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TravelPod Member ReviewsOrient Express Hotel Istanbul
we were very impressed with the welcome even though it was later in the evening. The room though not large was ample to enable us to move around even with our luggage. Really appreciated the electric jug and filtered water to use in it. The lovely welcome letter also added a nice touch, not to mention the plate of Turkish Delight. Wish we had stayed here for our earlier stay prior to our tour.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Orient Express Hotel Istanbul
We stayed in this hotel the last weekend in May. I was prepared to be disapointed with the sizes of the rooms since reading some of the reviews but I found it fine for the lenght of our stay( we had a long weekend if I had stayed longer I would have needed more wardrobe space!) We had a nice view over the Bosphoros. The rooms were very clean and the bathroom immaculate. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They offered us the tour leaflet but when we explained we had been before they didnt try to sell us anything. The hotel was perfectly placed for the sights we wanted to see and the tram that runs outside was very handy. We didnt need cabs. I thought the price of 525 YTL which is about £190.00 for 3 nights was very good.There is a small resturant on the same side as the hotel as you walk down to the harbour, next to a computer shop that did a very nice lunch for 2 (kebab) with a glass of wine for £7.00. Would recommend this hotel highly for the money it cost.
This was my second visit to Istanbul and were not disappointed with our choice of hotel.
The rooms are small but very clean and comfortable -after all how much time do you plan to stay in your room? The terrace restaurant has fantastic views, the pool is small. The staff are friendly and helpful at all times. Although initially they tried selling their excursions just a polite no is enough and there was no futher pressure.
The best thing about this hotel is the position. 10 mins walk to the Spice market,Haghia Sofia, the Underground Cistern (especially worth a visit) and the Bosphorous (Galata bridge especially good for chilling with a fish sandwich and a beer for less than £2). 15 mins walk to the Topkapi palace (make sure you pay the extra to visit the Harem) and the Grand Bazaar where there are bargains a-plenty to be had.
The concierge recommended an excellent Turkish restaurant - The Mosaik which overlooks the Blue Mosque and is a spectacular sight floodlit at night. But do not miss the fantastic fish restaurants in the Taksim area where fish lovers will think they have died and gone to fish heaven! SUPERB!
Do visit this hotel if you want good location and friendly service but try elsewhere if your looking for luxury.
Bank Holiday Stay at Hotel Orient Express, Istanbul (Average)
The location of the hotel is good for the main tourist sites i.e. all within wakling distance. Alternatively there is a tram stop nearby. As for the rooms, My family stayed in a suite which was small and a bit dark. Considering the money that I payed, I think the 95 Euros per night for the suite a bit dear for what we got. The bathroom was at least clean as well as the room itself.
The hotel staff were attentive and the breakfast OK but do not expect too much from the hot buffet section, the food was all cold and the staff do not bother to keep it warm.
Beware of the hotel reception trying to sell you tours: all the main sites are around the corner (which they charge an astronomical fee) and the Bosphorus tour, which they wanted to charge 30 USD per person can be done far cheaply, and better, from Eminou ( the main ferry terminal, approx. 10 minutes walk from the hotel). The cost of the return trip is 7 TL (approx 4 pounds sterling). The ferry leaves at 10:30 am sharp and return by 4:30 pm with a 2.5 hours stopover at the mouth of the Black Sea.
Overall, a good base for exploring Istanbul but other than that nothing extraordinary.
Charming hotel, perfect location
My husband and I stayed at the Orient Express Hotel for six nights at the end of March, and were completely happy with our choice of hotels. Its location was perfect-it was within walking distance to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet, as well as the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. The location of the nearest train stop-right up the street-made it perfect for getting around to further locations as well.
The room was small but quaint and while the bed wasn't the most comfortable mattress I've slept on, I was more than willing to sacrifice a bit for the location and authentic, charming feeling of the hotel.
The staff was friendly and helpful, the food at the restaurant was good and the views from the rooftop terrace were beautiful, particularly at sunset. I would definitely stay at this hotel again, and would recommend it highly for anyone wanting a cozy, personal hotel experience.
Great little hotel
Stayed for 4 nights at this hotel. It is easier to find than some make out and in a great location for all of the sights in sultanamhet, as well as for the ferries and the train station. The staff are very friendly and interested in their guests. The bathroom was spotlessly clean, and the room was not as small as some reviews make out. Not a huge room, but more than adequate as a base to explore this amazing city. There are some good bars within easy walking distance. The trams run outside the front rooms which does take a day to get used to, but after a bit in this busy city you get accustomed to it. Would thoroughly recommend this hotel. And if you have to see one thing in Istanbul go and visit the Byzantine Cistern, about 10 mins walk max from the hotel.
Having just returned from staying for a week in this great little hotel we can only agree with the other reviewers. If we were to go back to Istanbul we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The hotel is a lovely place to sit around and relax before wandering out to the old town. The room was a bit small but perfectly adequate and the bathroom spotless. Though small the pool was always warm.
The breakfast hours are very civilised - until 10.30 - AND they keep their brilliant buffet stocked up till the end; no coming down to crumbs at 10.25. Delightful staff - even on the odd occasion when the service was a bit slow this was usually because the relevant staff member was engrossed in conversation with another guest.
All in all an excellent place to stay.
Well located and helpful staff
A very well-located 'boutique' hotel in Sirkeci just a few minutes walk from the monuments of the Sultanahmet district, the ferry terminals (Eminonu) and Sirkeci station/tram stop. If you have a room at the front of the hotel you will notice the sound of trams passing during the day, but you will have a small balconette.
The area has far fewer carpet and restaurant touts than Sultanahmet and there are a varied selection of places to eat nearby (next street parallel has the wonderful 'Ozler' - full of locals - where the brave can sample ram's testicles or brain salad but most settle for the filling kebabs).
The air-conditioned hotel rooms are small-ish but but both the rooms and the en-suite are scrupilously clean with fresh linen each day - although you will need to bring shampoo if you don't want to use the wall dispenser. Like many places in Turkey you are advised not to drink the tap water, but there is a shop two doors down that sells bottled water. The walls between the rooms are a bit thin, so be prepared for some interesting sounds at night! The breakfast buffet spread is filling and varied, catering well to both western and mildly adventurous tastes.
All the hotel staff are polite to a fault, very friendly, always helpful and speak reasonable english, german and some french. Internet access is available in a small room off the bar and is inexpensive (around two dollars per hour). Bar prices and restaurant food are OK, but there is the usual mark-up. Visiting in the winter we didn't see the roof terrace.
The best quirk is that the hotel provides a copy of the home-made 'daily orient express' newspaper each day with a listing of what is open, what is closed, the exchange rate, weather forecast and other (sometimes) useful information.
Would I go back? - Yes!
Good value and location
I enjoyed my stay at the Orient Express. The room was comfortable (if a bit smallish), and furnished well with a TV, electronic safe, and air conditioning. Most of the staff were wecloming and friendly. The breakfast buffet was quite nice, with a few hot foods, lots of breads and cereals, meats, and cheeses. The hotel is located close to all of the historical sites but a bit out of the Sultanhamet tourist ghetto (which means you're less likely to get pounced on constantly by carpet salesmen). It's also just a short taxi ride (or a pretty good hike) from the Taksim area, where all of the nighttime activity is. All in all, you could do much worse in Istanbul.
Great little hotel
This is a great little hotel which delivers everything it promises in the heart of old Istanbul
The room we had wasn't huge but more than adequate for us and our 18 month old daughter and spotless as well
the staff went out of there way to help us during our stay and with a swimming pool in the basement it makes a great base to explore this fascinating city, would have no hesitation staying here again
The breakfast is great as well
Check out there web site as they will do a free pickup from the airport if you stay over 3 nights
Fantastic Hotel in a great location
We have just returned from a 3-day trip to Istanbul where we stayed at the Orient Express.
It's right in the heart of the Sultanahmet which is the old area of the city. It is within a few minutes walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofia.
It is also within a few minutes walking distance from the ferry to take you over to the asian coast.
It has a fantastic location and is a lovely hotel.
The rooms are small but really comfortable, everythng is spotlessly clean. The food is lovely. There is a small pool in the basement, which is very nice. The bar is modelled on a carriage from the Orient Express train. The staff are really friendly and helpful and have no problem with arriving & checking in late.
I would highly recommend it for anyone staying in Istanbul.