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“great rooms, great reception, great help....just great” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Senatus Hotel
Ranked #32 of 1,116 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great rooms, great reception, great help....just great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

This hotel really made our trip to Istanbul so much better than it already was...the reception as well as all the employees were great....we managed to get a cheaper rate on 3 rooms simply because we stayed in the bottom floor which was really comfortable because the rooms are super, connecting and we had the whole floor to ourselves.....honestly i highly recommend it. very central, walking distance to all the sights and the street itself is a very safe with a charming atmosphere to it.

Room Tip: ground floors are discounted.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank 789malta
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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rogers222
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113 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

Positive: good neighborhood, close to the Blue Mosque and other key tourist attractions. Although there are dozens of better hotels in the same neighborhood.

Negative: Tiny, tiny, tiny room. The room contained a double bed with literally 50 cm of room space around the edges of the bed. No shelves, no drawers, no place to store luggage or stow clothing and other items. So you end up putting the luggage on the only available floor space and stepping on it to get to the bed or the bathroom. Folded clothes end up on the table, competiing with the teapot and computer for limited space. Cramped and uncomfortable for one or two guests.

There are no/no convenient electrical sockets. There was a single one underneath the small table, so if you want to plug in your computer you have to crawl under the table and unplug the teapot. If you want to charge your cel phone, you have to do it in the bathroom. There are no electrical sockets near the night tables, so you can't plug in a clock or charge your cel phone by the bed.

No shelves or cabinets in the bathroom. Not inside the shower, so you have to put your shampoo and soap on the floor while you shower. Not near the sink, so you have no place to put your toiletries. No hooks or shelves to hang towels or clothing. You have to toss it all on the floor. The glass bathroom door is about 2 feet from the bed, so people in the bathroom and bedroom have no privacy between them.

The reception desk is staffed by a couple of teenagers who are so busy surfing the internet that they don't lift their heads to greet guests. Breakfast is included, but mediocre. Cold cuts, powdered juice and bread.

This hotel is only a couple of years old, so the paint and decorations are new, but the rooms are so small and badly-furnished that it reminds me of a youth hostel, except that the price is that of a real hotel. Wouldn't recommend it, and wouldn't stay there again.

Room Tip: The best rooms are in other hotels.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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24 Thank Rogers222
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

My husband and i stayed at the senatus hotel istanbul from the 9 january 2012 until the 17 january 2012. We loved it! The staff were all very helpful and excellent- in particular the man working at the front desk named selcuk, we cant possibly be grateful enough for all of the information and help we received. The Senatus is located in the popular and central location of sultanahmet. Easy walking distance to main attractions. The rooms at the senatus are spacious and clean and the price is very reasonable. Thank you again to everyone at the Senatus for making our trip so memorable, we will definately be going back.

Room Tip: Upgrading from a standard room to a deluxe room is definately worth it.As well as getting a large ba...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Leona P
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Canada
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Senatus in Istanbul for 6 nights in October 2011. The staff were very competent and helpful and the rooms were excellent value for the money. The young man on the front desk (sorry I can't remember his name) was particularly helpful with bookings for shows and general information. The hotel is ideally located in Sultanahmet within easy walking distance of Topkapi, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sopia and many other tourist destinations. It is also right in the midst of a great restaurant area. We stayed in a Standard Room which was more than adequate for the two of us.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank sailor33
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Perth, Australia
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23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed for 5 days, could not fault it in any way at all. The staff were just adorable, we have been to a lot of hotels where the staff a “pleasant” in an artificial way, we got the “feeling” it was all genuine, they just could not be more helpful and caring. Location and everything about the place we just could not fault. As we left for the airport early after breakfast 2 of the staff came out and waived us bon voyage with huge genuine smiles. Perfect and if we get back we would not look for anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank rubio52
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Bangkok, Thailand
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122 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

Senatus Hotel is located near many of the tourist attractions of Istanbul. It was great to walk every day between the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofya (Haghia Sophia) on the way to the tram stop. However, the location was not in a tourist ghetto, as I had feared that it might be, and we were very happy we chose to stay here rather than, for example, at Taksim Square. The staff was very friendly, and exceedingly helpful. The morning breakfast was good, and the staff at the restaurant very nice.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank KenaiAlaska
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Cairo, Egypt
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96 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Stayed there end of December 2011, staff, cleanness, location and service is out of question.
freely upgraded the room to a greater one with Jacuzzi, Super comfy king bed and 40" screen overlooking a wonderful street view.
Got free dinner, free drinks, sauna access, airport transfer and full support from their lovely staff.

you have to try it if you want to stay in the old city close to the historical area... it's unique.

Room Tip: Only expensive rooms are overlooking the lovely street view
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Mohamed M
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Property: Senatus Hotel
Address: Akbiyik Caddesi No: 40 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 1,116 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Senatus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 22 guest rooms in our small and boutique hotel have been designed with your comfort in mind. Our finely detailed spacious rooms offer superbly comfortable beds and efficiently modern bathrooms. We take pride in our fine furnishings and we are happy to offer our guests internet access and writing facilities in the rooms. We have created an ambiance of calm and tranquility in our rooms where you would be happy to relax and plan your excursions, use your laptop or simply contact your friends. ... more   less 
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