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“Beware of Over Bookings” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Maritime Hotel
Ranked #300 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Beware of Over Bookings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

Arrived at the Hotel Friday 2nd May for 4nts for the Bank Holiday weekend.
On arrival we were told by the Manager that no room was available for our first night as the hotel had overbooked and that this was "usual" for Istanbul.
We were taken to a room in a nearby hotel where I can honestly say I have larger cupboards at home ( and don't live in a large house!!) It was pretty grim and there was no way we were going to spend the evening there especially as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.
The manager was in no way apologetic for the stress it caused us and we ended up spending our first night in an apartment he owned opposite the Mari Time.
This wasn't brilliant either as someone had been living in it but had been asked to leave to accommodate us. Not great considering this trip had been booked nearly a year in advance.
We later found out that this had happened to another couple and their first night's accommodation sounded even worse than ours !!


The location of the hotel is brilliant for the old town of Istanbul -walking distance to Blue Mosque,Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia.
The rooms are small but were fine for a short stay and surprisingly quiet being so close to the Mosques.
The staff on the Reception were absolutely lovely and really helpful and knowledgeable. I think they were maybe a bit embarrassed about the over booking situation.
Breakfast wasn't anything to get excited about. Very basic with coffee not being re-filled unless asked for. A toaster would have definitely been a plus factor. Very limited choice- with olives and carrots on the menu.
Unusually large chairs in a very small dining area made it difficult to actually get to any of the food items.

Could definitely recommend the location and room was fine for a three star - would I stay again if returning to Istanbul probably not.

Room Tip: We had a room on the 2nd floor street facing and it was fine.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

My wife and I enjoyed our stay. Room (304) comfortable and quiet, breakfast good, location ideal, staff excellent. All you could hope for as an inexpensive base from which to explore this vibrant and interesting city.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

If there was a rating between "average" and "very good," that's what I would give the Mari Time. It was completely adequate for our needs, but nothing more than that.

The good:
- you can't beat the location - less than a five-minute walk to the Blue Mosque/Aya Sofia square.
- staff is nice, speaks good English, and was very helpful in organizing transport to and from various places. Oguz (one of the guys manning the front desk) also has lots of good recommendations for restaurants, etc. There is someone at the desk 24/7.
- wifi is reliable and there is a laptop onsite in case you don't want to use your smartphone.
- the shower is good and hot
- in room coffee (well, Nescafe) and tea

the less good:
- the rooms are VERY small. Not enough room for me to have an open suitcase on the floor
- if your room faces the front of the hotel, be prepared to be woken up at six in the morning by voices on the street. (You'll also be woken up by the muezzin, but that will happen anywhere in the city.)
- breakfast is pretty basic - bread, salads, cheese, and spreads (ja,s, olives, etc). Once in a while you'll get french toast or hard-boiled eggs.

Would I stay here again? Maybe - it seems pretty representative of what you'll get for this price. But I would look at other options as well.

Room Tip: If you face the street, you will be woken up early in the morning.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rebecca K
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Florida, U.S.A.
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Okay folks, lets not focus so much on the friendliness of the staff and instead focus on the hotel itself. The location is excellent, but the hotel is not. Rooms are extremely small, enough room for unopened suitcases and dreary at best. No elevator. My room wreaked of cigarettes. Our sheets had large stains and there was one working outlet to recharge accessories. Breakfast was limited to olives and some salads. Staying there would have negatively influenced my stay in Istanbul, which I found to be a wonderful city. Despite having pre-paid for 4 nights, we moved a block away to the Albinas hotel, which is a class act with similarly friendly staff, also quiet and with meticulously clean rooms and robust breakfast. The cost is comparable.

Room Tip: Look around the same area and you'll find a room which is far superior at similar cost.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MichaelMD
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Tucson
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

Very helpful, friendly staff. Served us Turkish tea & coffee while we were waiting for our airport transfer. Good breakfast. Many restaurants as well as Blue Mosque withing 5 - 10 minute walk. Good value for the money. Rooftop terrace not open during our stay & is open only during warmer months.

Room Tip: Avoid downstairs room near lobby if cigarette smoke bothers you as smoke from street comes in when l...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kdjcnp
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Baginton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

The Hotel is clean and rooms are good. Very reasonably priced for the location (stone throw distance from attractions and city).

The staff is very very helpful, humble and treats you well. There is someone at the reception all day and night to assist you with everything from suggestions, booking and any query. They are very friendly!

Would definitely recommend...

Room Tip: close to attractions friendly staff
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pallaviprasadgv
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Sao Paulo, SP
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107 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

I completelly reccomend this hotel! Located less than 10 minutes walking from the Blue Mosque, in a quiet street with a very friendly staff always ready to help you! The rooms are new, the breakfast is very good. And is so cheap!

Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Maritime Hotel
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mahallesi, Cayiroglu Sokak No.9, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #300 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Maritime Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mari Time Hotel is one of Little Hagia Sophia most important Design Hotel situated at the heart of Istanbul historic peninsula; at the Roman empire's Hippodrome, the Ottomans' Concourse, or Turkey's Sultan Ahmet square - where remarkable history unfolds -Treat yourself to a dream whre the matchless beauty, dynamism and vitality of the megacity that joins the two continents, at Mari Time Hotel, known for its proximity to all historic and cultural spots at the city centre. With its concept architecture, exquisite decoration and HIP service, Mari Time Hotel offers appealing, custom-designed rooms. Historic sites such as Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque ,Museum of Archaelogy, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar are but a few steps away from our hotel, wich will ease your experience of the nearby shopping centres and Taksim Plaza,the hub of the city's famous nightlife, and unforgettable Bosphorus cruises. ... more   less 
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