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Lotus Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #273 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Curitiba, PR
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35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The Owner makes the Difference”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

As seen in previous reviews, the facade and surroundings of this hotel might deceive you when you arrive but wait until you meet the owner. Vural, which is the hotel owner makes all the difference in this property, keeping remodelled and clean rooms. He is always friendly to give you all the important information with a cup of coffee. The rooms also have new air conditioner splitters and complimentary water to keep you cool. Breakfast was included, delicious and enough to keep you up and running at noon.
This neighbourhood is not downtown however buses are available a couple of blocks away. You get used to the suburban feel of the neighbours and with that in mind, we ended up having dinner in a small eatery just a few meters away from the hotel - cheap and delicious.
If good service is what matters instead of a lot of amenities that you don't end up using, this hotel will surprise you.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

We spent 8 days in lotus hotel. We enjoyed our stay to the last minute. The host was very friendly and helpfull. He gave us a map with important directions. The location oh the hotel is not in the city center but you can walk to iminonu in 15 minutes or take bus 99 for 2 TL. You can take bus 55 to Taksim. The bus stop in 200 m from the hotel. The room was large and clean with confortable bed. The breakfast was the same everyday but nice. There is a good government restaurant close to the sea few minutes walk from the hotel with extremely good food and cheap prices and lot of food variety. I strongly recommend this hotel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Vural who runs the place is an excellent host. He was most helpful and prompt in answering all our questions even before we arrived in Istanbul and he even provided our pick up and transfer to the hotel/ airport for an incredibly cheap rate which we could not find anywhere else from all our enquiries.

Do not be deceived by the facade and location of the hotel as it is really not fancy but it hides a gem inside.
We booked a quadruple share room and were pleasantly surprised that it was spacious,
very clean and all important basic amenities were provided, more power points than I could find in any 5 star hotel and there was even complimentary water. This was a surprise as water is not free flowing in Turkey and is therefore not even provided in some of the big fancy hotels were stayed in before Lotus.
Vural personally welcomed us on arrival and immediately provided us with a map of the city and instructions on how to get about. The hotel is not located in your typical tourist area. I would say it is in a "downtown" suburban location but it is well connected by buses.

An excellent breakfast is served with coffee/ tea and we were offered refills. There is an excellent restaurant at the waterfront were we had the best and cheapest seafood dinner and also small family eateries around at very reasonable prices. We tried excellent turkish pizza and kebabs at a small eatery just a short walk from the hotel.

This hotel offered great value for money .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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3 Thank ebony07
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

The best place to start our holiday in Turkey. Vural gave us great tips on how to get around Istanbul and gave us the confidence to really explore as he gave us detailed and accurate information with regards to walking routes, buses, ferries, etc. We plan to frame our well worn map with all Vural's scribbles and directions on it! Our room was basic but clean and perfect for what we needed. 'Life' happened in the streets around us, it was novel to go to sleep to the sounds of the local gents sitting chatting and drinking tea in the street outside our window. We mostly ate at the small eateries around Lotus - meals were delicious, very reasonably priced and it was fun to chat to the owners and passing by people and cats (of which there were many who seem to be feral but are fed, watered and sheltered well by the citizens). Lotus is very close to the Golden Horn and it was lovely to stroll or sit along the waters edge and park in the evenings.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Ashly M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We spent 5 days in Lotus Hotel Istambul. One week prior to our flight we"ve got e-mail with all detail regarding bus connections from the airport. When we arrived to Istambul, I had a phone call from the Hotel that they can meet us on a bus station if we are lost ;) It is a nice hotel. If you expect something fancy - no, it"s just a nice place in the old town. But the atmosphere is great! Especially I am very thankful to Vural (the owner of the hotel) and his family. Friendly, easy to help and communicate. I had a cool opportunity to practice my Turkish! Anytime there would be hot Turkish tea, cookies... The Hotel is small and nice and all guests in Lotus were like a family after few days! Location is good, one can reach the old town in 15 min (Spice Bazar, Eminonu). I strongly recommend this Hotel. Thanks again to the hosts for their hospitality! And for the phone call at 5 of morning, when Vural wanted to be sure that we are not late for the early flight! :) Indeed, we could be late because we forgot about the time change on the last day of March!:)) Greetings from Germany, Lira

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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7 Thank Lira N
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is a solid hotel with excellent Turkish hospitality in a decent location. The gentleman who runs this operation is very nice, and the rooms were clean and well kept. I would strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

This being my first visit to one of biggest cities in the is quite scary, but I was really impressed. The shuttle the hotel organised for me was on time and was quick. My arrival at the hotel was greeted warmly and with smiles. My currency was exchanged and the city was explained easily with a map that was free. The overall service is that of five star hotel, yet the atmosphere ia that of home. Thank you Vural and his team for everything, hope to see them soon.

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Lotus Hotel Istanbul
Address: Vakif Mektebi St. No.1 | Yavuz Sultan Selim Dist, Fatih, Istanbul 34086, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Fener & Balat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #273 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lotus Hotel Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lotus Hotel Istanbul is the perfect choice for you. We are located center of the oldcity. It is as convenient as you can explore Istanbul without worrying about the distance Blue Mosque, St.Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, Taksim Square, Ortakoy. The bus stop Eminonu/Sirkeci is just 10 minutes walk from our hotel. Therefore going to or coming from the tourist areas is extremely easy. Shopping, eating, sightseeing etc. can all be done nearby our Hotel. The Rooms of our Hotel are newly built and very clean with air-conditioning. Our place is in the resident area so you can assure for the safety. You can relax as much as you want after the long adventure day at your room. ***As we are family guest Hotel, guests are not allowed to bring any outsider to stay in the room, if we find out, a host will ask you to check out immediately.*** ... more   less 
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