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“A wonderful base from which to explore the city”
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Oba Hotel
Ranked #27 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
New Haven, CT
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful base from which to explore the city”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights in April. Our hosts, Ismael and Tulay, and the staff were welcoming, warm, knowledgeable and very helpful. They can arrange a car service to and from the airport as well as other tourist services and can provide great restaurant and sightseeing recommendations. Reasonably priced, nice-sized, clean, comfortable room which comes with a hearty breakfast with lots of local delicacies, served at a few tables shared with other guests. We met many very friendly people from all over the world over breakfast. Hotel is located in Sultanahmet in a residential area just 5 blocks from the Blue Mosque/Hagia Sophia/Hippodrome area. Very easy to walk to tram and subway and ferry stations that will take you to the other parts of the city. Istanbul was wonderful but our Oba Hotel experience made the trip. When we return to Istanbul, we will definitely stay here.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

This place is just great. Small, personal service. This owner managed hotel is great. Personal, but also hands off. close to all the major touristy spots. The owner knows the town and gives you a great introduction to his city.
The hotel is clean, breakfast is perfectly decent and the staff friendly.
Will definitely be back again and stay there at the Oba Hotel

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 6 days. It was superb. The owner is so helpful. The rooms are great. I would definitely stay here again. The hotel is close to everything in Sultanahmet. Very central. Good breakfast. Really superb!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
Reviewed 2 May 2014

I have never written any review about hotels but this one is really worth it. We stayed with our 2 children at the Oba Hotel for 4 nights. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Ismael with a big smile. He and his wife established this little jewel with care and genuine taste in an old ottoman house in the heart of the old city. The rooms are clean and beautifully decorated. It is close to all historical sites and you can find an array of restaurants and bars at walking distance. But what stroke us the most is the kindness and helpfulness of Ismael and his staff. It made us feel so much more comfortable than in standard hotels. It has that little something which makes you feel at home. Thank you Ismael, we had a great stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights whilst visiting Istanbul. The hotel was in a great location close to the key tourist attractions in the Old Town. The hotel was clean, beautiful and had personality and soul which is often lacking from a large chain hotel.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Juba, South Sudan
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Ismail (Owner/Manager) and staff were fantastic from the moment I booked.
This cool little hotel is situated downhill from the Blue Mosque and in close proximity to another old mosque which really helps to find the place.
On entering the hotel, the room looks like you could be walking into a home, which in other places, may be a little weird, but not there, Ismail is great and really helpful. It's also really clean, comfortable, very friendly and you never feel out of place. The room was comfortable and the bathroom super clean with a great shower.

Staying at the Oba was great, being a booking agency they are also able to assist with arranging tours and tickets to concerts/events etc, so that's another thing less to worry about!

I'd definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

What a treasure The OBA Hotel is sheer delight. An impeccably restored traditional Ottoman home into a 12 room boutique hotel. From the moment the big wooden doors open your are welcome with warmth and friendliness. The owners and hosts,Ismail and Tuley love people and their Istanbul and are only to happy to help with anything you may require. We stayed 5 nights then went further afield travelling Turkey for a week and Ismail stored our luggage we did not need to take for us whilst we were away. Upon return it was like coming home. The rooms are immaculate and each day the fresh towel are placed on the bed in a different pattern with red roses on them What a lovely touch. Breakfast is exceptional with all that you could possibly want. The breakfast staff are warm happy and smiling people. The OBA hotel is within walking distance to all the major attractions in the old city which is a real bonus and is in a traditional living area which makes it all the more interesting with children playing soccer in the street not far away. A world class experience and we shall be back to further explore this wonderful country and to experience such rare genuine hospitality.

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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
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Ranked #27 of 1,149 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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