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TravelPod Member ReviewsNena Hotel Istanbul
friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable rooms.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nena Hotel Istanbul
Very good hotel in the old city
This hotel is very comfortable and professionally managed. The staff was friendly and helpful with everything from giving directions to letting us use the Internet for free to cancel a lost credit card. The location is very convenient to all the major sites in Sultanahmet, but it is also about 20 meters off the main street so it is quiet.
The only drawbacks - I found it difficult to arrange an airport pickup and the air conditioning turns off when you remove your room key from the slot. (We just closed the curtains when we left to keep the room shaded from the sun.)
The real gem in Sultanahmet
We stayed at the Nena on the 13th to 15th July 2005. This is truly a pearl in a great city.
After an uncomfortable night in a second rate hotel around the corner I went searching and found this gem. The staff were extremely helpful, the rooms very clean and the beds were the best we stayed in for all of Turkey.
Our teenage children also enjoyed the experience and got on well with the staff. The views from Brekky room are amazing, food great and so conveniently placed for all the main attractions.
All this at a reasonable price as well!
Hotel Nena was the second hotel we stayed in, in Istanbul. It by far outweighed the other venue. The location was perfect for exploring the tourist sites of Sultanahmet, being less than five minutes' walk from the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Grand Bazaar and the Undergroun Cistern. There are enough restaurants, cafes, internet cafes etc to be a fully self-contained area to stay in.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful (for example, we wanted to have a drink on the roof terrace, and they sent staff up there to cater for us). The airport transfers are a comfort, and the breakfast a good start (the only place we stayed in Turkey that offered scrambled eggs in addition to the traditional Turkish breakfast food). The hotel rooms were lovely. We were given a deluxe room with balcony for no extra cost, providing a magifnicent view of the skyline (bospherous, blue mosque etc) from our room.
Would definately return and recommend to others.
A little gem in the centre of sultanahmet
We stayed at this hotel from the 2nd to the 6th of June 2005 and we cannot wait to go back. Altough small this hotel is finished to very high standards and the rooms are very very clean and with lot of amneties eg: hairdryer, bath slippers etc. Plus it is excellantly located in the centre of sultanahmet and only 2 minutes away from the metro. Breakfast was good too. On the negative side there was a particular receptionist which was not very helpful but that did not spoil our holiday. Do go to hotel Nena we will return for sure.
Loved this little Hotel
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Nena on June 2nd and 3rd. and found it to be a very well run smaller hotel with a great price in the center of the old town. Walked to all the main attractions in less than 10 minutes. The rooms a little smaller than high priced hotels, staff were very friendly and very helpful. Breakfast on the terrace is included.
Nice place to stay
The hotel was clean, staff friendly and in an excellent position for most of the tourist sites.
The view from the restraunt is beautiful.
Great Hotel in sultanahmet
I did stay at Nena Hotel in March 2005.Its great hotel and great location staff are helpfull specially front office staff really helpfull.I definetly stay there again.Highly recommended.
Excellent hotel - great value - great staff
Stayed here for 6 nights in August, 2004. Took the deluxe room which had awesome views from the balcony. Location is just perfect - 5 mins from Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Staff is VERY helpful. Rooms are decent sized and clean. Breakfast (included) is really good too. Have no complaints with this hotel
Great service, quiet, convenient.
We stayed at Nena Hotel for 3 nights starting from July 14, 2004. The service was excellent. Or, shall I say, just as advertised on their WEB site, with no unpleasant surprises. They have met us at the airport as promised, and helped our luggage to our rooms (we had many). There wasn't any mention of carpets or tours throughout our stay. I know many hotels in the area also work as "sales agents" for carpet shops, tour operators, and restaurants, which can become rather pushy at times. The complimentary breakfast was excellent with unbeatable views of Bosphorus and the mosques. All of this and we weren't event asked to provide credit card information to confirm our reservations. I had to double check that they would indeed meet us at the airport because of this :)
We also loved the location of this hotel. Steps away from Divan yolu, which is the tram route (very useful). It is also ideally located within walking distance of the major attractions: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sofia on one direction, and Grand Bazaar and Cemberlitas Hamami on the other.
Overall, it was better than our expectations for the price we paid, and we'd certainly stay there again.
TripAdvisor Reviews Nena Hotel Istanbul
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