ISTANBUL

HOTEL SEBNEM
Adliye Sokak 1 (off Akbiyik Caddesi)
Istanbul 34400
Tel: +90 212 517 66 23
Fax: +90 212 638 10 56
Email: sebnemhotel@superonline.com
Website: www.sebnemhotel.net
Location: Sultanahmet
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Located just minutes away from the main sights (Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia), Sebnem is an absolute gem. The tastefully done up rooms, with comfortable canopy beds, are charming, clean and homely. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and clean modern private bathrooms. Ground floor rooms have a private garden. The lovely rooftop terrace with Marmara Sea views of is a perfect place to relax after a long day. Internet is free, the included breakfast is excellent.

HANEDAN HOTEL
Akbiyik Cad. Adliye Sok. No. 3
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 516 48 69
Fax: +90 212 458 22 48
Email: hanedanhotel@superonline.com
Website: www.hanedanhotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Hanedan’s close proximity to the main sights and rock bottom prices make it an attractive option. The rooms are spotless, with homely decor and decent amenities: TV, telephone, air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi and clean private bathrooms. 1 family room and 1 double room have sea views. Internet is free and breakfast is included (there’s also a refrigerator for guest use). The rooftop terrace has lovely views of the Bosphorus and Hagia Sophia. Food tip: For mouth watering Beyti kebabs try Café Rumist at Akbiyik Caddesi No. 7.

APRICOT HOTEL
Amiral Tafdil Sok No. 18/2
Istanbul 34400
Tel: +90 212 638 16 58
Fax: +90 212 458 35 74
Website: www.apricothotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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With just 6 rooms, Apricot is small, but therein lies its charm. Sitting on a quiet street near the main sights, its warm rooms make you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s house rather than a hotel. Some have balconies and views of the Blue Mosque. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi and big, immaculate private bathrooms done up in marble (some with jacuzzis and Turkish baths). Internet is free, breakfast is included, staff is helpful and the lovely waterfront is steps away.

SIDE HOTEL & PENTION
Utangaç Sokak 20
Istanbul 34400
Tel: +90 212 517 22 82
Fax: +90 212 517 65 90
Email: info@sidehotel.com
Website: www.sidehotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Side has a variety of rooms at wallet friendly prices (with breakfast). All rooms are clean and nicely done up. Hotel rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioner or fan and neat private bathrooms. A few have balconies. The more basic pension rooms have no amenities and cheaper ones share a bathroom. Some pension rooms are without a window, so beware. For nice views, head to the rooftop terrace. Wi-Fi and tea is free. The main sights are minutes away. Side is very good value for money in a very good location.

ZEYNEP SULTAN HOTEL
Zeynep Sultan Camii Sok 25
Istanbul 34140
Tel: +90 212 514 50 01
Fax: +90 212 514 50 04
Email: info@zeynepsultanhotel.com
Website: www.zeynepsultanhotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Zeynep Sultan’s rooms are small and basic, with small bathrooms and the included breakfast is not the greatest. But if you’re looking for a clean, warm and inexpensive place near the main sights, you’ll love Zeynep. Tucked away on a quiet by lane it’s one of the friendliest places you’ll stay in. The rooms are comfortable and come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. The small rooftop terrace has views of Hagia Sophia. Internet is free and the room prices won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

BASILEUS HOTEL
Kadirga Liman Cad. Sehit Mehmet Pasa Sok 1
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 517 78 78
Fax: +90 212 517 78 79
Email: info@basileushotel.com
Website: www.basileushotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Basileus is one of the most impressive new budget hotels in Istanbul. Located close to the main sights, it scores high points on its helpful staff and the quality of rooms. The 20 rooms are spacious and romantic; with cozy, elegant décor and floor to ceiling glass windows. Most have cute little balconies. All rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and modern private bathrooms. The included breakfast is good and internet is free. Note: The rooftop terrace will be operational by April this year.

HOTEL PENUNSULA
Adliye Sokak No. 6 (off Akbiyik Cad)
Tel: +90 212 458 68 50
Fax: +90 212 458 68 49
Email: info@hotelpeninsula.com
Website: www.hotelpeninsula.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Located a stone’s throw away from the main sights, Peninsula is a real bargain. And what you get for your buck is not bad. A quiet setting, a nice rooftop terrace with hammocks and fabulous views of the Marmara Sea and the city, homemade jam and yoghurt with the included breakfast, free internet and renovated rooms with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and neat private bathrooms. One double room even has a balcony with sea view. We like Peninsula but we’re not crazy about their basement rooms which are avoidable.

HOTEL UDYAN
Cankurtaran Mah. Utangac Sok No. 25
Istanbul 34122
Fax: +90 212 517 15 82
Email: info@uyanhotel.com
Website: www.uyanhotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Uyan is not cheap, but if you’re willing to spend that little extra, you’ll be in for a fantastic stay. Located just minutes from the main sights, it offers classy, elegant rooms and stunning views from its impressive rooftop terrace. The rooms are super large and have a TV, air-conditioner, telephone, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and immaculate private bathrooms (standard rooms have showers, deluxe rooms have Jacuzzi tubs). 2 standard rooms come with balconies. Smaller and cheaper rooms are also available. Breakfast is included.

METROPOLIS HOSTEL
Akbiyik Caddesi, Terbiyik Sokak No. 24
Tel: +90 212 518 18 22
Fax: +90 212 518 18 22
Email: info@metropolishostel.com
Website: www.metropolishostel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Metropolis is arguably Istanbul’s best hostel. It offers top class rooms and dorms which are spotless and super comfortable. Rooms are on the smaller side but most have fantastic views. So does the rooftop terrace. All the rooms have air-conditioners and come with private or shared bathrooms; both clean, with excellent showers. Internet is free and breakfast is included. The mains sights are a short walk away. Food tip: For delicious local food, head to the hostel’s Metropolis restaurant which is down the road.

OSMANHAN HOTEL
Akbiyik Caddesi Cetinkaya Sok. No. 1
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 458 77 02
Email: info@osmanhanhotel.com
Website: www.osmanhanhotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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What makes Osmanhan special is the incredibly friendly and helpful staff, which also has some great restaurant recommendations. The décor ranges from functional to garish but the rooms are comfortable and full of amenities: TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and neat private bathrooms. 2 deluxe double rooms have sea views. Internet is free, the included breakfast is good, the main sights are close by and the rooftop terrace has good views, but not great.

HOTEL ESANS
Ishakpasa Cd.Yenisarachane Sk. No. 4
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 516 19 02
Fax: +90 212 516 19 03
Email: info@esanshotel.com
Website: www.esanshotel.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Esans is one of our favourites. The welcome is friendly and the 8 rooms are flawless: spacious, clean and beautifully done up, with rich, colourful fabrics and traditional Ottoman style furniture (each room is individually styled). One superior room (3rd floor) has nice views of the Bosphorus. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and immaculate private bathrooms. The rooftop terrace has great views, the included breakfast is good, internet is free and the main sights are minutes away.

NAZ WOODEN HOUSE INN
Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk. No. 7
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 516 71 30
Fax: +90 212 638 39 22
Email: reservation@nazwoodenhouseinn.com
Website: www.nazwoodenhouseinn.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Set in an Ottoman wooden house, Naz is utterly charming. Its 7 rooms are homely, with antique style furniture, Turkish handicrafts and colourful rugs. 5 of the rooms face the street, one of which has a sea view, while one has a big balcony. The spacious rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar and neat private bathrooms. The rooftop terrace has great views of just about everything. The inn’s travel agency nearby offers free internet. Breakfast is included; the main sights are a short walk away.

HOTEL ALP GUESTHOUSE
Akbiyik Caddesi Adliye Sokak No. 4
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 517 70 67
Fax: +90 212 517 95 70
Email: info@alpguesthouse.com
Website: www.alpguesthouse.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Alp is a laid back, no fuss guesthouse featuring cozy and quaint rooms with a heavy smattering of dark wood, which we love. The décor is simple and eye pleasing (Ottoman style canopy beds included) and the rooms are well maintained. The location is a big plus point, a quiet side street close to the main sights. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi and immaculate private bathrooms. Breakfast is included and the rooftop terrace has some of the best views in Istanbul.

AHMET EFENDI EVI
Keresteci Hakki Sokak 31, Cankurtaran Mah.
Istanbul 34122
Tel: +90 212 518 84 65
Fax: +90 212 518 84 65
Email: info@ahmetefendievi.com
Website: www.ahmetefendievi.com
Location: Sultanahmet
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Ahmet Efendi does not have a rooftop terrace with views but there’s more to a hotel than a rooftop terrace. Like a good, central location, warm and attentive hospitality, spotless, comfortable and nicely done up rooms, a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, free Wi-Fi and clean private bathrooms in the rooms, an included breakfast that’s delicious and free internet. Ahmet Efendi has all of this. It also has a lovely double room with a private terrace and great views of the Marmara Sea. Ahmet Efendi is a real delight.

HOTEL NILES
Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak 19
Istanbul 34400
Tel: +90 212 517 32 39
Fax: +90 212 516 07 32
Email: info@hotelniles.com
Website: www.hotelniles.com
Location: Grand Bazaar
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Located near the bustling Grand Bazaar and a mere 12 to 15 minute walk away from the other main sights, Niles is excellent value for money. Besides, the rooftop terrace is very impressive, the service is super friendly and the included breakfast is fantastic. The rooms are inexpensive and in tip top shape: clean, neat and comfortable. The bathrooms, however, are tiny but spotless and modern. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioner, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Internet is free.

RAPUNZEL GUESTHOUSE & CAFE
Bereketzade Mah. Bereketzade, Camii Sok. No. 3
Istanbul 34420
Tel: + 90 212 292 50 34
Fax: + 90 212 292 50 35
Email: info@rapunzelistanbul.com
Website: www.rapunzelistanbul.com
Location: Beyoğlu
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Even though Rapunzel is a hostel, it’s perfect for anyone looking for a clean, comfortable and cheap place near the action. Located next to Galata Tower and close to the restaurants and bars, it has 5 twin rooms and 1 triple room with private bathrooms. The 2 dorms (4 to 6 beds) have their own bathrooms. All rooms and dorms have fans, free Wi-Fi and are spacious, with minimalistic décor. There’s also a cozy lounge with a TV, a library and free tea and coffee. Breakfast is included. Two big thumbs up for Rapunzel.

HOTEL TROYA
Tepebaşı, Meşrutiyet Caddesi. No. 45
Istanbul 34433
Tel: +90 212 251 82 06
Fax: +90 212 249 04 38
Email: troya@hoteltroya.com
Website: www.hoteltroya.com
Location: Beyoğlu
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Troya has its faults, but it’s still a very good option in an area lacking in good quality budget hotels. The location is prime: close to bars, cafes and shopping of lively Istiklal Caddesi and a 15 minute walk away from Taksim Square. Rooms are renovated and clean but vary in size and quality (superior rooms are larger than the deluxe rooms). Some rooms face the inside of the hotel, avoidable. All rooms have a TV, telephone, air-conditioning and neat private bathrooms. Internet is free, breakfast is included and good.

I HOUSE ISTANBUL
Istiklal Caddesi Zambak Sokak No. 5
Istanbul 34420
Tel: +90 212 244 37 73
Email: info@ihouseistanbul.com
Website: www.ihouseistanbul.com
Location: Beyoğlu
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I House is super friendly and nicely located for exploring Istanbul’s nightlife, it sits steps away from Istiklal Caddesi and Taksim Square. The private rooms and dorms are basic but spotless and seriously cheap. The décor is sparse and there’s free Wi-Fi. The rooms have private bathrooms, while the dorms share. Internet is 1 Turkish Lira for 20 minutes. There’s no breakfast. The lounge has a TV and free tea and coffee. Note: Rooms facing the street can be noisy, so get a room at the back if you’re a light sleeper.

GALATA ANTIQUE HOTEL
Mesrutiyet Cd. No. 119
Istanbul 34430
Tel: +90 212 245 59 44
Fax: +90 212 245 59 47
Email: info@galataantiquehotel.com
Website: www.galataantiquehotel.com
Location: Beyoğlu
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Housedin a 19th century building, Galata’s location is fantastic: close to Istiklal Caddesi, the Galata Tower and Tunel (the funicular). The newly renovated rooms are neat, comfortable and stylishly done up. The eooms vary in size and a few on the higher floors have stunning views. So does the rooftop terrace. All rooms come with a TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini bar, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Breakfast is included. Food tip: For the best meyhane food in Istanbul, drop in at Sofyali 9 nearby (Asmalimescit Cd, Sofyalı Sokak 9).

GRAND HOTEL DE LONDRES
Mesrutiyet Caddesi. No. 53
Istanbul 34430
Tel: +90 212 245 06 70
Fax: +90 212 245 06 71
Email: londra@londrahotel.net
Website: www.londrahotel.net
Location: Beyoğlu
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The location of many a movie, de Londres is a quirky hotel with history. Though not as grand as it once was, you can still see evidence of it in the common areas. The rooms are a mixed bag; ranging from the large and plush to the small and basic. Pricey ones have sea views. All rooms have a TV, telephone, fans or air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Breakfast is included, the bar is lively, the terrace has nice views. Pocket friendly prices and a great location (near Istiklal Caddesi), make de Londres worthwhile.