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Basileus Hotel
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

I picked this hotel because of its location in Old Istanbul and the fact it was ranked 18th of all the hotels in Istanbul. I see it's gone up to 13th place now and this is well deserved, I think.

We stayed on the third floor in a double room (which had a huge king size bed and a couple of easy chairs, colour tv, etc) and were really happy with the facilities. Mini bar in the room with cooldrinks and water - we had water only which was replenished each day (no charge) and there is a safe in the wardrobe as well. The room was cleaned each day with fresh towels, too.

Excellent breakfast that caters for pretty much every taste I should imagine and omelettes cooked to order if you fancy one. There was apple tea, coffee, water and cake on offer in reception with plenty of seats so you could chat to other guests if you wanted to.

The hotel staff, especially Omar on the front desk, were so helpful. The first morning, Omar gave us a map and went through all the main highlights and suggested we could take the metro up to Taksim Square, walk down the pedestrianised road and go up Galata Tower. We did this and we took loads of photos from there. It was a great idea, which we probably wouldn't have thought of without his suggestion.

Less than 10 minutes walk to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, so brilliant location.

We really enjoyed Old Istanbul and were amazed that we could get a good hotel at such a reasonable rate. If you like small hotels with charming staff, this is the place for you.

Room Tip: We had a room on the side of the hotel, but it was pretty busy even so. No view, but we weren't bothered about that.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Penny S
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

There is everything to love about this hotel and nothing to hate. The staff are very friendly, the breakfast is very robust (and fresh and healthy), the location is in the heart of Old Istanbul, the rooms are nice and it's not very expensive. What is there not to love?

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank DanielSkiffington
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Sorry to say, but this was probably the first time a tripadvisor review has lead us to a bad hotel. And you need a good hotel when on vacation.
As everyone points it out, the location of it is really wonderful, not more than maybe 10 minutes from all the important things in the Sultanahmet area. HOWEVER: people keep forgetting to specify, that this very good location is at the foot of the steepest feeling hill in the whole of Istanbul. Narrow and steep streets leading up from the hotel, with barely any sidewalk to walk on (they are used for parking) and crazy traffic are what you will have to walk on.
We arrived on a rainy night to the hotel, and the street outside the main entrance is so steep and was so wet, that we really had to focus not to slip on the cobblestones while carrying in our bags.
Then we get to our room, which was rather stuffy and warm, and the AC wouldn't turn on to blow cold air. After 10 minutes of fiddling with it, in which time we resorted to opening the balcony door to cool down a bit, we decided to call reception for help. We were told, that even though each room has it's own AC, it's basically centrally controlled, and it cannot be made to cool the room in this time of the year. We started looking up hotels to shift into, and must admit that we found complete apartments for the same price as our stuffy room here...
The street in front of our room is very loud (and narrow) and in spite of the fact that the mosque that's visible from the room gives it an exotic touch, you might reconsider, if you are a light sleeper, when you'll hear the call for prayer at 5 in the morning, and several other times throughout the day. We did complain about this to the owners of the hotel, who were very apologetic about it, and told us, that apparently all hotels in this area are operating using the same air conditioning method.
The second seriously bad thing was that the door has NO LOCK, WHATSOEVER! All the doors in the room have turn-knobs for handles, and the only safety measure they got is that the main door's outside knob is not rotating (you can only open it with a key).
And finally, the worst part for last: we came home early and went to sleep at an odd hour (before 7 p.m.), in preparation for our early morning flight the next day. At around 8 p.m., we woke up to the sound of key being pushed into the door lock. It's ok, i thought, maybe someone got drunk and missed the room... Nothing could happen, since they got the wrong room, right?! WRONG: i was scared out of my mind, when the door actually opened!!! We both jumped out of bed, and whoever was trying to come in was gone by the time i got to the door. We already got room serviced that day, so my only thought is that someone 'unauthorized' wanted to get into the room for something... While checking out, we complained about this very odd happening to the owner of the hotel, who looked truly surprised to hear about something like this happening in his hotel. He told us, that he will check the surveillance videos, to find out what happened, but we haven't heard back from him since. The reason which makes me think that it was a malicious attempt is that by the time we got to the door (4 seconds?...), whoever was there, was long gone. Not a single "excuse me", or "sorry", just ran away. Sorry, but to me that seems fishy.
The breakfast buffet was served in the hotel's basement, and it was very good, with a wide selection of everything you can think of. I found the arrangement of tables to be very stuffy, and no apparent ventilation to the room makes it feel suffocating, humid and too warm.
This hotel feels like it's a family business, in which they have transformed a huge house into a hotel. I find that the furniture throughout the hotel is according to this.
Our room as well as the reception, was overcrowded with furniture. You can find a safe and extra blanket in the closet of your room. Cleanliness was satisfactory. There's no elevator in the hotel, so if you know you can't climb stairs, make sure to ask for a room on the ground floor.
There's a small shop just across the street, which is open until approximately 2a.m.. You can buy drinks and snacks over here, at very good prices (2 liters of water for 1,50 TL, coke for 2,50). There are many sweet shops and restaurants close by, but most everything closes at midnight. If you are craving a midnight snack, I believe the closest open restaurants are in Taksim square.
There are also shops offering shuttle service to the airport and back.
I cannot recommend this hotel, since that would make me feel like i'm purposefully putting someone in harm's way. Please avoid this hotel at least until the rooms' basic safety measures are updated.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank Orsi J
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We absolutely enjoyed our time at Basileus. The location is great, just minute from main attractions, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace. Public transportation - very close. Hotel is clean and comfortable. We were impressed by the hospitality of staff. Every person who worked there was very nice and helpful. I travel everywhere and stay at different hotels and must say this one stands out. Very kind and honest people. The all speak good English. Nothing was a problem for them. They treated us like family. They gave us tips on shopping, transportation and everything we asked for. The breakfast was delicious. Our favorite was the omelet- with everything on it. So good! And of course Turkish coffee. We will definitely come back!

Room Tip: We stayed in a 3 p. room on first floor. The windows were small but is was VERY quiet, no street noise. After few days we moved to the 3rd floor b/c we wanted more light. We got lots of light but there also was more noise from the cars and people talking on the street. We actually preferred first floor room.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Eva S
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is not a fancy hotel, but it is very attractive and impeccably clean. The staff was unfailingly courteous and helpful, from offering tea and cookies every time I came in, to sitting me down the first morning, giving me a map, and providing details on how to get to various places of interest. Lots of choices at breakfast, including omelets made to order if you wish. Location is great; just a short walk to the Blue Mosque, and with many nice restaurants within easy walking distance. I would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: My ground floor single room was much larger than I expected, and I had no trouble with street noise when the window was closed
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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