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“ok for short stay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aquarium Hotel Istanbul

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Aquarium Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #994 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“ok for short stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

The location of the hotel is perfect, it is within walking distance to all places of interest; Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topakapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and much more. The night staff were more than helpful, they couldn't do enough for us and made us feel most welcome. A nice typical Turkish breakfast was provided but apart from that I think the pictures are very misleading as I saw no rooftop terrace or the views that were advertised. The rooms themselves were very small and I mean very small! If you just want somewhere to sleep and have breakfast then this hotel is ideal, but if you are expecting anything else then this hotel is not for you. We got exactly what we paid for so were not disappointed apart from being mislead by the photos.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

It was very convenient as the hotel is in the heart of Sultanahmet, a walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Aya Sophia and other interesting places such as the Grand Bazaar. The room was basic but clean and the staff was hospitable.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Stuttgart, Germany
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10 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

If you are looking for less value for your money, Aquarium Hotel may be your choice! Okay, there are some positive aspects: it's located in the vicinity of the most important sights of Istanbul and the staff seeks to help you (within the limits of their possibilities). BUT: the room was tiny, dirty, without nearly any storage room, there was mould in the wardrobe (so we couldn't use it) and near the window. The bathroom looked like the handiwork of an amateur, the shower was leaking, there were ants running around - and it wasn't even clean when we arrived. Not to mention the hair everywhere, the stains on the sheet, the overused furniture or the poor breakfast (was this coffee?). All in all the hotel seemed very unprofessional, rather like a hobby establishment. The only professional thing to mention is the Photoshop fake in their leaflet. We wouldn't recommend to stay there, except you would have to sleep in the park otherwise.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Vassouras, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

The hotel is very close to all the touristical attractions in the old part of the city, it is perfect. You can walk around and feel completely safe to explore Istanbul. The staff is very nice and always ready to help in any way they can. The room was small, but comfortable and clean. I traveled with my mother and we arrived at a Saturday night. We felt really welcomed by the night manager, Turgay. He was waiting for us with a big smile on his face, very talkative and concerned with our well-being. It was a fabulous trip and the hotel made all the difference in it. The prices are really good as well.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nat2machado
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Bucharest, Romania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

I strongly recommend to everyone to avoid this "hotel". All posted photos of the hotel rooms are fake. Small room, small and dirty bathroom, no TV, old and broken furniture, poor breakfast, no view at all, poor wireless signal, communication with hotel stuff is very difficult and cleaning of room didn't exist. Despite our pre-arrival discution about the price of transfer airport-hotel-airport, we was forced to pay double of the negotiated amount (80 euros). In conclusion please STAY AWAY from this location ! You can find around many nice and beutiful places where U can spend your vacation (with may be less money).

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Marinescu I
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Seville, Spain
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123 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2012

Staff is very helpeful, however their English is not that good.
Breakfast is good enough to handle all morning, you can find the typical food in Turkey... Also they served us before in the morning as we were having the flight very early.
Bathroom is not very clean, you can see also some damage inside the shower...
Bedrooms are good if you're planning a small trip.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ClaudiaFA
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

The hotel's website promises "spectacular views from our rooftop terrace" - it doesn't exist!
Location is close to the main tourist sites e.g. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cisterns and the bazaar and it's cheap for single occupancy of double room with comfy bed and aircon.
But maintenance is poor with dodgy plumbing and electrical fittings. Thin, poorly fitted doors mean noise from other guests clumping up the narrow winding staircase. Access to fire escape was obstructed and it doesn't appear to reach the ground - you'd end up on the sloping canopy that's been constructed above the ground floor.
There's plenty of nearby restaurants and the tram station is at the bottom of the street (avoid using tram at rush hour unless you're into claustrophobia)

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank mikethetyke
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Property: Aquarium Hotel Istanbul
Address: Alemdar Mah. Alay Kosku Cad. No:16 Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul 34410, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #994 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Aquarium Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our comfortable familiar hotel has 21 rooms of different sizes, bar and terrace restaurant on the top is situated in the midst of the historical quarter Sultanahmet. The Aquarium Hotel is afar not even 20 km from AtatÃrk International Airport. All objects of interest are afar some hundred meters. Even the in quarter Taksim you can reach in half an hour afoot. ... more   less 
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