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Historical Traveler Reviews Daphne Hotel Istanbul
Intimate, friendly boutique hotel with great location
Daphne is a very clean, comfortable, and friendly hotel with a great location. Walking distance to major sites in the old city. Great view of the Bosphorous from the rooftop. The staff was very accomodating and helpful, and we felt very comfortable.
When we return to Istanbul we would return to the Daphne. Since we would return to this hotel, that says it all.
Great place to stay
We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Daphne over the New Years holiday. The rooms were clean & looked just like the photos on the hotel website. The front desk staff & owner were beyond helpful with location attractions and directions. Breakfast was good and we enjoyed dinner one night there as well.
The hotel was in a quiet area and close walking distance to the Blue Mosque and other major attractions.
We would highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling to Istanbul!
Overall pretty good
My wife had stayed there before and recommended the Daphne. We stayed there twice, before and after visting Capadoccia.
The room was fine, the internet connection was a bonus. We were promised a sea view but only got it on the first visit; it is worth insisting as it definitely enhances the experience.
Traffic noise was a bit of a problem on the second floor; on higher floors it is less of an issue as well as the view being better.
The best thing about the hotel is the staff who are unfailingly helpful and eager to please. I could not relate to the complaints about drinks as we ordered a bottle of wine in our room which cost almost nothing.
Great location to historical sites.
We booked a room with sea view in February of 2006. We arrived and went to our room...it was overlooking the garbage cans. We said this was unacceptable and we were calling the travel agent located in Istanbul. Suddenly they found two very nice rooms with sea views. The rooms were clean as well as the hotel. The first night there we had an over-priced dinner at the hotel with terrible service. It took 30 minutes to get a glass of water. We were the only customers in the restaurant. I order a bottle of white wine and asked the price . They said it was 40 euros I said that was too much. Then they said 30 euros. The wine was terrible. When we finished dinner one person noticed the cork had a different name than the name on the bottle. We felt ripped off. They probably filled it with some cheap wine. That was our experience.
Just back from the Daphne
My wife and I just got back from Istanbul and two nights at the Daphne Hotel.
Location (Very central and walked to everything)
Friendly Staff (Very helpful and spoke good English)
Price (Reasonable Room rates)
Clean (Very clean hotel)
Noise (I was in a 5th floor room and it seemed that the cleaning people were always right outside my door playing floor hockey during the day, at night it was quiet.)
Terrace Price (We had 3 glasses of wine for 35 Euros! Wow that is pricey)
All in all, we would probably stay there again, very nice people, good price, and a great location - I'll just buy a bottle of wine in a store and drink somewhere other than the terrace!
Great Room and Location - overprized terrace service
in short:NIce hotel, great location, nice staff I can reccomend to everyone, BUT do not use terrace overprized bar service!!!
I have booked this hotel after checking few websites and tripadvisor of course.
I rang directly the hotel and agreed for a good price for one of their best room sea-view @ the 5th floor.
Also they came to collect us at the airport which is nice when you arrive in a town for the first town
The room was very cosy and clean and with a little nice balcony as well. the location is perfect 2 minutes walking to the main hyppodrome square which is where yoo have to be to see 80% of Istanbul in your first visit.
The staff has been helpful and booked for us taxi, night show, etc ..
They have a very nice terrace on the roof that unfortunatley not only is not used as it should (breakfast is served is a not too big ground floor space opposite the reception).
The ONLY BED NOTE I have to leave is this.
One night we were back in the room at 11:00pm and the room was not done. It happens not a big deal. I rang reception and they came up to give me new towels and do the room. In the meantime I said I would wait in the terrace and so I did..
So, in the terrace, while waiting for them to do my room we ordered 2 Bayles ... the guy from the hotel came up to tell me there was no Bayles but they had only some Banana South African liquor. We said OK....
They have not given us the usual bar bill to be signed and we thought the drinks were on the house for the room not being done ..BUT.. the morning we checked-out we found out not only the drinks had not been on the house, we had been billed for 24 EUROs ... which is way a rip-off ...it's more than a 3 courses meal in Istanbul and it is like paying 40 pounds a drink in London (if not more). I strongly complained but the girl at reception said she agreed with me but she could not do anything about as she was an employee there.
This very disappointed me but I needed going to the airport and I let it go but be aware: DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING at the terrace bar!
A Very Nice Small Hotel
My wife and I spent three nights at the Hotel Daphne(6/17-6/20) in Room 301. The room was pleasantly furnished with a very lovely view of the Sea of Marmara. Perhaps the best feature of the furnishings was the umpholstered lounge in front of the large picture window. Our room was not just a place to sleep, but a place to enjoy whether reading or just enjoying the scenery outside. The bed was quite comfortable and the airconditioning worked very well.
The hotel is located in a quiet area of "old stamboul," close to the attractions but removed from the more touristed sections. There is a very nice dining area on the roof which is open for drinks and dinner and a pleasant breakfast room on the ground floor. The breakfasts were more than adequate and the dinner we had was quite excellent and at a good price.
The owners of the hotel go out of their way to make guests feel at home without trying to sell them tours or carpets. We especially enjoyed our encounters with one of the propietors, Mr Cicek, with whom we had several very nice conversations.
We look forward to returning to the Hotel Daphne next year when we visit Istanbul again.
Hotel Daphne is Fantastic
My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Daphne in June while we attended a conference in Istanbul. We could not have asked for better service. The hotel reception was wonderful, and always willing to help us with everything from translation to recommending places to visit to calling a taxi. The rooms were much more spacious than other hotels that I have stayed at in Istanbul, and very clean. We got a great bargain for the amount of amenities we received compared to the price we paid. On top of it all, it is just a short walk away from all the great sites in Sultanahmet. I will definitely be staying here on my next trip to Turkey.
Very nice hotel, great value, good location
I arranged the stay via email which worked easily.
When I arrived they had overbooked so I was shuttled off to an neighboring hotel (the Saba) for the first night. While inconvenient and a more modest hotel the manager at Daphne and I reached an reasonable arrangement and it allowed me to have a different view of the city.
At the hotel Daphne, I stayed in the top dormer room on the 5th floor. It was a well appointed, nicely decorated room with a king bed. It had a 17in flat screen display with a full cable spectrum of channels including a wide assortment of foreign ones.
It was a smoking room but had no smoking smell. a phone in the room and the bathroom.
There is a small blacony where you can stand.
The bathroom has a jacuzi/spa tub (normal size) and was clean and newly done.
There is in room LAN broadband so you can get access to the internet and although the connection was slow, it worked without problem including a VPN connection. VOIP didn't work but I presume because the connection was too slow. No wireless available.
The terrace on the roof was a lovely place to watch the sun go down. It looks out to a 120 degree water view out to the Sea. As with most places in Istanbul, it looks directly out to a mosque which guarantees an early wake up call. Bring your ear plugs if you like to sleep in as the marble accoustics in the hallways can be noisy when your neighbors are up and about.
The location is good on a quiet cobblestone street very close to the Hippodrome.
The staff was friendly and there were no language issues.
It was a nice boutique hotel where I'd be happy to stay again and would recommend to others. Great value for the decor and appointments.
1st choice The Daphne Hotel
My husband and I highly reccommend the Daphne Hotel. Not only are the rooms lovely and spacious with fabulous views, the bathrooms first rate and the breakfasts large and varied, but the management is friendly beyond expectations. The location in Sultanamet is ideal. It was our second hotel in Istanbul and we stayed for 5 very enjoyable days.