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“Wonderful, small hotel with incredibly helpful staff.”
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Basileus Hotel
Ranked #24 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Louisville, Kentucky
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“Wonderful, small hotel with incredibly helpful staff.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

This is an incredible little hotel with wonderfully helpful staff. We stayed there twice and loved it. The second time, our reservation had not been received and they were full. However, we stayed in a large, fabulous room on the lower level. We would request it if we stay there again. They also helped a stranded friend find a room, walking with her to make sure it was suitable. We loved the staff and the location as well as the quiet, clean, and comfortable rooms.

Room Tip: We loved the quiet, lower level.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

This hotel is amazing. It really is "Home from Home". Their hospitality is phenomenal and the owners can't do enough to assist you. I am a retired Company Director and I have travelled to many places around the world and stayed in many different hotels, but this one stands out as something rather special. It has got to be Istanbul's "Best kept secret". It is within walking distance to many of the cities main attractions, such as the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, etc., and the standard of accommodation is "very" acceptable. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are close to the Breakfast facilities which are located in the basement.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moncton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed here two nights in Istanbul.
Taxi from IST was about 40t+tip. It's a boutique hotel so you don't get a rooftop view of the mosque like some other places, but we didn't feel like we lost out (1.5/10 on the annoying scale). Room itself was facing backside of building, nothing special.

Location was fairly good (sultana met area, 7mins walk uphill to blue mosque , then hagia Sofia & topkapi palace). Pass by a farmers market on Wednesdays in high season.

Bathrooms worked. Moderate amount of space, clean beds, strong wifi internet, great breakfast every morning (omelettes to order, grrrreat).

The staff are particularly nice--gave us maps, directions, advice on where to go and what to avoid (ie. The may1 protests at taksim square), even called around to arrange a restaurant that would store our luggage on the kadikoy(Asia) side on our way to sabitha gockicen airport. This type of "how do we make our sightseeing + transportation happen" assistance really saved us on our final travel day.

We wish to repay their friendliness with a positive review here, and would recommend them to friends and family. We won't blindly endorse basileus for every situation , but It's priced about right for their amenities, and should be on your short list. Would be happy to answer any questions about our experiences with them as well.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

We have stayed at several hotels in Istanbul during the last few years - bigger and similar sized, but this one is excellent for sightseeing Istanbul and the staff is ever so friendly and helpful.

Comparing the price with other hotels this one has the right price.

The room we had on the 2nd floor was cosy, clean and had nice furniture - a bit like feeling at home. The room was well equipped,- nice to be able to make your own coffee or tea in the room.
We also had a balcony on the front side. No panoramic view, but who needs that when you can have it a few minutes walk away.

WiFi worked fine. Bathroom was OK and looked very new. The bed was good for sleeping.

Breakfast was downstairs - buffet style, but the staff came to our table and asked if we wanted omelett, etc. Very good.

The hotel is located on a narrow street - 1 minutes walk from the Kucuk Hagia Sofia Church and 5 minutes walk to Sultanahmet area.

We stayed only one night on our way to south Turkey, but will book again when we are in Istanbul. Seeing so many guest-photos from the hotel on Tripadvisor, we do not add any more....

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

This was our first trip to Istanbul and Hotel Basilieus made it feel like a new home. All three brothers, as well as the staff, bend over backwards to make your stay perfect. The rooms are clean, modern, and comfortable. This is not a corporate hotel, it's a family run hotel. This means you're being taken into their home and treated as a valued guest. We will defintely return!

  • Stayed April 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

The hotel is located close to all attractions in the old city, it is a 5 minute walk to the blue mosque.
The family who run the hotel are very friendly, speak very good English & are very helpful arranging any activities, giving directions & arranging further transport requirements.
We stayed in a superior room, lots of space, cleaned every day with linen changed.
Noise wasn't any issue, the bed was a little hard but slept soundly none the less.
Internet worked well, no issues.
The call to prayer didn't wake us up
All in all an excellent hotel
Book you won' t be disappointed

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Omar and his family do a great job running this hotel. The hotel is walking distance from all of Sultanahmet attractions and Omar, Ekrem and other family members made us feel like we were their family guest. They helped guide us with all the activities we wanted to do in the city and recommended great places to eat.

There is a small park about 100 meters or so away from the hotel and my kids loved to play there every evening. The park area also has a farmer's market every Wednesday afternoon where people sell fresh fruit and produce.

We first stayed at Basileus for 6 nights in March and were planning on staying at a different place in Istanbul before returning home in April. We liked this place so much, we booked our last three nights in Istanbul at Basileus too.

Please email the hotel if you do not find any availability for your travel dates on online booking sites. We almost stayed at a different hotel for our first six nights because we could not find any available rooms for our entire group at Basileus. I emailed the hotel and Omar let us know that they had no availability for one room for one of the nights. He booked some of us at a hotel across the street for one night and everything worked out well for us (I am so glad I emailed them instead of booking at a different hotel).

My kids loved them so much that they used to call them uncle Omar and uncle Ekrem and are already asking when can we go back to Turkey and meet them again.

Room Tip: You can request a room on the lobby floor if you are unable to climb stairs.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Basileus Hotel

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 #24 of 1,129 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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