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Ibni Kemal Caddesi 14, Istantbul 34410
0212 520 5686
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A Jewel in Istanbul's crown.
Gravesend, United Kingdom
July 7, 2011
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We stayed in this small hotel which is ideally placed in the Sultanahamet area of Istanbul close to all the major attractions of the old city for example the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the cistern.It is situated in one of the ...
We stayed in this small hotel which is ideally placed in the Sultanahamet area of Istanbul close to all the major attractions of the old city for example the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the cistern.
It is situated in one of the smaller streets which is free from traffic and pedestrianised which was quite nice and along the street are a few restaurants that spill out onto the pavement areas. There is a small shop next door to buy essentials like water and other essentials.
The hotel facilities are as follows.
60 rooms, single, twin, double and triple.
A terrace bar and street side tables.
Nice sumptuous lounges
Indoor swimming pool Hamam Jacuzzi and sauna.
It has a computer in the reception area but the rest of the hotel is Wifi enabled.
24 hour reception.
Check in is from 14:00 and check out by 12:00.
Room service is available.
We were greeted by very friendly reception staff who were friendly and helpful throughout our stay. Whilst checking in we were given a welcome drink and a piece of Turkish delight which was a lovely thoughtful gesture. Check in formalities over in minutes and we whisked off to our room in one of the two lifts.
Just off the reception area there is a parrot by the lifts who is quite happy to talk to guests.
The room although small was quite adequate as we were only staying for three nights. The bathroom was small with quite a step into and out of the shower which was over the bath. This is not unusual for any of the hotels that we stayed in throughout Turkey. The beds were very comfortable but the pillows had obviously seen better days in fact in every hotel we stayed in the pillows were pretty dire. I had travelled with a small memory foam pillow which the hotel staff kindly placed in a hotel pillow case another plus I thought. The hotel was very quiet and we had no disturbances at all throughout our stay and had a brilliant sleep each night.
There was a flat screen television, French window that opened to a Romeo and Juliet balcony. Just bars across the lower half of the window space. There was a kettle with tea and coffee facilities in fact this was the only hotel that supplied us with in room tea or coffee which is another bonus. A small chair side table and lamp although the lamp shade looked as if it had seen better days.
The room was very clean which is always a bonus and the beds were made up each day on our return.
Breakfast is absolutely a knock out affair. There was every kind of dry and moist fruit available, honey and honeycomb, yoghurt, cheeses, hams, cereals and different types of breads and sweet cakes. The bread was ok toasted but to be honest the sweet cakes were not up to much. Tea and coffee were free flowing as were the orange and grapefruit juices. It was a fairly substantial affair.
We had dinner on two nights of our stay. The first night dinner was acceptable it was a set dinner of salad, filo pastry filled with cream cheese, lentil soup, fried chicken, and chocolate blancmange type of pudding. Whilst it was ok it was hardly Haute cuisine.
The second night it was quite diabolical. Salad again served with filo cheese pastry, a vegetable soup which was a bit watery but quite tasty and for the main it was incredible a meat loaf with mashed potato which was obviously reconstituted potato that had not been made with TLC as it was like a soup and poured off the fork. Dessert was fruit salad.
Avoid eating dinner in the hotel.
In my humble opinion I would strongly advise against eating dinner at the hotel instead would partake dinner at one of the many wonderful restaurants around this area where you could get a lovely meal at a reasonable price.
Locally It is rated as a four star hotel however do not imagine the rates are the same compared to hotel standards in the rest of Europe
Overall I did like the hotel for the following reasons.
1. It was very clean.
2. The staff were very friendly welcoming and helpful.
3. It is in the heart of Sultanahamet near to all the attractions.
4. The rooms although small were adequate for our needs besides you won’t be spending that much time in your room as you will be flying around Istanbul visiting the wonderful sights.
Would I recommend you stay here?
Yes I would as it is fairly reasonable and its location is superb.
Rates on average per night are as follows: - 69 Euros in low season to 90 Euros high season for a double room.
Address: - Hotel Sapphire.
Ibnikemal Caddesi. No 14 Sirkeci
Telephone: 0090 212 525686
Fax: 0090 212 5201009
Website : https://hotelsapphire.com/home.html
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