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“Nice little place to stay in Istanbul ... great location!”
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Minel Hotel
Ranked #214 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and had a really nice time. Our room was very small, but so lovely decorated, even with lights under the bed! The shower was very nice with two shower heads, one large and one smaller. The breakfast was great ... lots of fresh fruit (strawberries, watermelon) as well as cheese, bread, polonies, yoghurt, honey, eggs and more. They did not make Turkish coffee, so we got that in town. The service was great as well ... the host is very friendly, talkative and helpful. He showed us to the best and oldest Turkish delight shop, and let us leave our luggage in their store room until our flight the evening.
The best thing about this hotel is its location. It is very close to a metro station, and right across from Topkapi palace. It is also walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, a nice hamam (Turkish bath) as well as the Galata Tower (although this is a bit further).
I have no doubt that I will stay here again if I come to Istanbul.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

The main attractiveness of this hotel is the location and the value-for-money. It is located in a quiet street very close to the main attractions of Istanbul. Make sure you have a room on the front side, as the back might experience traffic noise from other streets.
The owners have created a very stylisch budget hotel with a real travelers' atmosphere in the downstairs lounge. The rooms are small but the layout of the rooms is very clever so you don't miss the space.
The owner and staff are friendly. As part of the laid back atmosphere the owner talks a lot to you in the lounge. However we found that his talks are mostly about himself, this got to our nerves a little bit.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

This was suprisingly great deal in Istanbul. Great rooms, amazing breakfast and so nice and incredibly helpful and keep smilling staff. I would really recomend it. We will come back.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

When we got to Istanbul, we had an unfortunate experience with the hotel we were staying at and decided to move to one close by - the Minel which had just opened. It is more like a Pension but it's amazing. Beautifully and tastefully decorated, the Minel is super clean and reinvigorating place to be amidst the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. Located right in the heart of Istanbul, in small cul de sac right opposite the Gulhani Park which leads to the Topikapi palace and immediate access to the tram, you can't beat this small hotel. Mehtin, the manager and his staff, are very helpful and kind. I would highly recommend staying there. The rates are reasonable and again, the hotel is lovely.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

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Reviewed 9 June 2011

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Reviewed 7 June 2011

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the ground floor!
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Guzel Sanatlar Sok. No:11, Istanbul 34121, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #214 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £25 - £63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Minel Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a fresh, modern and elegant hotel nestled within awe inspiring and unparalleled surroundings of Sultanahmet. We are a small hotel designed with tastefully decorated rooms with your personal needs in mind. You will find yourself immersed in a truly unique and magical atmosphere, providing outstanding Turkish hospitably to make you feel at home.In the heart of the oldest part of the city, you will enjoy simple but elegantly appointed rooms, wake up to a fresh Turkish buffet breakfast and can take a morning walk or run in the Gulhane Park where you will feel like you are in the forest, but in the heart of the city. From our doorstep you can take a stroll on cobblestone streets and enjoy the most fascinating and historically important areas of the worlds great cities. The looming architecture of the famous Aya Sophia, the historical Topkapi Palace, and the eloquent Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern all within a 2 minute walk. ... more   less 
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