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Side Hotel and Pension

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Indianapolis, IN USA
Reviewed 11 June 2010

Great location, and quite comfortable rooms. In fact, the bed and shower were better than mine at home! However, I will agree with the other reviews, the front desk staff is not exactly the friendly type. They even yelled at me when there was an innocent airport shuttle mix-up! P.S. The rooftop restaurant offers only a very slight view of...

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Oxford, England
Reviewed 30 May 2010

This pension cannot be faulted on the cleanliness of the rooms, the daily cleaning OR the location. It is hard to find anything positive to say about the arrogant/dismissive/unhelpful people at the front desk. Luckily I have been to Istanbul before and needed no information, but for the luckless inidviduals on their first trip, they were faced with the surly...

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Bamberg, Germany
Reviewed 7 May 2010

Our little group of educators recently spent 10 days and nights at the Side (See-Day) hotel. One of our travelmates has been coming here for many years and we see why. The rooms were nice, the staff was kind and caring, and the owner's older brother made breakfast for all guests every morning. A positive experience to be sure. We...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 24 April 2010

Hotel-Pension Side has it admirers and detractors. I am a bit of both. The location is ideal, just a short walk from Istanbul’s big three tourist attractions (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sopia, Topkapi Palace) and from the Sultanahmet tram stop (just 2USD=3TL=1.5EU from the airport by metro and tram). I booked a single room without bath, the only room category available...

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3Thank efsch
Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 April 2010

Stayed in pension side for 4 nights, great place clean and space good in room. Had room at front of pension and not noisy at night. Breakfast nice and staff very helpful. would stay again.

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Alberta
Reviewed 2 April 2010

We spent one night at this hotel and found it perfect for our needs. On arrival the staff was very friendly and our room was cute & cozy and very much as described on the website. Its location is within a block of the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia & topkaki Palace. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was small,...

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2Thank Rx2travelAlberta
Washington, D.C.
Reviewed 8 March 2010

When I was initially looking for hotels for my trip to Turkey, I noticed that the few negative reviews of Side mostly talked about the unfriendliness of the night staffers. I just wanted to come on and say that this was not my experience at all, and I thought the night staff were really helpful and kind. I stayed at...

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2Thank storm78900
Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 24 February 2010

As most reviews say, this locations is superb. It's maybe a 6 minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop and 5 minutes to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. Our room in the pension had a very clean and nice private bathroom, and the room was decent (and clean!). I wouldn't recommend the pension for people who want to spend...

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2Thank kiska05
istanbul
Reviewed 21 February 2010

I stayed at the Side in 2005, and it was great. Stayed in the pension, which had basic rooms but was kept immaculate, with nice decor, decent beds and decent bathroom. The reception was great and very helpful, and you could often find the owner hanging around at breakfast, ready for a chat. When I got ill, the staff took...

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 February 2010

Spent 10 nights at the end of January 2010, had single room in Pension. Very satisfied choosing this place - location is perfect, free wifi in room, service very good. The Pension rooms don't have air condition, and no TV. Considering in was winter, AC was not essential, heating was so good, had to open window time after time to...

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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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Additional Information about Side Hotel and Pension

Address: Utangac Sok. No 20, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: $40 - $284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 50
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Side Hotel Istanbul
Hotel Style:
#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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