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Hotel Centrum Istanbul
Ranked #394 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 27 February 2013

I stayed here for 05-nights (20 to 25-Feb'13). I was returning from Germany and Istanbul was a transit I used for sight seeing. The positives : Rooms were clean, location very good, conveniently located within walking distance from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofiya, Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace. Around 15 kms. from Ataturk Airport and 50 Kms. from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Room service was very prompt. Wi-fi was excellent. Sauna, Massage & Hammam (Turkish Bath) all available in the hotel. I took the Hammam and was happy with the service quality.
The negatives : The rooms are small. The view from the room is nothing to talk about. Your shuttle Bus cannot come to the horel doorstep. You will need to walk around 150 metres to board the bus or reach the hotel from the bus. My airport drop was scheduled to arrive at 14 Hrs. and hence I had requested for a check-out at 13.30 Hrs. Check-out time is 12 noon. Though there was no booking for my room (Room No. 101) on 25-Feb'13, yet, I was told to vacate the room by 13.00 Hrs. Inspite of staying for 05-nights, I was not allowed even a 90 minute extension. This is definitely not hospitality. I felt like the lady at the reception "Ms. Suzan" worked with a severe "no concern" attitude. This experience left a dark spot on my visit, which was otherwise good.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

I would echo earlier reviewers in saying that Hotel Centrum is in an ideal situation for visiting all the central sites in Istanbul. It is also very well placed for the tram stop and is walking distance to the port area. There are lots of restaurants all round. The hotel is clean and comfortable and we found the staff helpful especially as we had to leave at 5.15am for an early flight. As others have said, the rooms are not large, and while perfectly acceptable for two or three nights I do not think I would want to spend a week there, but overall we were quite happy with the service we received.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Location is the highlight of this hotel. Strategically situated and walking distance to Ayusofya and the Blue Mosque. Food is found aplenty around the area.

The spread of daily breakfast buffet is also simple but adequate. Roof top dining was a refreshing experience with the morning rays and breeze felt during breakfast.

However, the rooms are rather small and amenities provided are very basic. The room that we got faces the street where the restaurants were and it could get a little noisy at night although we were staying on the 2nd highest floor (5th floor), especially on the weekends.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The staff at the hotel centrum istanbul were great. They accommodated us for an early check-in (8am early!) and gave us a free breakfast while they cleaned up the room for us. They bent over backwards to make our stay pleasurable and comfortable. After 2 weeks travelling around Turkey staying in some fairly average hotels, this was a great place to spend our last night before flying out. The breakfast buffet was a pleasant change from the usual tomatoes, cheese and cucumber, and had a selection of cereals, yoghurts and cook to order omelettes!
Good value for money and nice and central to all the main Istanbul attractions.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

Location is what I fisrt look for when searching for a hotel and this one is in the perfect position. Walking distance to - the Eminonu water front and all the ferries for a Bosphorous cruise, Galatea bridge for an atmospheric fish meal, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque we walked to all from this hotel. ( if you don't like walking the tram is only about 50 mtrs away.)
The hotel itself was very good, we were given an early check in, and when we left, our luggage was held in a safe room until it was time for our shuttle to the airport, which was arranged by the hotel.

Our room was clean, comfotable, light, airy and not small, it did not have a balcony or tea making facilities ( it's only fault in my eyes )
Breakfast was was an excellant buffet in a room with nice views.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I have stayed a couple of times at Hotel Centrum and was pleasantly surprised at the hotel for what we paid. The rooms were reasonably sized and very clean. The staff were as helpful as they could be even though few of them spoke any English apart from the receptionist Suzan they were all very kind and willing to try and help.
The breakfast was average but we would go just before the end of breakfast so there want much left by then so I’d advise to go early if you want a warm breakfast.
There is a Turkish bath below the hotel which isn’t much to look at when you compare it to the other hamams with amazing architecture but, the experience of a traditional hamam is second to none. The scrub and soap massage was very thorough and well done. And the massage was brilliant. For 40 minutes full body massage I think you get what you pay for. At the time the price was 35euro for the whole experience, that’s Turkish bath – 30 minutes, full body massage – 40 minutes and unlimited use of the small spa pool and sauna. The woman who does the massage- Asia, is a lovely person. Even when I returned to Istanbul other times and didn’t stay at the hotel I still returned for the hamam.

The location is perfect for sight-seeing. It’s very centrally located so only 5 minutes or less to the Spice Bazaar, 10 minutes to the Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, the old Hippodrome etc. The tram line is less seconds away which can get you to the other main sights very quickly if you didn’t fancy walking. Walking though is better, you experience so much more.

The street that the hotel is one has a number of nice restaurants to dine at. They are lively and bright with traditional Turkish décor. Makes you not want leave the area because there isn’t another street quite like it.

I stayed another time with friends and have recommended the hotel to many friends who have visited Istanbul. They all loved it there.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

I recently stayed at Hotel Centrum in Old Istanbul. The service was excellent. It is a lovely boutique hotel with a very pleasant atmosphere.

The rooms were impeccably clean, breakfast on the top floor was well prepared and varied and the staff assistance was first class.

We stayed there for 1 night+ 2 nights later and a last night before our flight home and arrived very early on that last day. We were given access to our rooms several hours early so we could sleep. There are many good eating places around. The hotel is in a great position for access to the main Old Istanbul places of interest.

Free wifi was a great asset, however this worked much better in the lobby than in our rooms.

Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled on business
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Address: Hobyar Mah. Ibni Kemal Cad. No 28 | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34470, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #394 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £25 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Centrum Istanbul 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar, this hotel is close to Topkapi Palace and welcomes guests looking to experience genuine Turkish hospitality. Featuring all the characteristics of a 19th-century building, Hotel Centrum Istanbul includes 49 spacious guest rooms. Marvel at panoramic views of the hotel’s historic surroundings while dining in the restaurant or have a cold drink at the bar. All guest rooms are decorated with classic furnishings and equipped with a minibar and satellite TV. Order in room service and make use of free wireless internet. While you relax in style, the attentive reception staff can arrange an airport transfer or meeting for you. After a long day of sightseeing, Hotel Centrum offers the possibility to make use of its wellness facilities. Pay a visit to the sauna or opt for relaxation in the traditional hammam. Professional massages are also possible upon request. ... more   less 
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