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Hotel Sultania
Ranked #11 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 September 2011

Our recent stay at Hotel Sultania was brilliant. I had not been expecting to be so impressed—as the hotel was fairly inexpensive—but the building, decor, service, food and location were ideal. The well appointed, decorated and cleaned rooms made for a comfortable daily retreat after seeing Istanbul’s sights. The attention to detail by the staff was wonderful. Ozlem, the concierge was excellent. She happily helped us get around Istanbul, gave helpful tips and even checked us in online for our Turkey domestic flights while we were out sightseeing. The breakfasts were great, Olive restaurant with its views is a must do, and the Turkish delight in the rooms was a nice daily touch. The day spa there gave one of the best massages I’ve had in a long time – try the Sultan’s package for true relaxation! Having also stayed at other Istanbul hotels, I would definitely recommend Hotel Sultania as first preference.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

From beginning to end, our 5-night stay at this hotel was wonderful. We were picked up at the airport, greeted at the hotel with Turkish coffee and various nibbles, discovered complimentary fresh fruit and wine in our spacious and delightful room, and were treated to two meals in the hotel restaurant together with complimentary afternoon tea/coffee. Also included in our package were two tours. The central location of the hotel meant we could walk everywhere we wanted to visit. All of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and we were very sad when we were taken back to the airport. However, we shall certainly return.

Room Tip: A corner one has two sets of windows/balconies
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

Just got back from a fantastic trip to Turkey (Sept 2011). While in Istanbul we stayed at the Hotel Sultania, a smart hotel near many of the tourist attractions. The rooms were sparkling clean, the staff were helpful and attentive, the location was excellent and the breakfast was delicious and filling. Most staff understood English (a little or a lot, depending) which was helpful for me since I did not have much of a command of the Turkish language. You can even try on reproductions of Sultan era clothing for some special pictures if you want to amuse yourself and your friends back home. I would highly recommend this hotel to others as a great place to stay in vibrant Istanbul!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I chose this hotel because of the brilliant reviews it had received and I was not disappointed! This is an excellent hotel in a great location in the old city and is only a minutes walk from Gulhane tram stop and 5 minutes walk to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. The rooms are beautifully designed and decorated in Ottoman fashion. The beds were extremely comfortable. Every day complimentary Turkish delights and water are left in your room. The hotel is cleaned to a very high standard and the breakfast buffet has a wide range of cold and hot food. The best thing about the hotel, however, is the wonderful staff. They are so welcoming, friendly and attentive. Requests are dealt with speedily and nothing is too much trouble. Ozlem, guest Relations, was available every day to help with any query and with general advice or directions. She asks every day if everything is OK and if anything more can be done to make your stay better! My sons and I stayed for eight nights and one of the main reasons we had such a great holiday was because we loved the hotel so much. There was tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, free wi-fi in the rooms, a dvd player, an Ipod docking station and the TV had several English channels. It was great to get back to the luxury of the rooms and the pool, turkish bath and sauna after a busy day of sightseeing.

Room Tip: Rooms on the fourth floor have small balconies and although there is only a street view, it is quite...
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The family room was great for a family of 4. Hotel's location was excellent and allowed us to walk to everything. The restaurant was great (dinners and breakfast buffet - the children loved the mezze). Would definitely stay here again as the excellent service the staff provided was what made this hotel stand out. Kids very much enjoyed the pool at the end of the day (even if it was very small).

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

I don't get all the outstanding reviews for this hotel.

True, there are a lot of positives. The hotel is in a great location. Some of the rooms are very nice, with fun decorations. The showers are very hot and have excellent water pressure. The complimentary airport transfers picked us up and dropped us off again with no problems.

But....

Our group had two rooms. One was very nice, just like in the pictures on the website. The second was airless box with minimal decoration. There was one small window which looked directly into the laundry chute. There was no natural light.

The breakfast was terrible. It looked nice, but the bread was stale and all the hot food was cold. Each time we had to wait until almost the end of our meal to be offered any coffee.

The staff were mostly superficially pleasant. Some (like the waiters in the bistro) were very nice. The rest were clearly just going through the motions and wished we would leave them alone. At no point were we complaining or asking anything difficult, but the looks of contempt they gave us will not be forgotten.

Also, when we went to breakfast on our final day (well before check out time), we returned to our room to discover housekeeping in the room trying to kick us out.

I would never stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

This is a lovely boutique+ hotel in a first class location. Ideal for the main attractions. Has a great spa and the staff are helpful and friendly.

Rooms have a lovely individual feel and we were staying in a cheaper room on a great deal.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Thank Enrv
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Address: Ebusuud Cad. Mehmet Murat Sok. No:4 | Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £67 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Sultania 4.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Sultania is a deluxe boutique hotel with a harem design and located at the heart of the old city and within walking distance to Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Bosphorus. ... more   less 
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