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“great location & very clean.. reception rude.”

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Side Hotel and Pension
Ranked #321 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“great location & very clean.. reception rude.”
Reviewed 3 May 2008

Booked here before and after a trip - room was basic but spotless. Brekky on the upstairs terrace was traditionally turkish - cucumber, tomatoes, olives & 1/2 bread loaf & tea was really yum - staff up here are nice & friendly. As for reception, depending on who you get & what time of day it is rude and not very unhelpful. Close to sights - blue mosque & aya sofia around the corner so expect a morning wake up prayer call at 5am.

  • Liked — location, cleanliness, rooftop brekky,
  • Disliked — reception staff rude & unfriendly & lacking in manners
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled solo
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Alberta
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 April 2008

We stayed at the Side Pension for 4 nights. The location is great, rooms are okay for the price and the breakfast was nice. The reception was terrible and not that friendly. I would ask for information and help and the 3 different men who worked reception were grouchy and annoyed when you asked them a question. And don't get them to pick you up at the airport, they over charge you even though they say that the taxi overcharges, The cost of a taxi is so much cheaper!

I would only stay at this place because of location and price but if you have a bit more money to spend, I recommend staying somewhere else with a more friendly reception.

Stayed March 2008
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2008

In an ideal location close to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in Sultanahmet. The room was clean and basic and very good value for money. A traditional Turkish breakfast is served on a sunny roof terrace and is quite memorable. All you would expect of a budget hotel without any of the drawbacks or frills.

Stayed March 2008
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new york, ny
1 review
Reviewed 28 March 2008

I loved this hotel! Centrally located in the historic neighborhood with the major sights just steps from the hotel. the rooms were very charming, well maintained and clean!
The staff is very accommodating and even after my stay, after I had forgotten a personal item in the room, they were very kind to arrange with me its return!
Side Hotel made Istanbul a great time!

  • Liked — location, price
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank ptran802
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Porto, Portugal
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2008

Looking for clean rooms then great.

If you would like a little comfort or help from hotel staff forget it. Any help you ask for is treated as if you’re asking a man who's run a marathon to quickly pop down to the shops for some milk before he talks his trainers off.

So the location works well, but then again there are a number of hotels in that area which have roof tops breakfast room which have an actual view of one of the mosques or water front.

Would be great to hear a report about this place having good reviews, with so much competition they will need it to get my recommendation in the future.

  • Liked — Clean
  • Disliked — element of con man about the management
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with friends
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San Francisco
Level 6 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2008

Side Pension/Hotel is split up (there's even two separate lobbies) into the hotel, and cheaper pension. I stayed in a triple room with bathroom and nice view (60 euro), then switched to a cheaper (45 Euro) and smaller room with shared bathroom, and no view. The rooms are basic, but clean. The smaller room was a great deal for us since we didn't spend much time in the hotel anyway, and the shared bathrooms were spotless and seemed brand new.

The location is nothng short of amazing- in central Sultanahmet, just doors away from the Four Seasons and behind the Blue Mosque. The two story rooftop has incredible views of the mosques, the city, and the Bosphorus. The owner and employees are incredibly helpful and friendly.

There are three or four computers with high speed internet access, and while they charge for usage, the employees aren't super strict with timing. There is free tea, coffee, and water, and plenty of guidebooks for you to browse through. Breakfast served on the roof. It was basic but filling and good, and you really can't beat the view.

The cost for three of us really wasn't that much different from the hostel down the street, but this was such a nicer experience. I'd definitely come back here in a second.

  • Stayed July 2007
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Thank Cintagreen
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Moscow
1 review
Reviewed 2 March 2008

I have stayed at this hotel/pension many times and recommend it to my friends and colleagues. The rooms are clean and nice, the facility is exactly as advertised in their website. You can't beat the prices, and the location is perfect, just minutes from Aghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and many nice restaurants and shopping. Breakfast is efficiently served, delicious, and generous portions. The personnel are courteous and helpful. For example, in getting taxis and performance tickets, the evening man, Mettin, was very helpful and kind. His colleague, Levvent, was also very kind during the day to answer questions and offer information. My friends and I can't imagine staying anywhere else. You can pay twice the price, but you won't get a better place. The view from the terrace where breakfast is served is spectacular. That alone is worth the price.

  • Liked — friendly personnel and location
  • Disliked — it was all good. no complaints.
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
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Thank NatashaMoscow
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Additional Information about Side Hotel and Pension

Property: 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:
#98 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#169 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#198 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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