Hotel Uyan Istanbul

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Hotel Uyan Istanbul

4 star

Rooms: 27

25 Sultanahmet Utangaç Sokak - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey Hotel Website | | 212 516 48 92
440 Traveller

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8/10
You wont do better
Submitted by: G Rea in 27/10/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: New Zealand
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I totally agree with Laura's review below. This is the perfect hotel to see the historical area of Istanbul - they don't come much better than this unless you go up to 5 star top end accomodation.
8/10
Good All Around
Submitted by: Laura Cunningham in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Adventurer
This little "boutique" hotel was truly a find. The rooms were lovely with a quaint flavor and were neat and clean. When you come into the lobby, their sitting area makes you feel like you are at home. The staff are polite and VERY helpful. The biggest plus is that the location is beyond fabulous. You are within walking distance of Aya Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. The highlight however is the view. On the top deck you have the most awesome view of the Bosphorous,Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque you can imagine. I spent 3 nights on this deck with wine and cheese admiring the view of the mosques, listening to the "calls to prayer" and watching the magnificent light show. I will go back to Istanbul again and when I do, I will stay here. Not only is it affordable but it is in the center of most tourist attractions and everything there is to see and do in Istanbul
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Uyan Istanbul

Thoroughly Enjoyable Uyan

from A TripAdvisor Member
Over the years we have stayed in many 5 star hotels around the world, but for a one week visit to Istanbul, the Uyan proved to be an excellent choice. The situation could not be better, 5 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque, 5 to Agia Sophia, and 7 to the Topkapi. Several little family run restuarants nearby, selling good value meals.
The staff could not have been more friendly or helpful, nothing was too much trouble, the room was clean and fresh, and we had a 'wow factor' view of the Blue Mosque. They organised a couple of trips for us, and all went very smoothly. Overall, for charm, character, friendly staff and central position the Uyan beats many 'international hotels' hands down.

Great location, nice rooms

from Akimbeau
A friend and I just took 2 rooms at the Uyan, stayed a week, and thought the place was very good. We opted for "deluxe" rooms (rooms 210 and 309) which meant very large rooms (mine had a sofa even, in addition to a big bed and desk area) and gigantic (by European standards) bathrooms with huge whirlpool tubs. (I think it was the tubs that made the rooms deluxe.) We paid $120 Euro per night (Spring is high season) which included a very decent breakfast buffet.

To understand my frame of reference for this review: My friend and I have traveled together for years and usually pick boutique hotels in the 4- and 5-star range; at the Uyan, we felt like we got a lot for our money.

A couple thoughts and tips:

--EASY-TO-EVERYTHING LOCATION - the location is superb, especially if it's your first time in the Sultanahmet neighborhood (old town Istanbul). Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque are literally around the corner (you're there in an easy 5 minute walk; Topkapi Palace is another 5-10 minutes). You've basically got the same location as the Four Seasons (a few doors down) for about 1/2 or 1/3 the price.

--SALES-HASSLE-FREE LOCATION - one very nice by not so obvious feature of its location: the Uyan is in the first block as you enter the neighborhood from the Mosque/Sofia square, which means you do not have to dodge or deflect a zillion rug sellers to get safely to the lobby. After a day of being sold-to (unavoidable as you move around the Sultanahmet area) this is a relief!

-- FREE INTERNET: very good high-speed internet access is available free for guests in a room next door to the breakfast room (I'm sharing this here because the desk forgot to tell me this at check in and I found out by accident on my last day...after I'd paid to log-on elsewhere around town--sigh...)

-- DISCOUNT FOR CASH: if you pay in cash (Turkish Lire), you get an 8% discount. I did this by saving some of my ATM withdrawal $$ over the week and felt like that made a good deal even better. [ATM tip: I was not able to get $$ out of my checking debit account at all in Istanbul, so had to get all my cash as cash advances from my Visa. I was VERY glad I'd turned a PIN on for that card before I left the States.]

-- BACK-SIDE ROOMS VERY QUIET: the hotel has rooms facing the street and rooms facing the back which basically point towards the Blue Mosque, though without a view. The back facing rooms are numbers x01 (windows face another building), x09 and x10 (windows open to air above an open storage area below and view of the back garden of fancy Yesil Ev hotel: nice light and airflow). Our x09 and x10 rooms were generally very quiet.

-- WARNING: ROOM 309 UNDER BREAKFAST ROOM: if you get room 309, you're basically right under the dining room (top floor) which opens at 7:30am for breakfast. There are wooden chairs up there getting scooted around on tile flooring, so you will hear some wood-on-tile noise as people start bustling around. (While I was there it appeared no one made it to breakfast earlier than 8am!--and I was there for a week, in room 309.) If you're a light sleeper or a sleep-in person, you might find this noise factor irritating.

Small rooms are really small

from YaninaArgentina95
Stayed there for 5 days. Small rooms are really small. Staff is not so helpful when needing help for restaurants or shops. Cleaniless is ok.

great hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from our stay at the Uyan hotel. It was warm, friendly and clean enough for the pickiest traveller. Our stay in Uyan was a treat. The hotel is located in the heart of Sultanahmet and is a lovely place to stay. The room was large, comfortable, very attractive, well appointed and hip.
It is a peaceful haven at a short stroll from the St. Sophia, Basilica Cistern & Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, Archaeology museum. The friendly English speaking staff are always willing to help you with suggestions and tips on discovering Istanbul's treasures and met every request quickly and efficiently. A distinctive feature of the Hotel is terrace on the 4th floor where we had breakfast overlooking the St. Sophia & Blue Mosque .Some rooms open out onto the flowered terrace overlooking the St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, & Marmara Sea. The location was perfect for us and is in a nice neighbourhood. The breakfast is ample and quite good plus the AC worked very well.
Overall an extremely good value and a place people return year after year.

Hotel Uyan

from A TripAdvisor Member
I am writing this review to recommend the Hotel Uyan. It is a small hote located within walking distance of many of the historic sites and next to the Seven Hills Restaurant which has a rooftop view of Istanbul. The staff at the Hotel Uyan were extremely helpful. The rooms are immaculate. They provide an excellent complimentary breakfast and free internet service. The hotel caters to a variety of travelers. As a single travelor, I requested the least expensive room which was 40TL. The room was very comfortable and provided for all of my needs - closet space, nice bathroom, TV, etc. I had stayed at the Empress Zoe when I first arrived in Istanbul. However, I found the accommodations far superior at the Hotel Uyan.

Ideal Hotel

from GRNZ
We stayed at the Uyan for 4 Nights in a Superior Deluxe Room

The hotel is excellent

Location is perfect! On the doorstep of all the important sites in Sultanhmet. The walk to the furthest sites such as Grand Bazaar, Spice market. and Suleymaniye Camii is easy. Restaurants are nearby. The hotel is on a quiet street there is no noise or disruption.

Facilities are good and the rooftop restaurant has superb views of Haggia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The breakfast is adequate (Turkish Style) without being exceptional and does not warrant complaint

Staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful and always greeted us and conversed when we returned to the hotel.

No problems experienced with telephone, email, or plumbing, or Air Conditioning. In fact I would rate these better than many hotels we have stayed in. The showers are excellent with good water pressure!!!

Tip: if you need a taxi always get the hotel to organise it for you. THey arrive very quickly and are always of very good standard.

The desk staff can be a little bit pedantic at times - for example we were three people which I had communicated by email before completing the hotels formal booking form. I did not repeat this on the formal booking form (which did not ask this question) As a result we had to pay a few extra TL for the third person. I felt this should have been noted by the hotel and covered in our quoted room rate. But this is being particularly picky.

In fact we split our 4 night stay with a night out of Istanbul and the staff were particularly helpful in accomodating this and storing our luggage etc

I would highly recommend this hotel and I doubt that you can do better

Fabulous location, awful customer service.

from blessed16
The hotel is fabulously situated with short walks to absolutely everthing and the tram. Booked the small double which had a bed that was bigger than a twin but smaller than a full, hmmm. The room was very clean. Free internet access. Breakfast on the terrace was good. Customer service was awful! The receptionist was a very bitter soul. Called operator one everning in regards to local phone calls and was told that the phone call would be 11YTL/minute.

Good location

from boratri
We stayed at the Uyan early June, a week before the previous writer and have just returned after spending more time in Europe. We too had telephone problems and needed to make urgent business calls back home but they were good enough to allow us to use their office phone which worked for some reason.
We were fortunate to book a deluxe double roon which was huge with a marble jacuzzi so no complaints on that front. However, the very firm giant bed could have been a little softer. There were no water problems and fortunately the weather was not so hot so we didn't need to test the aircon.
The view from the breakfast terrace was spectacular. The Blue mosque on one side, the Asofya on the other and the Marmara sea in front.
Breakfast was a bit disappointing as noted by others but not so you would go hungry. Not keen on the bits of something in the orange cordial masquerading as real orange! If you ask nicely the nice young waiter will even make you Turkish or brewed coffee instead of the nescafe they put out.
All in all, bar the (hopefully) temporary problems, a nice hotel to stay at and the location is terrific to visit most of the sites on foot.

Nice location, but hotel had problems

from LoveDemIslands
Just came back from Istanbul where we had stayed at the Uyan Hotel. We checked out early. We are not high maintenance travelers, can be comfortable most anywhere in the world and make the best of most situations - The staff was friendly, but we had problems from the start: There was no phone service outgoing/incoming so we could not make or recieve calls due to problems the hotel was having. When we turned on the AC the entire room smelled of sewage - this smell seemed to be coming from the bathroom pipes too at all times- it was very unpleasant to stay in the room for very long. We were told by staff that it was the street, but it was clearly not coming from there as when we openeed the windows to let the air in, the smell went away. Wouldnt have been a problem if it wasnt hot out -but we needed the AC. We requested twice that the bed be fixed as a leg had broken off before we got there and it was never fixed. Finally, we lost all our water pressure in our room and couldnt get the shower to stay on more than a dribble.. At this point we decided to check out. Breakfasts on the roofgarden were scenic but the food was really not good - especially compared to the other hotels we stayed in; there werent any of the special touches such as yogurt and fresh fruit salad and honeycomb & fruit syrups which are general standards at all included breakfasts in the hotels in Istanbul. I will say that these problems were most likely temporary, but you're better off staying at the neighboring hotels on the same street (such as Seven Hills Hotel) if you want to be in the best area in Sultanhamet. Location is very good though.

t be a better location

from auntieweez
This moderately priced hotel smack dab between the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque was a delightful, homey base from which to sightsee. Just a couple doors down from the fancy schmantzy Four Seasons, it offered the personal attention of a bed & breakfast but the privacy of a hotel. I and several colleagues were snowed in there for a few days, and we were accommodated superbly with many car rides back and forth to the airport (they pick you up at the airport free of charge, and then will take you back for a reasonable rate), refreshments when we looked like we needed them, access to an internet-linked computer, and helpful touring guidance. They include an adequate breakfast, good restaurant advice and a staff earnest in their devotion to your comfort, safety and enjoyment. Also, no smoking rooms are available. One word of caution is that the very atmospheric, yet incredibly loud call to prayer emanating from the Blue Mosque starts around 5:30 in the morning, so if you are a light sleeper, you might ask for a room that is among the more soundproof. I loved this hotel!

Top Local Tips for Istanbul

Hire a personal but reputable guide On the advice of the owner of the company who picked us up at the airport, we hired a personal guide for the 4 of us for the first day. It cost us 70 Euros each which included all entrance fees and a delicious and plentiful lunch at a typical Turkish Restaurant on an 'Eat as Much as you Want' basis.Our guide was a History graduate who spoke excellent English and we were able to see Istanbul through knowledgeable eyes.He explained so much of the history and brought the whole place alive.Another 'must' is a guided cruise on the Bosphorus with a visit to The Summer Palace. We were lucky enought o see a pod of dolphins.Another tip is NOT to be taken in by well dressed gentlemen at the Grand Bazaar who want to 'help' you. They are con artists.

Sultanahmet District The Uyan is in the Sultanahmet District and there's tons of information that will be very helpful to first-time visitors - see this site http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/Istanbul/Sights/Sultanahmet/index.html. There is a nice little restaurant called Malkoc near the Uyan - see first photo on this site http://travel.webshots.com/album/242591449WbZgnk. There is an ATM machine behind the hotel but it's not easy to spot. The tram stop is next to the Hippodrome and taking the tram (which runs above ground) will let you do some sightseeing cheap. The Topkapi Palace has an excellent audio guide for a mere 10 YTL; hang on to the map that comes with it though, or take a 2nd one because you would le lost without it. Once you purchased the entrance ticket you are not supposed to exit, not even for lunch outside - we had to plead our case with the police to get back in. The Archeology Museum closes early (16:00 - 16:45) and has poor bathrooms.

Develi restaurant -- yum! There are four locations for this restaurant, but we went to the original. Our hotel booked reservations, so we were able to sit on the roof deck and overlook the water. The food was amazing! We had lots of little appetizer dishes, and then ordered spicy kebobs that were to die for! And for dessert, we were introduced to kunafe (pronouced koon-a-fay), which is a fried, sweet, cheesy concoction that we swined on at every opprortunity. We went back to this place for our last meal in Istanbul, it was so wonderful. And we were the only tourists, the only diners speaking English (the wait staff did have English capability to some extent).

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  • Address: 25 Sultanahmet Utangaç Sokak - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey
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