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“Fantastic hospitality - great hotel in the heart of Istanbul”
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Hotel Seraglio
Ranked #18 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2014

My son and I stayed here for several nights the week of July 24th and I have to say this place was by far the best place we stayed at. The service was delightful, the rooms were nice and Kenan and Jalal who are the receptionists/concierge are outstanding. They were very knowledgeable in their recommendations of when to do what, where to go and went out of their way to provide useful information. Genuinely great small hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

A beautiful small hotel so close to all the major attractions, lovely street as you approach reception, it does look a bit dodgy further down the street!!!

We arrived c.19.00 and as we checked in, after a long days travel, we were offered a complimentary drink, a very nice touch. We were then given an overview by the reception staff of what we could realistically do in our 2 days in Istanbul. They were very good but were pushing certain tours. It may have been a mix up but they booked us on a boat trip which we specifically asked if it landed in Asia, one of our objectives, they said it did. Luckily we found out by chance that it did not and we cancelled the trip, not sure if they were too happy at this. A bit of advice to anyone wanting to set foot in Asia, take a local ferry 3TL vs 30TL for a tour

Very clean hotel, nice size of room and excellent breakfast, very good for a short stay in Istanbul, which is awesome

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Alan L
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed for a total of 4 nights at Seraglio and the experience was wonderful. The hotel is located at Sultanahmet and is in close proximity to most sites. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly and would take time out to advice us on what was to be done. The breakfast is superb and the complimentary evening tea and snacks a welcome relief after a long day of sight seeing :)

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank ManojMarar
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We found this excellent hotel because of the many constructive reviews on TripAdvisor which again 'came up trumps'.
As always I usually make a number of early polite requests after arrival for things that we prefer. It's impossible for hotels to know everyone's personal preferences but I find them always keen to make you as comfortable as possible. In the end this place felt 'like home', and that it was - we came back twice after a three day tour to Ephesus and Cappadocia and one week's stay on the island of Bozcaada. It was like a little sanctuary, particularly as we were there during and after Ramadan so it was BUSY in Sultanahmet. Location by the way is perfect - next to but not in the main busy areas.
Staff were helpful, informative and sweet, some speaking excellent English, some very little - but they all assisted in any way they could.
Rooms are a high standard. We stayed in a Hammam suite and a standard room. The Haman is fun and relaxing - it's literally warm to hot tiles to relax on in a dry atmosphere, combined with splashing water to your heart's content. Standard rooms are a touch smaller without the Hammam - we were happy in both.
I could say so much more but others have already done that, suffice to say, if you find this or any other review 'helpful' don't forget to acknowledge the voluntary writer for their efforts - TripAdvisor reviewers have sure helped us plan great holidays.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
5  Thank WyseOwls
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

A delightful little hotel situated a stone's throw away from Istanbul's bustling historical centre. The location is truly superb with the hotel sitting right in the heart of the Old Town and being surrounded by many beautiful shops and restaurants.The rooms were pristine, spacious and furnished to an excellent standard. The staff were welcoming, friendly and incredibly helpful in assisting us with directions, restaurant recommendations and sightseeing tips! The hotel also offers a generous complimentary breakfast, which was an added bonus. Seraglio really is a top notch hotel offering fantastic value for money. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Istanbul - you really can't go wrong with this little beauty!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Louise L
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

What a wonderful stay!!!Great location,great service,great staff and the Best Value.We made a direct booking via hotel's official webpage and got great promotions.The hotel has an unbeatable location,only 3-4 min. walking distance from all major attractions.You can reach anywhere on foot.We stayed in the Hammam Superior room with a private Turkish bath for 6 nights.We enjoyed the hammam very much.The king size bed was very comfortable.There were free tea and coffee facilities in our room which we did not see in many of the other 5 stars hotels in Europe.Our friends stayed in Blue Mosque Suite which has a private terrace.The view from the large terrace was just magnificent.They also enjoyed their stay.Buffet breakfast had everything with a free omelet station and was very tasty.The staff was very helpful and kind.Listen their recommendations,it really works.The hotel has a Bistro, where the complimentary tea time with cakes and fresh fruit is served, and we ate there 3 of our 6 nights.The prices were reasonable and the food was exteremly delicious.We highly recommend Hotel Seraglio which is the greatest value hotel with the greatest facilities.

Room Tip: Hammam Superior with the private Turkish Bath was just amazing.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank mrs_adventurer
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Even before we left home the contact we had with the hotel owners was very efficient. Booking direct saved us money and arranging our complimentary airport transfer was straightforward. We were met at the airport and our transfer to the hotel in a private car went smoothly. We were met at reception by an extremely welcoming and knowledgeable gentleman. Our bags were taken up to our room, which was above our expectations. We were guided, by the receptionist to a very nice restaurant for our evening meal. We were actually three minutes from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia and several other amazing sights. Breakfast was a feast, with individually made omlettes, which were scrumptious. Each evening we arrived back at the hotel to a very welcome complimentary Turkish Apple tea, cake and fresh fruit. We met and had drinks with the hotel owners, a very lovely couple, who soon became very good friends. We had a busy week, seeing the most amazing sights, some good bargaining in the Grand Bazaar and two relaxing days by the sea on Prince's Island and at Galatiseri Island, all using the very easy public transport, with a travel card given to us by the receptionist (it even worked in the public toilets!). If you are thinking about travelling to Istanbul, you should definitely highly recommend both Istanbul and Hotel Seraglio.

Room Tip: We had the superior double with Turkish Bath - amazing quality
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  • Stayed: June 2014, 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 #18 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £34 - £57 (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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