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“Great, central location - everything within reach”
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Ahmet Efendi Evi
Ranked #37 of 1,103 Istanbul B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 August 2013

This place is so handy to every tourist attraction in Istanbul, that it makes a very convenient and inexpensive option. We liked that it is someone's home, and the rooms, while small, are more than adequate. You're not going to be spending much time in your room anyway, given the multitude of things to do in Istanbul.
We found Josef particularly helpful and informative - simple advice like getting an IstanbulKart to get around the tram and metro system - all easy to follow.
Breakfast was more than adequate and no matter what time we arrived home, Josef was always there with a warm welcome and a smile. A particular kindness was a complimentary taxi back to the airport at 5am the day of our departure - totally unexpected.
One thing to note - morning prayer rings out at 0345 - every morning and as you're so near to the Blue Mosque, you're bound to hear it!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Our stay in Istanbul was made perfect by our experience with this hotel. The staff is great, incredibly kind and they will help you with every and anything. Rooms are more than ok, and breakfast is delicious.
Please stay in this hotel when visiting Istanbul!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank didi2610
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

The room was clean and looked nice, but wasn't anything special (apart from the fact it didn't have that distinct hotelroom smell). What makes this guesthouse so great is the staff and the location!

The lobby is an open kitchen/living room, where the staff is always in for a small chat and they give you great advice on what to visit, where to eat and how to travel around in Istanbul. We got to know them by their first names and they really give excellent tips and took their time in helping us.

Also, the location of the hotel is perfect. It's a three minute walk from the square where you'll find the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofia, which is the tourist heart of the SultanAhmet district. Pretty much all tourist attractions and nice dinner places are at a walking distance. The hotel itself is not located in a crowded area, which is a good thing in my opinion.

One sidenote is that the Wifi reception in the rooms is bad (but great in the lobby and you can use their computer at will). But who wants to spend their time on the internet anyway, if you have so much of Istanbul to discover.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank M H
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

The overwhelming welcoming feeling of this hotel is outstanding. Rooms are not big, but they are very clean and just the right size. Room had airco and a nice view on the Blue Mosque. The hotel is small and could be hard to find, but is situated on only a 3 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque.
The service of the owner makes this hotel extra special. Free WiFi and breakfast included.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit Istanbul for a few days.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank KramerremarK
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

This is a house hotel . When I arrived, I felt be cheat. The room is totally different with the picture showed in the web. The room looks like storage. The bathroom is ugly and small, you can only stand your two feet and the water did not come out normally. I found all the customers lived there have the same feeling.Besides, this hotel place is in a narrow and dangeous lane.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Yee Pien Y
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

Stayed 4 nights and had 5star treatment. Everything was perfect especially Mehdi and Yousef who put themselves out for us. Nothing was too much trouble and gave us good advice for visits,shopping and restaurants. We even had a guided tour of the city by Mehdi . My daughters also had a wonderful hamman thanks to Mehdi's recommandation.
Yousef was so kind to us and always had time for a little chat. The hotel is delightful,with comfortable spotless rooms and the best bed I have ever slepped in.
Breakfast also excellent with Turkish specialities.
This hotel really made our trip to Istanbul and we came back with fond memories of lovely people
and a wonderful stay. Will definitely be back to your hotel.

Room Tip: We had no.8&7 which were perfect and quiet.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank henrietta m
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We stayed here for three nights recently and found it through TripAdvisor. Like other reviewers, the location was paramount and this hotel is certainly in a great location. As we have never been to Istanbul before, and dont speak Turkish, the airport collection was a bonus! Yusuf and his team were extremely helpful and informative.

The tram is a great way of getting around to see the sites and Yusuf gave us a travel card which we could top up at kiosks around the city, very helpful!

A little niggle about the breakfast (boring and repetitive) and the WiFi - very poor in the bedroom. Otherwise, a very enjoyable stay. Istanbul is well worth a visit. People were very friendly.

The staff in the hotel go above and beyond and should be commended for their helpfulness!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ahmet Efendi Evi

Address: 23 Keresteci Hakki Sokak, Istanbul 34220, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 1,103 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range: £18 - £38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ahmet Efendi Evi 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AHMET EFENDI EVI IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF ISTANBUL, in what is known as the Cankurtaran area. This is one of the oldest Byzantine towns and is at the heart of the Sultanahmet area. We are located about 20m away from Akbiyik Mosque, which was established in 1453, making it one of the first mosques to be built after the conquest of Constantinople on May 29th 1453. ... more   less 
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