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“Overpriced and had some problems but a great breakfast buffet”

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Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet
Ranked #208 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 August 2011

The Eresin Crown Hotel is in a great location close to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Aya Sofia, and it has a splendid breakfast buffet (and the staff will make you Turkish coffee on request if you don't like the wishywashy filter stuff). The evening meal I had (as part of a group) on the first night was pretty awful, though. The hotel has some interesting archaeology in the lobby, and a nice selection of books about Istanbul, Islamic art and architecture etc., to read while waiting in the lobby. But the room had its problems, not least the fact that it took for ever (5 mins or more) to get even lukewarm water for a shower - and for a hotel that aspires to green credentials, wasting that much water doesn't make sense. I had another room for one night where the hot water was OK. However, at the price, the plumbing should be flawless.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

We stayed in this hotel a total or 4 nights while in Istanbul. The rooms were beautiful and well appointed. Very clean! Each room has it's own air conditioning unit (a must in Istanbul in the summer) a lovely over sized jetted bath tub, robes and slippers, etc. The lobby is beautiful, with nuts and fresh fruit always available.There's free wifi in the lobby with a desk top computer for your use. There's also wifi in the room. Their terrace is lovely offering great views of the city and especially the Blue Mosque. Breakfast is served on the terrace under retractable awnings. The selection is extensive and delicious. Their location is perfect! We walked to all of the big sites; Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, The Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, etc.. It is also within walking distance to their tram system. The staff is wonderful! At breakfast one morning towards the end of our trip, my 16 year old son became ill (fever, sore throat, nausea...it had nothing to do with breakfast!). At that point only the maitre de was aware that he was sick. Within minutes of returning to our room we got a call from the front desk offering to bring a Dr. to the hotel at no charge to us, as well as free room service so that he didn't need to leave the room to eat. They also gave us a deeply discounted price on a separate room for him. We loved this hotel and would definitely stay here when we return!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We stayed here twice over a two week period.

Positives -- Fantastic location with an easy walk to the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Outstanding service, great breakfast with a view. The hotel is so very excellently located.

The Eresin Crown deserves it regal name. I would classify it as a boutique hotel, intimate enough to be a friendly, personable hotel where the staff knows you and remembers little things like who gets tea and who gets coffee at breakfast.

We stayed here in July 2011 about two weeks apart. While the Eresin Crown's rooms were a bit smallish for our party of three, it didn't seem cramped. On our return to the hotel, the A/C unit wasn't operating properly. They promptly sent a serviceman to look at it and he tried to fix it. When that failed, they moved us to another room (which, by coincidence, was our room on our initial stay).

While our A/C didn't operate as expected initially on our return, I judge service on how a hotel handles it. Things break. Our situation was resolved quickly, efficiently and without a lot of fuss. That's great service in my book.

A nitpick on my part was the WiFi access. At the prices charged (and we are Americans with sticker shock), WiFi should have been included free. There is no free access anywhere in the hotel. However, I will say the hotel staff allowed me to log onto the computer in the lobby to get seat assignments and print off my boarding passes for my next destination.

Hint: The Doy-Doy restaurant nearby is a great, cheap dinner with a rooftop view. Try the Iskender kabob!

Overall, the Eresin Crown Hotel is an extremely good choice for travelers who want convenient access to the Sultanahmet

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

My wife and I, seasoned independent travellers in our 60s, made a 3-1/2 week tour of western Turkey. We stayed at this hotel for five nights and spent four full days touring Istanbul. If you hate hotels overrun with tour groups, this hotel is for you -- it caters to independent travellers, businessmen, and small upscale tours (a small medical conference [with some touring thrown in] was there when we were, which made for some interesting conversations and didn't make the hotel feel crowded). Hotels in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul are older, boutique hotels, and even if renovated, tend to have small rooms -- we booked a room one level up from standard, figuring that that would give us a slightly larger room. Even so, it was small. But you don't book a hotel in Sultanahmet to get luxury, spas or swimming pools -- you choose one because it is a three minute walk to the Blue Mosque and then only a few minutes more to the Hagia Sophia and many other sights. And despite the cost (location in Istanbul is everything, and you pay for it), it was a great hotel for us and I recommend it unreservedly. The hotel actually has some museum quality Roman pieces recovered from the property on display in the elegantly furnished public rooms -- a nice touch. Their buffet breakfast, served on the fifth floor terrace in nice weather (great views), is excellent. The staff are helpful and gracious. We ate most nights in their restaurant -- most others seem to go out to nearby local places, get picked up by their hosts (businessmen) or are bused off to some evening activity (hamam experience, belly dancing show or Bosphorus tour) with included dinner. The food was good (though the restaurant can feel empty at times), especially if you selected Turkish dishes -- they do a better job on these than on "international cuisine". On nice evenings the terrace is open for drinks and dinner -- a great way to relax after a busy day or touring.

Previous review: Kempinski, The Dome, Belek, Antalya
Next review: Antique Boutique Hotel, Erdine

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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mubis, Manager at Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2011

Dear Valued Guest,
On behalf of Eresin Crown Hotel, Istanbul, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to write so nice review about our hotel. I appreciate reading feedback, both positive and constructive from all of our valued customers. The reviews are a fantastic tool to help us improve upon the service we provide to our guests and we would like to acknowledge the huge part you play by writing one out. I have also shared your very nice comments with the relevant departments in order to make all our colleagues pleased about your positive comments.
We do hope to see you at our hotel again in the near future.
Muberra Eresin
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

We enjoyed our stay here immensely. It's in a prime location and the service was over the top. Be aware, though, that this is more a 4 star hotel than a 5.
I suggest asking for a room with a view, in a quiet location. I also needed a pad to soften the bed. Also, there is no free internet in the room, though the lobby is a lovely place to catch up on work and email.
Be sure to enjoy the rooftop view. It's especially wonderful at sunset when six mosques call everyone to prayer. Very magical.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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mubis, Manager at Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for the nice comments that you made about Eresin Crown Hotel. I was pleased to read that you have enjoyed all aspects of your stay at our hotel.
Look forward to have you at Eresin Crown soon,
Yours Sincerely,
Muberra

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Reviewed 10 April 2011

With a view from the window of the Blue Mosque, on a quiet street only a few steps from the Hippodrome, this is the perfect place for a short holiday. Breakfast was superb with a wide choice and an attentive staff. The archeological exhibits were tastefully arranged and provided the right mood for this city of great fascination. It was easy to drop off shopping bags and rest between excursions. The tram was nearby as was a great variety of restaurants at all price levels for an evening meal. Getting back to the airport was easily arranged with a shuttle bus.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled solo
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mubis, Manager at Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your kind comments about Eresin Crown Hotel. I was pleased to read that you have enjoyed all aspects of your stay at our hotel. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as such information enables us to continuously monitor and improve services and facilities we are offering. We do hope to see you at our hotel again in the near future.
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Muberra Eresin
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Reviewed 8 April 2011

The staff could not be more helpful and friendly. The place was terrifically located. The hotel was very clean. Would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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mubis, Manager at Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2011

Dear Guest,
Thank you so much for the nice comments that you made about our stuff and Eresin Crown Hotel. I have also shared your very nice comments with the relevant departments in order to make all our colleagues pleased about your positive comments.
We look forward to see you at Eresin Crown Hotel again in the near future.
Best regards,
Muberra Eresin
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Address: Kucukayasofya Cad. No 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#63 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#158 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#164 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £65 - £153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet 5*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eresin Crown Hotel is an exclusive boutique,museum hotel,located in Sultanahmet.The heart of Istanbul's historical part,adjacent to the tourist,business,entertainment and shopping areas.To admire Istanbul's museums and architectural one does not need to stay in line and wait.Eresin Crown offers personalised quality service and comfort.The Eresin Crown Hotel private museum comprises of;a cistern,mosaic and 49 historical and architectural extraordinary museum pieces from the Hellenistic and Byzantium time.All of these historical and architectural heritage pieces are officially registered by the archaeological museum of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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