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“old world elegance”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel El Ruha

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Hotel El Ruha
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Sanliurfa
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214 reviews
95 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“old world elegance”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The outlook from our room was spectacular, the gardens, the castle ,mosque and Abrahams pool before us. Our room was large and nicely decorated but best of all were the comfortable mattresses on the beds We were fortunate also to have sole access to a large terrace with expansive views.
Dinner was only average and breakfast was very busy . This meant that many bain maries were empty, there was no fruit left etc.
I loved the character of the place though, the lobby with its nostalgic artifacts, the atmospheric coffee cave and the attractive outdoor area.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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English first
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131 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Very good location to Holly place.
Abrahams cave and Lake very close. By walk five minutes.
Rooms are big enough
Bathroom was good and clean
Swimming pool inside and cooll
Turkish hamam is free
Hotel far from city center
Breakfast fair to there are no special.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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SİBEL O, Satış Müdürü at Hotel El Ruha, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
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Sn.Orhan bey,
öncelikle konaklamanızda bizi tercih ettiğiniz ve zaman ayırıp deneyimlerinizi trip advisor sitesinde paylaşarak araştırma yapan misafirlere ışık tututtuğunuz için çok teşekkür ederiz.
En kısa sürede sizi tekrar ağırlamak bizi çok mutlu eder.

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Lafayette, California
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441 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

The location is perfect - close to Urfa Bazaar, well known sites, and the lovely park. The hotel has a comfortable and cool patio. The tame pet pidgins or were they doves (?) were friendly and would sit on your shoulder. The food was good but this is a "dry" area and no alcohol is served. Air condition did not always work in the room but sleeping with the window open was ok, thus I could listen to the amam calling for prayers.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Kusadasi, Turkey
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115 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This was my 5th stay in this (alcohol-free) 5star hotel - room & bathroom are spacious, clean and well-maintained - very rich breakfast buffet - several extra facilities like fitness, pool and Turkish bath! There is Wifi all over the place! Although I would give the place only a 4 star rating, it has the big advantage of being just opposite the Holy Lake with the fish and a 5 minutes walk from the most interesting & authentic bazaar of Turkey! Value for your money is excellent.

Room Tip: rooms on the east are fresher in the evening, less noise......
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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GREECE
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164 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Urfa, being the ancient Greek town of Edessa and the birth place of prophet Abraham (supposedly) is a very important city of south eastern Turkey. One of the most famous touristic site is the LAKE OF FISH. Supposedly Abraham was catapulted from a hill above the lake and instead of him falling to the lake as burning pieces the pieces turned into fish and created this lake (as a matter of fact is a pond) full of fish. (don't even think of catching a fish from this pond, apart that all bad things are going to fall on your head you will spend a night in custody, which is even more scaring ) Facing this really cool thing (go early, as is revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims it gets very crowded very early) is Hotel El Ruha. Very imposing from the outside not nearly imposing from the inside. The more is better philosophy of this hotel has failed miserably. As, mostly, is a one night hotel they don't give importance to the one night guest. Everything is heavy in this hotel and the wall to wall carpet in the rooms needs an immediate change. There are slippers in the room so don't step on the carpet with your bare foot. The bathroom, the standard fare and the towels torn at the edges were of a light gray color. Dirty? I can't say that but not exactly clean. A WARNING: Just next door (a 100 meters) there is a Turkish music and dance show called SIRA DANSI that the hotel will certainly recommend (it means dancing in a row) . AVOID THAT AT ALL COST. The music is so loud you will come out with impaired hearing. The dance is performed by men and is not of artistic value. AND, on top of everything you have to sit on the ground while eating and most of the food will end up on your lap. AND it is 50$ a couple. A tourist trap. We haven't stayed at the Hilton but if you are in the vicinity try Hilton. We were told (by our agent) that El Ruha is better but nothing can be worst than that. Be cool and travel at all cost.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Surrey
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62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

I stayed here on business and found the El Ruha comfortable and friendly, The property is around 25 years old and needs a bit of attention here and there. However, that makes it a bit more authentic and this is after all Urfa, a gem of the south, and not a typically dull European business city. The location is great - right next to the Golbasi / Abraham park and close to the city. Coming from grimy Ankara, the park made a big impression and was great for a walk, The hotel restaurant was pretty good, meeting facilities were excellent and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The twin room I had booked under a conference arrangement was perfectly fine - clean, quiet and not too stuffy. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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PINAR K, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Hotel El Ruha, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
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Merhabalar Sayın Paula ,.

Öncelikle Konaklamanizda Şanlıurfa Hotel el ruha'yı tercih ettiginiz için ve bizler hakkındaki olumlu düşüncelerinizİ Şanlurfa şehri ile ilgili anılarınızı tripadvisior gibi bir sitede paylaştığınız için tesekkür ederİz
Bizler hakkındaki düşünceleriniz önümüzü görebilmemiz açısından bizler için büyük önem taşımaktadır.Şanlıurfaya bir dahaki gelişinizde sizleri tekrar aramızda görmekten mutluluk duyarız.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

It's in thr city center of Urfa and thus close to many historical sights. It is also in very historical building. However, the furniture in the rooms are old and not in a good condition. The floor does not seem very clean and the room smells like an ash tray.

Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel El Ruha
Address: Balikligol Yeni Mah. Lekler Cad. No:240, Sanliurfa 63100, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Sanliurfa Province > Sanliurfa
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Sanliurfa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel El Ruha 5*
Number of rooms: 87
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