast lacked fresh juice, otherwise it was good. The hotel is in a quiet (traffic wise) but centrally located area, with lots of restaurants around (but do not eat at the Korean one over the road!). Easy to walk to the main tourist sites or get the tram to Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.

Did not use the spa, looked very good, but massages were overpriced. However the sauna and gym are free. Rooms are not cheap but you won't wish you had gone somewhere else, which is always a risk otherwise.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Born-in-NW3
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Reviewed 11 March 2010

What a little gem of a hotel for tourists. Excellent location (10 mins walk to most of the key sites), really good facilities and top class service from every member of staff we dealt with. Only one word of warning - 'deluxe suite' rather over-states it by anyone used to American hotels - deluxe room would be a very fair description, though. Extremely quiet (unlike many hotels in the same area), very comfortable, well equipped and beqautifully maintained. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Akbiyik Cad. No. 38, Istanbul 34122, Turkey (Formerly BEST WESTERN PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa)
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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:
#16 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#26 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#28 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#105 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £88 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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