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“OK cheapie option” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turkuaz Hotel

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Turkuaz Hotel
Ranked #777 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
64 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“OK cheapie option”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

We stayed at the Turkuaz for 5 nights over New Year's Eve. Pros was the excllent and helpful live-in staff and the location which is close to local foodie places including an excellent local pizza place and lokantasi. Cons are the building is falling apart. Although the sheets and towels were clean and the staff try to keep the building as clean as possible the carpets are ancient, so was the bed and as for the plumbing we had to turn on the hot water 15 mins before showering and sometimes even then there was no hot water (ocassionally there was no water at all, although the staff fixed this when we asked them to). The breakfasts were quite nice and consisted of fresh bread, good black olives, slice tomato and cucumber and a range of jams and eggs. All in all this is probably a reasonable cheapie option if you don't mind roughing it a bit.

Stayed December 2012
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Haifa
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65 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

The charm of this place reside in two things: the building and the management. The building is a pearl and it seems like sleeping in the rooms of the sultan's castle. They are very heavily decorated, but charming. The management is very helpful, charming and welcoming. They helped us in anything we needed.

Be aware though that the bed in the room (at least ours) was pretty noisy... Yet it hasn't bother us to have good sleeping.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Nicolas W
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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

This old Ottoman house has become a delightful bed and breakfast in the Kumcapi area of the Golden Horn, within walking distance of all the major antiquities of Istanbul. The décor is definitely old world, with wonderful Venetian glass chandeliers, painted wood ceilings and ornate furniture. It is easy to see an opulence that existed 100 years ago. This was my first trip to Istanbul, but hopefully not my last and I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere but at the Hotel Turkuaz. The staff, led by Maria, is extremely friendly and helpful, running errands to meet the needs of their guests if necessary. If a guest needs a reservation for a performance of the Dervishes or a ride on a Bosporus cruise, Maria makes all the arrangements and takes your payment, you only need to show up at your appointed location with your confirmation number and you are in your seat! I became quite attached to the rose jam served with breakfast each morning and they went out and purchased three large jars for us to bring back home, so I wouldn’t be totally deprived of my Turkish experience. While on the subject of breakfast, which comes with the price of the room, if someone walks away hungry, it’s their own fault! Fresh tomatoes, thick yoghurt, slices of French bread, cereal, granola, fruit, juice, milk and the afore mentioned jam were augmented by eggs cooked to taste, all washed down by endless cups of tea or coffee, and elegantly presented each morning by the staff. We stayed for over two weeks and I never tired of our Turkish brekkie. While other reviewers have mentioned how close the hotel is to the major sites on Sultanahmet, they left out that the walk is part of the adventure. One strolls up the hill through real Turkish neighborhoods, past delightful restaurants and little markets where one can buy a bottle of Diet Coke or Raki for your evening on the terrace. There is never a need for a cab or bus, just two feet and a willingness to explore another culture. We developed a relationship with several of the shopkeepers and restaurant managers as we walked back and forth between our Turkish home and the Hippodrome. And before someone says something about the energy of young people, I celebrated my 60th birthday at Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque! You can easily walk to Topkapi, the Grand Bazaar or the Yeni Camii from the hotel. In the evening, sit on the terrace and watch the children play in the park across the street, or people walk along the Sea of Marmara against the sunset, a perfect ending to the day. Some reviewers have mentioned the water problems, but in the end, those kind of come with an old building and ultimately add to the adventure. With a little adjustment to our schedule, we were able to accommodate showers for two people after wandering through Istanbul. And about the cats, well, we discovered on our first walk that Istanbul is a city of cats! I’ve never seen so many wandering the streets as are in Istanbul and I’m not sure they can be avoided. Several of the cats at the hotel are “resident cats” that have been vetted and we quite enjoyed our visits with Maniak, Rosa and Juana. As you walk through Istanbul, you will see many of the corners and doorways have cat food and water for the stray animals in the neighborhood, the cats at the hotel are healthy and were a delightful part of our Turkish experience. If you want to truly encounter a wonderful part of old Istanbul and avoid the “tourist” experience of chain hotels, Hotel Turkuaz of Istanbul will absolutely fit the bill!

Room Tip: No elevators, so be prepared to walk up the stairs.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank CentennialRedhead
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Doha, Qatar
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

I also went through many hotel listings looking for a nice play to stay within a certain price range in the Sultanahmet part of town. I read some great reviews of this hotel and found it referenced in some guidebooks on the area as well. I was a bit surprised by what was actually offered. It was an excellent area to be in and made the tourist sites of Sultanahmet so accessible! 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque and 10 minutes to the Grand Bazaar!

We stayed in the Ottoman room. One of the best things about the hotel is the character. It really felt like you were staying in a place with a lot of history. I used to work in a Victorian museum in Canada and this felt like I was living in a museum...in a good way. It was charming.

Also, the hosts were wonderful! Extremely friendly and went out of their way to make you feel at home. Even running to the store because we wanted ketchup with our eggs! The breakfast was very nice and large portions. Lots of bread, cereal, jam, honey, eggs, yogurt, etc.

The host gave wonderful directions around the area and had good advice on where to eat and visit.

If, like us, you only used the hotel to sleep and spent most of the time out and about - it is a good place to stay.

However, there were some cons. The house is old and so there are normal problems associated with it. My main problem is that you had to wait a long time to get hot water in the shower, but if I left it running for 5 to 10 minutes, it did get warm.

Also, there were lots of stray cats in this area and they did come in the house. There were some cat hairs on the carpet and stuff, but they did put a lot of effort into keeping the rooms clean.

For me, there were more positives than negatives.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank laurenbelle
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
88 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

I went through many, many hotel listings in Istanbul looking for somewhere both affordable (under 100Euro) and with character. This hotel has many great reviews, so I was confident all would be fine. We stayed in the Pasha's room.

Pros:

Extremely helpful and friendly staff
Great decor. Felt like living in the old Ottoman era
Satellite HD TV with a ridiculous selection of channels
Forced air heater
Generous breakfast

Cons:

Very old and uncomfortable mattress. Felt like it was 10+ years old and was the lowlight of our stay.
Old water heater meant running water for over 5 minutes to get hot water
There was a plumbing vent of some sort in the bathroom, leaving it smelling really bad (kept the bathroom door closed at all times)
Bathroom was always cold (it was late March)
Cat dander all over the carpet, drapes, etc (although my allergies weren't really affected)

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank urbanfoodie
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

My brother and I stayed here at the start and end of our trip around Turkey. Maria and her family gave us the friendliest and best service of anywhere we stayed and even looked after some of our luggage for over two weeks in between our time in Istanbul. It is a perfect location near the Little Aya Sophia and just a short walk to the old hippodrome and the grand bazaar , the pasha mosque etc. They have a good balcony with a decent view. Their breakfast was the best out of the hotels we stayed in too with eggs to choice and cereal and both tea and western style coffee. I loved the muezzin calls to prayer and thought this was a pleasant aspect of the place and certainly the volume was not overbearing at all. The drainage in the shower was very slow but this was only a minor drawback to a fantastic time and I will certainly stay there again when I return to istanbul one day.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Other G
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

We loved it here! We arrived exhausted from the overnight train from Sofia and were greeted with mint tea and cakes, along with a friendly chat with the proprietress and a cuddle from one of the many cats that haunt the hotel. She offered us a room that was slightly cheaper than the one we'd booked, and it was great - bursting with faded Ottoman splendour plus satellite TV!

The en suite shower was pretty cramped but we didn't care - the view from the roof terrace was spectacular and it was a short, picturesque walk from the Blue Mosque and Ayia Sofia. Our hostess was also really helpful with local advice - she recommended a nearby non-touristy restaurant where we had one of our best meals in Turkey.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank dannyandjess
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Property: Turkuaz Hotel
Address: Kadirga Cinci Meydani No:36 | Kumkapi, Eminonu, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Ranked #777 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Number of rooms: 15
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