Biz Cevahir Hotel 40 Stars Hotel in Istanbul Istanbul
Customers' Rating: 40 over 5 stars
Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Kutlugun Sok. No:8 Sultanahmet, Fatih 34122 Istanbul Turkey
Telephone: 00 90 212 458 5555
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Age: 25-34 from Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed on September 5, 2012
"Great location, a few small issues"Rate:  4 Stars
We enjoyed our stay at the Biz Cevahir. We were on the top floor in a room with a terrace which had a great view of the Bosphorus and the Blue Mosque. It was a great place to relax at the end of the day and enjoy the sounds of the city with a great view and a drink. The room wasn`t that big, but that is to be expected in this part of the city from what I understand. It had a modern decor and our room along with the whole hotel was very clean.
The location is perfect, steps to all the attractions. We were staying in the heat of July and it was great to be able to have the hotel so nearby as we were sightseeing (you will have to venture a bit further to get less touristy restaurants for dinner).
There are a few small issues that prevent me from giving this place a perfect rating:
- While the front desk clerk was friendly, his English could use some work and we didn`t get many recommendations or tips. While this isn`t a requirement at all hotels, this hotel is in a tourist zone and almost exclusively services international guests.
- We got some laundry done while we were there and were charged $75. Seems pretty steep considering all their other pricing and would have been nice to be warned how expensive it was going to be.
- We tried to grab a snack from room service twice in the early evening and it was never available (I`m not saying room service is needed for 5 star rating, but found it annoying that they advertised it, but didn`t actually have it when we wanted it)
Stayed at July 2012
Age: 25-34 from Yorba Linda, California
Reviewed on August 28, 2012
"Room w private terrace"Rate:  3 Stars
After going back and forth trying to decide between Sultanahmet or Taksim, we finally settled on Sultanahmet and decided to stay at this hotel because of the great reviews, pictures looked really nice, and the room with the private terrace sounded wonderful... and we didnt want to spend $700/night at the Four Seasons next door.
After checked in in the afternoon by the only front desk man who spoke very2 limited english, we were escorted to our supposedly the biggest room at the hotel with the private terrace on the very top floor (3rd floor), room 132. I was very surprised by the size and the layout of the room. It was very small as well as the bathroom, 1 small table/desk at the very small corner facing the wall, with the quite spacious terrace.
So obviously, i wasnt happy at all with the room and tried to change it to the bigger ones next door or the next one after that after looking at the fire plan floorplan. At first he said nothing was available and i tried to be more understanding and just took it. But after giving it more thoughts, the more i was unhappy with the room, it was very small! And i was thinking why we were given the smallest room in that room category, so i called back and insisted to have our room changed. It looked so much different from the pictures honestly. After 2 more times calling back and forth between my room and the front desk, finally they said we could move to the other room that we prefered on the following day.
The next day around 1 pm, we were able to move to the bigger room for the same category, number 133. It was much much better! Evrything was bigger and wider than our original roommwith a much better layout too with a much better corner terrace, left side overlooking the bosphorus and to the right was the blue mosque view, if you could overlook beyond the houses` roofs right below us. We were only on the 3rd floor.
So our new room was quite clean, it had coffee maker in the room, complimentary bottled water, and a box of chocolate every day. We were not really looking forward to the our breakfast every morning in the basement, not much selection in terms of hot breakfast, and their pastries, salad, and deli meat too was just ok. They served chai, teas and coffees, and bottled quality juices.
There were not much service in my opinion on this stay, there was hardly anybody, and it was a small hotel. But the 2 front desk guys who were there alternately were nice and polite.
Location was wonderful like everyone said, close to all attractions in sultanahmet. We were there when Ramadhan (fasting month) just started, so every single night there at sultanahmet was very crowded full with locals and tourists having picnics having dinner together with their families along with the nighltly performance and bazaar, etc.
The only above average restaurant in sultanahmet we found was The Meat House next to the hotel, the rest was just edible.
If I go back to Istanbul, I`d probably not stay at Sultanahmet and stay in Taksim instead. Sultanahmet was way too touristy and Im not used to staying at a small boutique hotel like this kinda hotel. Taksim is not too far, no more than 30 mins including the traffic even if you take the train, but very convenient, and obviously has more options for food and bigger scale hotels.
If youre used to staying at a smaller room or smaller boutique hotel and dont think you should spend US$700/ night next door at the Four Seasons then by all mean stay here. If youre not used to staying at a boutique hotel and still dont think you should spend $700/night then stay at Taksim for the same price at a real hotel with all the amenities. Besides, you could go to both mosque and palace and wonder around in sultanahmet a bit unless you want to buy the persian rugs, everything in 1 day.
Room tip: Dont stay at room 132
Stayed at July 2012
Age: 50-64 from Hampton Cove, AL
Reviewed on September 9, 2012
"Wonderful stay."Rate:  5 Stars
Very positive experience. Wonderful location. Great view from top floor rooms. Excellent breakfast. Helpful, polite, informed staff. Around corner from the Four Seasons. I would happily stay there again.
Room tip: Room 134 had a good view from a big balcony. Room next door (133?) had a superior view.
Stayed at September 2012
from Paris, France
Reviewed on September 17, 2012
"Flawless in every way"Rate:  5 Stars
Most impressed with every aspect of this hotel. We were delighted with our choice. It certainly lived up to its good reviews. Exceptionally well situated at a few minutes` walk from major sites and good restaurants/bars. We were initially in a ground-floor room which was large and very nice, but did not have a lot of light and the view from the window was of the back of another building. After the first night, on request they moved us to a lovely second-floor room which had many windows as it was a corner room, and a nice little balcony from which we could see what was going on in the street below. The decor was modern and tasteful, and everything was spotless. The reception staff and the manager were absolutely delightful, and went to great lengths to satisfy every request and answer every question. Their car service which collected us from the airport and delivered us there on return was efficient and reasonably priced. I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone who has a reasonable budget and who would like to discover Istanbul from the heart of the old quarter, in a comfortable and beautiful hotel.
Room tip: Corner rooms on the higher floors have plenty of light and a balcony.
Stayed at September 2012
from Durban, South Africa
Reviewed on September 11, 2012
"Great location in the Old City"Rate:  5 Stars
We spent six nights at this hotel in June/July 2012. Its a lovely boutique hotel, with friendly, efficient staff. A good example of Turkish hospitality. Bulent and Ahmet at the front desk were really helpful.
Our room was small, but comfortable. Its good value for money.
An important advantage is its location.Its conveniently located about 200 metres walking distance from the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofia, and a further short walk to the Sultanhamet tramstop.
The hotel serves a decent turkish breakfast, and has free wifi, which was really useful.
We loved Istanbul, and our experience at Biz Cevahir..
Stayed at June 2012