"Great value close to all the sights"
The location of this hotel is very good. All the main sights of old Istanbul - the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace are all a short walk away. The tram station is also a couple of minutes away and you should be able to catch the tram to most of Istanbul's other attractions as well. Great location and a friendly staff are the strengths […] of this hotel. That being said, the hotel rooms themselves are quite cramped with just enough room to put your luggage (and if you have a lot of luggage - you may be out of luck). My room did not have an AC and I had to do with a fan in the hot Istanbul summer. I also chose the shared shower option - Not a good idea. All in all, the hotel's location and staff are offset by the somewhat poor facilities of the hotel. I would suggest this hotel to a single or a couple just passing by for a day or two. If you are travelling with children or are in town for any length of time, you would be better off at a hotel with better facilities. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"good location but will not go there again"
rooms are very small, website said there was air-conditioning but there wasn.t it was a ventilator, the room was very hot. room was very clean, staff is friendly, wifi was very slow, location is great. bathroom is separate, u share it with others, ceiling was leaking in the bathroom when people above were showering.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Shared common bathroom- very dirty! No AC!!!"
Let me start by saying that the hotel was in an excellent location for sightseeing and the staff was very friendly. However, the room was horrific. There was no AC, was only provided with one loud noisey fan. I had requested a full bed, instead I was given two twin beds. There was not enough room to walk. It was basically a 4x4 room with two beds slap […] down in the room with a fan. The bathroom was across the hall. The toilet and so called "shower" was in the small 2x2 box. The shower was a spout from the wall that was in place near the toilet at seat level. You would have to remove the handle and shower yourself in place next to the toilet. The toilet and bathroom was extremely dirty. I should have reviewed what I had ordered in the first place so I take some blame. I didn't realize that hotels "share" bathrooms. I thought all standard hotels come with a bathroom of their own. I believe there are rooms available for an extra charge with a bathroom!!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR STAY AT STAR HOLIDAY HOTEL.THE LOCATION IS EXCELLENT WITH ALL THE SITES TO SEE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.THERE ARE RESTAURANTS OF ALL TYPES NEAR AND AROUND THE HOTEL. THE STAFF IS VERY COURTEOUS AND HELPFUL. ALL IN ALL AN IDEAL HOTEL FOR THE PRICE IN EVERY RESPECT.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Perfect location, friendly staff"
I had stayed at this hotel previously. The people who work there are friendly and helpful. The location could not be better. Will definitely stay at this hotel again the next time I visit Istanbul.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"good location, very tiny room"
There is no lift, and it was difficult carrying our luggage up a spiral staircase to the top floor. When we got there and opened the door, we could have fallen right onto the bed. The room was basically big enough for a queen-sized bed and about 2 feet of free space to the side. The breakfast room had about 5 tables, and guests were lined up waiting […] for them to become vacant. The breakfast served was a typical Turkish breakfast, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The location was absolutely perfect, but the price wasn't worth it. A little further down the street were better options. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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"It's all up to your requirements and expectations."
I normally stay in hostels, and Star Holiday was great for me. The room was clean, including the all-important linen. The location was great (although I like to walk anyway, and Istanbul is a great town to walk in). The breakfast was very good, and the room where it's served has an amazing view, though there were not always enough tables during the […] weekend. But if you're used to fancy hotels, you might have a problem with the tiny room, squeaky bed, and occasional sewer odors that drift out of the drain, but that's part of travel, no? I would stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The location is absolutely fabulous. The room was a bit scruffy around the edges and quite small. However, a great place if you don't intend to stay in your room much. There is a pleasant sitting area with view, local TV and drinks available. Terrific breakfast and uncomparable view. Friendly, helpful staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
Billed as a 3* hotel, the hotel has many shortcomings that prove otherwise.This should be rated as a 1* pension If that’s your expectation, you may like it. The hotel has many positives – it has a fantastic location The sitting room on the second floor is nice with big windows overlooking the mosque and square below. The staff is friendly and helpful. […] Wi-fi was strong. On the downside…the room was stuffy and hot (in December!) even with the heat turned off. Sheets were clean but beds were soggy – and don’t take those sheets off to see the mattress! There were two sconces for light – nothing more. A small wardrobe, beaten up table/desk (not even a chair), and a beaten up nightstand, paint peeling from the ceiling. The view was directly into the next room, maybe 2m away, making opening the faded, greying drapes inadvisable and adding to the dismal feel in the room. Now that shared “bath” was but one ill-lit bath per floor, each consisting of a cracked sink with mothballs in the drain and a toilet area big enough for the toilet only – and that toilet “room” was the shower! Gross! There was a tiny roach (just one) in there and the thought of showering inches from a communal toilet was abhorrent. I never felt clean. There is no lift in the hotel, In sum, 3 stars this is not. I suppose the price for the location might warrant staying here if you know what you’re getting. I sure was disappointed. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A very friendly, helpful and convenient hotel."
Helpful staff: Besides normal requests for conveniences hotel staff helped me to resolve my luggage issue with the airline. Honest staff: My half torn suite case sat in the lobby corner un-touched. Abundance of food: Breakfast buffet was always clean, plenty of food and friendly hosts. Hotel is centrally located near all major attractions. What else […] a guest can ask for. A very cozy and pleasant place to stay. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Location is great, right on the plaza near the blue mosque. The rooms on the fourth floor are terrible during warm months as they do not have air conditioning and they never cool down. Also there is one shared bathroom for the floor. Other rooms/floors are probably ok. Also no elevator.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good service, location and value."
Staff was friendly and helpful, they even made us a breakfast for our 03:20 departure! Room was quiet, shower was hot and everything was clean. Location was excellent with a good and cheap restaurant right next door and best of all, the price was right.Genuine Expedia guest review
I guess Istanbul is kind of an expensive city. With this hotel I must've been paying for location. Though now that I've been to Istanbul I'm guessing I could find something pretty well located that'd be a lo cheaper. The hotel staff seemed nice enough. Th breakfast was fine, as have all the breakfasts I've had in turkey so far. It started a little earlir […] than posted, too The room was the smallest I've stayed in here so far. And it had no a/c, which i thought it would. Didnt need it this time. The courtyard it opens onto isnt a courtyard at all but a shaft in between rooms. The call to prayer and bird noises reverberates quite well in that shaft. They give you soap and shampoo, which is nice. Some of th others I've been to don't give you one or th other. and th hotels here give you a bottom sheet but not a top sheet, which seems strange to me. But when in Rome... And v though it's supposed to be a non smoking hotel, good luck getting away from cigarette smoke in Turkey. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
close to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Palace, and Underground Cistern. Next door to hotel is good coffee shop/cafe and hotel is near The Pudding Shop which is a 55 year old restaurant with very good Turkish food. There is also a money exchange 1 block from hotel. Many cafes and shops are close to hotel. Be prepared to hear loud Call to Prayer 5 times […] daily near hotel. Akin, the reservations manager, was very helpful during my stay. Free Turkish breakfast each morning for guests. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Star Holiday Hotel in Sultanahmet Istanbul"
Small room, small bathroom, small shower, horrible lighting. Great terrace view, great location, great front desk staff. Hard to find as the taxi could not drop you off right in front because of the tram. It is a small entrance/lobby from the street so it is easy to miss.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Star Holiday Hotel - the most central location"
Star Holiday Hotel is located in 1 min walk from Sultanahmed tram station, between blue mosque and Hagia Sophia. Rooms facing main street offer spacious view to blue mosque and square in front of it. Breakfast is served on the last floor terrace, there is a nice common area with a bar and TV on 2nd floor. Rooms are cleaned on a daily basis.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"the hotel is an excellent location"
you can easy from airport to hotel by metero in 1 euro , sultan ahmed station is few meters from hotel , the hotel good , not fancy very basic , wireless is free in rooms , you will in the middle of great area few meters from all places ,Genuine Hotels.com guest review
was a good. place but expensiveGenuine Hotels.com guest review
the only good thing in this hotel is the location as it's very close to the tram station other with it's not that good and staff are not friendly , room is very small if u r looking for a place to sleep and spend the who;e day outside so u can go for this hotelGenuine Expedia guest review
good location, near tram station, near famous turest ,blue mosk,aya sofya, topca pya palace. good for price smelly toilet ie no exhost fan old furniture no elevator breakfast same choices evryday taxi well drop you very far, no cars allowed near te hotel except late at night,we have to pull our bags for more than 100meter to reach the our rented car […] to airport Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel for the good price"
Hotel is located in historical place surrounded by Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia museum and Topkapi with perfect sea view from the last two levels from the top. Good combination of quality and price for 3 stars hotel. Enjoined staying there. There are a few small things to be improved (nothing is perfect in our life) and one of them was that not all local […] TV channels were working well but this is minor failure. Overall verdict))): Good hotel, good price, great location. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very very simple hotel. If you are accustomed to nice hotels, you are in for a shock!"
Hotel is located close to many tourist attractions and breakfast is simple but typical for Turkey, but that is all I can say that is good about the hotel. The rooms are very small and not updated at all; very simple and outdated. Noise from the outside can be heard in the room all night. The staff was not friendly or very helpful. There is no eleva […] tor. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great view of Blue Mosque"
The hotel is centrally located near the Sultanahmet tram stop which is a big plus. However, the tram is usually packed with people during the day. Remember to watch your valuables. The hotel staff are helpful and pleasant. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the historic things you want to see. Be sure to go to the Cistern. The rooms are […] small and outdated as is the bathroom. If you are looking for an inexpensive room that is mostly clean, this place is good. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"For this much money, go somewhere classier"
The support staff were fine, even very friendly, the room was clean enough and breakfast was sufficient. However, for the amount I paid, I expected a bit more repair and esthetics. The main lounge and the lobby smelled like cigarettes during my whole stay. The bathroom was a bit cramped, and had no shower curtain, so everything, including toilet and […] sink and towel, are easily in danger of getting wet. The toilet paper holder fell off the wall the first time we touched it. One reading light in the bedroom did not work. The breakfast was a bit boring, with the typical Turkish items, but without anything special. Bread was run-of-the-mill Turkish white, with a bit of dry, unappetizing white bread with a tiny amount of bran tossed in. Even simit would have been a welcome addition. The cheese was uninspired, and the coffee was bitter Nescafe. The hotel is perfectly located in Sultanahmet, only a few steps from the Sultanahmet tram stop, within walking distance of the ferries to the Asian side, the Grand Bazaar, Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, the Yerebatan cistern and museums. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Star Holiday - great location, moldy bathroom"
Up - Located within steps of Hagia Sophia and Mosque, near to many other tourist sites. Down - The bathroom smelt of intense mold!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to sights in old town."
Hotel not at all what was expected. As far as I can remember, there is no mention that taxis cannot pick up or deliver you right there as the street is for trams only. It isn't that far to walk depending on where the taxi driver lets you out and that can be a great distance as we found out. The staff are very nice and helpful. They need to be as there […] is no elevator so if you are unable to climb stairs this is not a place to go. The rooms are tiny but clean. The breakfast is adequate. Unfortunately, some of the rooms are very, very noisy in to the early hours. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the sights. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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It was very bad experiance. Toilet and shower were together in a very small place. When you take shower toilet seat was getting wet. Broken sink. Very small shower area. We werent given towel 4 second nd third day and had you use same towels for 2 days. No aircondition. Cupbards broken, window handels broken. While having breakfast about 9.45am staff […] start clearing table,even though time was between 8.30 to 10pm. Staff dont speak English very well. Im really sorry to say that but there is nothing to good say about this hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location and value for the blue mosque."
This hotel is in a great location for the main sights in Sultanmet. The hotel is not fancy but staff are friendly, and it's quiet enough.Genuine Expedia guest review
It has best location (just 2 min. walk to Blue mosque and Aya sofia), staff is friendly. We had 3 Beder, it was of reasonable size but shower room was too small. Good breakfast, had a sitting room and no lift in 4 storey hotel. Restaurants very near (less than 5min. walk) but are bit expensive because of Sultanahmet town. Sultanahmet station is just […] 1 min. walk. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
stay was great… easy access to most location-blue mosque, grand bazaar, topkapi palace etc. breakfast - slightly above averageGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A great place to stay"
While the hotel is a little outdated, its location, staff and cleanliness make up the difference. This hotel is just steps away from the Blue Mosque and everything else you want to see in Istanbul. The manager and staff are helpful and many of them speak English. This is my second stay in this hotel and I will stay there again if ever in Istanbul. Super […] easy connection from the airport. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Stayed here on a weekend layover in between flights with the wife. First occurrence set the tone of my opinion to this place sour. They offer pick up and shuttle to and from the airport for a fee, it was nice to see my name held up by the young man as if I was famous.He even helped with the bags from baggage claim to the shuttle.....but we had to walk […] from domestic to international simply because the shuttle driver was picking up a couple in international...it was a long walk through a parking structure with a huge bag and no wheels...I wished I had just took a cab. The hotel is really in the heart of Istanbul and the middle of all the action,no need for a cab or car to get most places.Room was clean and they had moth balls in the sink, very neat idea to keep a consistent neutral smell in the restroom. The window is more of a vent so that's great in summer but bad in winter, had to heat the restroom by running the hot shower which was very relaxing by the way.Staff was helpful enough I guess nothing special. The breakfast was nice standard hotel breakfast selection but the draw is the rooftop view of all the life of the heart of Istanbul, it was very classy and romantic. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"James Bond wouldnt care too much!"
This is the third time I've stayed here; it is a plaesant little guest house with Standard Turkish Breakfast No 1 every day - it has not changed one iota over at least a decade.! The big Pro is the location of the Hotel; right on the main dtrett; fifty yards from the Tram stop Sultanahmemt, and close to tghe Blue Mosque. fabulous views from the rooftop […] breakfast room. the big con is the lack of a lift ; when one is on the third floor it is pretty tough hiking the stairs; particlularly for a septuagenerian! Staff are a bit distant at times. Twin bed room pretty cramped. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Unhelpful staff. En-suite with no ventilation."
Unhelpful staff and an en-suite with no ventilation were somewhat compensated for by the great location. No computers to use their free internet existed. Public sitting room could have been made a much nicer spot for people to stop and relax. Free tea/coffee and computers would have been very helpful. At least the en-suite had separate toilet and shower. […] Very expensive for the quality of our stay. We did not return to this hotel when we came back to Istanbul - we used Ayasofya Apart Hotel which was significantly cheaper. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Centrally located, comfortable rooms though small, friendly staff and inexpensiveGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Decent, got the basics but definitely not luxury"
Overall a good experience, a good place to stay if you're doing the big sights. My room was well cleaned daily, but it was next to the office and often the staff would speak loudly or play the radio or television quite late at night. There was a cockroach in my room the night before I left, but this was not typical and I only saw it the one time. For […] the most part, the staff were very friendly and helpful. But when we checked out, the fellow at the front desk (who was not the usual one there) would not let us use the phone to contact our shuttle to the airport. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The star holiday hotel in Istanbul i-close to tram"
Best loncat ion, the manajer is so helpfull And friendly he is so Nice too, and make everything is so ramsy for meGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The hotel is perfect for short stays, it's tidy enough and right in the centre of Sultanahmet, with Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and the Grand Bazaar within walking distance.Genuine Expedia guest review
Excellent all-round. Breakfast is included, though like many places there is little assortment. The location is ideal for visitors, though the eating venues around there are pricey - there is a cheap and good no-frills taverna right to the left side of the hotel - excellent lentil soup - though the menu is very limited. Overall, it was exactly what […] we expected. We knew the bathrooms would be small and they were. It's no big deal though... Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"location is good"
the location which is on the street of sultanahmed is very convenient. the blue mosque, hagia sofiya, grand bazaar and shops selling souvenirs are all nearby. i would however rate the hotel as 1 star. i dont like the toilet which does not separate the shower, it gets the whole toilet wet after one usage. the breakfast did not look at all like the photos […] advertised. the bread was cold, the butter looked like it was nearly expiring and coffee and orange juice tasted yucky. but the view from the breakfast room is magnificent. the bed was squeaky and the bed cover worn out. In summary, only the location is good. Make sure you try the meatballs at tahiri restaurant just next to the hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Basic but perfect location"
The hotel is very basic but you get what you pay for and we did not pay a lot. The space between the single beds was quite narrow (about 2 to 3 feet). The loo flush could have been more vigorous. There is no lift in the hotel but there are only 4 floors. However, the room was clean and the stairs and common areas spotless. Considering its central location, […] it was also quiet in the room. It is nextdoor to a restaurant and shops, opposite tourist information and a tram stop and just across the road from the precints of the Blue Mosque. So it is ideally placed for the main sights in Sultanahmet. As others have said, they serve orange squash rather than juice at breakfast, but this is rather nitpicking. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Far better hotels available for less"
This is essentially a hostel. Shared bathrooms have tiny rooms. The place looks nice from the outside and is in a great location, but for the price you can do much better. The bathrooms were absolutely disgusting and didn't have any toilet paper. (And no, it wasn't a bidet, the staff is just two surly dudes that refuse to do anything.) We asked for […] a wake-up call but it never came, luckily we woke up when the power went out in the whole hotel at 4 AM until 6:30 AM. There's no emergency lights so we stumbled around in the darkness getting dressed and packed with the light of a cell phone. The place is dirty, the pillows are the worst I've ever slept on (and I've slept on terrible pillow before but this was the worst). My bed was also tilted about 15 degrees down from horizontal at the head so it felt like blood was rushing to my head the whole night. There's also no top sheet. You just sleep on an oily sheet on the bottom and have what I can only describe as a large and filthy dish towel for warmth and to cover you. The shower is in the shared bathroom and occupies the same 5x3 foot space as the bathroom. You essentially take a shower while standing over the toilet. There is also no towel rack of any sort, nor any place to put other shower essentials like soap and shampoo. It's not a terrible place as hotels/hostels go, but it's extremely overpriced. The distance to the sights in the old part of Istanbul doesn't make up for it. I'm glad I only stayed one night. My girlfriend also has a dozen bug bites all over her from that night. So there's that... I couldn't recommend it. There's plenty of hotels/hostels around that area that are way nicer for the same or lower price. Stay away from the Star Holiday Hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to main attractions.."
The twin room promised during the bookings was not offered at the arrival. Extra money was charged for AC room. Which makes the room more costly..! Staff was co-operative but some time was misleading..!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I have to say i was very surprised when i arrive the location was perfect for our needs and sight seeing, basic but overall very good for the price.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Star holiday hotel, Istanbul"
exactly what you'd expect for so little money. Basic but clean hotel as central to the sights as you could get. Walking distance to grand bizarre, blue mosque, baths and spice market. A tram stop right outside the door for the lazy or incapacitated. The staff were really helpful and nothing was too much for them. The hotel is on a pedestrianised street, […] so taxi's can only get you within 100m of the front door - private airport transfer vehicles (hotel can order you one) will risk the traffic cops and drive right to the door - but the taxi's refuse to do it. I'd use it again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Only positive the location"
Very small room, definitely not worth the price; noisy as works were being conducted on the same floor; unhelpful staff (with some positive exceptions of course); bathroom not clean; we asked for (and booked) a double bed and got two single beds.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Top Lage, aber das war's schon"
Lage und Aussicht vom Frühstücksraum unschlagbar! Aber das war's auch schon! Mini Zimmer - Mini Bad! Alte Ausstattung - nachts Baulärm! Würde es nie wieder buchen!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"oda seçimi berbat"
bize verdikleri oda direk kahvaltı salonuna bakıyordu.tüm otel müşterilerinizin sürekli olarak odanızın önünden geçmesi nasıldır size bırakıyorum.ayrıca otel sadece konumu itibari ile kazanıyor yoksa verdiği hizmete göre oldukça pahalı bir otel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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