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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #22 of 1,116 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

We spent four nights at this wonderful hotel. The rooms are spacious, clean and very comfortable. There is a mini fridge stocked with beverages, all free. And it restocked every day. The breakfasts are great. Lots of choices. You will not go away hungry. There is tea and sometimes some pastries in the lobby. Very nice when you come back from a busy day. The staff is wonderful, always helpful and friendly. It is a great hotel. Jackie Fox

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

We stayed at the Basileus for 4 nights and I am thrilled we did. The reviews of this hotel are true! The staff were so helpful and really made our stay enjoyable. They were informative and always on hand if we had a question.

The hotel was reasonably priced and in a convenient location for you to see all the sights in the old city. It is close to the tram as well if you wanted to get out a little further.

Our room was a good size with lots of space to put our stuff down and relax. The bathroom was also big which is rare. But what I always look for in any hotel we book is that I try to ensure that the room will be clean....and it was!

The hotel is 2 years old so everything is relatively new. We celebrated their 2nd birthday with them during our stay. It was quite nice, like staying with family and celebrating their birthday as they had a little party for guests and staff. A nice touch as well was the baklava they had in our room on their birthday.

I would definitely recommend staying at Basileus if you are visiting Istanbul. They really make you feel welcome and hope you enjoy their city.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank torontogirl2010
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

My wife and I recently stayed for five nights at this hotel, a gem below the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's old city. We have been to Istanbul many times, yet this hotel stood out as the best experience we have had in all of our visits. The large third floor room was quiet, overlooking the ruins of an ancient bathhouse, simply furnished with a full bath and shower and complete with all the amenities one would expect in a much higher rated hotel in Europe. Breakfasts are served in two comfortable rooms on the hotel's lower level. Breakfasts could not be better--eggs cooked to order, fresh cheeses, olives and cold cuts, fresh fruit and breads, and strong Turkish coffee (upon request) and delicious Turkish tea. However, the greatest asset of this hotel it its staff. The owners are always on site and the front desk staff could not be more helpful. If it is a special fish dinner or an intimate Turkish restaurant you desire, any of this friendly staff will point you in the right direction. All of their recommendations were impeccable, as only "with it" Istanbul residents can provide. Another asset was the hotel's ability to provide fair and reputable taxi service on a moment's notice, even for a 5 AM flight. We will definitely return to this wonderful city and outstanding hotel.

Room Tip: Corner rooms on the third floor are quiet and scenic.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edegem, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

Nice hotel located on a few minutes walk (up a hill) from major attractions as Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and Topkapi palace. We had the corner room on the 1st floor (little bit noisy in the morning, cars are just driving under your window). The room was spacious and very clean but humid, even in november we put on the aircon. Staff was superfriendly and very helpful (they give you on arrival a map and advice what to visit and where to eat). In the morning you can enjoy a nice turkish breakfast. A place to recommend.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Hugo_Nina
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Hull, Québec
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 Thank MarthitaB
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #22 of 1,116 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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