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Historical Traveler Reviews Seven Hills Hotel Istanbul
Very pleased with Seven Hills
We moved to the Seven Hills after a disappointing experience at another hotel in the neighborhood. We could not have been more delighted with Seven Hills! The room we were given was quiet, spacious and immaculately clean, important since we were traveling with two young children. The views from the rooftop restaurant were beyond incredible. Most of all, we were impressed by the staff -- so very friendly and helpful at every turn. Also a very safe and comfortable ride back to the airport. We highly recommend Seven Hills and will stay there again when we return to Istanbul.
A dream of a hotel! To-die-for 360-degree views of the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus and the Aya Sofia from the glorious rooftop restaurant; perfect location right across the street from the Four Seasons and all the sites in the Old City; tasteful room w/ balconies and river breezes; generous and delicious breakfast included in the room price; wonderfully helpful manager, Bulent, who, amazingly, agreed to help us haggle in the Bazaar; adorable, friendly, dedicated staff.
We read the write up "Hard sell at Seven Hills" and were very concerned about our resevation. So, I contacted manager Bulent Sayan to re confirmed our reservation for the corner suite with the view of the Aya Sofia and balcony. He assured us we would get the room we had booked. So, when we arrived we had been upgraded to the their Presidential Suite, at no charge. I think he felt bad for us due our major flight delays and lost luggage. In fact, with out us asking he tracked down our luggage. He offered to take us back to the airport the night before we left if it did not arrive before his shift was over. But, at 11:45pm Bulent brought our siutcases to our room. We were very grateful to have his help.
I truly loved the Seven Hills Hotel. Not only is this small hotel in the best area of Sultanhamet in Istanbul but it is perfectly located near many sites; it is a block and a half from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia. It has the best rooftop terrace view compared to all the other hotels in the area (the highest hotel view)... The terrace is absolutely gorgeous, with a 360 degree view of the city, the mosques and the Marmarra Sea/Bosphorous River. I cant tell you enough how incredibly romantic being there was... Balmy evenings when the sun is setting, great wine from an extensive wine list, the cry of seagulls overhead - it was so lovely to experience such an enchanting atmosphere... You cant go wrong at this place: I had no problems at all.
Wonderful location for walking in the ancient district. Nice local restaurants for evening meals. Very clean hotel, although the mattresses are as hard as the floors! The food in the restaurant was nothing special and very overpriced, and don't order bar drinks there unless you don't mind paying about $15 a drink. The breakfast was adequate and the staff did not even mention once to us to use their affiliated stores or tours. Get a room with a balcony, you'll enjoy the views.
Six of us, using three rooms, spent two nights at this hotel. We occupied a deluxe suite, the presidential suite and a triple room. We were all very pleased with the size and comfort of the rooms. The location was perfect for us. The staff was very attentive and pleasant, especially Bulent Sayan, the manager. The manager arranged transportation from the airport and to the port, where we departed on a cruise. He also suggested a travel agency, which was located in the next block, for an all day tour. We were pleased with the travel agency manager, the tour guide and the price. The rooftop is an excellent place for views and drinks; however, we gave it mixed reviews for dinner. Three of us were not impressed with our meals, but the service was good. We all agreed that if we return to Istanbul, and we hope we do, we will definitely stay there agin.
While the hotel has an ideal location and good views from the rooftop restaurant, our stay there was extremely unpleasant. When we arrived, the manager told us that the room with the view of the Haghia Sophia that we had reserved was flooded and uninhabitable. He put us up in another, smaller and much more undersirable room. Later, we found out that the room was occupied by other guests; the next morning (which happened to be the manager's day off) we were told that we would have to wait for the other guests to check out before we could move into that room.
A Jewel in Istanbul
Just returning from Istanbul, I must admit this Hotel is a real Jewel for the price. The staff is extremely attentive, the rooms are nicely appointed and the location is quiet. We had a wonderful view from our room of the city and the sea. We are both extremely particular about Hotels. The travel agency next to them is a dream, as they pick you up at the airport and will arrange everything from tours to carpet buying, with honest dealers. If you stay here, you will not be disappointed.
Very Nice Hotel
Just got back from Istanbul where we stayed at the Seven Hills Hotel. The hotel has an ideal location between the Haghia Sofia & Blue Mosque, right next door to the Four Seasons. The rooftop restaurant has the absolute BEST view of the Bosphorous and must be seen. The staff was excellent. A small hotel with limited services, but everything they do is done well. The General Manager was very helpful and they are very proactive to your needs. I travel a lot and usually can find some glaring shortcomings in hotels (I've worked in Hotels for 20 years). The Seven Hills isn't perfect, but given the price you pay and what you get, it is sure thing.
Great small hotel
Excellent small hotel, with friendly and helpful staff. The roof-top restaurant alone is well worth a visit; amazing views, good food and good service. Indeed, it attracts many people from the Four Seasons Hotel accross the road.
The location is good, being in the heart of Sultanahemt, near to the Aya Sofya.
The room was of a good standard but marred by a dirty sheet. Following discussion this was put right.