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“Basic hotel nice location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Q Inn Hotel Old City

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Q Inn Hotel Old City
Ranked #431 of 1,109 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Danville, CA
Level Contributor
49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Basic hotel nice location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

The hotel stay was included in a package tour from OnlineTurkeyTours. The hotel & the tour was less expensive than just the hotel stay at the Ottoman Imperial. So, you can understand why this is such a value package albeit not your fancy hotel. The room size was just about the same as Econolodge in the states & 1/2 of a typical US hotel. There was a desk, closet, & good air conditioning, but the bathroom was small, dimly lit, & very basic. It was comfy enough for sleeping but not for hanging around or having visitors. The common space is also small, with one sofa & two chairs. The hotel has been refurbished and things look new but small & tight. We stayed in the new section, which had very narrow halls & is accessed through a tiny path through the restaurant. The elevator is a strange two person-at-a-time thing with no door. Keep your hands to your side!

The included breakfast was not geared to American tastes & the seating was very limited. Everything pretty much came out of a can or were dry goods, except for two warm dishes and cheeses. Beverages included unusually strong Turkish tea & cranberry juice.

The front desk was very helpful & had to be called on several times to figure out how to work the safe in the room. No instructions, hidden buttons, & strange keying had some of our party giving up on the device. Language was not a problem.

Although the neighborhood had been disparaged by our travel agent, we loved the old town. It feels very Istanbul & plenty colorful. It was within walking distance of all of the attractions we visited except Asiatic Istanbul & a night club show, both of which were parts of our tour. There were lots of small shops for sundries & snacks, & many lower cost restaurants. The streets are narrow & organically laid out, about the same as old towns in Italy. We felt totally safe & although there were many shuttered buildings, the area was vibrant and not blighted.

My guess is that this hotel is heavily booked by tour companies because of its low cost, good location (near sights), & adequate everything else. When we checked availability, there were no rooms in the Sept 2011 time frame but our tour booked us in immediately. The tour company must reserve large blocks of time. If you get a chance to book the room yourself, it is a good choice if you don't plan to stay in your room much & are willing to go out for breakfast occasionally.

Room Tip: There are two sections. Access to new section through tight passage in the restaurant. Elevator is...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank frankyee
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

We stayed at the Q inn old city hotel for 4 days and it was a very comfotable stay. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The breakfast is nothing to boost about but its proximity to all the historical sites makes it a perfect stay.

Room Tip: Make sure you dont choose a room that faces the entrance of the hotel... lots of noisy people early...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aanchal S
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Auckland, New Zealand
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67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

Stayed 1 night prior to going on a tour and although we checked out at 10am we were made to feel welcome using the restaurant and outdoor seating as well as lobby till we departed at 8pm. Stored our excess bags for free also for 15 days. Helpful people.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 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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Thank sweetpeapb1
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San Jose, CA
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

We just completed a two night stay at the Q Inn in old town Istanbul. We loved the location and the Inn appeared to be very nice, The front desk was very helpful and we were encouraged. However, that's before we saw our rooms. The smell coming out of the bathroom was unbearable. It smelled of sewage. We requested another room, only to told there were none available. They told us it was a problem with the 4th floor. They obviously knew of the problem, as they tried to cover it with some type of perfume. This room should have been locked off and not rented. If that wasn’t enough the room was freezing. They sent up a technician, however he only managed to get the heat turned on and the room quickly became too hot. The only solution was to open the window. The breakfast was not to our liking, however the dinner at the restaurant was very good and reasonable. The staff was very nice and tried to accommodate, however it was way too much to overcome!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank jack.goodwin
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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

IWe recently had a few nights at the Q Inn in Istanbul prior to a tour. The location was excellent as we were close to everything that we wanted to see.The staff were all friendly and very helpful ( especially Gem who was on the night shift,)The breakfast was more than adequate.The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable.I would love to visit Istanbul again some day and would have no hesitation in rebooking this hotel

Room Tip: our view was not great as we overlooked a building site but this was a work in progress
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary B
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

This September I made my first visit to Turkey. My very first stop was in Q Inn hotel in Istanbul for 3 nights. It was a great start to my adventurous trip and discovery of Turkey. Attentive welcome from staff was very helpful and pleasant after long trip. I agree with many previous postings about the convenient location of the place. This is where you want to stay where you are planning to visit historic sites. Clean room and comfortable bed promoted good rest and rejuvenation for the next day tours. Mornings started with satisfying good breakfast. Friendly staff always accommodating and helpful. My special thank you to Yasin and Adem. I hope to come back again!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Juistice
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2011

Hotel was overbooked so for two separate nights we were shepherded to and from the hotel. We lost an overall of over 6 hours of hour time due to this, and on a holiday where time is scarce this really messed up itineraries.

The standard of rooms were very poor as well for the price that was paid. I really do not recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to the old city area of Istanbul.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Hasnayn E
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Property: Q Inn Hotel Old City
Address: Hoca Pasa Mah. Dervisler Sok. No 7, Istanbul 34120, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet , Sirkeci
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Istanbul
#96 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#202 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Q Inn Hotel Old City 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Q inn Hotel OLD CITY is a quaint and cosy hotel nestled in the historic heart of Istanbul offers totally renovated rooms and an array of personalised services, delivering the utmost comfort during your stay. ... more   less 
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