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“Nice Mini-Hotel”
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Minel Hotel
Ranked #195 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Sundsvall, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Nice Mini-Hotel”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

Very nice and helpful staff especially Ezra who makes you feel like she is one of your family.
The location is excellent,5 min walk to Ayasofia, Blue mosque, 15 min to grandbazar, there is a nearby metrostation. Daily room cleaning and towel change, Variable and delicious breakfast.
Tea and coffee served in the lobby all the day for free
The hotel may be hard to find by taxi. There is no elevator.
Thank you for a nice and pleasant stay.
/Koteiba and family

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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74 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

The Minel hotel is somewhere between a hostel and a hotel.
There's private rooms, but they are small. This is reflected in the price. Do not expect the Hilton!

Having said that, the location is absolutely amazing. 1 minute walk to the tram lines and then connections to the underground are perfect.
You are also a beautiful 5 minute walk from the square which adorns Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. This is a wonderful area of Istanbul.
There are lots of nice shops, restaurants and things to see and do everywhere.
The basilica cistern opposite the square is also an amazingly cool little gem to stick your head into.

The service at Minel was tremendous. Ezra and Mehmet were very helpful in all regards. The only problem was having to pay cash at the end due to their machine being down, but we just got more Euros out at the next city, so would only be a problem if you didn't have the $ on you (maybe ask the day before etc).
The rooms are cosy, enough space for a bed, bags, shower and toilet. Clean and fine. Istanbul is a city where you probably aren't going to be spending much time in your hotel room, but more out enjoying the great city!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Excellent location - minutes away from Gulhane Tram station (near Topkapi Palace). Also close to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Arrived 10 hours late (7 due to flight and 3 due to lost luggage). Was immediately made at home by the friendly and helpful staff. Mehmet, Esra, Mevlut and Ozan were all extremely helpful. Breakfast was delicious. The pricing is very reasonable and rooms are cosy. Was offered tea / coffee practically every time I walked in !

Would love to stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Oakland, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2014

I can't recommend this hotel highly enough for a 1st trip to Istanbul. It is literally across the street from the entrance to Gulhane Park (Topkapi Palace and the Archeology Museum) and a block from the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. It is right on the tramline that goes to the Grand Bazaar in one direction and the ferries and Beyoglu in the other. The price cannot be beat, the rooms are clean, the plumbing is modern, the breakfast is fantastic, and the staff go out of their way to make everything perfect. The only caveat I would have would be for large-size people or folks who can't manage a couple of flights of stairs -- the rooms are quite small, the bathroom could be unmanageable for big-and-tall types, and there is no elevator.

Room Tip: The hotel faces an alley in the front and the main road in the back, so rooms in the rear will be no...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jupiter
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47 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

If you're staying in Istanbul, you can't beat the service, location, price & mouth watering gourmet breakfast buffet offered at the Minel. Sitting steps from the Topkapi Palace, this small (I believe there are only 8 or 9 rooms), very modern, very clean & reasonably priced hotel is a real find. The english speaking staff makes you feel like you're part of the family & invites you to share a tea, coffee & sweet treat every night with them. It is a bit noisy. We were on the 2nd floor & could hear the conversations of everyone coming in the door for the night, but this is a very minor flaw & can be eliminated with a cheap pair of earplugs. But I would definitely stay here again. If I had brought earplugs this would have been a 5 star review.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Perfect hotel to stay in Istanbul and visit famous historical places!
Very good staff and delicious breakfast!
We was in Minel hotel one week and like it!
WIFI /radiators / conditioner - very good!
Linen / towel / shower - clean and had shampoo/soap / etc
Friendly environment

Room Tip: Recommend to use earplugs if you a light sleeper. Some mosque near ;)
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

Minel hotel is a modern and has a good price, perfect location,great breakfast and wonderful staff. Special mention must go to Esra who was helpful every time. This hotel satisfied all our needs. Only few steps to sultanahmet,Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia. I really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely stay there again...

Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Minel Hotel
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 #195 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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