Travel Blogs from Istanbul
By any other name it would still be a fantastic city and I'm here!
I had considered making the trip all the way to the end of the lıne, so to speak, but until nearly the end of my "planning" I did not actually think I'd go through with it.
And guess who showed up to visit along with me!
Hello from Istanbul! We arrıved last nıght and were drıven to our hotel by our hotel drıver, arrıvıng about 1 AM. Our hotel ıs very close to the Sea of Marmara and we can see the sea, the walls of Topkapı Palace, and a lıghthouse from our geranıum-decked wındow. The room ıs sımple, but clean, and has a new bathroom wıth a tıny shower! Best of all …
Sorry that we have not written ın two days. We have been very busy. I see that I stıll have not mastered the Turkish keyboard, but I am learning. Yesterday, we saw beautiful mosaics at the Chora Church near the city walls. Then we shopped at the Spice Bazaar and had lunch nearby. After lunch, I tripped coming out of the bathroom and went sprawling …
After Berlin we flew to Istanbul for a 4 night stay. We had booked a hotel in the old 'Sultanahmet' district which is where the famous mosques are located. Our hotel was small and not fancy but had a nice rooftop garden and restaurant overlooking the Bosporus and the Golden Horn at which they served breakfast and also drinks of an evening. A link …
Fortunately we had pre-booked our transfer to the airport for 8.30am this morning. We had contacted the same guy as we had used for our transfer from the airport to Elounda on Wednesday, which was a stroke of luck as there is a 2-day Greece-wide taxi strike on, starting today. He kindly didn't leave us in the lurch but instead got his wife to pick …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sebnem Istanbul
Great spot in Istanbul
Recommended by an American expat who has lived in Istanbul for 3 years (he sends all his visitors there)- we walked in without a reservation and lucked into getting the last available room at a great price.
The front desk staff was really terrific, friendly, and helpful. Room was simple, but well done. Rooftop breakfast was great, with a view.
Very easy 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosk, Palace, Hippodrome etc, but off on a quiet side street.
We keep going back!
I have stayed at the Sebnem on numerous occasions. My daughter lives in Turkey and when we travel to visit her and are in Istanbul, this is where we stay. The main reasons for this are
a) the staff - really friendly and go out of their way to help. We look forward to seeing them again each time we visit.
b) the terrace - It's got a wonderful view of the bosphorus and the Marmara sea and it's wonderful to have your breakfast up there in summer and now in winter too as they've renovated it. Also an amazing place to end the day with a glass of wine.
c) location, while it's off a lively street it's a lovely quiet place and close to all the tourist attractions. It's also near enough to transport to other parts of Istanbul that even now when we've done the 'tourist' stuff, we still stay here.
d) comfort - The rooms are simple and clean with four poster beds, a desk, a wardrobe and the all important air conditioning. Nice dark wooden furniture to match the floorboards and Turkish fabrics make the rooms cosy and welcoming.
If I had to find a fault with the place I would say that it's not a good place to stay for people with mobility problems. While there are rooms on the ground floor there are still a couple of steps to get to them and also it's three (sometimes slightly steep) flights to the terrace. But this is similar in other small hotels in the area.
The Sebnem is a lovely place that just keeps improving. See you guys next year!
A Great Stay at Sebnem
Well where do I start. I first visited Turkey in April 2006 for the ANZAC anniversary. We were lucky enough to have met Tahir (from Sebnem) online before we left. He met us at the airport and took us to Sebnem in Sultanhamet pointing out various sites as we traveled. Once there we were introduced to Umut (the proprieter) and made to feel very at home. Several times they went out of their way to help us in any way they could and after half a week there we felt more like we were at home than at a hotel in Turkey. We became great friends with Tahir and Umut and enjoyed our stay immensely.
By September I could not Stay away any longer and returned to Turkey, once again spending alot of my time at Sebnem. The staff were so friendly and accomodating, they had done alot of work to the place and it really was looking fantastic, you wouldnt find a more comfortable place to stay in Istanbul. The food was excellent and the social comfortable invironment, second to none. I would fully recommend to anyone wanting a safe, fun, educational time in Istanbul, to stay with two of the nicest men ive met, Tahir, and Umut, at the Sebnem hotel.
Hotel Sebnem - welcoming and peaceful
After 6 weeks of hectic touring and golfing around the UK and Ireland, the welcome of Hotel Sebnem was appreciated. Collected and delivered safely from the airport was great and saved us hassle.
The hotel is in the old city of Istanbul, a few minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and all the other delights of the old city.
There could not be many relatively quiet areas in the old city but Hotel Sebnem is in one of them. The hotel is a comfortable facility with a great roof top for a quiet afternoon drink with wonderul views over the Marmara Sea. It is also used for the sumptuous breakfasts, western and Turkish. We stayed there on 2 occasions, both rooms used had private facilities. The hotel is clean and tidy with a favourable Turkish influence.
The staff at Hotel Sebnem we found to be very friendly and accommodating. Don't worry about lugging your luggage up stairs, the staff are only to willing to oblige.
We has 5 days touring to Gallipoli and Ephuses. Rather than carry all our gear, including golf clubs (no golf to speak of in Istanbul!), we were welcome to leave our excess luggage at the hotel, no charge.
Those remembering the movie, Midnight Express, would be interested to know that the infamous prison is now a 5 staf hotel and minutes walk from the hotel. Also, there are plenty of good restaurants and bars in the immediate area. The restaurant that my wife and I particularly liked was the Magnuaura, just around the corner from the hotel.
Other sights worth seeing include the Spice Bazaar (wonderul smells and beautiful colours) and the mosaic museum. all within a very short walk of the hotel.
Ici tu fais des amis
situation idéale dans le vieux istamboul.
loin du bruit de la ville, tout en étant au centre.
bonne relation prix/valeur.
acceuil très chaleureux. chambres propres. belle terrasse où le petit déjeuner caresse la journée avec une superbe vue sur le bosphore.
moi j'y retourne chaque année depuis huit ans.
A wonderful week at the Briliant Sebnem Hotel!
Let me first start with the circumstances of my stay at Sebnem Hotel: I was going to Istanbul to watch the Champions League Final between Liverpool FC and AC Milan, and all hotels seemed to be full or had ridiculous high prices due to this event. I therefore felt great relief when I was able to book several rooms at very reasonable rates for my friends and myself in Sebnem Hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our one week stay there.
Sebnem Hotel is a small and cosy budget hotel with about 15 rooms.
Sebnem Hotel is located in Sultan Ahmet, the old historic part of Istanbul. This is a very convenient location for many famous sights like The Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya as they're just a few minutes walk away!
The rooms we had were clean and well-appointed for a hotel of this category, each with it's own bathroom with shower and hot water.
Now this is where Sebnem Hotel really excelled in my experience! All the way from the booking process until we all checked out, the guys at Sebnem Hotel were truly helpful and genuinly friendly. One of the guys working there even showed us around Istanbul, took us to a traditional turkish bath, and helped us organize a bus trip. Hospitality with capital H!
I've got to mention the roof-top terrace! The buffet breakfast was served there with wonderful views of the Bosphorus Strait, and you could see over to the Asian side of Istanbul. Together with great service this was my favourite thing about Sebnem Hotel!
A clean, charming home-away-from home in Istanbul
I'm sorry the "MyNameisBen" person had the problem with the price he thought he was being quoted...it's too bad, but he should have looked at the paper at least one more time before checking out...he says "buyer beware," but it's also the guest's responsibility to keep track of these things..
I had a completely different experience with Sebnem.
It was early July, and my boyfriend and I had arrived in Istanbul early in the morning without hotel reservations. Being adventurous souls, we took a taxi to a neighborhood recommended to us as being lively and very centrally located to many tourist attractions. Fate had us get out at the corner where Sebnem is located.
A young guy approached, said good morning, and asked if we were looking for a hotel...we said yes...he pointed to the entrance of Sebnem, invited us in for coffee and to check out the hotel, and we did....and we wound up staying there for a week!
Sebnem's a wonderful "find" in the elegantly friendly neighborhood of Sultanhamet...very reasonably priced, clean, cozily furnished, with a more relaxed "boutiquey" feel than a larger hotel. The staff was friendly, courteous, and went out of their way to recommend sites, restaurants, excursions out of town. One of the best views, though, is from the terrace where they serve breakfast (and where you can sit in the evening and watch sunset over the Marmara...talk about beautiful!)..
When we had to catch our plane home, it was like leaving family. Would I stay there again? In a heartbeat!
Friendly, tucked-away spot
Located in a very touristy complex of the Sultanahmet neighborhood. But there are many advantages: it is very close to some of the main attractions (Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Grand Bazzarr, Topkapi palace, etc) and the hotel itself is located at the end of a street, removed from the noisier parts of the area. Friendly (if a bit sleepy) staff. Decent rooms, clean. Good view on breakfast porch (Bosphor -- sp?). Average Turkish breakfast food -- quite fresh. Not that far from airport. I stayed there twice.
Get it in Writing (and double check the paper)
Fine Location, Nice room, Deceitful staff.
Be Very Careful
Stayed in Istanbul this July.
My wife and I realized after a few days that we had outgrown the hostel scene and went looking for a mid-range hotel.
This hotel's proprieter (Umut) showed us a room that was spare but well appointed.
Four poster bed, private bathroom, incl. cont. breakfast.
They quoted us 45 New Turkish Lira.
We asked them to write it for us because it was such a good deal, They did while talking to us and folded the piece of paper as it was handed over.
On the day of checkout, they laughed when we handed them the 180 YTL for our four days and forced us to pay as they said they had quoted Euros. (About 4x more money)
I dug out the piece of paper and they had indeed written 45, but instead of YTL they had written the Euro symbol and the TL.
As with the rest of that beautiful city, Buyer Beware!
i , Tahir Karabas , am the manager of Sebnem Hotel . When i saw the review about our hotel i couldnot believe what has been written there. Please check our answer and decide after that .
1 ) Our costumer Mr. Ben stayed in our hotel and our front desk manager Mr. Umut AKBAS definetly remember the situation . He explained to Mr . Ben at the beginning of thier stay that the price of a double room is 40 € including breakfast and taxes and wrote it to paper as 40€ and Mr. Ben also accepted it and he reaccept it on his review aswell it has been written 40 € on the paper.
2 ) you can check our room rates on our webpage you will see that we dont have any rate in Turkish money and in high season ( Mr Ben stayed in July which is the middle of highseason for Turkey) it is impossible to book a room 40 YTL.
3 ) We have been running Sebnem Hotel from 1995 and first time we had a problem like we had with Mr. Ben .
We are even totally sorry what has happened with Mr. Ben and as you can see there is a terrible misunderstanding.
We have always been honest and helpfull to our guests and we will always be.
Sebnem Hotel Manager