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Hotel Seraglio
Ranked #19 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Spotless. One of the best places I've stayed in my whole life. It is cozy and very well located. The room (and the bathroom) was spacious and very comfortable. Kenan and the rest of the staff (including the Seraglio Bistro) are just great. This hotel is the place to be in Istanbul! Search no more!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

I echo all other comments really...the location couldn't be better. Literally 5 mins away from the major sites, but with a villagey feel and very quiet. We were so glad to be here rather than in the heart of Sultahamet, and was reminded of this every time we walked through on our way down to Galata Bridge. Despite having a ground floor room it was actually quite quiet, and it was cosy but less cramped than I had been led to believe about most hotel rooms in Istanbul without paying premium prices. Facilities were great and staff very helpful, particularly front of house man who couldn't have been more helpful! Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Emoarmy
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Seraglio for 6 nights in end Sep/early Oct 2013. Before booking with the hotel, I have a few email exchanges to find out more information and Mrs Secil Oney YILMAZ of Sales & Reservation has been most helpful and prompt in feedback. As we booked directly with the hotel, airport transfer was provided. We arrived just before 8am, our check-in was efficient and we were taken to our room right away (instead of having to wait till the standard check in time) and given complimentary breakfast. After a long flight, this welcoming gesture was very much appreciated.
The hotel staff were friendly. Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The water pressure in the the bathroom was very good. Breakfast came with an egg-station and enough varieties (at least for us). We also enjoyed just sitting at the hotel bistro facing a quiet street to chill out at night. There were a few convenience shops nearby. Above all this, what was most important was the fantastic location of this hotel which we could simply walk to nearby tourist sites, many restaurants and cafes, and the tram station. We especially liked the food at Albura Kathisma and Rumist restaurants, both within 5 mins walk from hotel. Arasta, a nearby bazaar, is worth a visit. Overall, we were very glad we chose Hotel Seraglio!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank GLCDC
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

This was the perfect location, everything in the old city was walking distance! From the moment we arrive in the middle of the night, we knew we had chosen the right hotel. The kindness and attention to detail that we received were the best. Great variety of good, fresh food for breakfast and comfortable beds.I would definitely return there myself and will recommend this hotel to friends. Good value for money!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed here whilst in Istanbul for a few days. Great boutique hotel and friendly helpful staff. Great quiet position in Sultanhamet within walking distance to most of the major tourist sites. Rooms were big and spacious, although make sure you ask for a room on one of the higher floors. The bathroom they we had was huge and had a lovely walk-in shower. Be aware that being quite so close to the Blue Mosque it is likely you will be woken by the call for prayer at around 6AM. Not so much of an issue for me, but may be for some. Breakfast all very good - cereals, toast, fruit, juice and some cooked meats and eggs.

Be slightly wary of some of the trips offered to you by the reception. We were offered a whistle-stop tour of the major sites for around €50pp due to our short stay, which we decided not to do and luckily was unnecessary as you can walk to them. We were also offered a boat trip for around €35pp which we did do and I can honestly say it was the dullest 4 hour boat trip I have ever done with nothing included (no drinks or food or entertainment) bar some inaudible commentary and a quick 30 min stop at a small touristy fishing village. Best to check out the shorter and cheaper boat trips at the stands around the square by the Blue Mosque. Definitely worth going for a meal at the nearby Rami Restaurant which has a great open balcony on the top floor with stunning views of the Blue Mosque.

Also worth going to the local Bazaar at the top of the hill in the evening, where there is an outdoor cafe with live entertainment.

All in all really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Seraglio and would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

I was really impressed by the hospitality I experienced. On top of that, the rooms were very quiet and the location was very convenient; only a step to major tourist attractions. Easy access from/to the airport too.

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Thank w314
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This is a lovely little hotel, tucked in a quiet corner near the main sites in Sultanhamet. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful and the room was clean and comfortable. Delicious breakfasts set you up for the day. Highly recommended.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Amiral Tafdil Sokak No 32, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #19 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £34 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Seraglio 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more   less 
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