Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul
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Dersaadet Hotel is a gem!
We spent 5 nights at the Dersaadet Hotel in Sultanahmet. This is a wonderful find. Only 17 rooms but each one is extremely clean and attractive. The breakfast is served on the delightful roof with its clear view of the Asian side and the Sea of Marmara.
The owner, Deniz, spent 3 years in the US and speaks excellent English. He or his father is always on site and are very helpful.
The hotel is located near the Arasta Bazaar, about 3 blocks from the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. However, it is on the less trafficked and touristed side of the Mosque, in the midst of a residential neighborhood. As a result, it is much quieter. Our favorite visitor was the vegetable and fruit man who came through the neighborhood each afternoon with cart and his song.
We loved this hotel and recommend it very highly.
Dersaadet - Excellent hotel, I can't wait to return.
My wife and I recently visited the Dersaadet Hotel, Instanbul, a present from our son, and what a present, an absolute delight of a hotel.
A few minutes walk from all the main visitor attractions, so near in fact that you can see the Blue Mosque from the roof terrace, whilst on the other side you have a panoramic view of the Sea of Marmara.
This jewel of a hotel is run by Deniz who speaks perfect English as do most of the staff.
We stayed in the Sultans Suite which was enormous, beautifully furnished and had its own balcony which looked out over the sea and the streets below.
The whole hotel is impeccably kept and the staff are very friendly and helpful, arranging taxis, tours and providing tourist maps and local information.
In the evening the rooftop terrace is the perfect place to relax with a sun downer before dining at one of the local restaurants only minutes away.
We have stayed in many hotels throughout the world, but none as welcoming, friendly and so well run as the Dersaadet.
Well done Deniz we look forward to returning in the not too distant future.
Good Istanbul Hotel
My family stayed recently at the Dersaadet Hotel in Istanbul (March 2005). It's in a great location, about a five minute walk from the Blue Mosque and less than ten minute walk to many shops and public transport. The hotel itself is small, but the rooms we had were spotlessly clean and had some charming features. This is not a luxury hotel, but was exceptionally good value and the hotel staff were wonderfully helpful and courteous at all times. I would certainly recommend staying here if you want to be near some of the main sights. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, and taxis are very cheap if you want to go further afield.
A Perfectly Located Boutique Jewel
What a treat this was. My wife, mother-in-law and I spent a week at this charming oasis, located right in the heart of the Sultanahmet sites.
The hotel is professionally managed by Denis Duyar, who descends from three generations of hoteliers -- and it shows. He has an impeccable eye for detail and nothing is too much trouble.
The hotel rooms and bathrooms are attractively decorated. The rooms have mini-bar (with room to store goodies bought at the Spice Bazaar!), TV, phone and plenty of space. The ones on the 3rd (top) floor have great views of the sea.
There's no restaurant, but breakfast and cocktails are served on a lovely, planted terrace with awesome views. The breakfast fare could be improved a little to include some of the treats from the Spice Bazaar. Also, how about fresh OJ?
Receptionists are well informed, courteous and eager to help in any way with site-seeing, reservations, etc.
The lobby is a comfortable place to have afternoon tea/coffee and catch up on e-mail over the free Wi-Fi, broadband computer.
I couldn't recommend the Dersaadet more highly.
A fantastic hotel - worth more than one visit!
I stayed at the Dersaadet Hotel in February 2005 and had a fantastic time! The hotel is very new, nicely decorated, very clean, and the people were absolutely wonderful. It is a small boutique hotel where you easily feel at home. The rooms are cozy and tastefully decorated. Some have a view over the Bosporus. You can enjoy your breakfast in the restaurant on the top floor with an amazing view over the Bosporus and the Blue Mosque. The location is ideal; near all the main attractions in the old city. It is a short walk to e.g. the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. But besides all this, the people are very friendly and helpful. The owner Deniz is always ready to help you. I enjoyed my stay so much that I am even returning to the Dersaadet in April!
I stayed at the Dersaadet in early December, 2004, and loved it. When they say they are a short walk to major sites (Blue Mosque, Haggia Sophia and more) they are completely accurate with no exaggeration. As important, the hotel staff was most friendly and HELPFUL in giving the wonderul advice that only natives would know. Have them help you with taxis as that was one problem I had during my stay but if the driver knows they are "being watched" by locals (ie, the hotel staff) hopefully there would be no troubles. For non-smokers (especially those for whom smoke is a significant problem, beware it seems like everyone smokes. But again, I completely recommend the Dersaadet!!!
Excellent Location, Good Value
Pleasant little hotel in Sultanahmet, short walk from Topkapi, Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya. Very friendly staff, nice rooms not fancy, good value for monez at 50 euros for a double.
Great Hotel in a Great Location
This hotel was charming! Everything you see on their website is there - from the gorgeous view of the Marmara Sea to the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofia were right around the corner from the hotel, a 3-5 minute walk. It was very easy to get around Turkey, especially with the helpful staff. They offered to make reservations for tours, arranged for a car to pick us up from the airport to take us the hotel and back, and even made dinner reservations for us - with a driver to take and pick us up.
We had the corner suite (the one in the photos) and it was a huge room! The bathroom was small, but we did not lack for anything - there was lots of soap, shampoo, and nice, thick Turkish cotton towels.
We would definitely stay at the Dersaadet Hotel on our next trip to Istanbul!
A great hotel at a very nice price. The owner and staff work hard to help you in every way they can. The rooms are very noble and well kept and the historic restoration of the entire hotel is top caliper. The roof patio is lovely for breakfast and early evening wine. Location is nice as it is off the beaten path just enough to make it feel like a real neighborhood and not a tourist mess as on the other side of the blue mosque. It is a nice, short walk to all major attractions and the area holds a few surprises such as the Mosaic museum which is wonderful. Highly recommended.
Didn't want to come home
The Dersaadet is one of the friendliest hotels I have stayed in around the world (including some which claimed to be the most friendly).
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. We stayed in a corner room for the first night and thought that it was large, but then moved up to the Sultan's Suite which is as large and impressive as the pictures make it seem. The only down side was that being on the roof the heat does build up rapidly in the afternoon if the air conditioning is not on full blast. The view over the rooftops to the sea make up for it though.
The manager (Deniz) speaks flawless English and is very patient with incompetent tourists such as ourselves. The staff also couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. They provided a map and marked on places we needed, such as restaurants, ATM etc.
It IS centrally placed, with everywhere important within a few minutes walk. Even the local Bazaar is friendly (i.e. less hassle than the Grand Bazaar).
And yes, the view from the terrace IS of the Blue Mosque and the Marmara sea.
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