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“OBA Hotel Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oba Hotel
Ranked #31 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“OBA Hotel Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

Loved staying at this family owned hotel, which used to be an old Ottoman house. The hotel is situated near the Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Agia Sofia. Close to the tram line and within walking distance to Grand Bazzar. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

Stayed at this hotel with a group of friends and family for 4 very confortable and enjoyable nights.
The hotel is actually an old Ottoman house with a lot of character and after travelling around Turkey and staying in a lot of of very common hotel rooms we loved staying here. It is kept very clean and tidy with comfortable beds and good bathrooms.
The breakfast was excellent with good service.
The area is great with close walking proximity to most monuments, also public transport.
The added bonus is the very helpful and accommodating owners Tulay and Ismail who couldnt do enough for us.
We will certainly be back .

Room Tip: Ask for rooms facing the back courtyard for less street noise.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

Oba Hotel is located on a small winding street near everything! We stayed there the last 2 nights of a 2 week trip in Turkey towards the end of June. It really is near the tourist interests. Easily within walking distance of Hagia Sophia even for a woman in her 70's! Though the view from the rooms is not spectacular, it is an interesting street scene. Nice Mosque a block away. Host family is very helpful in making plans or arranging transportation. Breakfast was over the top! Over all it was a place I would return to.

Alexandra M.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

The room was nice and clean and the beds very comfortable. The bathroom fresh and in perfect function. We enjoyed TV with BBC world news. We slept well, but would probably have slept even better if we had closed the window and started the AC instead to keep the room cold. The noice from sea gulls, cats and minaret prayers woke us up early in the morning. The breakfast contained bread, cheese, egg, fruit, vegetables, coffee, tea, juice, Turkish hot dishes, milk, cereal, sweets.... All you could desire - except yoghurt, which was a bit strange since the Turkish yoghurt is famous! The hotel owner was very friendly and helpful and immediately gave us a map and suggested a perfect sightseeing route which we followed and had a great time! The hotel personnel were always present, night and day, and ready to answer any question or provide any help! The location of the hotel near the Blue Mosque and other tourist attractions was excellent. The neighbourhood was a bit run down and the roads somewhat steep, but that was not a problem at all! In fact we were provided excellent walking excercise!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

A lovely and extremely helpful host (with family) greeted me for a one night stay in Istanbul. It's perhaps not the most scenic location, but it's close to all the tourist stuff. I emailed some questions ahead of my arrival and got answers in about an hour, even though it was 1am! Quite good considering I was elsewhere in Turkey with no constant email access on my smartphones.

I noticed before going to bed that it's quite well withing hearing range of the prayer announcements, but I wasn't woken up by them in the morning (because I slept so well in the comfortable bed perhaps?). Good wifi signal throughout, even in my top floor room.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Thank civertson
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LizCathy, Owner at Oba Hotel, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Thank you for your nice review.

Like you explained, it is safe to travel in Istanbul.

We hope you to welcome you again in Istanbul.

Please keep in touch...

Thank you
Tulay and Ismail
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2013

If you want the intimacy of a bed and breakfast, the Oba Hotel is not too far from all the sites like Hagia Sophia, the Roman Cisterns, Blue Mosque and the tram for further travel. While there are a few extra uphill blocks to walk (good exercise), the pay off is having a host who will fill you in on details of Istanbul you could never know. Also, you get to eat and not worry about the weight:)
You can ask Ismael, the proprietor, any question and he is knowledgable and generous with his time, too. For anyone wondering about visiting Istanbul now, they should not be concerned. We went to Taxim Square and Gezi Park while a few "things" were happening and we were fine. Go to Istanbul!!!
~~Mary Beth and Nick Saraceno Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Room Tip: Our room faced the mosque and I loved the hearing the call to prayer, but it will be quiet with the...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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LizCathy, Owner at Oba Hotel, responded to this review, 5 July 2013
Thank you for your nice review. That's very kind of you.

Like you explained, it is safe to travel in Istanbul.

We hope you to welcome you again in Istanbul.

Please keep in touch...

Thank you
Tulay and Ismail
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

We spent 4 nights at the Oba early in June. The area is a bit rundown but our misgivings vanished as soon as the door opened; Although it was early in the morning we were invited in, given coffee and a bite to eat then shown to our room.It was large, well furnished and the best accommodation we had had in the previous 5 weeks travelling.

The owner was friendly, courteous and very helpful. There were few guests at the time so we experienced none of the noise problems from nearby rooms mentioned in other reviews - slept like a log in fact.

there were riots in Istanbul but nowhere near this area and all of the main attractions were, as claimed, very close indeed, as were a number of decent eating places. Recommend highly.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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LizCathy, Owner at Oba Hotel, responded to this review, 5 July 2013
Thank you for your nice review. I really liked it.
We enjoy serving our guests and try to make them happy here.

Like you explained, it is safe to travel in Istanbul.
We hope you to welcome you again.

Please keep in touch...

Thank you
Tulay and Ismail
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Additional Information about Oba Hotel

Property: Oba Hotel
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mh. Ozbekler Sk. No.26 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oba Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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