Nena Hotel
 30 Stars Hotel in Istanbul Istanbul
Customers' Rating: 30 over 5 stars
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Address: Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:8 D:10 Sultanahmet, Fatih  34122 Istanbul Turkey
Telephone: 00 90 212 516 5264
Other names of hotel: Nena Hotel Istanbul
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    - View from Roof-Top Terrace (Breakfast area)

    View from Roof-Top Terrace (Breakfast area)


    - First Floor Plan - Room 102

    First Floor Plan - Room 102


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    Age: 50-64 from San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Reviewed on September 11, 2012

    "Well Deserved Positive Comments"

    Rate:  4 Stars

    This was the second hotel we stayed at in Istanbul. It is conveniently located just off the street where the tram runs, just about in the center of two stops, and within walking distance to the more significant sights. It`s location made it relatively quiet. The breakfast selection was quite varied, with all items labeled in English and Turkish. The dining room was at the roof level, with seating outside for 16 to 20 persons, and more inside. The view, as others have written, was terrific. We had 3 rooms. They were all very clean, particularly the bathrooms. One of the rooms, 308 (you can see the hotel floor plan from the emergency exit plan behind the door) had a very compact semi-circular shower stall. There is a traveler photograph of it you can review. To conveniently wash your feet, I had to open the door. Since this took a few minutes to accomplish, it was a minor inconvenience. The other rooms had a small rectangular tub shower. Front desk staff was helpful and friendly. There are two lobby computers, one with a printer. Some basic instructions on Turkish commands for printing, etc would have been helpful. We were given a 50% discount card for the restaurant, but we did not use it. Since we made our reservations on the hotel web site, we were provided with the airport transfer to the hotel. All things considered, you should give this hotel serious consideration.

    Room tip: See floor plan. The room closest to the elevator appeared to be one of the smallest on each floor..

    Stayed at September 2012

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    from San Francisco, California
    Reviewed on September 15, 2012

    "Good alternative to chain hotel"

    Rate:  4 Stars

    Location: Superb, walking distance to all important sites must see include Grand Bazaar and very quiet.
    Staffs: Breakfast staffs are very friendly and helpful with direction to Carrefour. (I wish front desk guys r more helpful with direction as these breakfast time staffs).
    Room service staffs: Very helpful and attentive.
    Breakfast: Superb choice and Turkish coffee available at minimal cost.
    For your basic need, you can get better price a bottle of water at this small shop (small hole) right next to the hotel even a cold Nestle coffee drink.

    Room tip: If you have a bad knee, better ask a bathroom with shower instead.

    Stayed at September 2012

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    from Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Reviewed on September 14, 2012

    "Fabulous Views From Room And Restaurant"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    I particularly wanted a room with a stunning view so had some email correspondence with the hotel before finalising my booking. I ended up booking a deluxe room with balcony and view and it was really delightful. It was a large room with largish balcony, with an awesome view. The balcony had chairs and table and was a lovely place to sit out, relax and soak up the view. I believe there are only two rooms which have the balcony and view so it is worth booking in advance if this is important to you.
    Breakfast on the terrace was equally captivating. The breakfast buffet was excellent and the views from the restaurant terrace were terrific. We ate in the hotel restaurant on one occasion and unfortunately we weren`t particularly impressed. The food was very ordinary.
    Staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. I agree with a previous reviewer that the hotel`s recommended tours were rather overpriced. For this reason we did not do any of them. The hotel is very well located for visiting sights on foot and the useful tram service is very close by. The traditional Turkish Baths are very close to the hotel and I thoroughly enjoyed a visit there.
    Overall this hotel was a great choice and I would definitely stay here again on a future trip to Istanbul.

    Stayed at September 2012

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    from Brasov, Brasov, Romania
    Reviewed on September 10, 2012

    "Really charming!"

    Rate:  5 Stars

    A very charming hotel in the heart of Historic Istanbul,very close to all the places of interest. We started every morning on the terrace roof to have breakfast,with marveleous view,on the left Hagia Sophia ,on the right the Blue Mosque! The hotel is very chic,clean,with a splendid interior garden for relaxing,the staff was super all right.The room was clean,the breakfast was excellent,various.Yesterday I came back from Istanbul and already I miss it.Hotel Nena will be my first choice when I will return to Istanbul.

    Stayed at September 2012

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    from Chicago, Illinois
    Reviewed on September 11, 2012

    "Outstanding Service, But not a Four-Star Hotel"

    Rate:  4 Stars

    On a three-day stopover returning to USA from India.
    Pros: This place is handy to everything and just near the blue mosque. Excellent shower pressure, great pillows and good bed, very clean. Delightfully appointed, although small, room. Outstanding (included) breakfast – although no cook-to-order service, the range of offerings was excellent and the servers helpful. Wonderful views of Istanbul and surrounds from the restaurant, with optional al fresco dining on the terrace. Airport shuttle service provided by the hotel was excellent—but with additional charge. The hotel staff was absolutely outstanding. There’s no doubt this place is trying to get the best reviews and beat out the competition for service. On departure I was given a box of Turkish delight and asked to give a good review. These guys truly went the extra distance and I experienced some of the best service I’ve received anywhere: in Europe, USA, Australia and SE Asia. The staff had the demeanor, charm and helpfulness of the best of Ottoman Empire princes – without the snootiness. The epitome of the “continental.”
    Cons: No disabled access. Was not in a wheelchair, but it was somewhat of a problem for someone with some disability. There are steps up to entry. Also restaurant is on top floor while elevator only goes to floor below it and you have a steep climb up the last set of steps. (Many of the hotels in this area seem to have the same setup - - best to check. Istanbul is definitely not disabled friendly, but there was a current campaign to address this). Also no handle to get in and out of high bathtub – hard to access. The room was small with one double bed, no chair or room for one, just a small stool near the mirror and tiny “desk” – and they told me they’d upgraded me to a better room! Dinner meal at restaurant was awful and overpriced (even with an included discount coupon) with almost no vegetarian options. I also suspect any recommendations for shopping and dining were based on kick-backs (or at least quid pro quo) they receive. Was recommended a restaurant which was overpriced and very ordinary and waiter made sure he found out which hotel recommended me. Similarly, I was interested in purchasing Turkish ceramics. The place recommended was worth the visit, but the prices were outlandish. Research online for shopping tips and maybe for tours. While it’s outstandingly close to many tourist attractions, it is also right in the middle of tourist trap territory. If I’d had the time, I would have liked to find better and more authentic restaurants and a better taste of the real Turkey. I chose a few tours recommended by the hotel, but seemed to get the expensive ones. The all-day trip to Gallipoli was good, but overpriced with a simply dreadful included lunch – with an overpriced additional charge for a drink.
    I was there in the low season – early December, and the price was “reasonable” but I’d say not great value if the price is a lot higher in warmer months. Needed a coat and umbrella, but I still experienced sunny weather and not too cold compared with the US Midwest December. I’d go there again at this time of year. One additional thing is to take care to speak slowly if you’re an English speaker. My impression is that Turks who speak English have only learned it from someone with a Turkish accent – so unless you can genuinely speak English with a Turkish accent, there can be communication problems - - found this particularly with Turkish Airlines staff.
    Overall, I’d recommend Hotel Nena. It’s definitely not a four-star hotel by US standards, but an excellent three-star, very small (beware the fisheye-lens photos) boutique-style hotel.

    Room tip: Check room size, what the window looks out onto (or whether it has a venting window).

    Stayed at December 2011

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