The Empress Theodora - Istanbul

Alemdar Cad. No:16 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkeyshow map
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SuperbBased on  627 reviews
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Overview

The Empress Theodora Hotel provides 18 rooms with a beautiful view of the city. The historical hotel is a good example of ancient architecture in Istanbul.

The property is set 5 minutes' walk from Hagia Sophia. The center of Istanbul is 1 km away from the venue.

The hotel is situated near a museum and a basilica.

20 minutes' drive from Ataturk airport and 5 minutes' walk to Sultanahmet Tram train station.

Rooms

The property offers tasteful rooms equipped with free wireless internet, a minibar, pay TV, an individual safe and a closet. These rooms have tile floor and comfortable furniture.

Eat & Drink

Guests can share a meal in Alemdar Restaurant and Sultan Mehmet Cafe & Restaurant, located about 50 meters away.

Services

There are currency exchange, a baggage storage and a safe deposit box provided on-site.

Relax

A rooftop terrace and a library are offered for guests' comfort.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Paid Private parking is possible at a location nearby.

Number of rooms:   18.

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Facilities
Wi-Fi
Parking

Valet parking

Luggage storage
24-hour services

24-hour reception

24-hour room service

Food/ Drinks

Restaurant

Shuttle

Paid airport shuttle

Laundry
TV

Flat-screen TV

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Valet parking
  • 24-hour room service
  • Housekeeping
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service

Dining

  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant

Business

  • Fax/Photocopying

Children

  • Cots

Spa & Leisure

  • Entertainment
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room view

  • Sea view
  • Garden view
  • City view
  • Pool view
  • Without window

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Mini-bar
  • Terrace
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Hair dryer
  • Free toiletries

Self-catering

  • Electric kettle

Media

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Parquet floor
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Check-infrom 14:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 7 yearsExisting beddingFREEExtra bedFREE
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Location
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • City landmarks
Basilica CisternBasilica Cistern400 ft
Topkapi PalaceTopkapi Palace1400 ft
Blue MosqueBlue Mosque1700 ft
Sultanahmet Tram StationSultanahmet Tram Station1000 ft
Grand BazaarGrand Bazaar2700 ft
Archäologisches MuseumArchäologisches Museum700 ft
Media MuseumMedia Museum1400 ft
Gülhane-ParkGülhane-Park1000 ft
Gulhane ParkGulhane Park1400 ft
Serpent ColumnSerpent Column1900 ftHippodrome of Constantinople
Rustem Pasha Mosque Rustem Pasha Mosque 4000 ftHasircilar Carsisi Eminonu
Galata BridgeGalata Bridge4000 ftGalata Koprusu Kemankes Karamustafa Pasa Beyoglu
Beyazit SquareBeyazit Square4000 ftOrdu Cad. Beyazit, Fatih
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Han Nargile & CafeHan Nargile & Cafe0 ftNo 22 Alemdar Cad
Sultan Mehmet Cafe & RestaurantSultan Mehmet Cafe & Restaurant0 ftAlemdar Cad. No:24/A
Matbah Ottoman Palace CuisineMatbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine300 ftCaferiye Sokak No 6/1
Zeynep SultanZeynep Sultan200 ftAlemdar caddesi 9
Alemdar RestaurantAlemdar Restaurant300 ftAlemdar Mah. Alemdar Cad. No. 5 D 2 Sultanahmet
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Suleymaniye MosqueSuleymaniye Mosque4600 ft
Galata TowerGalata Tower1.8 mi
Haydarpasa Train StationHaydarpasa Train Station2.3 mi
Istanbul Congress CenterIstanbul Congress Center2.6 mi
Istanbul Convention & Exhibition CentreIstanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre2.7 mi
Dolmabahçe PalaceDolmabahçe Palace2.3 mi
Kariye MuseumKariye Museum2.5 mi
Talimhane TiyatrosuTalimhane Tiyatrosu2.6 mi
TaksimTaksim1.9 mi
Laleli MosqueLaleli Mosque1.2 miNext to the Laleli Tram Stop
Zeyrek Mosque Zeyrek Mosque 1.3 miZeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sk. Zeyrek, Fatih
Galatasaray High School (Galatasaray Lisesi) Galatasaray High School (Galatasaray Lisesi) 1.6 miIstiklal Caddesi
The Bosphorus Bridge The Bosphorus Bridge 1.8 miBosphorus
Taksim SquareTaksim Square1.9 miGumussuyu Mh. Beyoglu
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Getting around
Airports
Ataturk (IST)8.8 mi
Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)18.9 mi
Train
Sultanahmet Tram Station1400 ft
Cankurtaran Train Station2300 ft
Underground
Sishane Metro Station1.3 mi
Sishane Metro Station-Istiklal Street Exit1.4 mi
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Reviews
8.6
SuperbBased on  627  reviews

Rating by category:

10.0
Location
6.0
Rooms
6.0
Service
6.0
Dining
  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    I thought the hotel was a gem! After many trips to Istanbul I found it completely refreshing. The staff especially the lovely lady manager on reception made our stay totally comfortable. I will no doubt stay there again on our next journey to wonderful Istanbul and will definitely recommend it to our friends!

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    Very well located for all the sights and clean. We were allocated to a room facing the street and it was fine. The staff was helpfull too.

  • 8.2
    Fabulous

    The hotel is located in the vicinity of the main tourist attractions in Sultanahmet and also near the tram station. The room and bathroom, although quite small, are clean and well equipped. The breakfast is basic but of good quality and is served on a nice roof terrace. The staff is helpful. All in all, good value for the money.

  • 8.8
    Superb

    Quiet, peaceful atmosphere (perhaps because hotel was not very busy). Rooms simple, but very clean and well appointed. Large windows. Good bathroom. Nice breakfast on terrace. Great location (Gulhane Park, Ayasofya). Hotel accommodated us in our preferred room (on tram street).

    Might be a little noisy for some on the street side when trams are running - but note that it's very quiet at night and the call to prayer is quite quite in this area.

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    I spent here a week from our "honey moon" with my husband and evrything is beautiful: a clean and coquet room with a nice street view, yummy breakfast and nice staff. We'll be back!

    Go on like this!

  • 7.4
    Very good

    The hotel is in front of the tramway a short walk from Gulhane station, and just beside aya sofya and topkapi palace - very convenient. Staff is friendly, the common area, our room and bathroom are clean, very nice terrace on the roof top for breakfast.

  • 8.8
    Superb

    Fantastic location - all main sights in walking distance. Cosy rooms with rooftop breakfast that was decent. Homely and helpful staff. Made a tour arrangement with front desk that was also well done.

    No lift. TV was not installed.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    The location of the hotel is just perfect for sightseeing as everything is very close and you can really feel the atmosphere of the old Istanbul. There is a kettle and coffee and tea in the room.

    The lightening of the room is very poor. There is no lift in the hotel. The breakfast was by far not as good as we expected after reeding reviews from other visitors. We were a bit disappointed. There are no eggs, beens, sausages, no whole grain bread, no fresh juice. The public transport is complicated and expensive.

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    The room was huge by comparison to other rooms we have had in Istanbul. The location is ideal with respect to historical highlights and places to grab a bite to eat. Breakfast, which is included, is substantial with a good selection. Clean, comfortable, well-appointed and good location. What more is there? We would stay here again without hesitation.

    Some small, insignificant communication difficulties, but it's unreasonable to expect everyone in every country to speak perfect American English.

  • 8.8
    Superb

    It is a nice small budget hotel in the very heart of Istanbul. The location is simply the best. The rooms are clean, towels and bed clothes are changed every day. The breakfast is so so, but ok. We would not say it is too loud outside, it is ok.

    The windows overlook the tiny dark courtyard, so there is almost no daylight in the rooms (we guess there are rooms overlooking the road, but in this case it must be louder) and you can hear everything and it may be embarassing to know that other people can hear you, but there is nothing you can do about it.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    Location, location, location, that's what this hotel is about. It's very clean and has an unbeatable price/quality factor, but its location is the main advantage. It's very close the all the cultural things you should see on your trip to Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, The Cistern, The Bazaar... Et al. It's also very close to the Galata bridge, on which you can have a nice and intriguing walk (20min) to the eastern part of the city. We had our car with us but it stayed in the (paid - 15tl/day, nearby) parking the whole four days.

    The breakfast was kind of poor, mostly fruits and sweets.

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    I iked the service the hotel, wonderful staff, especially want to commend the work of a maid Lervamisy.

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    This was a great, central hotel, just a few minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Aya sofia and a lovely park overlooking the Bospherous. The tram was right outside the hotel but its not noisy and didnt bother us. There are loads of great resturants nearby, although not the place to stay if you want more than a midnight finsh. The breakfast was also great and the staff were happy to make pancakes etc if you wanted. I would have no hesitation but to book this again when I go back to Istanbul.

  • 7.4
    Very good

    Confortable, good bed, good brakfast, staff was kind, location is very good.

    Without lift, room at front view a little noisy and without view on back rooms. They had a water problem for 2 days and the bomb was broken, almost change hotels. They charge for the airport transfer at the end of your stay without previous notice.

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    Impressive English well spoken Staff.The place is very,very accessible to just about anything in Sultanahmet specially the major tourist attraction like the Hagia Sofia,the Topkapi Palace,the Blue Mosque,the Basilica Cistern & a lot more plus2x the choice for restaurants and shops is amazingly great and last but definitely not the least, a very reasonable price even at high/peak tourist season,very reliable & honest staff to think I left my Blackberry phone over breakfast(the Terrace is lovely and I love & missed their Breakfast!) & when I return to find it after a couple of hours the staff just gave it back straight,meaning guests are well taken care of.I'll definitely go back there soon.

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Highlights
9
SuperbBased on  627 reviews
Hotel Awards

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as  Best 3 Star Hotels in Turkey

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Good to know
Check-infrom 14:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 12 pmFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 7 yearsExisting beddingFREEExtra bedFREE
PetsPets are not allowed.
Cancellation
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Getting around
Airports
Ataturk (IST)8.8 mi
Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)18.9 mi
Train
Sultanahmet Tram Station1400 ft
Cankurtaran Train Station2300 ft
Underground
Sishane Metro Station1.3 mi
Sishane Metro Station-Istiklal Street Exit1.4 mi
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