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Historical Traveler Reviews Historia Hotel Istanbul
A friendly, comfortable little hotel in Istanbul
We stayed in this small hotel in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul at the recommendation of the young Turkish travel constultant who was so helpful to us in planning our tour of Turkey last month. (December 2006). We got onto this travel agency via the internet, and he organised our whole itinerary for Turkey. He recommended this hotel to us because his friend is the manager and son of the owner of the hotel, also young and energetic and enthusiastic.
The hotel is a small, narrow, wooden building painted light green, of several floors, accessed easily from the street. Inside there are beautiful marble stairs, or a small lift which will fit 2 adults only, or one adult with luggage.
The decor is old style Turkish, and the young manager explained that his father bought the hotel only 2 years ago, and they will renovate soon when they can afford to.
There was adequate heating in the rooms, and some rooms had a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus. These rooms were directly above the railway line. Trains stopped running before midnight, and started again about 6.30am. The train noise did not worry us, in fact I thought it added to the charm of the hotel, along with the call of the Imam for the mosque at times during the day.
The breakfast was 2 levels down from reception, and there was a lovely courtyard leading off the breakfast room, which I am sure would be used in warmer weather.
The breakfast was delicious, and the food simple and healthy, and plenty of it. Fresh rolls every day, and omelette and cheese pastries made by a woman in the kitchen, cheese, boiled eggs, tomato,cucumber and olives etc.
We are cat lovers, and there was a pregnant cat that sat outside the breakfast area every morning, by the warm heater pipe, waiting for pieces of salami if anyone cared to bring one outside for her.
Istanbul is a city of cats. It seemed that the locals are fond of them, as they appear well fed, and that was evidenced by the food and milk that was left outside the small shops in the area. There is also a hotel kitten called "Dingo" which stayed around the reception area and out the front of the hotel.
The hotel cost 60 Euro a night.
The staff are mainly young, and the manager and reception staff had good English.
I think what we liked about the hotel was that the staff were so eager to please and keen for comments so that the hotel could be improved.
I am allergic to cigarette smoke, and, like a lot of enclosed areas in Istanbul, people smoke. The staff in the hotel were smoking in the reception area, and the amount of smoke reduced quite markedly when we commented on this.
This hotel is not luxurious, but if one is looking for a relaxing, place to stay which is within walking distance of many of the wonderful sights in Istanbul, then I can highly recommend this one.
A good choice
We stayed one week at the Historia Hotel in September 2006 and had a great time. The hotel is very conveniently located; walking distance is REALLY walking distance here: the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia are only 2.5 minutes away!
The staff of the hotel is very friendly, helpful, and easy to talk to. They are always happy to give (good!) suggestions of nice places to visit/eat/drink/party. The hotel is in a small old Istanbul townhouse, which gives it a sense of authenticity. The rooms are clean and air-conditioned, with comfortable beds. Some reviewers have complained about not being able to sleep because of passing trains, but we had no problems with the trains, even with the windows open.
There is a good breakfast buffet with fresh bread, a wide variety of fillings, yoghurt & cereals, different fruits and drinks, and also Turkish specialties like olives and sigara boregi. Just don't expect a complete English breakfast. It is very nice to enjoy your breakfast in the garden with a little background music. And don't worry there won't be any food left if you come later in the morning: the staff is quick with replenishments!
Dated decor, friendly staff
We decided to stay in Istanbul a couple of extra days, and the hotel where we were staying was booked, so they directed us to the Historia. Coming back and reading the mostly glowing reviews, I am pretty shocked to see how much people liked this place. It was fine, totally adequate, but i dont think it really deserves some of the raves it is getting. Thankfully the room was clean, which is my primary concern. And we were lucky to get a room with a balcony and a beautiful view of the Bosposrus. However, I dont think anything in the room had been updated in the past 30 years, it was pretty worn out. To make up for it, the staff could not have been friendlier. Very fun to talk to and helpful with all of our requests. The Historia was a pretty good value, just know that it is not going to be a very stylish experience.
Loved the Historia Hotel in Istanbul
When I arrived in Istanbul, I was a bit afraid and stressed.... I don't know why.
But, I had the chance to stay at the Historia Hotel and thanks to it, and thanks to its team, I spent a wonderful and marvellous time! I won't forget my holidays in Turkey!
The team, and especially Mr. Onur, the manager, was very helpfull; they helped me a lot; gave me advice; show how to go to this and that place; explained me how to behave and what to do to get the best prices etc.
Historia Hotel is very well located : walking distance to all touristic attractions (Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi palace etc.
For the price, the hotel is very satisfactory : very clean, nice breakfast on a terrace; from my balcony I could see the Bosphorus!
The Turkish hospitality is fantastic!
Too noisy, too cramped, and kinda smelly
We had a very mixed experience with this hotel. It was part of our tour package, and we were there 2 different times during our tour. The first stay, we were in a very cramped double room with a sea view. Unfortunately, this is also the side on which the tram runs right next to. Because our AC failed, we had to open the window, and were awoken every couple hours by the passing train. Very miserable experience.
When we returned, we were put in a similar room that smelled so musty and mildewy that we complained and asked to be put in a different room. The room we ended up with was a four person room, which was actually quite nice. Plenty of room, with a balcony to sit on, working AC, and you couldn't hear the train. For that move, and not charging us for it, I will give them props.
So for 20 Lira more a night, I would defintely go for the larger room. The location is fantastic, and the breakfast not too bad. Just get the larger room, and make sure it's not next to the train.
the historia is a nice hotel in a good location....the rooms are small but clean and you can get a good ocean view from one of the rooms on the top floor (and see the blue mosque too)...historia has a sister hotel called atlantis which was less fancy than this simple hotel but was better located and lacked a ocean view...its actually in the middle of the commercial area near the tram but the location is as good as it gets and even prevents the simple walk that the historia requires (we paid about US$55 for the atlantis)....we booked on line and paid about US$75 for the historia...they will discount for cash and "Onur" the owner's son is very easy to talk to and cooperative...the breakfast is nothing specail but does the trick since we were just getting out to see the sites
We had just finished a small adventure tour through Syria and Jordan and were greatly relieved to have booked the Historia. The room ,though small ,was clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. We were within walking distance of many of the sights we wanted to seee in old Istanbul.
Best located, warm and clean
The hotel has gota perfect location and also seawiev balcony rooms. Stuffs was perfect and friendly. Just 100 metres away from the old city center but at the same time very quite too. I recommend to everyone.
Good Experience If You Can Tolerate Tram Noise
Yes, the train / tram line is just behind the hotel. More importantly, the noise level is bearable. We had booked a family room and stayed for 3 nights. Had un-interrupted sleep every night.
Hotel is otherwise clean. Staff is friendly and speaks English. Taxi is just a phone call away (it hardly takes a minute after the receptionist makes the call). Breakfast is good as well. Hotel is centrally located. Blue Mosque is just a few minutes walk from the hotel. Room size is GOOD, which is a big plus in Europe. Toilet is fairly spacious as well. Hotel has a lift as well, which accomodates two persons at a time.
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