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The Empress Theodora, Istanbul

3.5-star3.5 stars
Cankurtaran Mah. Alemdar Cad. 16IstanbulIstanbul34122TurkeyGreat location! See map

3.5-star hotel with restaurant, near Basilica Cistern
  • Free buffet breakfast and free WiFi
Great location
Fantastic service
Tasty breakfast
Amenities are not the best
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From 195 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Empress Theodora, Istanbul

from $35
  • Single Room
  • Double Room
  • Standard Room, 2 Twin Beds
  • Triple Room
  • Economy Double Room, No Windows
  • Economy Single Room, No Windows

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 18 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Check-out time is noon
  • Express check-in/out
24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Year Built 2011
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Library

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Things to enjoy
  • Separate dining area
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

  • The Empress Theodora is listed in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay.

The Empress Theodora, Istanbul’s small print

Also known as

  • Empress Theodora Boutique Class
  • Empress Theodora Boutique Class Hotel
  • Empress Theodora Boutique Class Hotel Istanbul
  • Empress Theodora Boutique Class Istanbul
  • Empress Theodora Hotel Istanbul
  • Empress Theodora Hotel
  • Empress Theodora Istanbul


For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of TRY 270 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Empress Theodora, Istanbul


  • In Old City
  • Hagia Sophia - 4 min walk
  • Basilica Cistern - 4 min walk
  • Hippodrome - 9 min walk
  • Blue Mosque - 11 min walk
  • Topkapi Palace - 11 min walk
  • Suleymaniye Mosque - 23 min walk
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum - 4 min walk

Getting around

  • Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) - 30 min drive
  • Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.) - 45 min drive
  • Istanbul Cankurtaran Station - 10 min walk
  • Istanbul Kumkapi Station - 24 min walk
  • Istanbul Yenikapi Station - 10 min drive
  • Sirkeci Station - 10 min walk
  • Cemberlitas Station - 12 min walk
  • Eminonu Station - 13 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 16 reviews

The Empress Theodora, Istanbul
The best place
I am so happy, my dream come true
Anita, us1 night family trip
The Empress Theodora, Istanbul
Very Good8.0
A good one!
Unbeatable location. Very friendly staff. The carpet in my room was a old (a little worn out and stained) but the room was very clean. Breakfast was pretty good. Only that it didn't have real coffee (only instant coffee offered), and started at 8am (a little late, if you need to catch a tour).
Carlos, usOther trip
The Empress Theodora, Istanbul
Very Good8.0
Good hotel. Good service and location but very hard for taxis to reach
A Traveler, au4 night trip
The Empress Theodora, Istanbul
Highly Recommend
We stayed at The Empress of Theodora Hotel for 3 nights and this is the nicest hotel in the city!! The room was nice and clean, great bed and breakfast! We enjoyed our time there! We will definitely come back, because those 3 days were amazing!
Dimitar, 3 night family trip
The Empress Theodora, Istanbul
Great small hotel
I liked the convenience of the location. Breakfast included in the rate was very well served People were nice and friendly I hoped there was a setting arrangement in the room; seat and coffee table
Safwan, Business trip

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The Empress Theodora, Istanbul

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