Side Hotel and Pension
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Today we were up early to catch the 5:30am shuttle to the airport for our 7:50am flight to Istanbul. We were back to our hotel and in our rooms by 11:00am. After a rest, we went for lunch and the to the Arasta Bazaar and the Mosaic Museum. Then dinner. It is Janet's birthday so we went for dinner at a municipal restaurant which overlooks the Sea of …
After a quiet 10 hour flight we arrived in Istanbul at 9:30 this morning. We had to wait a bit to land and were given a wonderful bird's eye tour of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. After passing Passport Control, collecting luggage and finding an ATM, we took the Metro into town transferring to a tram to take us …
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The Hippodrome is an area in Suntanahmet Square where chariot races were held in Byzantine times. The original racing track is indicated with paving and there is no entry fee involved. All that remains of the once-glorious structure are two obelisks and frankly, we did not find it very interesting. The Blue Mosque is located right next to the hippodrome. It was the end of Ramadaan and there was a small queue in front ...
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Side (pronounced sid-aay) Pension & Hotel are two buildings just 15 meters from the entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel. The entrance is through the hotel building door, but the reception desk is placed in the pension building.
I stayed at the Side Hotel on my first trip to Istanbul, on an 18 hour layover. I decided to stay downtown to get a quick look at some of the major sites. The Side was the perfect choice. I arrived at night, very tired. The man at reception, I believe his name is Adam, was extremely friendly and got me into my room quickly. He spoke perfect English, which was good as I speak no Turkish. I stayed on the hotel side (as opposed to the pension rooms, which are cheaper). The room was comfortable and clean, although by no means luxurious. However, for $50 at this location, it was a great deal. The bathroom was very clean and there was plenty of hot water and good pressure.
Stayed in December 2006 and found Side to be a really attractive and good value place. We stayed on the pension side and the small double room was absolutely spotless and very attractively and simply furnished. A nice light room overlooking the quiet street. We had an en-suite room and the bathroom was roomy and very clean. The shower functioned well and there was limitless hot water. ( I think this place would also be fine for staying in the very cheap pension rooms 'without bath', as the communal bathrooms were very very clean and good. )
Istanbul's Side Pension & Hotel is an ideal, inexpensive, small hotel suitable for travellers wanting to be within walking distance of Istanbul's most famous sites. Situated in Sultanahmet district, we could easily walk to the Blue Mosque, the Agia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace. Nearby small restaurants were very reasonable and good. The 24-hour staff is friendly and helpful, the small rooms are adequate if not fancy, the rooftop terrace breakfast is quite acceptable. The fans in our rooms were all we needed for early September weather, so we didn't pay more for air conditioning, which was available in some rooms. Our group of three couples very much enjoyed having our own happy hours on the roof, bringing our own beer and wine, and we noticed many other groups doing the same. We stayed four nights and we would have been quite content to make it a week !
Good hotel, but didn't like location
The hotel was very nice and cheap, but Sultanahmet area is the top for museums, but soooo turistic and sooo far away from real istanbul. In the night just the desert, in the day just turists, rug vendors and tour guides everywhere. If you might be interested in the city life I'd suggest you to stay in sultanahmet for no more than 2 days then move to beyoglu or somewhere else. Or the better choose is maybe staying in the area in between, around karakoy and eminonu.
A couple of the people of the staff were very friendly, the others quite insensitive to your presence or not. The breakfast terrace is probably the best topic of the hotel. Lots of Americans.
Great location - price is ok - rooms are so so
As it says in the title, the rooms are just so so, particularly the bathroom. The room itself was ok and reasonablye clean, nothing esspecially bad or good. Bathroom was a bit dark cramped. No elevators so keep that in mind if you have heavy luggage.
It is very near the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and other tourist attractions.
They do have 2 pcs with internet connection for a fee and free luggage storage with almost no security. breakfast is served on the terrace and suffices: bread, egg, and watermelon mainly.
As Good As It Can Be
What a great location -next to one of the most expensive hotels in Istanbul. Plentyful breakfast from roof top resturant thah has a really great view of the area. Most of the historic structures are only a few blocks from you. Trollys are less than five minutes walk.After traveling over most of Turkey the Side Pension is a wonderful place to stay. Only thing ,like all major cities in Turkey the rug dealers and their touts are really -really bad-bad-bad.Don't looke at them or speak to them. All in All I love Turkey
Barney Miami Fl.
See the roms first
We booked a room at the Side from their web site. Bad mistake. Turned out to be a large, dark, hostel like room facing an air shaft with an old and sagging double bed, a stray single in the other corner and a disgusting bathroom. All this at 60E which normally buys you a really nice room in Sultanhamet in June. They told us we couldn't cancel without 3 days notice whatever the room was like - got really nasty and agressive - and they'd bill our Visa whether we used the room or not. Travelers be warned - there are lots of better hotels for less money in Istanbul ...
Side Hotel, great value in Istanbul
Great value in Istanbul. Great location, clean, well maintained rooms, nice breakfast.
Great location and very comfortable rooms (comparable to even the more expensive options around the Sultanahmet area). Good value choice. Staff was friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend.