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“Turkish delight”
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Nayla Palace
Ranked #864 of 1,148 Hotels in Istanbul
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Turkish delight”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

An extremely Turkish appearance outside but rather dated and decrepid inside. Our bedroom was at the rear of the hotel and it was somewhat gloomy. The bathroom was ancient and smelled damp although it was all in working order! However, that said, the hotel is perfectly placed for all the wonderful buildings and historic sites Istanbul has to offer, being in the Sultanhamet district (the old town). Would definitely return for the true Turkish flavour this hotel offers.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Armidale
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is a budget hotel. The location is on a quiet street but walking distance to Haggia Sophia and the Tokapi Palace is great. My room was small (there was a bed but no chair), however the bed was comfortable and the bathroom efficient. The room had a view of the sea. Breakfast, which is included, was on a roof top terrace and was delicious (boiled eggs, bread, cheese, olives and coffee). The owner was kind and friendly as were the shopkeepers in the street.

I caught a taxi from Ataturk airport. The driver dropped me near the hotel rather than at the hotel, saying access to this part of Sultanahmet was restricted (which may be true) leaving me somewhat at the mercy of carpet vendors as I tried to get directions for walking the last few streets, so I recommend you download a map (or have a GPS). The hotel is walking distance from Sultanahmet tram station and there is a fairly seamless connection from the tram to the airport train so if arriving during daylight hours and you have manageable luggage forget the taxi and take the train and tram. Its just as easy and much cheaper.

If you want a desk and a chair in your room then the Nayla Place is not for you. The roof top terrace is available for guests at any time.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the sea and on the top floor are best.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Oxford
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Firstly, for the money you pay to stay here, this hotel represents excellent value. The Nayla Palace is a short walk from the biggest and best tourist attractions in the old city and some really good restaurants. The only negative thing I can think of to say is that the rooms are on the small side, but they're comfortable and clean and we had a view of the Sea of Marmara so... The breakfast is ideal - hard boiled eggs, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and black olives with bread, coffee and tea are available and all served up on the roof terrace overlooking the sea. when we were here (early June 2014) breakfast entertainment was a playful quartet of kittens who loved to duff each other up!!
The staff are brilliant and will help you in any way they can. Qadeer is the owner and a smashing bloke. He has good english and with his knowledge of the area and local businesses, you can't go wrong. He helped us book a couple of trips and also recommended a good turkish baths to visit.
One night I watched the England game with Hussein the night manager… al of the staff are such a lovely, big hearted, friendly bunch. I highly recommend the Nayla Palace Hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Durham, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

This hotel can be an inexpensive base to explore Istanbul. We paid only $56/night (breakfast included). It was a basic Turkish breakfast (tea, bread, butter, jam. olives, hard boiled eggs, juice, cucumbers, tomatoes, and sometimes melon), but a great way to start the day. It was served on a rooftop with a great view of the Sea of Mamara.

We loved the location, no more than 3 minutes from the Hagia Sophia, near Sultanamet Square, and a 20 minute walk to Eminou where you can catch ferries and buy fish sandwiches from the rocking boats. But is still on a quiet dead-end street. Kadir, the owner, is a great source of information--great fun to talk to. He arranged for us to be picked up at the airport--and he set up other airport pick-ups (for our trip to Izmir)--it all worked like clockwork. His helper Hussein was also a prince--he was up at 3:00 to help us on the final shuttle to the airport, and to offer us tea.

The rooms and bathrooms are small, as others have mentioned, but clean. The rooms are not equally appealing. We stayed at one in the front of the hotel and one at the rear--I think the front ones are better as they give a view out to the sea. So it is isn't for everyone, but it was just what we needed.

Room Tip: Front rooms have a much better view--best from the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baku
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

We travelled on 16.07.2013, and we had only 3 days, but wanted to see everywhere(all sightseeing of Istanbul ,we were in a worry how our hotel will be, is it far to the sightseeing of Istanbul or not? So with these questions in our mind we went to Nayla Palace.There we were met by the owner of this Hotel Kadir bey whom i'm very thankful. We were offered room by receptionist(who can freely manage both Russian and English).Our room was very clean,tidy and also we had hot and cold water all day,at nights there was no annoying noise outside. Food was very fresh, tasty.When the weather is fine you can have breakfast on the top roof terrace with a view of Bosphorus. Location of this hotel is fantastic,excellent .just 3 minutes walking to Sultanahmet (Blue)Mosque,German fountain,Hagia Sophia,5 minute walking to Topkapi,10 minute to Grand Bazaar (kapali charshi).if you wanna go to Bosphorus no need taxi etc, just 15 walking on foot will take you Gulhane park, to Misir charshisi and Bosphorus cruise,Eminonu where you can taste fresh fish with 3 liras. In one word I'm very very thankful to the owner of this hotel Kadir bey, he was very hospitable man with good English,we are planing to go Istanbul next year and to stay in Nayla Palace.Though it was our first travel to Istanbul with the help of Kadir bey we could arrange everything well.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Geneva, NY
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

In the first place, you have to realize that this was not built as a hotel - it was a private house, probably a pretty nice one. Therefore, some of the rooms are wonderful, some of the rooms a horrible, and everything in between. We were somewhere in between, but managed to sneak a peak at the nice rooms when the maids were cleaning. The nice rooms are small, but very pleasant, with balconies, plenty of storage, and nice baths. The bad rooms (really bad) face a dark courtyard, are depressing, small and crowded, and the bathroom is unacceptable - horrible. There are worse - basement rooms called "garden rooms". Looked like dungeons. We were given a bad room at first. When we freaked out, they discovered that there was a better room with a view, although very small. Small is an understatement. Bed + 18" of space around it. However, the view was admittedly wonderful, and in the end, we kind of enjoyed it. It felt like camping. The roof terrace is also a bit DIY, but again, beautiful view. The breakfast is so-so, but there was fresh watermelon. Order tea, because the coffe is instant.

Now the upside: the location is fantastic, and who spends a lot of time in their room in Istanbul. A 3 minute walk from Hagia Sophia. It is very cheap. The owner, Kadir, is super nice and helpful, and speaks very good English (6 years in North Carolina). He insisted that we cancel our airport shuttle, and paid for the transfer himself. Couldn't be nicer. Same with Hussein, the night manager. Hence, we are kind of torn: hit or miss hotel, but super nice people. If you could somehow get one of the nice rooms, you will love this place. If you get a horrible room, you will want to jump off the Bosporus bridge.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the larger rooms facing the street, on the second floor. Avoid the "garden r...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Dirty, terrible place. They gave us a room that was a corridor with 2 beds, with a kind of bathroom where you couldn' t stay sit on the toilet and close the door...we complained and they changed our room...the new room was underneath and not cleaned.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Nayla Palace
Address: Kutlugun Sok. No:22/A Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #864 of 1,148 Hotels in Istanbul
Hotel Class:2 star — Nayla Palace 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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