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Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class"
Ranked #51 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 June 2012

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights after a spin around south of Turkey and it was the perfect hotel to wind down before going back home. It was tucked somewhere really quiet but at the same time it was 2 minutes from all the lovely restaurants and shisha cafes.

Most importantly the service at this hotel is by far the best I have ever had and I have been to over 100 hotels. They made me feel like I was at home, the part that I loved the most is when they brought the breakfast up to my room because we were really tired after a long trip in Antalya. Special thanks to Gokhen/Gokhan he was very helpful.

The rooms were small but really new and had a very nice design.

Overall great hotel and would recommend!

Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

We had originally booked with another hotel but due to a government audit on it, we were transferred to Efendi hotel and were we ever happy about it.

Location: As it was our first time to Istanbul, we had done a fair bit of research and put a lot of thought into where we wanted to stay. However, it wasn't until we arrived in the Old City that we realized how steep or hilly the area was. Despite being a couple of blocks away from each other, our hotel was actually at the bottom of the hill. Efendi, on the other hand, is situated at the top of the hill and a stone's throw from the amazing sites such as Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar. Better yet, despite being in the centre of it all, it is tucked away in a quiet street so noise was never an issue.

Service: Hands down, Efendi is the epitome of Turkish hospitality. The 2nd day after my partner and I arrived, jet-lagged we didn't make it down to reception until 1pm. Unbeknownst to us, the staff there noted that we were missing at breakfast and took it upon themselves to prepare us a delicious meal so that we would have enough energy to start our (late) day. Between the two of us, we have never experienced such care at any hotel.

Rooms: The size of the rooms are typical of Istanbul, on the smaller side. However, they are well appointed and beautifully furnished. I've always been quite particular about water pressure and was very pleased with the shower.

Efendi is true gem in the heart of one of most amazing places on Earth. We will be returning to Istanbul in the fall and will definitely stay there again.

Tip:
1) Avoid the airport taxis - a real rip off. Instead, when you exit the airport, walk across the street where there are literally hundreds of yellow cabs waiting. Average cost from Attaturk to Sultanahmet is 20 euro or $25usd or 40 turkish lira.
2) Exchange rates are best at the airport or Grand Bazaar

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class"

Address: Alemdar Mah. Hoca Rustem Mektebi Sok. No:9-11, Istanbul 34112, Turkey (Formerly Efendi Hotel)
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #51 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $69 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Nowy Efendi Hotel "Special Class" 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Efendi Hotel is only 300 meters from the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace. The Grand bazaar is a an 8-minute walk from Efendi Hotel. Local restaurants, bars and cafes are within a couple minutes’ walk away. On our Rooftop Terrace you can become familiar with Turkish Breakfast Culture served as a buffet which is provided with intimate, attentive service while enjoying a panoramic view over Istanbul's Old City. Next to our Patio Terrace, we host our Terrace Cafe/Bar, A place to wine and dine, socialize and relax, write postcards, use Wi-Fi or take photographs of Istanbul’s famous landmarks. Open 15:00 – 23:00 daily (except Sundays) The Efendi Hotel provides Free Wi-Fi throughout the venue. Our carpeted rooms with genuine black-out curtains include; air conditioning (The heating system is eco-friendly; the heat from the air conditioner is reused to heat fresh water) minibar(on the guest expense) an LCD TV with international satellite channels, antibacterial light switch and a digital safe box. Private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bathrobes & slippers. A coffee and tea basket is free of charge only on the first day. You can benefit from laundry and room service at the Efendi Hotel. Arrangements for transportation by private car to/from either of Istanbul’s airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen) can be made for all guests by contacting reception. Transportation cost is the guest’s expense. On our Rooftop Terrace you can become familiar with Turkish Breakfast Culture served as a buffet which is provided with intimate, attentive service while enjoying a panoramic view over Istanbul's Old City. Next to our Patio Terrace, we host our Terrace Cafe/Bar, A place to wine and dine, socialize and relax, write postcards, use Wi-Fi or take photographs of Istanbul’s famous landmarks. Open 15:00 – 23:00 daily (except Sundays) The Efendi Hotel provides Free Wi-Fi throughout the venue. Our carpeted rooms with genuine black-out curtains include; air conditioning (The heating system is eco-friendly; the heat from the air conditioner is reused to heat fresh water) minibar(on the guest expense) an LCD TV with international satellite channels, antibacterial light switch and a digital safe box. Private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bathrobes & slippers. A coffee and tea basket is free of charge only on the first day. You can benefit from laundry and room service at the Efendi Hotel. Arrangements for transportation by private car to/from either of Istanbul’s airports (Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen) can be made for all guests by contacting reception. Transportation cost is the guest’s expense. ... more   less 
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