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“Good location, clean, but misleading room description”
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Chora Guesthouse
Ranked #539 of 1,051 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Offenburg, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Good location, clean, but misleading room description”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I reserved the single room via the HostelWorld website which claimed the bathroom is ensuite. Turned out the bathroom is situated across the public hallway from the room, which was standing space only. This is fine for someone on a budget but prefers not to stay in a hostel. And this traveller probably should be tiny as well.
The hot water did not work for me but it was tolerable since it's summer. The air-conditioning is great though.
I stayed five nights and noticed that they hoover the rooms and corridors daily. Since the staff is mostly around, they air the rooms pretty good during the day. The staff was not friendly to me, but one street away (Akbiyik Cad.), everyone is trying to get you into their restaurants. The guesthouse has fantastic proximity to the important sights in the old city and it is possible to meet other travellers while hanging out at Akbiyik Cad.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We cancelled and decided to stay at the same hotel for the 3 extra nights after our tour. We had to pay more, but at least we felt more secure. The only thing going for this place was that it was cheaper, not really a bargain though at $69. There was strong odor from the bathroom, the room was small, furnishings depressing. Breakfast room had a view, but it was smaller than what it looks like in the pics there. The rooms look worse than the pics here as well. The lock on the door was not secure. The winding staircase both outside and inside were impossible to maneuver with suitcase.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My partner and I traveling around Europe on a motorbike for six months. So we were pleasantry surprised with the location, price and amazing view Chora has to offer. The owner is very helpful and friendly and accommodating. He made sure our bike was secured. We highly recommend Chora for the budget traveler

  • Stayed May 2014
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Longreach, Australia
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Very Clean and 3 minutes walk from Hagia Sophia. Lots of nice restaurants close by. The room was tidy and clean and nicely furnished, maybe a little small but if you consider that you only sleep and shower there it is more then enough. Free Wi-Fi works fine and Breakfast is served on a terrace with an amazing view (bring your camera). I don't recommend it for old people or people with mobility problems since the stairs are very steep and narrow. The owner is nice and friendly.

Room Tip: Just ask not to get the one room that is right next to the restaurant..... ;)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

ı was there with my girlfriend we stayed there 5 nights it was great place... breakfast so good and view also great you can see other side and you can also see the the marmara sea as well... Metin was very hospitable person.we are so satısfıed at stayıng here...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

The place was ok, nothing special is in an area close to Blue Mosque and Santa Sofia, very turistic area, seems like a Disneyland resort. The rooms really small. The staff was horrible, unfriendly and nasty. I wouldnt recommend to stay at Chora Guesthouse.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

The ONLY thing Chora Guesthouse has going for it is its terrific location - a short, easy walk from the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Apart from that, there isn't much left to recommend. We stayed on the third floor and had to drag our heavy luggage up 3 flights of narrow, steep stairs (no elevator). The proprietor, in fairness, helped us to carry it up but carrying it back down at the end of our stay was just as difficult and when you're in a hurry to catch the airport shuttle, you can't wait around for assistance. The room itself was reasonably clean and had a good bed, however it lacked in some of the basics - no chair (nowhere to sit other than on the bed), no telephone, no television (not that you'd spend any time in the room watching it, but it's nice to catch up on the day's news before retiring). The shower was very temperamental and we had to compromise between decent water pressure and temperature. As a result, we wound up taking tepid showers. The room has a good air conditioner - a must when staying in Istanbul. The worst part of the whole experience was that we were told not to put toilet paper in the toilet because the system couldn't handle it (think about that one for a moment!). Needless to say, we tended to use the facilities at restaurants as much as possible. The room was inexpensive but, in the end, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chora Guesthouse
Address: Akbiyik Cad., Terbiyik Sokak No. 22 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #539 of 1,051 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Hotel Class:3 star — Chora Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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