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“Overnight at the Berk Guest House, Istanbul”
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Berk Guest House
Ranked #26 of 1,031 Istanbul B&B and Inns
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“Overnight at the Berk Guest House, Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

This was our second visit to Istanbul; the first was in 2007. It was our second stay at the Berk Guest House and, if/when we're back in Istanbul we'll stay there again. Located within 1/2 mile of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, it couldn't be better situated. It's also about a mile from the covered Grand Bazaar, which, if one likes to be pestered looking at and dickering over prices for rugs, china, etc., an easy walk. From either the hotel rooftop (Room 41), or ours (Room 31) one flight below, excellent views of the mosque and directly overlooking the beautiful Four Seasons garden (the Four Seasons, by the way, is about 3x the price of the Berk). Yesim Evrensel manages the hotel and is the consummate hostess; excellent English; very gracious. If you are in Istanbul NOT on a cruise, or have a night or two pre-/post-cruise, stay there!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Topolovgrad, Khaskovo, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Berk Guest House is perfectly located near all the attractions. There are many cafes and restaurants just round the corner. The rooms are small but adequate and clean as in Istanbul you really only need to be there to sleep as all happening in the city. The delicious breakfast is always served with a smile from the friendly owner who is always there to answer any questions and give any help she can. There is always someone on reception 24 hours and they speak English too. I would recommend this guest house to anyone on a budget who wants friendly clean accommodation with that personal touch.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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bulgaria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

We arrived as guests and left as friends. The warm welcome of the owner Yesim cannot be bettered. She went out of her way to ensure that our stay in Istanbul was absolutely perfect but in fact all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.. This guest house is perfectly located as a base to explore the city and situated in an interesting area full of cafes and restaurants. The breakfast was delicious and set us up for the day. The rooms are small but clean fresh and the bed linen was of good quality. We slept perfectly! I would recommend this budget guest house to those who like the personal touch when visiting a city. It has everything you need and is very good value for money but it is the friendliness of the owners that sets it apart from other hotels. We will be returning in the spring!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Twin Cities, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

We spent our first two nights in Turkey at the Berk Guest House in Istanbul. It made for a handy base to explore the city, near Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Also close to the Basilica Cistern and the tram. The hotel is in the center of Sultanahmet on a narrow alleyway.

Our room was quite small, but very clean and comfortable. Besides, we were only sleeping in it.

The family that runs the hotel is extraordinarily nice (as was everyone we met in three weeks in Turkey). The hotel has a small rooftop terrace with expansive views across the city, including the Bosphorous.

After one very long day of sightseeing, my wife and I went up to the terrace to relax and just watch the city go by. We heard footsteps on the stairway and, next thing we knew, the hotel owner was bringing us glasses of terrific Turkish red wine and a bowl full of fruit.

Breakfasts were served in a sort of couryard near the back of the hotel and included some sort of very tasty sausage, fruit, yogurt, honey, olives, hard-boiled eggs, a couple of kinds of cheese, several kinds of bread, jam and preserves, and cold cereal, all included in the room rate. It was a great way to start the day and provided plenty of fuel to get us through to lunch. We found such breakfasts are typical at hotels throughout Turkey, at least, at the smaller hotels (didn't stay in any big hotels).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

This place is in the heart of most historical district of Istanbul. It is in walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace, Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet Mosque, and etc. And I mean a 5 -10 min walk.

The guest house is run by a wonderful family. We stayed here for 4 nights. The owners were super friendly. They had a 3 year old daughter who became friends with our 2 year old son and kept him entertained. The rooms are very comfortable. We were in Istanbul in August and itwas very hot. Our room had an AC. We didn't even feel the heat. The room was a little dated but it was clean. There was a bathroom in our room which is rare to get for this price. The owner even gave her daughters playpen to us to accommodate our son.

In the mornings there was breakfast in the little yard on the first floor. We hung out at this place not only for breakfast but also for coffee in the afternoon. Owner recommended us nice restaurants and places to go in the area.

I would definitely go back. In fact, we will go back next summer. Lovely people, great location, good deal.

Note: cab ride from the airport was only 15 dollars (30 TL)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

In one of the most beautiful places in Istanbul, you will found Berk Guesthouse. Just around the corner from Hagia Sofia and the blue moschee. Many nice cafes and restaurants around. Clean and comfortable rooms and a typical turkish breakfast. Twenty four ours a day there is someone to answer your questions or help you with any problem. A great atmosphere and very nice people will make your stay in Istanbul a one to remember. To make sure you will came back, Istanbul does the rest by itsself! Speciel highlight is the terrasse with a perfect view over the old city.

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

We stayed in Berk Hotel for 4 nights while in Istanbul. We stayed in room no. 14.

Pros:
- Location, 5 minutes walk and you are in the middle of all the action. The Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Hagai Sofia, Tram station, Restaurants.
- Relatively easy to find, coz it is right next to the Four Seasons Hotel
- Gets quite during the night
- The rooms are clean for the most part, towels are changed every day
- Shower is decent, hot water all day long.
- Room size is good, in fact, really big room as compared to other places we stayed in Istanbul on a budget.
- The staff during the day and the night time are very helpful. They gave us most of the information we needed.

Cons:
- Biggest one for me, lack of good roof seating. The roof top is very small and barely fits 4 chairs, the sewage pipe opens there so, it is impossible to sit there and enjoy the views unless you are willing to breath foul smelling air and barely have space to move.
- Breakfast is bare minimum, lack of fruit variety (apples, plums, that's it)
- Gets noisy early in the morning, when the staff is talking loud and preparing for Breakfast, Ear plugs are a must if you are light sleeper like me.
- Our room opened to the back of the Hotel, smoke gets into the room real easy if someone is smoking in the back porch.
- The Mattress and the especially the pillows need upgrading. The Pillows are all broken up and in pieces.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Berk Guest House
Address: Kutlugun Sokak, No: 29, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Berk Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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