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The House Hotel Bosphorus
Ranked #120 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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“Excellent views, five star service, noisy location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed at the House Hotel Bosphorus for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend the hotel to others, particularly because of the outstanding service and great Bosphorus views.

Arrival - We booked private airport transfers through the hotel. It was 98 euros each way for a Mercedes E class transfer. We thought it was a bit pricey but the driver was very prompt and professional. Throughout our stay in Istanbul, we realized that the taxi and tour drivers we encountered were the angriest, most impatient drivers and yelled at everyone on the road. Therefore, it was nice that the hotel uses a professional, courteous transfer company. Upon arrival at the hotel, the staff was very friendly and provided a brief tour of the hotel and room.

Service - Impeccable. Throughout our stay, the front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. They were happy to make reservations for us and provide recommendations. If we needed directions, they would even walk outside with us to point out the directions.

Rooms - We booked a suite overlooking the Bosphorus. It had a separate sitting room, bedroom area and two small balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Ortakoy Mosque. The rooms were clean with nice decor. The bathrooms were a bit small but clean and functional. They provided plenty of free bottled water in the room and had free wifi.

Location - The hotel is located next to many restaurants and bars in the Ortakoy neighborhood. A bit far from the tourist attractions in Old City (could be up to 45 minutes or so by taxi in traffic), but there were many restaurants and bars in the area. There is also an area next to the hotel with various jacket potato and waffle vendors, which are very popular in Ortakoy. The hotel is right next to the Ortakoy Mosque. The mosque (like other mosques through Turkey) has a call to prayer 5 times a day that is done over the loudspeaker. Because it was so close, the call to prayer would wake us up early in the morning each day. Also, we could hear the music until late into the night each night because there are some popular clubs nearby.

Breakfast - This was included in the room rate. While there was a good selection, we noticed there were flies buzzing around a lot of the food items. They also did have a menu that you could order additional items from, such as omelettes and waffles. We didn't think the food was that great, but it was on par with other places we stayed at in Turkey.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel. However, we did have issues with noise both from the clubs nearby and from the mosque that affected our sleep.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Everything was perfect! Amazing location! Great staff and customer service! I would stay there again! Good value for your money! Very clean!
We arrived at this hotel a 150 year old house renovated into a very hip chic hotel! The staff as soon as we got there was amazing service! Very helpful, very prompt, very nice!
It's right in the bosphorus and for the price it was worth every penny and cheap compare to other hotels on bosphorus! The are Ortakoy it's location was fun with lots of choices of restaurants bar shopping in the middle of all the action!!!
We loved it!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Best stay in Turkey by far over 2 weeks holiday in bodrum and Istanbul. Staff is very helpful, everyone has a very good command of English which is unusual for turkey. Location cannot be better, you are literally having the view of Bosporus or even Istanbul, phenomenal! I highly recommend this boutique hotel, our room was quite nice too. Thanks you for everyone involved.

Serkan and Ieva

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Southbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

We decided to spend a few hours in Ortakoy after seeing the cute little town from our Bosphorus cruise. We had wine and mezes at the House Hotel Bosphorus restaurant on the 2nd floor of the hotel (not the House Cafe next door although that looked great as well and has the same menu as the hotel restaurant). The hotel and restaurant staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and we spent a couple hours enjoying the glorious view of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge, boat docks and beautiful mosque. A wonderful place to relax for a few hours.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

A lovely hotel with a great location. Rooms over looking the Bosphorous and Ortakoy.
Rooms are well designed old-modern. You will find all kind of restaurants and bars for all budgets withing walking distance. Great attentive staff. Amazing breakfast with a river view!
Will certainly return.

Room Tip: Room with balcony is a must overlooking the Bosphorous river.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

This location is definitely bigger and much more touristy that the smaller, charming Galatasaray location. But our room - the Balyan Suite - was spectacular and had a beautiful balcony and the best views of the river, the Bosphorus Bridge, the Ortaköy Mosque, and the pedestrian square. Bathroom was gorgeous but note: there are glass walls so you might not want to share a room with a colleague on a business trip (there are venetian blinds, but still). Breakfasts were great (though waitstaff a little surly), and unless you're into a "scene", no need to dine in the sister restaurant, the House Cafe - though it is beautifully designed and sits on the river.

Hotel desk and management staff was incredibly gracious and helpful. Desk staff tended to push the touristy restaurant fare nearby, but I attribute that to a lot of their patrons looking for something close and easy and we are more culinarily adventurous travelers.

As our last stop on our girls' vacay to Turkey, the House Hotel Bosphorus made for a very luxe and pleasant place to regroup before returning to reality!

Room Tip: Bayan Suite is worth the splurge. Anything on the square or river side is going to be lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed at The House Hotel Bosphorus recently for 2 nights! What a great experience ! This is a beautiful boutique hotel with magnificent views of the Bosphorus, outstanding service, and very comfortable suites. Don't miss breakfast....it is a delicious combination of local fruits, breads, and a la carte choices....with a breathtaking view....
The staff is do fried land eager to help....our room was ready at 10 am ...they helped us with tour, reservations ...and since our flight was so early and breakfast was closed...they had breakfast ready packed for us to go.....we will definitively stay here next time In Istanbul

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: The House Hotel Bosphorus
Address: Salhane Sokak No 1 | Ortakoy, Istanbul 34347, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #120 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The House Hotel Bosphorus 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The House Hotel Bosphorus is a landmark building built in late 19th century with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. Renovated by the internationally acclaimed design firm Autoban, the historical building has been transformed into a design boutique hotel. With its original features that have been restored, the Hotel combines historical glamour with contemporary design. The Ortakoy area where the Hotel is located is a lively area with restaurants, cafes and a wide range of stores. A few strokes away from The House Hotel Bosphorus is the landmark Ortakoy Mosque which is constructed on its own platform in the Bosphorus and offers almost 360 degree view. ... more   less 
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