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Side Hotel and Pension

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2010

We arrived at this hotel on October 08 2010 in the middle of a torrential and prolonged downpour,The staff were very helpful and turned the heating on for us so that we could dry out,as we were soaked trough . They directed us to the restaurant around the corner (The meat house) were we had a good meal .The room... More 

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Bangkok
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26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2010

This used to be a great place, but now they don't seem to care about their guests - even those who had stayed there many times years ago. My husband and I arrived late at night and were handed the key and told to carry our own luggage up two flights of stairs. The young man at the desk told... More 

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3 Thank bangkokcritter
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2010

My turkish friend had a guest from Prague last week and they made reservation for two.But the front desk didn't let my turkish friend in when they show up! Because they were not married! Not finished yet...What is more,They might have let her in but they didn't BECAUSE she is turkish! And he is not! I'm sorry,how embarrasing this is?... More 

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Leamington Spa
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2010

We stayed at a couple places in Istanbul and this Pension was the best place by far for location, views (Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia) and value for money. The breakfast on the terrace is very nice & filling (Turkish style) and the views are great in the evening as well, free tea/luggage storage, clean rooms with towels and bedding... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2010

I've stayed at the Side five times over the past ten years & have, obviously, always found it to be a most pleasant place to stay. Not expensive considering it's right in the centre of the Sultanahmet & so close to all the main attractions. The staff have always been most friendly &, with one exception, helpful - in particular,... More 

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Hobart
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2010

I found the Side to be clean and comfodable. I came across the rude staff member only once but just ignored him. The rest of the staff were great. The two brothers who own the place are very helpful and greet you with a smile and handshake. Breakfast was simple but decent. Breakfast is between 8:30 and 10:00 We had... More 

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larryjhs
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2010

I stayed there over 10 years ago & it was basic but good. Now, it is SPOTLESS and tastefully decorated a la Turque. I stayed in the basement without a/c and a fan (but my own bathroom), and it was reasonable at night (and it was hot outside) . There was very little street noise. At 30euros a night you... More 

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London
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2010

Having never been to Istanbul before, I have nothing to compare the Side Hotel against in terms of value for money (we paid about £61 per night in June 2010 for room 19). The hotel is quite basic, but perfectly clean and functional, although the colour scheme and lighting don’t provide much in the way of atmosphere. The rooftop terrace... More 

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brooklyn
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2010

the good news: room number 9 in the pension was quite bright and cheerful. I was happy to be there. all of the people I met behind the reception desk were very nice... the bad news: ...except one, the cross-eyed, middle-aged man... I planned to settle my bill the night before an extremely early flight. He asked me to just... More 

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denver CO
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40 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2010

stayed two nights in the side hotel and pension (we stayed in the pension side). it was a lovely pension with a room. i loved the colorful blue walls, the iron-framed bed, and an excellent bathroom/shower which rivals that of my home. the location is great (minutes from the big three must see's: blue mosque, hagia sophia, and the topkapi... More 

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast

Additional Information about Side Hotel and Pension

Address: Utangac Sok. No 20, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: €27 - €189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
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#169 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#198 Family Hotel in Istanbul
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“Street facing upper floor room for balcony and Blue mosque views”
 of 5 bubbles judyvergison, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
“you can reserve you room online. Each room is unique so perhaps ask at the desk to see a couple before simply checking in.”
 of 5 bubbles Jahonbin, 4 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room toward the back of the hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles nekko8, 2 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Rooms are limited but i think any would be fine. You will have to climb stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles CarltonNTexas, 23 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Pricing in euro, cash got a better deal. Credit cards create surcharges for everyone.”
 of 5 bubbles 25193, 9 May 2015 | Read review
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