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Side Hotel and Pension
Ranked #300 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 4 February 2013

John and I stayed for 4 nights at the start of our Turkish trip and could not have had a better place to stay. As others have said the location is perfect for sightseeing. The room was very comfortable and the breakfast excellent but the icing on the cake was the roof terrace with spectacular views of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya etc. Staff were friendly and helpful. One member of staff went out of his way to advise us about bus travel when we were moving on. Access to computer in the hotel was very useful for those like us travelling without laptops. All in all I can recommend Side Hotel highly.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

i was recommended by my friend who lives in goreme , turkey. i was not dissapointed although the room was quite compact it really is great value for money. very pleasant and helpful staff and great location.

Room Tip: i travelled alone but a single room is not commendable. enquire at reception
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank nathirah
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

Spent 5 glorious days here . Although the room was a bit cramped ( it had 3 beds) there was a lovely atmosphere. The breakfast area is at the top of the hotel/pension and really beautiful. There are good restaurants all around. You really are in the heart of historic Istanbul here.

We travelled around Turkey but were not fortunate enough to stay here on our return to Istanbul.

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
6  Thank GlasgowTraveller10
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

great location, good price, helpful reception staff, very simple breakfast but with all the eateries available around the corner...its not a problem.... free tea available 24hrs which is helpful.
bathroom/shower only provides soap... so bring ur own toiletries

Room Tip: book the cheap hotel airport bus service... it cost 15 turkish lira.. (jan 2013)... which is much ch...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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4  Thank Faru L
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

I definitely recommend this pension/hotel.
I stayed in pension part which was: very cosy and perfectly located.
The staff was very helpfull and friendly
clean rooms, basic breakfast.
very good value for money

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Marta C
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

a budget hotel in Sultanahmet tourist district. The rooms are narrow but clean. They all lacks of a chair over hanging the clothes while sleeping.
Basic breakfast (a single plate with a single boiled egg, some slices of tomato and cucumber, olives, 3slices of bread and a small jam) with tea and coffe self service. Fortunately the breakfast is served in a terrace with view over the minareths.
Free tea self service in the hall, no minibar in the rooms.
BTW, hotel full of italians, better pay just in cash in order to avoid extracosts.

Room Tip: do not use their taxi drop service: the hotel makes a mark-up of 30% over the standard price. Try no...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

I stayed at and reviewed this hotel in late spring of 2010 (see below). At the time I gave it 3 stars because of what I thought was a security issue: several days into my stay I saw that the zipper of my suitcase was torn open and several zipper teeth were missing.

I now realize (too late) that this was my own fault -- if one does not move the zipper pull all the way back, it will gradually wear and tear after repeated openings.

I greatly regret thinking that someone else had done this when it was my own fault. I did not mention it to the hotel staff, since I had to leave early anyway because of the air traffic problems due to the Icelandic volcano eruption that blanketed Europe at the time.

I have been to Istanbul several times before and will be going there again next month. The Hotel Side remains on my list as a friendly and comfortable place stay in a very good location.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Side Hotel and Pension

Address: Utangac Sok. No 20/22, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#76 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#168 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#197 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £26 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, this hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free WiFi and air conditioning and flat TV. Side Hotel features a delightful rooftop terrace with views over the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the Blue Mosqueand Bosphorus . It is ideally located just 250 m from the Marmara Sea. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, served with an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish items. Free tea service is also available throughout the day. The Side hotel is situated 1.5 km from the Grand Bazaar. Old Istanbul‘s shopping, dining and entertainment districts are only a minute walk from the hotel. ... more   less 
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