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Gulhane Suites
Ranked #322 of 1,219 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Position! Position! Position!”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

The position could not be better. Close to the "must sees", the tram, a host of shops and restaurants and for an escape, Gulhane Park directly opposite.
The 2BR apartment was clean and comfortable with large bedrooms and adequate living space. Self catering was easy with a good supermarket within an easy walk for food, beer and wine. Small food shops are lined along Marudive Hudavingar, some offering "take away" including doner kabab. Unfortunately the kitchen utensils, pots and pans were only just passable for anythig more than basic although the microwave helped.
There are many restaurants in the area with very reasonably priced menus. Montana, immediately below the apartments was as good as any and the staff was very accommodating, reasonably willing to change the menu to suit individuals. Wine in restaurants is comparatively expensive although we found it was possible to negotiate on quality and price and even BYO wine.
The obvious top sites- Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topaiki Palace are very close, so visit later in the day to miss the crowds. The Palace has fabulous separate collections including the Harem, Treasury, Privy Chamber and Kitchens and these may have their own queues. Also close and equally worth a visit are the Basilica Cistern, Spice Markets (we think better than the grand Bizarre) and the Archeological Museum which is just across the street and has sensational exhibits.
Because it’s so central the area is noisy particularly with trams squealing around the corner just below the window and call to prayer from the mosque next door but we thought this part of the local appeal.
We stayed 5 full days and didn’t go further than 2 stops on the tram to fill this time with really top activities so if want to see other parts stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

We stayed at the apartment in September, a great basic, clean comfortable place. Best part is the location! and two terrific restaurants downstairs. The apt. manager was excellent to deal with very reliable, our inbound flight to Ataturk was delayed several hours and out pick was waiting for us even with the delays! Daily towel, and bed make up, even toilet paper was supplied as needed. Overall a great experience and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 21 September 2012

We booked the two bedroom apartment with absolute ease, over the net to accommodate myself, my husband and my father. When we arrived, we were held up for over two hours in passport control and were concerned that our lift would not be waiting. We were pleasantly surprised to find him waiting right outside for us. I was initially a little worried about. Lise as the apartment is right on the tram lines however, the windows are all double glazed and we had no issue with noise. When we arrived at the apartment we found it to be exactly what we needed, with kitchen, bathroom and living area. It is close to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, about 500 meters from the Blue Mosque and walking distance to the Galata Bridge, spice market and grand bazaar. If you dont want to walk too far, the tram station is about 100 metres from your door. Iwould recommend this place for anyone - Adem was an absolute gentleman to deal with.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We stayed at the hotel with two young kids & they had a blast! The location is great & the apt has basic amenities. It was cleaned everyday but there's no reception in the hotel. They gave us a number to call 24/7 and it was not a problem at all.

The manager was very accommodating and a great guy. He gave us free maps & show us the locations of tram stops, grocery store etc. We didnt pay anything as a deposit and yet he gave us the exact room we wanted and provided free airport shuttle.

We stayed in on the first floor, so it was not a problem. It is the best one for family with kids in my opinion (less than 10 stairs & normal width). But, the stairs to the upper floors are rather steep. Moving the suitcases & stroller upstairs will be a challenge. The 1 bedroom apt is quite small actually but it was good enough for a short stay. We saw the 2 bedroom when the cleaner was there and its quite spacious. However, the 1 bedroom apt does not have a tub. Just a shower. I cant even take a pic of it as it was quite small. Not sure about the 2 bedroom though.

They do provide utensil in the kitchen (pot, pan, cutleries etc) if you want to do light cooking. And there’s a small grocer nearby. . The sofa bed in the living room can be converted into a double bed and it was good enough for the kids.

There's a restaurant right below the apt & there's another one beside it, but both were close by about 10 pm. So, we didn't any problem sleeping at night. They open early in the morning for breakfast but we didnt hear any noise.

The park is right across the street. It's just a small park with some benches & beautiful flowers. It's very close to the Topkapi, Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque. About 10 mins walk max. You can go to Topkapi from the Gulhane Park entrance right in front of the Suite. But there's a short steep climb. If you get there from Hagia Sophia, its a lot further. If possible try to get to the attractions as early as possible.

The Suite provided free airport shuttle if you book directly with them &however for the return trip to the airport it cost 60TL but its worth it in my opinion. Alternatively, you take the shuttle from Dongyang Hotel (few doors down). The shuttle was cheap at 12 TL but the van took 13 passengers! It was a lil uncomfortable as the van was too packed with people & luggage.

Other than that, we didnt even use the cab when we were there. The hotel location is convenient enough to take the tram, ferry, bus etc.

There's a money changer nearby the hotel. But the rate is better at the Grand Bazaar. We took a tram there as it was quite a long walk.

We find the little shops around the Gulhane tram stop were better than the one in Grand Bazaar. The shops are mostly operated by the owners themselves, so they are less pushy & even gave us tea and freebies:) Most of the stuffs are cheaper (fridge magnets, t-shirts, plates etc).

Other than that, we had a great experience at the hotel & will recommend it to anyone particularly families with young kids.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

One of the best experiences we had in Istanbul. The suites are clean and large with all the amenities you could need. They are also in a great location, close to great shopping, and restaurants and tourist spots. Adam was extremely considerate and personable. He also set us up with an airport transfer that was cheaper than a taxi and very prompt. I found management went out of their way to be helpful in fact, upon arriving back in Canada we discovered we were missing an item left at a store near the hotel but did not know the name of the store. We only had the number for the Gulhane Suites where we stayed. We took a long shot and contacted Adam and he tracked the store down and we got our back our much loved Artwork we purchased. I cannot thank him enough. I really recommend the Gulhane Suites if you are looking for great location, roomy suites and great service.
-Van Durmes

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

the 2bedroom apt. with kitchen was clean and importantly the towels white and clean and price reasonable. Very prompt action from the management when we need help. And its within walking distance to all the attractions and metro station and has many eatery outlets and cafes especially the Han which we go every night for hot drinks and nargile,the water pipe. The Han got good kebabs with special bread and a fleeting thought about Hans pistachio baklava over hot latte' is enough to derail my diet. The area is not congested with shoppers. Only thing is not advisable for those with leg problem as they do not have elevators and the stairs are spiral and narrow.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Gulhane Suites
Address: Guzel Sanatlar Sok No:16 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #322 of 1,219 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulhane Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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