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Side Hotel and Pension
Ranked #324 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Prague, Czech Republic
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed 7 April 2013

Great location, clean, friendly staff and awesome terrace. I stayed here 7 years ago and returned because it's just such a nice place to call home while in Istanbul. My dad and I stayed in a room where you had to share a bathroom with other rooms but that was fine. There were 2 bathrooms for 6 bedrooms I believe but it wasn't a problem. I recommend getting some wine or beers (or just a book) and enjoying them up on the high level terrace in the afternoon or evening. it's a great view of the mosques, the city and the sea. That was a really nice way to end the trip!

Room Tip: We heard live music from a nearby outdoor restaurant until late at night which didn't make falli...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Billund, Denmark
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

We had 4 great nights at Side, the room 27 on second floor was simple but had what we needed. the hotel arranged our pick up transfer form the airport on arrival and a shared drop of transfer on departure. The hotel room had a window we could open (no view), beds, closet, night stand and lamps, big nathroom with hairdryer, seperate shower and towels. clean room and ok service in reception. the wifi works great inthe room. the terrace is great with views to bospurus, haga sofia and blue mosque. you are located close by many sights and in easy walking distance. breakfast is ok. a lot of value for our money.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2013

We chose this hotel because of it's close proximity to all the best sites in Sultanamhet; and it was a good choice. The hotel is quite small and has no facilities apart from clean bedrooms (all en-suite) and a roof top eating area (not a proper restaurant). The staff were invisible, but the rooms wer kept clean and the beds made, plus fresh towels every day. The breakfast become a joke with us eventually. Every morning it was the same; there was a row of plates laid out, with a boiled egg, chopped tomato, chopped cucumber, and a piece of French stick......and that was it!. Lots of fruit juice and coffee or tea (DIY). But what can you expect for 80 Euros per room per night? We were only going to sleep there and be out all day. Thankfully the weather was good; if it had been raining then the lack of facilities would have been a problem apart from the fact that the Four Seasons Hotel was just round the corner - now that is luxury!

Room Tip: Go for the fourth floor (below the rooftop restaurant). The rear rooms are quiet but lousy view, the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This is my umpteenth visit. The rooms are still superbly clean. The staff still very helpful. The owner still a loveable curmudgeon. There are loads or places to stay in Istanbul, and this is the best value.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vicenza, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This hotel is good located, and the breakfast were served on a terrace on the top, with a beautiful view on the blue mosque. All the double rooms of the hotel have the same price (something less if occupied by only one people): but it’s unfair that the only four rooms in the basement have the same price as the others. Through the "windows" we could only seen the feet of the people walking and the tires of the cars; when we did the "windows" open we could smell the cat's pee and the car's smoke. There were no table and no chair: our two rooms weren't 60 and 50 € per night worthy.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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UK/Canada
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154 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed three nights. Room and hotel in general very clean. Staff friendly and helpful although one evening upon returning from dinner before 9pm there was no one at the desk and we had to go behind the desk ourselves to get our key. good location within talking distance to most sites.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2013

My husband and I stayed in the pension which is excellent value for money!
Excellent location and walking distance from main attractions, restaurants and Sultanahmet tram station.
Rooms are neat, clean and private.
Hotel has a lot of character, colourful and filled with Turkish carpets.
Breakfast is served on the hotel rooftop with beautiful views of the Bosphorus, Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Friendly staff.
It is simple, but comfortable. Everything you need!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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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:
#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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