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Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & Spa
Ranked #279 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Travelled with girlfriends for a four day break. Hotel very quiet as 70 percent had cancelled due to the demonstration taking place over the river. The demo had no effect on our holiday at all, everyone was friendly and welcoming. Hotel was spotless. The rooms were a trifle small but adequate for use and the bathroom had recently been updated. We hired a personal guide to show us the sights that worked out a lot cheaper than the guided tours offered via the hotel. It was £60 for the six of us. The only downside was the long journey to and from the hotel which was tail to bumper most of the trip, however that may have been due to the demo I don't know.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

The Antea Palace is a fairly new boutique hotel in the southern edge of the Sultanahmet historic center of Istanbul. Our particular room was very small but like the rest of the hotel it was spotless. Though we didn't make use of it, the hotel's Turkish bath facility is included. The restaurant on the roof was passable, aided by a nice view of the Sea of Marmara. The breakfast buffet--which was included in our rate--was a read event, offering an incredible variety of Mediterranean and some American foods. The staff was very friendly and did everything possible to improve our visit to Istanbul. The neighborhood is an old one with a mixture of apartments, small businesses, and schools. The mosque (originally church) known as Ayasofya (Little Hagia Sophia), the Mehmet Pasha Mosque, and the mosaic fountain at Kadirga Park are all no more than two-three blocks from the hotel. The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are said to be no more than thirty minutes by foot but I wouldn't try walking to them without a very good map or very good directions. Be aware that, as is the case with many hotels in the historic area, this one is right between mosques that amplify the dawn and evening calls to prayer.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the street, where there is an illuminated football/soccer field. Earplugs...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

My review actually starts from before I arrived. I was unable to secure concert tickets for the Tarkan concert so asked for help. It seems that the entire team was involved in getting the tickets (concert website was difficult, espeically for ppl who do not live in Turkey), but they got me the tickets. Check in was great, even more so considering that I made a mistake in my booking (which was only for 1 person) and they fixed that too! I really can't say enough wonderful things about the staff here. Breakfast was great, and certainly had enough vegetarian options for me. The hotel itself is beautiful, and the pool & spa are also wonderful. There is a patio sort of thing that has a lovely sea view as well. Hotel is a bit hard to find, so always helpful to print a map for taxi drivers. I would definitely come back here when in Istanbul!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

My wife and I arrived after staying in 4-5 star tour hotels. We wanted to spend a night extra days and just wandering the streets and markets. We arrived at 11 AM and were upgraded to a room on the 3rd floor. It was large, cleaner than some of the other hotels, comfortable bed, balcony and water for coffee/tea. We found the location tricky to get to/from the center but it worked out and local houses were very interesting. That night was very windy and so we ate dinner at the hotel; the sea bass was excellent and the cost comparable to most restaurants. The spa is small and you have to be careful lying on the heated convex platform (hurt my knees), but it was enjoyable. We decided to use the private car service to the airport which took 10 minutes!!! Service overall was excellent. My only problems were sorting out the two TV remotes (one for on/off and one for channels) and the room safe not being anchored.

Room Tip: We were provided an upgrade to a room with a balcony on the third floor facing towards a side street...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

This hotel gives you the ancien feel of Turkey. Its a little away from the main city sights and gives it a very palace like old city feel. The rooms are small but very functional. The bathroom is big and very well kept place.
Breakfast is awesome... the spread, taste, quality was very good.
The hotel staff were exceptionally helpful. we booked our Bhosphorous cruise & Cappadocia trip very last minute & on the spot from the hotel agents. They were very reliable and good.
There are few local turkish restaurants very close to the hotel including local grocery stores. I loved the place overall but may seem a little of a distance (bit of a walk) from the main tourist attractions - Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia.
The hotel has a Hamam, gym & small pool too.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

I have spent 3 nights at the Antea Palace hotel and the staff were all helpful, courteous and friendly. We were advised about the hotel facilities and the main tourist attractions. Trips were offered but not in an overly pushy way. The hotel is decorated in typical Turkish style, which means it is not for the minimalist. The communal areas and the rooms are an exuberant mix of colors and patterns, with lots of velvet. The standard twin and double rooms are very clean but small. There is a small wardrobe for clothes, but no drawers, which means you will need to keep most of your clothes in your suitcase. The bathrooms are modern and our room had a shower only. However other rooms do have a bath with a shower. The hotel breakfast was buffet style with lots of choice. You won't like everything on offer and it won't be the best breakfast you have ever eaten but you will find something that you can eat.

The hotel is located away from the main tourist attractions of Sulthamanet and while the Blue Mosque and other attractions are within a 10-15 minute walk away you have to walk up a very steep hill to get there. This means that the hotel is not that good for anyone who would find it a challenge. You can get a taxi to Sulthamanet but you won't want to keep getting taxis every time you leave the hotel. The hotel is in the old part of the city and the immediate area is rundown but we felt very safe and were comfortable walking back to the hotel at midnight and beyond.

The Antea Palace hotel is a good, clean, safe option in a quiet part of town and if you can book a room online you should get a good deal. It is not worth paying the rack rate which I saw advertised in reception for about USD 250 per night. This is not the place for you if you like modern, sleek impersonal hotels with vast receptions and lots of people milling about.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

After a long journey to Istanbul, and arriving tired and grumpy the staff on reception won us over immediately. Very warm welcome and took the time to explain about excursions available, where on the map the hotel was located etc etc all of this with a nice glass of apple tea. Room was cosy but it was the extra touches like a basket of shampoos toothbrush set etc rather than just the one and the Litre bottle of water provided for the tea/coffee that set this one apart. Breakfast was buffet not bad, good selection of cheese/meats/ceral/ cakes and pancakes (cold !) with various sauces and fruits. Certainly enough to send you out ready to take on the day. Lovely view from the roof terrace. Didn't use the spa and the pool is small. Area around the hotel seems a bit rundown but you are in the old part of town, that said we never felt unsafe even late in the night.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back face onto a school, rooms at the front face a 5aside football pitch that is used e...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Yusuf Askin Sok. No: 28 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#107 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#193 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#198 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#205 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £32 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & SPA has gone through major renovations and completely renewed after listening to the feedback given on TripAdvisor. Best Western Antea Palace Hotel & SPA is supremely well located for the historical sites and sounds of old city, offering relaxing and unforgettable experience. The hotel has convenient access to the Ataturk Airport and is close to all main historical attractions, such as Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and more. Offering superior comfort, hotel is beautifully decorated, blending the traditional Turkish and modern design, enhancing the atmosphere of bar and a luxurious Spa. Here, guests can enjoy a relaxing dip in the hotel's swimming pool, a rejuvenating Traditional Turkish Hammam and relax in the steam room. This can be followed with a delightful meal at one of the hotel's fine eateries. The Antea Palace Terrace restaurant offers views over the Princes Islands and the sea of Marmara, contemporary decor and tempting menu. Hotel rooms are artfully decorated in a postmodern Ottoman and Turkish theme, complete with contemporary amenities such as high speed wireless internet access and a satellite LCD TV, hygienic and orthopedic beds, bathrobes for added comfort. ... more   less 
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