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“A boutique hotel with good service”
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Hotel Seraglio
Ranked #19 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 December 2013

We spent four nights here in two rooms on the top floor with one room overlooking the blue Moseque. The hotel is well located for all major Sultanahmet attraction and the Sultanahmet tram (best option for getting to northern side of city) was a few minutes walk.

Staff were friendly and helpful with attractions, directions, restaurants and changing money at much better exchange rate than airport. Airport exchange kiosks offer low rates and charge 4% commission; however, money changer in the town and hotels will exchange will no commission and better rate!

The room were well presented, perhaps on the smaller size. Whilst not in the hotel control, the call to prayer at sun rise is pretty loud especially if facing the mosque and it goes on for a few minutes.

Breakfast was ok. They key attraction was fresh made omelettes . .

There is a small restaurant attached to the hotel. We ate there on our first night: it was fine; tasty plain vanilla Turkish food.

All in all, a pleasant stay and we recommend the hotel. If you pay can pay cash then as advertised on hotel website there is a discount.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper best to get a room facing courtyard to reduce noise from early morning ca...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Well located option in Istanbul, close enough to all major sites, yet away from all the noise .The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the booking and check in process was handled efficiently. The food in the hotel was first class and we were sorry we didn't eat there on more occasions. The bedrooms were well appointed and comfortable and for the price we paid, we thought we got good value. We would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Brad B
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We had a recent stay in istanbul. The Seraglio hotel was excellent- it was at an excellent location close to all the major attractions and the tram line. The front office staff was very helpful and helped plan all my itineraries .They have a nice coffee shop with happy hour between 5 and 7pm when they give out free coffee, apple tea and cakes . One can relax there at the end of a busy day sightseeing and looking at the nice cobblestoned streets outside .  Of all he hotels i have stayed in -this has one of the best quality of service i am actually looking forward to staying there again on my next trip 

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

Having never been to Istanbul before I chose this hotel based purely on Tripadvisor reviews knowing I wanted to stay in old town. We chose the Blue Mosque suite and it was really good. Big terrace to sit out at night with an amazing view. The two gentlemen that helped us at the front desk were accommodating and friendly and provided all insight on what to see and how to get there. The location of the hotel is absolutely perfect as you are literally a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia which are all must see sightseeing spots. Great restaurants and bars and the shopping in Istanbul is to die for.

Given we were so close to the Mosque we were woken up the first morning by the call to pray. It is really loud, but by the 2nd and 3rd day it wasn't as overwhelming as it was day 1.

The breakfast provided was fine. Cook to order omelets and some fruits and pastries. We ate in the bistro and that was pretty good too. The hotel arranged airport transfers and they were there to meet us and were prompt on the return pick up.

If I am fortunate enough to return to Istanbul one day I would definitely stay in this area and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Great find in the middle of a stunningly beautiful city.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Belinda B
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

If you're looking for a perfectly-situated, peaceful, welcoming little hotel in Istanbul, look no further. We had a room with the hamam which was great fun. Breakfast was enough to keep you going all day, though lots of tempting restaurants nearby. Thanks to all -- the staff were very accommodating, giving us plenty of cups of apple tea, storing luggage etc!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

We were looking for a small hotel in Sultanahmet to base ourselves for 3 days sightseeing in the city. The combination of good reviews and price led us to the Seraglio, and we were not disappointed. I have stayed in 3 or 4 different places in the area, all of which were a similar price, but this is by far the best in terms of quality.

The check-in staff were excellent, offering a glass of tea, whilst making suggestions of things to do, and with not hard sell of particular tours.

The room was excellent - spotlessly clean, a good bathroom, free Wi-Fi, tea & coffee making facilities, free bottles of water, and a good TV with some free to air English news channels. There is even tea coffee and pastries free for guests in the bistro restaurant each afternoon.

Breakfast was decent, with freshly made omelets, and other hot and cold selections, served in the basement breakfast room.

The location was also very convenient - 5 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque / Topkapi, and 15 minutes down to Galata Bridge across the Golden Horn.

Possibly the only thing this place lacks is a roof-top terrace which is typical of many of its competitors, but there is no shortage of other places with terraces to visit for a tea or coffee, and what you get instead is a far better hotel for he same money. I would strongly recommend it and will be back here on my next trip to the city,

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

My wife and i recently stayed at the Hotel Seraglio for 8 nights. We booked the room after reading the numerous excellent trip adviser reviews. We were not disappointed. The room was clean and comfortable and in a very convenient Sultanahmet location--about a two minute walk from the Blue Mosque. As another reviewer noted, the windows seemed somewhat poorly insulated as we were able to hear conversations of passers-by on the street below, but this is our only real complaint.

I give this hotel five stars primarily because of excellent service from the hotel staff. When we arrived Kenon, who staffs the front desk during the day, told us that we were not "customers" but rather "guests." While such talk is eye-roll inducing and usually hollow, Kenon was good for his word. The staff, particularly Yousef, really went out of their way to help us. For example, each morning before we departed on day trips before breakfast was served, Yousef packed sandwiches, fruit, and water for my three travelling companions and I at no extra charge without us even asking him to do so. The staff was also incredibly helpful in helping us plan our days' itineraries. I recommend Hotel Seraglio without reservation and would stay there again.

Room Tip: The view of the Blue Mosque from the roof balcony room is great!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Seraglio

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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