Hotel Mina

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Hotel Mina

, Istanbul

Rooms: 48

Piyerloti Caddesi, Dostluk Yurdu Sokak - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey Hotel Website | | (212) 458 28 00
329 Traveller

Reviews - Hotel Mina

9/10
Exellant hotel ,staff and views of the Blue Mosque
Submitted by: Yasmin Kayani in 25/08/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Exellant staff very helpful and kind and pleasent. Hotel very clean and tidy with fresh towels,toilitaries and bedding daily. Resterant area vey clean, with good views of the Marmara sea and Blue Mosque.Very convieniant to local tourist attractions, such as the Grand Bazaar,Spice Bazaar,sea views,ship cruise,Golden Horn,Topaki Place,Blue Mosque and much more.
Would recommend to anyone.
1 out of 1 reader found this review helpful
8/10
Comfortable and clean hotel, helpful staff
Submitted by: Hart in 22/07/09
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Australia
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
Stayed at the Mina Hotel in June 2009. Can recommend to anyone wanting comfortable, economical and well-run hotel with very helpful staff. Convenient location to major sights.
10/10
Great place to stay
Submitted by: Eduardo in 22/05/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Chile
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Excellent location (Sultanahmet station), close to everything, walking distance to Santa Sophia and Blue Mosque, clean, spacious and very comfortable rooms, a/c, cable tv in all languages, beautiful bathroom, helpful and kind staff although they don't speak english except for the receptionists but everyone tries to help you in one way or another. Great breakfast, restaurant on top floor, great view of the harbor. Great discount off season. In a few words, the best place to stay in Istambul. I will definitely go there next time.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Mina

Not a 4 star

from Naz68
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in June 2007. The hotel is definitely not a 4 star hotel. The standard room we were offered was in the basement and small and poky. We had to pay to upgrade and that room was better but the decor was old and there was a leak in the bathroom. This was reported but nothing was done. However the remote control for the TV was sorted out straight away.
The Breakfast was OK typical Turkish fare. The staff were not very friendly, but reception staff were helpful and friendly.

The great thing about the hotel is the location which is steps from the Blue mosque and other main historical monuments. The view from the breakfast room is fabulous as well.

Wonderful Experience in the heart of Sultanahmet

from AussieDutchTraveler
Wonderful hotel in the heart of old Istanbul. From the moment we arrived till the moment we reluctantly left, we were treated like welcome and valuable guests. As the name Mina suggest, the rooms are a little bit on the small site but the fascilities are world class.

As a small hotel, with only 5 floors and a small number of rooms you feel very intimate with and welcomed by the staff, who appears to know you by name and will go out of the way to greet you and ask how your day was after a long day sightseeing.

The hotel offers local tour booking, but when we informed them of a more speciliased tour we were planning into Turkey they went out of their way to get us in contact with a local travel agency, they rang ahead to inform them of our plans and needs, and they even organised a porter to walk us to the travel agent, who organised a wonderful itenary for us.

The location of this hotel could not be better, right in the heart of things. Our room, and the breakfast room did promise some good views. The views were good but in all fairness we had to stretch our necks a little bit to see the Blue Mosque (but nothing that caused us major neck physical problems!) The views on the sea of Marmara and the boats waiting to enter the Bosphorus are very pleasant indeed. When we returned to Istanbul after our travels into Turkey we regrefully were notified that the hotel was fully booked - which was a shame as we would have happily stayed another few nights at this small botique hotel.

Pretty Nice Hotel

from KimSW3
This hotel is in the historic section of the city and walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Sofia Museum. The hotel lobby and breakfast area were nice, the rooms were fair, a bit of wallpaper was coming off in a few places, so they could definitely use with a little TLC in the rooms. But the beds were comfy and staff very friendly!

Perfect stay

from SugarZ
The hotel is perfectly located in Sultanahmet area, just a few minute walk to the most importang monuments.
Beautiful view of the Bosphourus during breakfast due to a great top floor restaurant.
Breakfast was excellent, with a lot of choice and good quality food.
Rooms were very clean, and also very quiet (very important thing in Istanbul !!! )

I surely recommend the mina boutique hotel in Istanbul

s all about the staff!

from turkeywanderer
Once again we stayed at Mina. Their staff is wonderful and for any first time (or more) traveler to Istanbul it is a good base, both from a central location as well as their helpful staff. They go above and beyond to help and give concrete suggestions for eateries and activities. A member of our party left his suitcase in the lobby when we departed for Sirince and Serkant, the front desk manager, took care of having it promptly sent to us. The Mina staff truly care about helping travelers and it is evident with every one of them. The rooms are nothing fancy but are quit adequate and comfy. I would stay there again.

Great Location and Service

from AltaMales
We stayed at the Mina for 7 nights in January. We chose the hotel based on the positive reviews and reasonable rates. We weren't dissapointed - the staff were friendly and helpful, the room was nicely decorated and clean, the breakfast buffet was of good quality, and the location is perfect for walking to the major sites in the area. The only criticism we have regards the sound proofing. On a couple of nights, the guests in the next room returned late at night and we could clearly hear their conversation through the wall. Thankfully, we had ear plugs so it wasn't that much of an issue.

Great service, beautiful dining room

from gparrott
We stayed two nights at the beginning of our tour and then another night after touring Turkey for 9 days. Of ALL of our hotel experiences on the "tour," the Mina was clearly superior in terms of front lobby staff and a wonderful VALUE in terms of the total experience. Our first room assignment was on the lower level with less than ideal ventilation, but the room was quite clean and very well serviced. Our last night stay was in an upper floor room with ocean view, and that was A+ in total value for money return. The dining room with a wonderful ocean view is superb, but should have a clearly designated section for NON-smokers. But this is a problem throughout Turkey. We had dinner on our first night in the hotel dining room, and that was also great value for money and excellent food. The schnitzel was as good as I have had anywhere and the salad was geneous sized and very well presented.

True hospitality and grace

from suziw
We had been booked into the Cordial House, which was overbooked, and so we were moved to Antea Hotel. The people there were extremely rude and the accomodations terrible. We walked right across the street and got a beautiful room in a warm, friendly hotel with knowledgable staff, comfortable rooms, wonderful food, and the hospitality we have come to expect in Istanbul. We'll never stay anywhere else!

?ce of hotel

from maisonrosegoult
We just left the Mina Hotel and ? am wr?t?ng th?s rev?ew from Capadocc?a on a turk?sh keyboard F?rst and foremost the M?na Hotel had one of the n?cest and most helpful recept?on staffs ? have seen ?n my years of travell?ng -wh?ch ?s over forty years and my second t?me ?n Turkey. Secondly the hotel ?s ?n a perfect locat?on close to the cross streets of P?yer Lot? and D?van Yolu, just between the C?mbertas and Sultanhamet tram stops. There ?s a market around the corner and ? adm?t to stock?ng the m?n? bar w?th my own d?et cokes and waters.
I just read the honeymoon rev?ew and d?d not exper?ence the poor clean?ng serv?ce they ment?on (more to follow) as our sheets and l?nens were changed da?ly and the room was always fresh when we returned from tour?ng. The one except?on was the day that my husband forgot to remove the DO NOT DISTURB s?gn from the door knob. We got a note ?n Engl?sh expla?n?ng why they had sk?pped our room.
Our room was small but had plenty of storage and only one l?ttle flaw ?n that the d?verter knob on the bathtub fell off when I dec?ded to soak and ran water forcefully ?nto the bath tub.

There are two th?ngs that I would note that m?ght not be so good (I don t th?nk we had one of the good rooms-but our travel compan?ons had a larger room than ours -?t had shower ?nstead of tub perhaps allow?ng for extra space) and I would say that th?s lower floor room d?d not have good a?r c?rculat?on. I seemed to be e?ther cold or hot dur?ng the n?ght.
Also I found the breakfast the usual stuff for Turkey (d?d not try the ju?ce but ?t looked terr?ble though you could order and pay for fresh squeezed orange ju?ce wh?ch was a reasonable cost). There was a select?on of lunch meats and two to three k?nds of cheese, bo?led eggs, usual soft ?tal?an style bread, butter, jams, honey, etc plus the usual tomatoes and cucumbers and ol?ves. Corn flakes and m?lk were on offer as well as some fresh and dr?ed fru?ts and yoghurt. Tea and coffee were good and ?n fact much better than out ?n the country (we have been ?n Turkey for three weeks now). The staff ?n the d?n?ng room was sl?ghtly overworked and ?t seemed l?ke the sweet female was welcom?ng and helpful wh?le the two cute guys ?n the d?n?ng room spent the?r t?me look?ng at themselves ?n the m?rror--they d?dn t sm?le at the guests!!! The f?rst n?ght we were at the M?na we had dr?nks at the 6th floor bar w?th great v?ews but the g?n and ton?c was loathsomely poor value. St?ck to Efes beer ?n Turkey ?s my adv?ce!
The 6th floor bar restaurant ?s not outdoors but has b?g w?ndows that sl?de open and have lovely v?ews mostly of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. I m?ssed the outdoor restaurant l?ke we had one t?me at the Nomade and aga?n at the Ambassador.
We pa?d about 60 EU n?ghtly for our room and booked through an ?nternet s?te. It ?ncluded double room and breakfast.

Location, location, location

from Luther88
The hotel was booked for us by myturkeytours.com
This is more a 3 star than the claimed 4 star.
The location is perfect! Every sight is within walking distance.

We stayed for 4 nights upon arrival in Turkey and 3 more nights before departure. They kept a suitcase for us for the 10 days between the 2 stays.

The rooms are very small for 2 individuals to open suitcases.
The views from the rooms we got 406 and 501 are so so.
Breakfast was not memorable.

BUT whatever shortcomings the rooms might have were made up by the extremely warm, friendly and helpful staff especially the front desk personnel.

Top Local Tips for Istanbul

Hotel Transfer Get a hotel transfer if possible. The taxis are a bit on the dodgy side, sometimes taking you longer routes or get stuck in traffic. Hotel transfer should cost approximately 20-30 Lira from airport to historical centre (Sultanahmet).

Beware of taxis Some taxi drivers will intentionally seem as if they are lost so they can keep the meter running and charge you more for your trip if they think they can get away with it. When you need to take a taxi to your hotel take a hotel card with the address on it, also try to note any landmarks near to where you are staying.

always give exact change! never give over the the price allocated on the taxi meter, more than half the time they will say they don't have change or ask if you want change back. PLUS if u see a shoe cobbler drop his brush don't pick it up! we got conned by one who wanted to 'repay' us for our kindness by shoe-shining our shoes then demanded we pay 40 liras! We would have been obliged to give him more if he didn't try to con us.

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  • mina hotel istanbul
  • mina hotel
  • Address: Piyerloti Caddesi, Dostluk Yurdu Sokak - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey
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