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Magnificent Hotel
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

I visited Istanbul with my boyfriend for 4 nights at the end of May and we both very much enjoyed our stay at the Magnificent hotel.

It is a small hotel, but seems quite spacious compared to the other shops and spaces in Sultanahmet, which we thought was a great place to stay since there is much more to do during the day than in Beyoglu. Magnificent hotel is walking distance from Sultanahmet sights (the blue mosque, Aya Sofya, and Topkapi palace), the bazaar district, and the water. It is also easy to get to Beyoglu for the day, as you can take the tram from near Aya Sofya to a funicular to Taksim square (once the riots have ended). The whole trip is maybe 20-30 minutes and costs 6TL per person.

The accommodations were clean, with optional room cleaning if you leave your key at the desk when you leave for the day. The bathroom occasionally had a mild septic smell, but it was not as bad as another hotel we stayed in during this trip, so I think that may be the usual here. The water also pooled in one corner of the shower, and the shower head was mounted low and would easily fall out of its mounting. The room was small and comfortable, with an approximately queen sized bed, a fridge, and a safe (though by the time we left, I did not feel the safe was even necessary). Two shower liquids were provided. It was unclear what they were for, but I used them both as shower gel with great success.

Breakfast was very good-- apparently traditional Turkish fare: bread, cheese, sliced meats, yogurt, boiled eggs, various spreads, tomato, cucumber, hot and cold drinks. The breakfast room is on the top floor and in the last week of May is filled with sun and a light breeze every morning. The view is actually really nice morning and night. Though it is only open for breakfast, the hotel staff let us take our food out on the patio to eat at night, too, which we really enjoyed.

Very friendly and helpful front desk staff who speak good English (day staff) and minimal English (night staff) at the time we visited. The breakfast staff do not speak much English but they are full of smiles for us non-Turks anyway.

The wifi is free with a password, but was a bit weak in our room. We had the only top floor room though, so there's a chance it was stronger in other rooms. I still managed to upload photos at night, could easily check my email, go on Facebook, look up sights and restaurants on Wikipedia, etc. Just takes a few tries to get connected and won't always be fast enough to stream movies or music.

I should also note that the mosques all around Sultanahmet have loudspeakers that projected prayers across the city around 4:15 AM every day of my visit, which can interrupt sleep that early in the morning. This will affect probably all hotels in Sultanahmet, and possibly most hotels in Turkey, as it is a largely Islamic country.

With a few minor caveats to be expected for a semi-developing country, this hotel was fantastic. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Katy P
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed at Hotel Magnificent in Sultanahment, Istanbul for two nights and we had pretty good time.

Cons:

1. The receptionist and hotel management spoke very little English which made it difficult to get help in navigating the city or any specific requests we had.

2. The hotel was very difficult to find in the maze of sultanahmet for us and the hotel was unable to provide us with a detailed map or any information (due to language barrier) that would have helped with coming back home without getting lost. As we didn't have an international data plan either we had to constantly rely on people to tell us directions.

Pros:

1. Room was small but neat and felt secure. It had wireless, fully functional utilities, and a easy to use safe.

2. Breakfast was good and vegetarian friendly

3. Had spring water available at all times for us to refill all our bottles which saved us from having to constantly buy new bottles.

4. Proximity to the Hippodrome area was excellent, and there was easy access to the Grand Bazaarm Spice Bazaar, and other areas of interest in Istanbul.



Overall: Decent hotel for the price but be more prepared than we were and don't depend on the hotel staff for help!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ranjini S
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We had booked this place seven months ago. Chosen a low floor room because of my mobility. Very disappointed to find they had put us in the attic. No amount of arguing would change it as hotel full. We were originally there for two days but dropped to one as we were arriving so late in theorning. Seems that's were we lost our preferred room. I left my washbag in downstairs washroom. Day shift not bothered about it at all. Night shift came back on and rang his manager to ask where it had been put. Was so pleased as it had my pain meds in it. What a difference in staff. Apart from the spiral staircase which we only had to go up twice and the lights kept going out, everything else was fine. Yes the view out the room window was the roof tops etc but from the terrace you could see the sea. Breakfast was good. Tea, coffee hairdryer, liquid soap and WiFi all included. Came back to the hotel to be collected to ho to the airport so use of downstairs bathroom for a freshen up. VERY close to all places to visit. So all in all a good stay. BUT if you have mobility problem go for somewhere with a lift.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank moglentours
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I stayed here in March 2013 for one night. It was pretty low-grade and after having stayed in many other hotels in the area over the years, by far the worst. In addition to the seedy location and burdensome stairwell, they had real trouble during check-in and check-out - shouldn't be as long and difficult as it was. This is definitely not a professional operation and most of the staff seemed clueless how to handle customers.

The main issue, though, and the reason I am writing this review, was that I had another reservation booked at Magnificent for my return trip to Istanbul after traveling outside the city for a bit. This was through Hotels.com and I called them five days and twenty three hours before my reservation in order to cancel to reservation (since there are much better hotels in the area, even at the low price). Hotels.com was kind enough to call Magnificent to ask if they would waive the penalty (they had a six day prior to the date cancellation policy, which I missed literally by forty minutes). They initially agreed to waive the cancellation fee, but then later charged my credit card as a no-show and then told Hotels.com they never agreed to cancel the fee. This led a lot of back-and-forth between me, Hotels.com, and the management at Magnificent - who flat refused to reverse the charge.

I would really caution people to reconsider any plans they have at this hotel given this experience. Their actions seemed very deceptive and down-right dishonest, all because they did not want to give up 54 euro. Is it really worth it to be that dishonest? Probably given that they didn't have many other people staying there. It's really a shame because the people who work at the hotel are actually really nice, including the manager/owner. They just don't seem to know how to run a business.

Do yourself a favor and book somewhere else.

Room Tip: Choose a room at a different hotel.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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2  Thank InspiredDiver
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Very nice newly renovated building in Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
Helpful friendly staff, good breakfast on the roof terrace with a lovely view of the old part of town.
No lift in the hotel, and narrow spiral staircase to the top floor, so getting suitcases up and down is tricky. Turkey, specifically are very eco-concious and have sensors on all the lights with a timer limiting the duration that the lights remain on. This hotel had themm set to the shortest possible setting, and the lights only remained on for a few seconds in the stairway, so you have to dance around to be able to see where you are gong. Rooms small but comfortable and clean. Windows double glazed insulate from heat or cold and noise from the narrow street below.

Room Tip: The top floor rooms (402) are directly under where breakfast is prepared and served. If they drop a plate you know about it.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank 689WilliamP
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