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“Sarnic - good location and ok overall”

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Istanbul Holiday Hotel
Ranked #118 of 1,038 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Dublin, Ireland
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“Sarnic - good location and ok overall”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

The Sarnic appears to be two hotels, The Sarnic, and Sarnic West, which I did not understand at the time of booking. They are both very different. The Sarnic West is more modern in appearance. Overall standard of cleanliness was very good. The room I had stunk of cigarette smoke and the door was stained. But the rest of the room was clean, if a little battered. The rooms are tiny though.

Breakfast was nice, a good selection. The location was hard to beat, as it is so close to the Blue Mosque. Overall it was good, but a quick refurb of some of the rooms might be no harm.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

Avoid it if you can!
The only good thing is the location
Rooms VERY TINY. You have hardly any space besides the bed. Beds very short, if you are taller than 1.80. No se from the other Rooms, poor service from staff
Knowledge in English poor. Very low level of safety!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I was choosing for a long time and was not sure in my choice until arrived to the hotel. It worth every dollar I've paid for it. Just 3 minutes walking to Blue Mosque - the most heart of Istanbul. Rooms are not new, but clean and very good decorated. Breakfast is not rich, but has everything for different tastes. And the staff is friendly, room service aslo very good. So, I would stay here again when come to Istanbul.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sinaia, Romania
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

We enjoyed our trip in Istanbul and our stay in Istanbul Holiday Hotel. It was our luck to have a nice, big suite room, very clean, confortable, with a nice bathroom. Staff very friendly, breakfast excellent, great services. Excellent location close to the most important touristic attractions. We had a wonderful time there. Thank you !!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Maria, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at Istanbul Holiday Hotel for 6 nights in October 2013. Beware: this hotel does not live up to the photos on its website. Our room had one window that looked out into a shaft - we never saw any natural light. There was no closet, no clock, and barely enough space to open a suitcase. Walls were VERY thin - we could hear everything our neighbors did, even if they weren't being loud. One night, a couple in a neighboring room got into a huge, loud argument. We could hear the entire thing verbatim. Doors slammed and people laughed and talked in the hallways at all hours of the night.

However, the bed was comfortable, the room was clean, and the bathroom was fine.

Though we were sightseeing for most of the day, we did spend a few hours in the room in the early evenings. Not having a window started to make us both a little batty - we never knew what time it was or what the weather was like.

The breakfast was a fairly traditional Turkish breakfast, with typical offerings like cucumbers, tomatoes, cheeses, and yogurt. They also had sausages and French fries in chafing dishes, however, they weren't hot...I thought this was a little strange.

Most of the staff were friendly, but some weren't. It was a mixed bag.

As other reviewers have said, the location can't be beat! But I'd choose another hotel if I ever have the chance to visit Istanbul again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

Noisy rooms, noisy airconditoner, no window to outside, loose tap in wash basin, leakage, at 09.00 some articles for breakfast not available anymore, while they serve breakfast till 10.00 o'clock.
Very friendly personnel

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

I've been to many hotels and would definitely rank this hotel in the top. Very great location (walking distance to all tourist sites) and great staff and service. Yes the rooms are small, but if you intend to spend most of your day away from the hotel and just come to sleep and eat breakfast, then this will work.
The breakfast could use some more variety and a complimentary water bottle would have made this hotel that much better. Airport transfer was great and definitely worth it.

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Additional Information about Istanbul Holiday Hotel

Property: Istanbul Holiday Hotel
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Cad No:28, Istanbul 34400, Turkey (Formerly Sarnic West Hotel)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #118 of 1,038 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Istanbul Holiday Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Istanbul Holiday Hotel is in the middle of historic sites, as a charming hotel in Sultanahmet, offers you the warmth of a home atmosphere besides the comfort and luxury of a hotel for our guests in our residence, with gracious staff at your disposal.If you are looking for a hotel in Istanbul or Sultanahmet to give yourself and/or your family the most unforgettible vacation of your life/lives, Istanbul Holiday Hotel definitely will be the right choice for you.Our hotel in the Historic Peninsula, located in the center of Sultanahmet is just a few minutes walk from especially Ancient Rome's and Ottoman Empire's historical pearls such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, and more... Our very recently renovated hotel for our guests serves a variety of elaborately and elegantly furnished , stylish and comfortable 24 rooms including 15 of standard, 6 of economic and 3 of family rooms. ... more   less 
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