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“Average rooms but central location”

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Side Hotel and Pension
Ranked #342 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
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Canada
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“Average rooms but central location”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed in the pension side of this hotel for close to a week. The front desk staff were always friendly and accomodating. My favorite feature about the hotel was its centrality to all the top Istanbul sights and the tram (which you could essentially take to any other part of Istanbul).

Rooms
Average but clean. The cleaning lady would come in daily to clean our rooms and did a pretty good job. Nothing special to write home about but comfortable enough for a good nights sleep. There is also WiFi in the rooms so it was nice to be able to skype at home at the end of the day.

Breakfast
Great. Not too much variety but enough to keep you full till lunch while out on our sightseeing adventures. I actually like the fact that its protein heavy with eggs and lots of veggies/olives. Also love the rooftop view. We sat on the highest rooftop and got to view the water on one side and Ayasofya/Blue Mosque on the other.

Location
Fantastic! Everything was so central to us. Catching the tram for 2TL was the best when we wanted to go to other parts of Istanbul. Also the local buses were very accessible but best was just walking around and seeing the city from an everyday perspective.

Overall, I would highly recommend staying at Side Hotel and Pension cause the price is much more affordable than hotels around. Especially with the Four Seasons only about 2 doors down. You'll get the bang for your buck.

Room Tip: Rooms with a window which let the fresh breeze in.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

This hotel was small and cosy, and the owners and staff were warm and accomodating. It is situated close to the Hagia Sophia but is located on a quiet street, very reasonably priced. We felt safe and welcomed.
The rooms were beautiful and clean and we were treated to a large wonderful breakfast on the top floor every morning. They let us use their fridge for wine, and water bottles were plentiful and cheap.
I would stay there again, really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Oberon, Australia
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

This older style pension is a little beauty! It is literally 10 minutes from the Blue Mosque and the tram and 15 minutes from the Grand Bazaar. It is in the midst of restaurants, excellent shops of all descriptions including carpets, leather wear and ceramics.

Our room was very clean and absolutely sufficient for our needs. The breakfast was typical Turkish with plenty of tea and coffee and great cake! The view from the terrace where breakfast was served is brilliant! We really appreciated having 24 hour access to tea and coffee in the foyer and the wifi was good too.

Despite being close to all the major attractions its location is quiet due to the very narrow streets that surround it (call to prayers excluded!).

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Spent 4 nights and the basement room we were given was massive - two double beds, sofa & en suite bathroom. We both walk with sticks but managed the first morning to climb the 3 floors (from reception level) to the roof terrace. On the 2nd & subsequent days the staff offered to bring our breakfast down to our room! All staff were VERY helpful and as we speak a little Turkish (live in North Cyprus) they appreciated our efforts! Located near the Blue Mosque and other major attractions. Also close to a tram line & the Hop on/Hop off Big Bus. Locals were very helpful in assisting us to obtain the tokens for the trams. When we went onto the trams (with our sticks) everyone leapt up & insisted we sit!! Our overall impression was that of helpfulness!

Room Tip: We had a basement room, slightly noisy from outside but not intrusive
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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kwazulu natal
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

This quaint pension is situated literally 50m from all the main sights such as the blue mosque, Sophia Haggia, Topkapi palace ect ect. . Also close to tram, banks, loads of restaurant as well. The rooms are neat and are good value for money. Showers are hot and pressure is excellent. I decided to change to an en suite room when I got there and the management went out of there way to accommodate me. I appreciated that. Breakfast was the standard Turkish affair of a boiled egg, some bread, assortment of jams ect. Quite basic. Good value for money

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Australia
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Stayed at Side twice this month. Upon arriving in Istanbul and after walking the Lycian way. This place is great. Very clean and spacious rooms. The owners and staff are friendly and always helpful with information and tips on places to go etc. Standing on the terrace you can see on one side the Blue Mosque and on the other Hagia Sophia. Very good rates for the location and would highly recommend to travellers who wish to stay in Old Istanbul in a mid sized hotel. Thankyou Levent.

Tess and Lindy from Australia

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Astana, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed at Side for 4 nights in a room with a private bathroom. The price was ok for what you get, the breakfasts were cute, and I loved being up on their ever-so-famous rooftop. Great for taking it all in and getting a grip on your location.

Literally steps away from all the major attractions, you couldn't ask for a better location as a sightseeing tourist. Side is also much more decent then other low budget hotels in Sultanahmet (we visited cousins in their accommodations). The Meat House restaurant next door is also a gem.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Side Hotel and Pension
Address: Utangac Sok. No 20, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#65 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#169 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#199 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 50
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