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“Location, location, location (very clean too and good breakfast)”
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Hotel Agan
Ranked #159 of 1,161 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2014

The is the most downmarket of several hotels I have stayed at in Istanbul over the years but ... it's also one of my favourites. Why ? Excellent location, spotless and good buffet breakfast.

First: Location.

Not only is it close to (walkable to) all the 'must see' sights in Sultanahmet, it's also one minute from the brand new Sirkeci train station (4 minutes to Asia on the partly opened Marmaray line ... ), two minutes from the T1 tram line (for grand bazaar and Taksim [via Kabatas funicular]) and 10 minutes walk from the docks at Eminonu. (Or take the T1 tram ..).

The under publicised cheapest and enjoyable transit from Sabiha Gokcen airport is
(i) get an Istanbulcard from the kiosk behind the bus stops at the airport
(ii) get bus 11 to the terminus at Kadikoy docks (TL 3.90)
(iii) get ferry from Kadikoy docks to Eminonu (TL 1.95)
(iv) walk 10 minutes from Eminonu to hotel or with luggage walk to tram stop and get tram to Gulhane (TL 1.25; if you find you're going the wrong direction on the tram just hop off at any stop and cross the platform .. no extra charge !) and then 2 minute walk.
There's a slightly quicker route that involves getting off bus 11 a couple of stops before the terminus [next to Carrefour] and taking the Marmaray line train to Sirkeci (TL 1.95) - but only do this if you are are certain of where you have to get off the no. 11 bus (the Marmaray line Ayrilik Cesmesi station is the other side of the Carrefour shopping complex).
Ataturk airport transit is too easy to spend time describing.

Lots of restaurants nearby, though there is better food in other (less touristy) parts of town.

Second: Spotless. Always nice in a hotel.

Third: Good buffet breakfast. Not 'great' (instant coffee is still a turnoff for me as is watered down sugared orange juice) but lots of grilled vegetables, tahini, cheeses, yoghurt, sausage, eggs, fruit, bread and more ...

Rooms are modest - small bedroom, small/medium sized bathroom with shower [good water pressure], medium sized wardrobe, fridge, no safe in room but available in hotel lobby. Polycotton sheets. I had a sixth floor corner room (605) with plenty of light and well away from any street noise but one floor up from where the lift stopped (level 5).

Room Tip: Higher rooms are further away from street noise, but note lift only goes as far as floor 5.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Room Tip: We were on floor 6 and it was quiet until the call to prayer sounds at dawn!
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I stayed 3 nights in the Agan Hotel and was very happy with the service and the room. The staff was always very helpful and kind. But the best thing about the Agan Hotel would probably be the central location. I can honestly recommend this Hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Al S
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We arrived in February to a very welcoming reception. We stayed for 5 nights and for the price we paid, it was great value. A few minutes walk to most of the tourist sights like the Blue Mosque, Haiga Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Basillica Cistern as well as plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. There are plenty of shops around and the stop for the T1 Tramway line is just a few minutes away. The new Marmaray underground line has a station 2 buildings down the street that will get you over to the Asian side of Istanbul too.

The rooms were nicely decorated, cleaned every day and have a heater (ideal for Winter!) and Air Conditioning for Summer. There was a small minibar fridge stocked with water, soft drinks and beers but it could get expensive if you drink too much - there was no price list in the room!

The food and service in the adjoining restaurant was just as great and you get a 10% discount if you stay at the hotel!

The hotel also offer airport transfers and travel agency / guided tours services which we didn't use but the prices seemed reasonable.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay at the Agan hotel and it'll be first on our list when we go back in the future!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Agan Hotel is a very nice and clean hotel perfectly situated in istanbul, just 10 mnts walk from the Blue Mosk and in a lively area with restaurants and shops. It can be a bit noisy at night until 12 maybe due to the restaurants around the hotel..but it's like that everywhere in Istanbul ! We stayed in a luxurious toom, it was very nicely furnished and had a small but good jacuzzi ! The bed was very comfortable. The staff is discreet, but helpful when you need them .. We recommend Agan Hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank sinead h
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stated at the Hotel Agan for 5 nights including New Year's Eve. There were 5 girls in our group. We had one triple room which was small but adequate. Due to bed availability on arrival our twin room was upgraded to a larger suite for the 5 nights at no extra cost. I would recommended this Hotel. We had no complaints and its walking distance from some of Istanbul's main attractions.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank Sara P
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I travelled to the Hotel Agan with a friend for 3 nights at the end of January 2014 for a weekend of sightseeing in Istanbul. The hotel provided a transfer from the airport to the hotel for us at a cost of 30 euro which was useful as our flight arrive late evening. The hotel location is perfectly situated in the Old Town and within a short walking distance of Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. There are numerous restaurants and shops nearby, but remember to look around and haggle for a good price. I booked a twin room for my stay which met all of our needs. The room was small, but very clean and maids visited daily to change towels and make beds. There were complimentary shampoos and soaps in the room as well as a TV, minibar and hairdryer which was useful as we only took hand luggage with us. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, especially when directions were needed! The hotel shower broke on our last night but once we informed them, they came to the room immediately and changed the shower head for us. We stayed at the hotel on a B&B basis and although I am a fussy eater, I had plenty of choice. The breakfast was a buffet and you could help yourself to as much as you wanted. The only downside I found to this hotel was the noise as our hotel was situated above the restaurant on the first floor. People remained in the restaurant until very late (around 2am) and were fairly loud. This wasn't a problem for us as we went to bed late, but if you go to bed early or aren't a very good sleeper this may not be ideal for you. Don't forget the call to prayer may wake you before sunrise so if you've been awake with noise you may only get a few hours sleep! Overall, this was a lovely hotel and I would stay again. Fantastic value for money.

Room Tip: Perhaps request a room a couple of floors up to reduce noise level!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank HelenFKTerry
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Address: Hoca Pasa Mahallesi, Ebussuud Cad. Saffetipasa Sok. No: 4 | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#13 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#143 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#214 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £25 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Agan 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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