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Elanaz Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #8 of 1,047 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We had two nights here in a small, but very adequate, room facing the Bosphorus. As we had become accustomed to in Turkey by now, our host was extremely helpful and attentive. It was an easy walk to Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, the ferry terminal, the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar. It was also close to the bus terminus to enable us to commute to Chora Church and the Old City walls. Definitely a convenient place to stay, maybe a larger room if you are staying longer than a couple of days would be better though. Ours was a double room with a sea view.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I spend 4 nights at the Elinaz. The room was spotless and comfortable, location is superb, in a small and quite street right in the old city of Istanbul. Especially I would like to mention the hospitality of the owner who went out of his way to ensure we are having a good stay. He recommended places to go and how to get there and was attentive to any request we had.
Overall we highly recommend the Elinaz to those who appreciate small and intimate hotels and excellent location.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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157 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

We stayed in the Bosphorus View Suite for 5 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
The suite was very spacious and comfortable. We had a great view of the Bosphorus. The seating area was great for relaxing after a whole day out. The amenities were great. There was even a coffee machine, no tea bags though. The bathroom was also very spacious. The shower had good water pressure.
The staff was friendly and helpful. The service was great and attentive. Umbrellas were ready at the lobby for the guests to borrow when it rained.
Breakfast was great. There was a lot to choose from. The lady who worked at the breakfast room was very kind. You could also have breakfast in your room if you want.
We love the location of the hotel. It was close to everything. There were 2 stores opposite the hotel that open 24 hours where you could get water, soft drinks and snacks. There was a currency exchange shop just a few minutes walk away. There were plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops nearby. The tram stop was just 5 minutes walk away. We walked to all the main tourist attractions including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Süleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. We also walked to Istiklal Caddesi by crossing the Galata Bridge. It only took around 30 minutes.
The airport transfer service was efficient and the price was reasonable.
We will not hesitate to recommend this hotel to family and friends.

Room Tip: Splurge on the suite and spoil yourselves if it is not out of your budget.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We love this hotel. Its location cannot be beat - we walked to all of our sightseeing destinations from Elanaz, including the Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, the ferry terminal for the Bosphorus cruise, and the Grand Bazaar. The staff are incredibly helpful and welcoming. They arranged our laundry service, reservations, and answered many questions. Someone is always at the front desk to welcome you home. Our Turkish is pretty terrible but they appreciated our efforts and spoke perfect English. The continental breakfast has a wide range of options, including some hot. We had no need or desire to get breakfast elsewhere. Our room was clean, comfortable, and simply but very nicely furnished. The bathroom is spacious and has nice fixtures. It was a place we were very pleased to return to after a day walking around the city. This hotel was worth every bit we paid. We will return! Very highly recommended.

Room Tip: Splurging for the Bosporus view and sofa is worth it. Higher floors are significantly nicer. I think...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Stayed in the Elanaz for 4 nights following a great review from Tripadvisor. Staff treat you like an old family friend and nothing is too much trouble. Best rooms are on the top floor but ours was perfectly adequate as we were to use it as a central base to visit the top attractions. Everywhere is pretty much within walking distance or take the tram to save your legs. Don't book in here if you need a gym or pool as the facilities are limited but reflected in the price. Would book again if next in Istanbul.

Room Tip: Top floors for best views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Markham, Canada
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

First time trip to Istanbul and we were very happy with our 7 night stay at Elanaz. It was in a perfect location in the historic old town, within walking distance to everything including the main train/tram stations. The service from the staff was flawless and really left a great impression on us. Our room was lovely, very clean & spacious (2nd floor facing the street). Enjoyed the toiletries and having access to a cold mini fridge in our room. Comfy bed & nice shower. The buffet self-serve breakfasts had plenty of variety and were delicious. We loved that it was a smaller boutique-type of hotel. A real feel-good experience and highly recommend Elanaz hotel for your Istanbul stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Like most people I read the reviews of any establishment on trip advisor before choosing and this Hotel is everything the previous reviews state.

The Hotel staff are extremely hospitable and the service is second to none and I would defy most 4 & 5 star establishments around the world to better.

The rooms are spotlessly clean and fresh towels are provided each day,they even cleaned my travel soap dish which was bit manky to say the least, now that is ahat I call service! complementary water and or fruit is also provided and the rooms also have air con which on the hot nights it is most welcome.

The location is superb as it is central for all of the main attractions and close to Bus and Tram terminals. The staff are always there to offer advice on what time to visit the attractions to avoid the queues and on which day, even a guide on how to 'haggle' at the Grand Bazzar. Their recommendations for restaurant was excellent, see my other reviews for the Imbat and Hamdi restaurants for a more detailed report.

As for Istanbul as a city we found the people very friendly and very welcoming and whilst all the restaurants and shop owners want to you visit their establishments they weren't over pushy, the only issue we had was with one Carpet salesman who did take a while to get the message.
see my other reviews for the attractions.

One thing to watch out for though is the shoe shine boys who spot the the English wearing shine-able shoes and as they go past you they drop one of their brushes and when you stop them to give it back they at first walk away then rush back as if and after thought to thank you and indicate that they would shine your shoes for free, but then you get the tale of woe in that his wife is expecting their first child and he has to pay for a Cesarean operation which cost 3500 lira and 80 lira from you would be a great help , despite a quick 'Bugger off' or words to that affect it still cost me 30 lira which is only £9 but still the most expensive shoe shine I ever had LOL.

A different guy tried the same trick when coming back from a Restaurant two nights later!

Room Tip: we had a room on the third floor and the view was fine albeit you would get a better view from a hig...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank David B
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Property: Elanaz Hotel Istanbul
Address: Orhaniye Cad. No. 34, Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 1,047 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Elanaz Hotel Istanbul 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elanaz Hotel is a family hotel in the heart of the old town İstanbul. It offers a very warm athmosphere with a boutique touch. You can enjoy your stay with a beautiful view of the old city and Bosphorus. You may drink your coffee with homemade pastries. Elanaz is different because it is built and designed with elegant taste for your precious time spent in Istanbul. It is different because its only concern is to make you to look forward to your next visit. With our turquise hospitality, we are here to welcome you in our hotel. We are family. ... more   less 
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