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“CHEAP AND NASTY - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!”
Review of Hotel by Sofia

Hotel by Sofia
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Hotel by Sofia
Ranked #433 of 1,047 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Istanbul, Turkey
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“CHEAP AND NASTY - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!”
Reviewed 23 May 2010

Where to begin. The constant partying at night? The worst shower in the world? The leaking toilet?

Never, in my life, have I stayed in such an abortion. Ok, it was cheap, but, believe me, you would be better off sleeping in a park - at least you'd get some sleep.

The hotel is very noisy - in a noisy neighbourhood, and poorly insulated for sound. Plus, the noisy Raki sessions until 1:30am for the duration of our stay made sleeping almost impossible.

Our shower, when it ran at all, had very little pressure and fluctuated wildly from scorching hot to freezing cold - constantly. Our toilet leaked, and the shower cubicle was tiny.

One plus - the bed was comfortable.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2010

The first impression was of untidiness and disorganisation. Although we arrived late in the day our room wasn't ready. We'd ordered a twin room but were given a double and then, when we objected, were given a mattress on the floor to make it into a double. We probably had one of the worst rooms - very small and in the basement, with only a strip of window at ceiling height looking out onto the pavement - not a nice prospect for our four night stay. The bathroom was through a very small doorway, which required a small person to stoop, with no window or ventilation. The pipes for the hotel all ran through our room and clanked all night long. However the overriding factor that caused us to leave here after only 1 night was that it wasn't clean. The toilet and sink were not clean, the toilet seat wasn't fixed on and the shower overflowed onto the floor. The towels didn't feel clean and the bedcovers smelled of smoke. It was very disappointing. Whilst £44 per night is not high end - I expected better than this.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2009

This hotel is centrally located (5 minutes walk) from the main tourist area of the city of Istnabul. When I arrived at 2.30am I had a pleasant welcome despite the early hour of arrival. The hotel is run mainly by the owner/manager, Burcu, who is attentive to the needs of her guests. My room was on the first floor below the roof terrace breakfast area. It is the one shown on the hotel website; http://hotelbysofia.com/ing/index2.html.
It was extremely comfortable, ensuite and air conditioning, the room was well maintained throughout my week stay. The breakfasts were excellent, along with the service and the pretty view over the little mosque and park area. The hotel does have a wireless network, if you ask for the WEP key the staff will give it to you. The clientele of the hotel was varied and multi national and therefore you will meet a variety of people!
I would recommend this hotel to others thinking of visiting Istanbul wanting a level of comfort, local to the acttractions that Istanbul has to offer without it being too noisy!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel by Sofia
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. No: 84 | Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #433 of 1,047 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosphorus silently calling you.... you will then be greeted by another beauty to witness a long history, the Bosphorus bridge to combine the two continents. Hotel by Sofia will always be honored to have you as one of its many guests. ... more   less 

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