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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #23 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We stayed at the Basileus hotel for 4 nights (1st to 5th February 2014). We can just describe the experience as the best we've had in the last few years travelling to different capital cities in Europe and staying at much more expensive hotels.
First, we booked a triple room, and it certainly was a triple: three equally comfortable individual beds, not the usual extra bed, which is smaller than the others and quite uncomfortable.
Second, we had problems with our luggage, so when we finally tried to find the driver who had come to the airport to drive us to the hotel (free ride offered booking directly at the hotel website), he was no longer at the airport (it was about 45 minutes later than we were expected). No problem: we phoned and immediately the receptionist told us they would come again in about 15 minutes, and they did!)
Third, since we had no luggage, we decided to make the most of our stay the rest of the evening in a place where we needed nothing on: a Turkish bath: we had the intention to go to Cemberlitas, but the receptionist recommended us a 'proper' Turkish bath, and it was truly so: not the one especially designed for tourists, but a very cheap (about 18 euros/ 3people) and clean one and it was only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Not only he recommended us the Turkish bath, but also when we enquired where to change our euros into Turkish liras to pay for it, he told us to wait until we went to Grand Bazaar because change fees were much better there and... he lent us 200 liras and told us to return it when we changed our money, no rush!
They also kindly printed our boarding pass because we had some problems downloading them on our mobiles, so we could do it from the computer at the reception.
Of course, any question or recommendation you ask for, they help you immediately... So perfect people, perfect place, perfect location... what else can anyone ask for for only 60euros a night for a triple room?

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

With 5 minutes walk away from Blue Mosque, this hotel is located in the very center and The staffs were unfailingly helpful. There is one good restaurant in front. They arranged the tour to Cappadocia, which is also unforgettable memory in my trip.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

excellent services with reasonable rates without any hidden charges, great location, walkable distance to the Blue mosque, Aya Sofia, basilica cistern and others . excellent breakfast with homely environment. Highly recommend this hotel to anybody anytime.

Room Tip: ask for pick-up services from airport.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Stayed in this hotel for one night during layover between Brazil and Hong Kong to break up the trip. Could not get an online booking so contacted the hotel directly and they were able to offer two rooms for us but said that they were in the basement. We decided to take the rooms given the price of other hotels and we were offered really good rates! My communications with this family run hotel were always excellent and we had no issues when we arrived at the hotel. It is very centrally located within walking distance to all the tourist attractions, there is a small convenience store directly across the street and there are enough restaurants close by. The staff there were really very helpful with suggestions for anything required. When we arrived we had one room in the basement which was huge and did have a window/door to an outdoor courtyard (below ground) so not completely closed in. The bathroom was big and had all the necessary amenities and the wireless internet was fine. Breakfast in the hotel was adequate by European standards and fine considering that it was included in the price. As we only left late at night we checked out and did some sightseeing and the hotel kept our luggage for us and the staff arranged taxi immediately for us for the trip back to the airport. Overall a very comfortable and affordable stay in Istanbul given the prices of some of the other facilities!

Room Tip: Stayed in one of the basement rooms which I was a bit apprehensive about when doing the booking but...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

We stayed there for 3 nights. Ideally located, next to all the major attractions. The staff is very friendly and helpful; commited to hospitality. The overall service was very good; they are willing to serve! A nice, small hotel, well decorated. The rooms are small and ours needed definately some good maintenance. The restaurant is "blind", at the basement. Fairly good breakfast, but the juice quality could be much better. Don't ask for espresso, capuccino etc. A disadvantage is the lack of elevator. One more negative: Some ripped towels that we received...

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

My friends and I stayed at this lovely Hotel Basileus during Christmas holidays last year. We really had a great time there. The Brothers 'Omar and Ekrem' were very good hosts. They gave us a lot of information about Istanbul, helped us book bus tickets and were very friendly. The hotel is run by their family and we felt the warm service and their generosity. It's also located near to the main attractions in the old Sulanahmet area. The room has basic facilities but it is definitely a great value for the money. We highly recommend the hotel and will surely come back again to the Hotel Basileus if we visit Istanbul again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Puranut
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

What is there left to say about this great little hotel in the Sultanahmet that has not already been said? We spent 6 nights at the hotel in January, me and my husband. We asked for, and got a room in the 3rd floor with a little balcony after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. The room was clean, big enough, bathroom large and shower pressure excellent. I was also very happy that they provided little slippers for your use, as my husband always forgets to pack his. The secret of this hotel is the warmth of the family that runs it. From the moment you step inside, you are made to feel welcome, like family. There are snacks in the lobby, and breakfast is included with your stay. The spread has cereal, toast, fruit, etc. and you can have fresh omelette as well. We spent time in the lobby getting to know other travelers as well as the staff. One of the uncles, Muharram even took us on a walk one night, covering several miles and showing us the real Istanbul, including his favorite kebab place where we had dinner which was incredible. It is about a 10 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and AyaSofia. I really liked this place, and the people and we can't wait to return. For sure, we will stay at this hotel again.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £25 - £54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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