I booked a room at the Yunus Emre Hotel, but by the arrival was send to the Hostel
I was very tired and went to sleep because it was late. Next morning I looked around and was embarrassed, how dirty was this room, it as not cleaned for ages. Dirty bad shirts, no towels, no toilet paper, no any cleaning or disinfection of the bathroom at all!
There was only one man in service, who was responsible for the reception, cleaning, kitchen and beds - allrounder!!! When I asked him to clean the room, he just laughed and ignored my request. Then I asked to move into other room for single use. He asked me to pay 20 Euro extra per day for that room which I booked in advance.
When I offered him my credit card, he refused to take a card, he wanted only cash. When I wanted to leave he gave me his private account to transfer 80 Euros for 4 nights living. I didn't argue because I knew that this hotel belongs to the Government of Turkey. I will never transfer money to his private account due to my Civil Servant experience. Do I want to know who booked me, an elder woman, a bed in the hostel? I didn't book any hostel, I booked a room in the hotel. Now I am getting medical treatment due to the skin allergy, which caused me my living in this hotel and using a dirty bathroom (s.photos below)
Very very bad. I booked online a single room for 3 nights in this hotel it’s a real nightmare from reception to the room . At first he wanted to put me in dormitory of 4 beds. After I complained and showed him the reservation he gave me a single room. I couldn’t sleep more than a night, dust all over , poor light inside and totally dark in the hallway.It has no heat no hot water no soap no breakfast.Even worse i had to Kill a bug in the morning after i woke up.I gave up my 2 other nights and went to another hotel. The place is totally abandoned.
Comfortable but small room, very basic. Shower hot. No tea and coffee stuff. Service fine, a little English spoken. Breakfast terrible, very small and not even a knife! Never saw another guest while we were there! Fantastic location.
We had a room with attached bathroom. Room in itself was ok, had air conditioning, window, TV, cupboard with hangers, bed with side tables. Large enough. Bathroom was also ok, but the toilet was leaking every time we used flush.
It has great potential to be developed into something really nice, being only minutes walk away from many of the historical sites.
Calling it a hotel may be misleading. It is more a backpacker accommodation with ensuite facilities only. Make no mistake, it is an amazingly affordable stay in the heart of Sultanahmet, with the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Basaar, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome etc all within 500m walk of the "hotel". The owner and his staff is present all day, you have wifi in the rooms and entrance, continental breakfast included and transport available if required. We came from Ataturk airport and although expensive, I'm glad we took a taxi to the hotel. The little street it is in is difficult to find from any station or tramway if you haven't been there before. The rooms are small and the walls thin, we had a student group stay in the hotel while we were there and it was pretty noisy. Fortunately we were so tired walking that it didn't prevent us from sleeping. An added bonus was the aircon in the room. When you get back from your walks the cool air is much appreciated. O, and don't forget to take a trip on the Bosphorus!!