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“Great Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Garden House Istanbul
Ranked #52 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
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Moscow, Russia
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“Great Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

Excellent location, friendly staff, cosy atmosphere. Great place for a family or romantic holidays.
What I liked most is design of the rooms: authentique oriental style with good taste.
Staff was always willing to help.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

My wife and I stayed for three nights at Istanbul's Garden House Hotel. The location of the hotel was great, just five minutes from Hippotdrome and tbe Blue Mosque, 10-12 minutes from Grand Bazaar. It was also close to the Sultanahmet tram station (7 min), which we used to get to Dolmbahche palace (Kabatas station). The room was nice and comfortable, the services were great. The breakfast included many local delicacies and I specially loved the evening coffee arrangement. The hotel staff was very helpful and gave us good advice to get around, eat and shop. I recommend it to anyone.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Shameem S
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

Fabulous and amazing it is not. Very nice it is. Quiet. Relaxed. Good location -- very walkable to all the sights and the tram. Bed is pretty iron frame and thinnish, hard mattress (i.e., not that comfortable), duvet blanket was perfect weight, pillows and linens were good (cotton). Compact (I think that's a synonym for cozy? smallish?) The room had a damp, bathroom smell which is why I opened the window and why I travel with incense. After that, with bathroom door closed, it was fine. Breakfast buffet is a great value: Lentil soup, breads, borekas, cheeses, middle-eastern salads (hummus), omelet, sausages (which looked unappetizing), olives, vegetables (cucumber and tomato), stuffed grape leaves, cereal (one kind) with dried fruits and nuts, coffee, tea, yogurt, juice… It's pretty much the same every day. Coffee and tea and cookies available 24/7 in lounge. Couple things to know: this is contiguous with Rose Garden Suites (across interior courtyard), share same restaurant. And prices for room fluctuate wildly depending on demand. I booked the room in advance for $78 / night. When I wanted to extend the stay, the rate was well over $200 / night. For $78, excellent value. For $200, not so much. Staff? They were not over the top solicitous, but knowledgeable and willing to help when asked, which is how I like it -- if you're more friendly, maybe they are too! :-)

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Lohr am Main, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

we stayed in this amazing hotel for two days and it was FABULOUS... The friendly and helpful team , the perfect location, the nice balcony , tasty breakfasts and the generosity made these two days the best of all... Certainly going back.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

My husband and I spent 6 happy days at this delightful hotel. We loved everything about it ...especially the very friendly and helpful staff, the lovely room and comfortable bed, the marvellous breakfasts with such a huge varied choice, the attractive hotel decor, it's proximity to all the Istanbul sights, and the free drinks, fruit and biscuits available in the lounge...so welcome after a day walking around in the snow. This hotel was an absolute find and we recommend it highly.

Room Tip: The rooms behind the nice restaurant with a balcony looked very cute....
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

This little gem is very close to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Sultanahmet.

The hotel property is a bit small and tucked away in a corner, nevertheless rooms are clean, warm and spacious.

Blue Mosque is a 5 minute walk from the hotel (follow easy road signs to Sultahahmet, through Arasta bazaar). Plenty of restaurants around (Try stone house cafe, Mesale, Altin Kupa etc - all in and around Sultanahmet).

Sultanahmet has plenty of stuff to do including Hagia Sofia (Closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Topakapi palace (with excellent views of the bosphorus and turkish heritage).

Spice bazaar and Grand bazaar is another 10 mins walk from Sultanahmet, and 15-20 mins from the hotel.

Average cab fare is about 20 euros to Ataturk IST (50 Liras). There are private shuttle shops right outside the hotel (which charge about 5 Euros per passenger for a shared ride). Note that these shuttles leave at a fixed time.

Hotel staff is excellent, and front desk is helpful & informative. Helped us book Hodjah Pasha show (definitely worth a visit) and Bosphorus tour. It was a breeze.

Will recommend this hotel to all and a warm thank you for making our holiday memorable.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

We had 2 overnight layovers in Istanbul and stayed at the Garden House both times and had a fantastic experience. The front desk was extremely helpful in getting around and figuring out what to do with such short time and the staff was overly accommodating. The courtyard area in the middle was beautiful for hanging out and having a cup of coffee in the morning and the rooms were extremely clean with some of the best mattresses of our trip. A stones throw from Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque made it very convenient with a very short walk to the water as well.

Would definitely stay there again when we go back for a longer trip.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Phillip W
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Additional Information about Garden House Istanbul

Property: Garden House Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmetpasa Sokak No:11/13, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#24 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#36 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#40 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#53 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Garden House Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 19th-century Ottoman mansion offers luxury 4-star accommodation with personalised service and a beautiful courtyard, just a short walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Garden House enjoys a prime location in Istanbul's historical district of Sultanahmet. It has gained a popular reputation for its staff's outstanding service and great hospitality. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a complimentary fruit basket and mineral water. Guest rooms are well-presented and full of modern amenities, including plasma TV and free wireless internet access. Garden House's courtyard is surrounded by old walnut trees and offers a lovely place to relax with a drink. Enjoy a variety of cuisine from the al fresco restaurant. ... more   less 
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