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“Good service, excellent location”
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Hotel Sphendon
Ranked #228 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2013

We stayed twice at the Sphendon at the beginning and end of our holiday. The rooms are small but very clean and adequately furnished with all you need including a safe, flat screen tv and a kettle. We found this family run hotel to be friendly and especially helpful in accommodating an early check in. The reception area has comfortable sofas and is well heated during the winter. We found the Turkish breakfast to be excellent and enjoyed the egg dishes, bread and cheeses. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and pleasant. The location is superb - within walking distance of the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Haga Sophia. The beds were comfortable and the area was quiet at night. You can hear the Mezzuein just before 6am but it doesn't go on for long and is quite atmospheric.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

I'm very satisfied with my stay at Sphendon hotel. The location is very good, close to Topkapi palace, Haya Sophia and the Blue mosque. The room was tidy, nicely decorated and well-equipped. The staff was very attentive and created a pleasant atmosphere. Hotel Sphendon is definitely a place

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

The hotel is 10-15 minutes walk from Blue mosque, Topkapi and Haya Sophia. It is located on a cobbled street. The area is characteristic but not so clean.
There are three floors on hotel but no lift. However, pone of the staffs carried my heavy luggage on the 2nd floor. The staffs were mostly friendly and speak good English.
The room was very small and the toilet was the smallest that I have ever seen. The room was cleaned daily.
Breakfast was adequate.
If you are looking for a clean budget hotel, this could be the one.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Ash77London
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Do not stay in this hotel as the service was so poor even before arriving for my stay with family.
The reservations team and front desk team were so unprofessional and very rude.
The emails that were sent to me were the first bad impression I had received as it was inappropriate and when I called the hotel, the employee actually raised his voice and saying unpleasant things such as "It is not my problem!", "What do you want!" etc. The transport given from the hotel is twice the price than other hotels which I have checked. After I lodged a complaint, not even a single response of an apology from any of the management team. Such a disappointment for a hotel service and do not fall for the good reviews that have been given. There are other hotels same area with fantastic rating, incomparable with this one.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
5  Thank lolodrezet
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hotelsphendon, Sahibi at Hotel Sphendon, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2015

Dear guest
My name is Malik ,on behalf of Sphendon Hotel team I would like to say that I am sorry for the bad experiance you had in Sphendon hotel before,butt as a general manager and part owner of the hotel I would like to informe you that we are the new owners of the hotel ,we bought Sphendon hotel in 1st of febrewary 2015 ,and your experiance will not be happening again.
we have changed everything here,,furniture,decoration,staf,and the most importanat thing the service.
Sphendon hotel is doing great now ,you can check our web site ond other sites like trip advisor and read the comments there for past 3 monthes .
once again we are sorry for what happened , and wish you all the best.
best regards .
Malik Çelebi.

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

My sister and I stayed at the Hotel Sphendon for 4 days in October and had a wondeful experience. The location was fantastic, only a short and pleasant walk to sights such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. The rooftop views were absolutely amazing! To sit up there and overlook the city and hear the prayers at dusk is something I highly recommend everyone do. The staff was super helpful, eager to give us restaurant tips and arrange transportation and boat cruise. The rooms were cute (victorian style decor), adequate and comfortable, very clean. They serve a full Turkish breakfast in their little garden and the assortment of food they put out each day won't disappoint you! Every day there was a home baked treat to enhance the breakfast. There is no bar on site, but you can bring a bottle back and enjoy it up on the roof top terrace and stores are only a block or so away. As two women traveling solo we felt totally secure and comfortable in the hotel and neighborhood. I highly recommend Hotel Sphendon and would certainly return.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Location of this hotel is little far from tram stop 'Sultanahmet'. You should walk around 10 min. But this location is nice - real old Istanbul. Near hotel there is one small shop and a lot of mosques. Read prayer time in Internet and you wull wake-up always in time, without alarms.
I have gor DBL room and this room was small for two persons, but desing is nice, very clean.
Breakfast is poor: just coffe/tea, butter/bread and some fruits.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank K-Arkhipov
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Very nice hotel, with very helpful and nice staff. The terrace for the breakfast is very pleasant and the top terrace with the view onto the sea is impressive.
You have to know that the call for the pray last only 10 mn, so you don't have to get up at 6 AM, juste wait a little bit before sleeping again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Dominique S
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Additional Information about Hotel Sphendon

Address: Eminonu, Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk, 50, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #228 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £21 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Sphendon 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
İstanbul Sphendon Hotel - an historical and charming family-run special class hotel offering the charm, quality, cleanliness, comfort, accommodation and lodging in a select homey atmosphere. Hotel is located in the centre of the historical peninsula, Sultanahmet-İstanbul. We are ideally located within two minutes walk to the most important Ottomon & Byzantine monuments of Turkey such as St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and not more than ten minutes to The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. ... more   less 
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