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Hotel Darussaade Istanbul
Ranked #43 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A good find”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

In my 5 visits to Istanbul I have never stayed in the historic area of Sultanahmet. The choice for Darussaade was made in 5 minutes when I had to make a last minute change on travel plans. I must say I did not regret it. Granted that the hotel is at the end of the road, but it is very good value for money. I was a little disappointed that while they have a rooftop terrace, breakfast is served in a windowless basement - this being a glorious summer, it is less appealing. Also, why charge extra for omelets when clients are paying the full fare for breakfast?

One thing I have noticed about all small hotels in Istanbul, the single rooms are tiny! Put a double bed and there is barely room for your bag or any movement. It was the same at Darussaade, but I have to say that the room is well furnished, clean and professionally made up. The rooms are also so well scented that it feels like being in a spring meadow.

The staff is very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Colorado Springs, CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2013

This hotel is in a renovated 19th century Ottoman mansion just minutes from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It has only 15 rooms, each one decorated in a western-ottoman style. Our room had a king size bed and lots of room for storage. Our bathroom was very nice, too. The air conditioning was excellent and was needed in the summer heat of late May. The TV reception was a little fuzzy, but we were not there to watch TV. It was fine to catch the BBC or CNN news feeds. The wireless internet worked very well in our room as well as the public areas. If you don't travel with a wireless device, a computer is available for use in the lobby. We didn't need it, but the hotel has free parking. The breakfast buffet was generous and had a good variety of breads, some fruit, yogurts, interesting meats and of course cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and fantastic cheeses.
The only complaint I have about the Darussaade is the bedding did not really fit the bed. It was clean, but we had to huddle in the middle of the bed to get the comforter to cover us completely. It looked like it was made for a single bed instead of a King.
The reception desk workers were fantastic and even though we didn't get the wake up call we requested one morning (our phone didn't work), I would give them all very high marks for friendliness and helpfulness. No one was pushing us to buy tours or anything and I understand that happens in a lot of Istanbul hotels.
Highly recommended, but take an alarm clock with you.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Not hard to see why this see why this hotel was number one on TA. Old world charm with modern facilities perfectly located amongst cafes and tourist icons. The Blue Mosque is at your doorstep and the many bizars just down the road. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. My room was decked out in classic design and the bed was very comfortable. Great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Isle of Wight
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

A lovbely Hotel, in the older part of the city, close to all attractions. Low key but excellent service from ALL the staff, but particular praise for the evening staff who were gracious and kind throughout the stay. A lovely room, beautifully maintained. All-in-all, an excellent Hotel

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

This is a nice boutique hotel in the old part of Istanbul. It is in a great location within walking distance to all the major sites. We had the large executive room in the first floor which was very nice. The views on the roof top bar are very nice.

The service was very good and attentive.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

We decided on this hotel after reading some excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. We weren't disappointed. The location is great - only a 5 minute walk from all the Sultanahmet attractions but in a fairly quiet corner at the end of a street with some decent bars and restaurants.
The hotel itself is spotless and beautifully decorated. The staff can't do enough for you, from Omer the manager with his helpful tourist tips, Ozkan who kindly upgraded us for free as it was a special occasion, to the smiley waiter at breakfast (sorry, didn't get his name!).
It would be difficult to find a nicer, more convenient and better value hotel in Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

we stayed in the Darussade Hotel March 2013 had the most wonderful time ,great location ,fantastic very helpfull and welcoming staff , could not fault it in any way . great value for money. highly recomend it.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Darussaade Istanbul
Address: Akbiyik Cad. No:90 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#28 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#30 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#36 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#44 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#140 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Darussaade Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Darussaade Istanbul is one of the protected examples of Ottoman civil architecture dating from 19. century. The wooden mansion, which is restored by sticking to its original, is decorated with elaborately so as to reflect the spirit of the period it belongs to. Darussaade Istanbul, which is in the middle of many unique structures belonging to Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires, provides opportunity to explore this magical city with its perfect position within walking distance! ... more   less 
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