Arife Sultan Hotel 35 Stars Hotel in Istanbul Istanbul
Customers' Rating: 35 over 5 stars
Address: Alemdar Mah. Catal Cesme Sokak No:8 Sultanahmet 34410 Istanbul Turkey
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Age: 25-34 from vienna-,
Reviewed on October 23, 2011
"Nice room, located old city"Rate:  5 Stars
Nice room, located old city
We arrived at the Arife Sultan Hotel in the early morning, reception was quick and efficient, by the friendly and attentive staff who spoke good English.
The hotel has been open only a short time and is well appointed and modern rooms with parquet. Very comfortable beds. It was clean and comfortable.
Breakfasts were buffet style and included corn flakes fruit a selection of cheese, olives, jam,honey etc.
It is in an good location being within easy walking distance from the Sultanahmet 2 minutes. Sultanahmet tram station next to hotel 100 metres, Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia Museum, Tokapi Palace and many local restaurants.
In all we had a very enjoyable stay here. Most enjoyed, Friendly helpful staff, comfortable modern rooms, good location near all amenities.
Stayed at October 2011
Age: 25-34 from Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed on July 26, 2011
"perfect location and very clean and pretty!"Rate:  4 Stars
We booked over the phone the night before arrival,we haggled , easily, the small double room for E50 per night. The guy on the desk during the day couldnt have been more helpful. all staff were nice but this guy had very good english. we went to istanbul to attend a 2day music festival, he researched times and cost of tramway and buses we need to get to the gig, even though there is free wifi in both reception and up in the rooms. On the last morning we should have checked out at 12, but he rang our room at 14.50 as he knew we`d be wrecked after the festival and he knew we had a flight to catch so suggested we take the 7lira shuttle bus, collects a couple of times a day, instead of taxi or tramway. . nice guy!! the hotel is a 1 minute walk from tramway stop in sultanahmet<its just a couple of feet down a side cobble street>, which takes you anywhere in Istanbul.5 mins walk from blue mosque and other sights and fab little restaurants everywhere. .if you dont mind a small but very fresh and clean modern room, then this is a GREAT location. absoultley no complaints!
Stayed at July 2011
Age: 35-49 from yokohama,
Reviewed on May 11, 2012
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Stayed at May 2012
Reviewed on February 28, 2012
"Great Location, Staff, Price and Rooms"Rate:  5 Stars
It`s a small boutique hotel with 6 rooms. You couldn`t ask for a better location for the price. I am here not in the off season and they have worked with me and we have negotiated the price. They have been sooooo helpful as I am a woman traveling alone. The staff has made my trip! The rooms aren`t huge, but they are clean, new, and very comfortable. I`d recommend it to anyone!
Stayed at February 2012
Reviewed on September 20, 2011
"Almost there..."Rate:  4 Stars
Arife Sultan is a brand new boutique hotel with 8 guest rooms. Â At the time of our arrival, they had only been in business for a little over 3 months and as a result, there were some issues which I will attribute to `growing pains` that impacted our stay here.
But first the positive...
1) Location was right in the heart of Sultanahmet and only 5 short minutes to Hagia Sophia and the Blue mosque. Be forewarned however that Sultanahmet is a major tourist hub so if you`re more an off the beaten track type traveller, look to stay somewhere less touristy. If not, Sultanahmet is a good choice.
2) Good price - we were able to have our Turkish friend negotiate the rate down to 50â‚¬/night. Â This included a modest breakfast which in my opinion could have been better with just a few tweaks. Not bad, just could have been better. Â Â
3) Rooftop terrace - there is a small rooftop terrace on the building that can be used for a picnic or just to relax and take in the sites. Good view of Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet. We had asked the front desk to setup a table and some chairs as its just an empty space and they were happy to oblige. I would suggest they put a tables up there and leave them there for their guests (or maybe an outdoor bar). Really nice.
4) Very clean and well kept
5) Decent wifi, not great
6) Safe in rooms
7) Very friendly staff
...and the not so positive...
1) There was a major issue with the plumbing/sewer system that made staying in the room unbearable for 1 night, and barely tolerable for the remaining ones. After informing the front desk he did apologize and said it had something to do with the city. I do believe him because we saw workers fixing it later that day. I would be interested to hear if anyone else experiences this in the future. The smell of sewage remained for our entire stay unfortunately.
2) There were issues with the power cutting in and out. Never down for more than a few minutes however when it returned, a very loud fire alarm system would go off. This happened twice during bedtime hours waking us up wondering if we had to get out or not.
3) Poor English - Although super friendly, no one at the front desk spoke English well enough where we didn`t have to repeat ourselves a couple times to make sure the proper message was being received. An example of this was when we were checking in. As mentioned above a daily rate of 50â‚¬/night was negotiated prior to our arrival by our Turkish friend. When we arrived I reiterated the rate to the front desk to which they hesitantly agreed to. Â Upon checkout, we were told the rate was 55â‚¬/night. To be fair, this could have been a `lost in translation` moment so if you do decide to stay here, negotiate your rate but more importantly get it in writing (this applies to anything you do in Istanbul, especially eating out...look at the menu first, then be seated).
4) VERY small rooms. One gets a sense of this from their website. Room size is not an issue for my wife and I but if you need your space, look elsewhere.
5) No safety screens in windows. I added this for a couple reasons. Firstly, due to the size of the room your working in close quarters with your roommate. One false move or late night run to the bathroom could be dangerous with windows open (which we had to do to let the sewage smell out). Secondly, mosquitos...they seem to be more intelligent in Istanbul and must have evolved and adapted over the centuries. Â They are impossible to catch and have good places to hide due to the color scheme used in the rooms. Â
All in all, I would hope that with a few small tweaks, some time and a few more English lessons, this place could be great. Â For now, I would say decent.
Stayed at September 2011