Kybele Hotel
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Address: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:35 Sultanahmet, Fatih  34410 Istanbul Turkey
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Age: 35-49 from Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed on July 25, 2012

"Extraordinarily eclectic"

Rate:  5 Stars

We stayed at Kybele Hotel for a week a and could not think of a better place to discover Istanbul. The famous sights are minutes away (walking distance), the tram as well which takes you to the Bosporus ferries in 10 minutes for example. We (being on a girls` trip) always felt save in that area even in the middle of the night or later ... The staff was friendly and helpful and the breakfast very delicious, I did not miss my Nutella at all. But above all the decor and interior is stunning! With its charming atmosphere it is the perfect venue to spend a holiday in Istanbul. Highly recommendable!

Stayed at July 2012

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from Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on June 7, 2012

"Lots of Atmosphere"

Rate:  5 Stars

We went to this quirky hotel for a pre-dinner drink and loved the authentic decor and the colourful traditonal lamps which decorate the lounge. We spent some time over drinks looking through an equisite book of sketches of people and places in Istanbul a gift from a previous resident. Don`t miss it. We were so captivated by the Kybele that we booked dinner one evening but sadly it was very disappointing. Calamari in batter was average and the smoked salmon pancake contained no smoked salmon and was smothered in cream not the `special sauce` as promised. Maybe we just chose a bad night because the Kybele certainly deserves a visit.

Stayed at June 2012

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from Schoten, Belgium
Reviewed on August 1, 2012

"Very charming"

Rate:  4 Stars

The hotel attracts by the charming and eclectic interiors full of confectioners items like old cameras, clocks, ... and above all lampionnes. Our room had 60 lampionnes !! Rooms are very small but nice decorated. Curtains could use some washing. Marble and clean bathroom. Finishing is not as in a 5 star hotel, therefore not the 5 stars rating, but still value for money.

Room tip: We stayed with 3 persons in one room. This is tiny but doable for 2 nights.

Stayed at July 2012

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from Munich, Germany
Reviewed on May 11, 2012

"Not a hotel more like a club of friends"

Rate:  5 Stars

I have known and loved this hotel for about twenty years. So have many of my friends. The only difficulty is that being so popular but also quite small, it can be difficult to get a reservation. It is frequented by travellers of taste, journalists, diplomats and soldiers when paying for themselves, and the like. The staff know all the regulars and treat them as a friends.

Rooms are decorated with tradition fabrics and in good taste, though this is not a luxury hotel.

The restaurant serves nice food at reasonable prices.

But there are now lots of boutique hotels around the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul but I think that this one is the nicest and certainly the friendliest.

Stayed at February 2012

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Age: 65+ from NY,
Reviewed on April 25, 2012

"Split Decision"

Rate:  3 Stars

The location of Hotel Kybele is perfect - one block from Haya Sophia. The public areas of the hotel are very attractive and authentic - nothing plastic or hotel-chain-like anywhere. The breakfast was excellent. Our room was large and comfortable and spotlessly clean, with two balconies and a (partially obsured) view of Haya Sofia and Topkapi Palace.
So why the split decision?
It was four flights up with no elevator to the room, and one flight down from the lobby to breakfast. Not anything the hotel can change but my wife has an arthritic knee and it was a tough climb. The bathroom was tiny. The shower was a strange, two-level, enclosed half-tub, and the toilet was just a few inches from the wall. That combination could be a deal-breaker for some people.
The staff was very pleasant and helpful. It was fairly expensive. You might want to shop around, there were a large number of very nice looking hotels in the area.
I would stay there again, my wife would not.

Stayed at April 2012

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