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We returned from our week in the peaceful Turkish countryside to the frenetic rush of Istanbul, a city of 14 million people (approaching 20 million when including the greater metro area). From a Canadian perspective, that's more people than ALL of the provinces and territories outside of Ontario and Quebec. In one city. Woah. It literally takes …
Written by Kris
24th - 26th July
Recovering from Czech Out party (one more than the other... Dominik drove) we hit the road about mid day, just as another torrential downpour started that lasted a whole five minutes turning what had been a campsite into a marsh. Feeling slightly ragged we pointed ourselves in the direction of Budapest, Hungary and drove along some twisting roads under the beautiful sunshine, windows down and the tunes on. I'm sure there ...
... Pasa is a very special place - a bit hard to find but worth the effort.
Lunchtime, and I was on a mission to eat Iskender kebab. I went back to Hamdi in Eminonu and got my wish. The actual meat could have been better, but the rest of the tomato-covered, butter-soaked, yoghurt garnished, pillowy flatbreaded dish was delicious.
I hopped up to Taksim, and appreciated for the first time what a concrete wasteland it has become. Gezi Park is north of ...
... was like a Disneyland ride, with at least a dozen line switchbacks. The airport was abuzz with people and activities, and there were dozens of planes arriving from China, Africa, Russia, India, etc. As such, the line was full of lots and lots of tired, smelly people, some of whom had eye-watering body odor. Truly. At various times we'd hit a pocket of smell that was so bad, we'd have to move or adjust, hoping to ...
... either that or they all know I need some extra learning. Lucky she is nice and we all had a laugh, she is a note taker so maybe I will check with her when I need to know something.
First off this morning we walked down to the Topkapi Palace museum. Yep I was really excited about that. It started well when we looked at all the clothes and the jewellery, they had an 84 carot diamond and a emerald encrusted dagger, they were ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHanedan Hotel Istanbul
Rooms are small, but front desk staff is very friendly and mostly helpful. Breakfast was excellent, breakfast staff especially friendly.
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Great location, awesome rooftop view of Bosphorus and Aga Sofia, very helpful staff and great rooms. Buffet breakfast so overall great value for money. Baris we hope you still have that gift from us, it means that you don't need to travel to Nepal :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hanedan Hotel Istanbul
Large room, great views, excellent price, courteous staff
Our room at the Hanedan was large with big windows overlooking a quiet street. The price (off peak) was the best we found in central Istanbul. The terrace where we ate breakfast (included) has views of the Blue Mosque, Aghia Sophia and Bosphorus. The management was courteous and helpful. The only problem was a water leak around the base of the toilet. The Hanedan is a short walk to all the major sites in Istanbul. Highly recommended!
The Hanedan Hotel is a great place to stay in Istanbul
I stayed at the Hanedan hotel in October 2005.
I found the hotel on the internet and it turned out to be an excellent choice. The hotel is situated in the centre of sultanahmet - very close to Haghia Sophis and the Topkapi palace. My room was cleaned every day , breakfast on the rooftop was great and above all the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Also i was picked up from the airport which was very convenient.
P.S. I am a female traveller who stayed there alone.
A very good value
I had a very good experience with this hotel. When I arrived at the airport the driver was there waiting for me. My room was clean and comfortable and the bathroom was new and very clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It's a great location and the terrace has a nice view. I found everything to be as advertised. I think it's a very good value and I would definitely stay here again.
Great place, great location, great service. You can't ask for more!!!!
I love Hanedan because it is near enough to all the historical sites but away from the noises of the main street. The place is clean and the service is good. The people at the hotel are friendly and I always feel safe at the hotel. No doubt I will stay at Hadenan again and again in my future trips.
My second home
I stayed in Hanedan hotel for one mounth and I felt like home. Really confortable hotel, no spot cleaning rooms and unbelivable breakfast!!!!Suleyman...one of the owners is a really friendly person and helps you in any requests and he knows Istanbul very well so he can suggest you the best places you should go. reach the most important historical places is so easy...just 2 minutes wolking from Saint Sofia, blue mosque, cistern and topkapi palace. Is situated in a really nice street with nice restaurants and bars I recomended it AT ALL!!!!
Excellent value for money
We stayed at the Hanedan for five nights.The facilities are very good and spotlessly clean. Best of all for me was the shower it was hot and worked well!!!! (We had a problem one night when there was no hot water , but we were called as soon as this was fixed) . Suleyman is exceptionally helpful and always went out of his way to assist us. The only "problem" that we encountered was with the airport pick up- they were there waiting for us but, on check out we were charged 15 euro for one transfer. Obviously there was some sort of misunderstanding as i had read that a stay of 3nights or more included free transfers. I had mailed Suleyman on booking about the free transfer and he replied that someone would pick us up... he made no mention of it being free and i assumed that it would be seeing that that was my question in mail him. He was too nice to be a cheat! He then got a airport shuttle for us at 6 lira each.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Michelle and Stalik -South Africa
Great reasonably priced hotel in Istanbul
We stayed at the Hanedan Hotel for a total of 6 nights - we had three people sharing a room for around 57 euros a night (cash price), including breakfast The hotel is located in the Sultanamet, in close proximity to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. The room was very attractive, spacious and very clean. We had 24 hour hot water and rooms serviced daily. The breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the river and Hagia Sofia were excellent, often with home-cooked cake and pastries as well as the traditional olives, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, eggs, basket of bread, yoghurt, fruits, jam, tea and coffee. The management was very helpful: for example, when my daughter and I went shopping, they insisted that we take a card from the hotel so if we got lost, they would come and bring us back to the hotel. We could use the internet whenever we wanted and had free pickup from the airport (as we stayed a minimum of 3 nights). The only issue was with this pickup which was provided by an external agency - there was supposed to be someone with a card with our name on it. No such person or card was there, but when I went to Information, they put over an announcement and the pick-up agent then found us.
Still Impressed One Year Later
This is the place to stay for location, cleanliness, friendly customer service and reasonable rates. After viewing rooms in more than 8 hotels/hostels located in the Sultanahmet - the Hanedan surpassed all.
I stayed at the Hanedan at the beginning of my 2 month trip to Turkey at could not wait to return to stay again on my out of the country. Having stayed at many, many different hotels throughout the country - the Hanedan was definitely in the top two for the aforementioned reasons.
The rooms, albeit smaller, are immaculately clean with new baths. Each room has a slightly different theme reflected by it's "name" and nuanced decor - however size and design are the same. The only downside to my stay at the Hanedan was staying on a top floor directly across from the neighboring hotel's bar - which meant music and noise if my windows were open. Great views from the terrace and very nice breakfast service.
The most memorable part of my stay was the service. The management and staff were not only professional and but kind and courteous. When there was an issue resulting from the prepaid airport shuttle (advertised through Hanedan but not owned by them) not picking me up at the scheduled time - they instantly called a cab and paid my taxi fare to the airport.
Overall this is a charming little place in the Sultanahmet - I highly recommend it!
Wonderful hotel- great location
Our family (visiting from Canada) stayed at the Hanedan in the family room for three days, and it was perfect. Big room, lovely furnishings, new full bathroom. It is situated in the quiet and pleasant part of Sultanahmet, just five minutes walk from Agia Sophia, the Byzantine Cisterns and the Topkapi palace (the Blue Mosque is about a ten minute walk). Also very close to the tram line which reaches every place you need. There are several internet cafes nearby and a small grocery store, with a bunch of restaurants on the same street.
The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, going out of there way for us. Breakfast was very good with a terrace view of the Agia Sophia and the sea of Marmara.
Excellent price, too. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Istanbul.
Comfortable hotel in a good location
We stayed at the Hanedan hotel for a long weekend in April 2005.
The hotel is conveniently located about 4 minutes walk from the main historic sights such as the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sophia and Blue Mosque. The area has a really nice feel about it and is free from the hustle and bustle of modern Istanbul. There are good restaurants located within a few minutes walk but be warned that this is not the 'partying' centre of the city - for that you need to travel to the Taksim square area which is about a 20 minute taxi ride away.
As for the hotel itself - the rooms are small, but clean and comfortable. The bathrooms are modern and have great showers. Our only complaint is that we stayed in the room on the ground floor (Troy room) and we were woken up most mornings with the staff clattering around outside (unfortunately we were next to the laundry room and not too far from the reception). Breakfast was served on the roof terrace which also as a covered area if like us the weather isn't too good.
Our biggest complaint about the Hanedan were the free airport transfers which they included if you booked for 3 nights. These were really badly managed. For example, when we arrived at the arrivals lounge in Istanbul airport we couldn't find the person who was supposed to be there to meet us. We rang the hotel to let them know and were told to wait but still nobody came to meet us. We rang again and eventually we found the person who was supposed to meet us - unfortunately they were holding a piece of card with a different hotel name (the Peninsula which is the Hanedans sister hotel) and the wrong passenger names! Very annoying after a long flight.
Also, although it didn't bother us, the road outside the Hanedan is being re-paved and it currently resembles a building site. Admittedly not the hotels problem, but if your precious about your shoes I'd advise you to stay elsewhere.