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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #23 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Hull, Québec
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fine”
Reviewed 2 November 2012

I don’t necessarily share the enthusiasm of some other reviews but this hotel is fine. The location is excellent and you are indeed just a few minutes away from the old city centre (i.e blue mosque, aya sofia, etc.). Our room was nice and spacious but the humidity level was quite high and we could notice some mold stains on the ceiling. Staff was friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Blumenau, SC
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

Our stay in Basileus was amazing. The hotel is very comfortable and totally equipped, very well located in Sultanahmet, the antique part of Istanbul. Small but very well decorated room, great shower, everything very clean everywhere, safety box, tea and coffee facilities in our room and in the reception. Delicious breakfast, very turkish.
The staff is absolutely amazing, specially Yusuf. Totally helpful, gentile and funny. Our guardian angel in Turkey. You can manage all tour trip from his front desk, have the best advices for restaurants and sightseeing. We have a map with all the touristic points marked by his pen, all the important things are there, believe me.
We´ll be back soon, and we highly recommended this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2012 via mobile

This is a small hotel located about 5 minutes walk from the hippodrome, Аya Sofia and the blue mosque in a quiet residential area which considering how close it is to all the major sights doesn't feel touristy at all.

As other reviewers have said, the staff were really friendly and really went the extra mile to help us with a couple of questions we had.

The room was an average size, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The only complain I'd have was the lack of storage space. It was fine for us as we were only there for a couple of night but it might have gotten a bit annoying if we'd planned to stay any length of time.

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2012

Been meaning to write this review for a long but just got around to doing it now.

We stayed at the Basileus Hotel for 5 nights in late August and I can echo all the good reviews that have been written here. The location is great, within walking distance of the Blue mosque and a lot of the important sites. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. Always asking about your day and offering suggestions for things to do. They offered to upgrade our room for free since a nicer one was available. The breakfast buffet is very good and they offer to make you omelets and Turkish coffee if you want.

Istanbul is a great city with lots to offer in terms of culture and history. We were there during the end of Ramadan and didn't have any problems with finding open restaurants during the day, visiting mosques or any other issues.

I highly recommend the city in general and the Basileus Hotel in particular.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

This Hotel is certainly a Gem as has been depicted in the reviews. We have travelled the world quite extensively an stayed in many standards of hotels but we believe the BASILEUS surpassed them all. The hotel is more than comfortable and ideally situated but it is the staff who make this hotel. They could not do enough to make our stay in Istanbul memorable. Where else in the world would the concierge (Yusof) loan you 200 Turkish Lire until we could exchange money the next day. He also was very knowledgeable about his city and able to reccomend the important sites to see and good resonabley priced restaurants. When our pre arranged transport to the airport let us down, the boys were only too willing to transfer us in their own car and at no cost to ensure that we were able to meet our flight home. When we returned home, we received a wonderful email to thank us for staying with them - a nice thought to top off our holiday.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pensacola, Florida
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

This hotel is very well located and is an inexpensive place to stay in the Sultanhamet District. It puts you in walking distance of all of the major sites although you do have to go uphill to get there, just take your time. This hotel had one of the better breakfast selections. The rooms are basic and not 5 star rooms but are clean and meet the requirements for a place to sleep after a long day of touring. We were on the ground floor and the rooms were quiet enough that outside noise did not prevent a good nights sleep and the beds are comfortable. Their recommendations on things to visit were very useful. I have to say that I did end up missing my flight out of Istanbul because of them and am still upset about this. They booked a private shuttle to the sabiha gokcen airport for the 4 of us and only allowed 2 and 1/2 hours before our flight departed. It took almost 3 and 1/2 hours to get to the airport. If you are leaving from this airport, you need to allow at least 4 hours in case you run into traffic. This is something I would have expected the hotel to know about. My rating is for the hotel itself and the missed connection did not come into play with the rating.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Basileus Hotel
Address: Kadirga Liman Cad. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sok. No:1 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Basileus Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more   less 
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