Hotel Niles Istanbul

Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No:19, Beyazit, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
(3 star hotel)
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Istanbul's Hidden Gem

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 20, 2012

After reading wonderful reviews on Virtual Tourist and Trip Advisor, we decided to give this place a try. There were only 4 night available - so we decided to stay in Sultana's Royal Hotel at Sultanamet for the first 3 nights, and transferred here. We are so glad we went through the trouble of moving. So worth it!

Don't just a book by its cover. Do the same with this hotel. It's a nice building that is situated in a neighborhood that's not as touristy as the Sultanamet. So tourists may be turned off by the lack of curb appeal, but the comforts, wonderful services, and Ottoman style interiors overcome the simplicity of the exterior area. it is a safe area to walk around in - narrow streets - a busy area with mostly local shops, 3-4 hotels around the corners of the street, and 3 minutes to the main street that has the local tram way as well pharmacy, and 8 minutes to the overrated Grand Bazaar.

(By the way, if you are staying more the 4 days in Instanbul, we highly recommend the Akbil Pass card - around 7 TL..and add TL to use on trams, metros, and ferries. Buy at kiosks. You can choose to buy tokens (3 TL) for one-way fares right outside the turnstiles. But it adds up. Using the Akbil Pass, the one-way cost is 1.90 TL instead of 3 TL.)

Unlike most hotels, this is a family-run place where the staff seems to enjoy working there, and are wanting to do a good job in pleasing the hotel guests. And it shows. As most of the reviews were written, the entire staff are friendly, and very accommodating.

We had the opportunity of comparing 2 hotels in Instanbul, and this by far, is the best place to be. Hotel Niles was cheaper of the two, and by far, the more comfortable with wonderful services - better breakfast spread and services. We used the laundry service - prompt and reasonable. While the taxi service was not included in the hotel rates (most hotels offered free services for transfers to airport) - we highly recommend getting airport transfers with the hotel. For 20 euros or 45 TL, you get Mercedes Benz van service to/from hotel versus a taxi for almost the same price. Prepay the front desk, and they are promptly available.

The front desk/reception, bellboy, front desk manager are wonderful. They are very attentive, and at your service as soon as you enter the hotel or come out of the elevator. And always smiling. They speak English quite well, one of the staff is also fluent in German. They are happy to serve you black or apple tea, while lounging in sofas or sitting at the tables with computer. Fast computer service.

If you are lucky to read this while in the US - check out TripAdvisor/attractions/tours - Old CityTour with Soner and Ebru (try to sign up with Mrs. Ebru) - a great way to learn about Sultanamet attractions - Hagia Sohia, Blue Mosque, Sultan's palace with a tour guide. Also, sign up with Istanbul Eats - a culinary food tour with Angelis!! a 6 hour food tour for $125/pp. A little pricey but well worth the experience-especially with the language barrier. what better way to discover one's culture and history than through their food. Reserve these tours while in the US.

Don't MISS: Kadikoy - great restaurants ( Ciya Sofrasi) and great shops for shopping - cheaper and less crowded. Mostly locals. Or just go for the relaxing ferry ride for 3 TL across the Bosphorus Strait.

Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar for taking PICTURES ONLY. DON"T SHOP THERE. TOTAL RIP OFF and VENDOR SHOP OWNERS ARE RUDE AND OBNOXIOUS. Ignore them -if they are friendly and try to have a conversation with you - it's because they want you to buy something overpriced. If you are compelled to shop in a bazaar - try the Arasta bazaar - more low keyed. Check out Jennifer's Hammann - a Canadian-ex-pat, with 3 stores who sells pestamel (bath towels), robes,and towels.

FOODS TO TRY: Perde Pilau ( pilaf with currants, pignoli nuts, and pepper in a crust covering); Pide ( turkish pizza), kunefe ( best dessert - cheese inside with crunch exterior with pistachio sprinkles.)

Unique Quality: Lounge Area in First Floor - sofas and small/table chairs for complimentary teas, bread/cheeses in the afternoon.

Double Room / Junior Suite - large double bed - very comfortable; large size bathroom with Turkish bath; sofa area; small fridge, lots of room for luggage.

Eat breakfast at the Roof Terrace/ breakfast buffet - wide selection - Turkish and continental style.

Great location - 3 minutes to the tram way - and you are 2-3 stops to Sultanamet (Old City) and Emiminou ( ferry / water area)...centrally located. safe. away from many tourists.

Best quality - Customer service - at the end of your stay - an evaluation form is available with name of staff next to their picture along with their job title. Guests can rate their performance - I think more hotels would improve their customer service if they hold their staff accountable based on guest evaluation.

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New Traditional Turkish Rooms Best

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 13, 2012

We enjoyed our 2 nights at Hotel Niles as it was a nice change from the European style hotels we had during our 15 day Turkey tour.

Hotel Niles has been around for many years but had purchased the adjoining building and converted that section into a traditional style Turkish rooms. The photos show the Turkish style and we enjoyed our 2 nights. These larger rooms attract a higher tariff which we thought was justified.

Breakfast is included in the room rate and is served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Bosphorus and the many ships anchored waiting entry to the dock.

Walking distance to the Grand Bazaar and many other attractions. The light rail tram isabout 300 metres walk.

Directions: Close To Grand Bazaar - walking distance.

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A Suite with a Turkish Bath

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 1, 2011

Well we love it! But what do you do in a Turkish bath? Still not sure what some pieces are for.....

After being picked up at the airport and a quite long drive into town we were then driven in and out of narrow streets and I wondered what on earth we had let ourselves in for as Hotel Niles had been my choice.... but when I saw the outside of the Hotel Niles I knew it was OK. It had that interesting look about it. There were flowers around the entrance... and Kemal was at the door to greet us...our bags were whisked away and we were treated like royalty.

It is a real find...something special. It feels Turkish and there is a little lounge where you are served Turkish coffee and a selection of Turkish delights. We went up to the rooftop garden almost immediately and enjoyed the breeze and a cool drink.
From the rooftop restaurant we had a stunning view of the sparkling, sometimes misty Sea of Marmara.
And our room is lovely....lots of space...comfortable bed....curtain drapes.... and a turkish bath

Unique Quality: Well the front ofice manager,Kemal, told us they were at our service 24 hours a day and gave us his own personal card and mobile phone number...just in case.
He said for us to come to him before we went looking around so he could explain the the layout of the city..The hotel is a short walk from the Grand Bazaar and the tram...we did not use the tram as I am scared of those ticket machines even at home. The Grand Baazar is good landmark if you need a taxi and are happy to walk a short distance.

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff of Hotel Niles who "bend over backwards to please". The hotel has only 3 stars but they act as if it is 10 stars. Anything we asked for was done for us. The Manager will advise if you need guidance.

You can also order an evening meal from "outside" if you wish and enjoy it in the rooftop restaurant.

The streets around the Niles house many commercial shops...there is an eating place, Karadeinz, we favoured and a good spot if you want to meet Turkish people. There is a little shop nearby that sells, among other things, very nice fresh fruit.

And you are closer to the people of Istanbul in this area...and it is not far from Sultanamet where everyone tells you to stay.

The Orient Show..Turkish dancing...dinner...singing was just around the corner so that was handy. We did not need transport. It was good to know, however, for all the tours we booked we would be "picked up" and "dropped off" back at the hotel.

There are hotels on every corner in Istanbul but who knows what they are like.....we found a real gem...thanks to VT where I first read about Hotel Niles..

Directions: Not far from the Grand Bazaar.

Excellent Location and Staff

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 13, 2008

Nestled in the heart of Old Istanbul, Hotel Niles is a great home base for exploring the sights of Istanbul. It is located down a side street a few blocks from one of the city's main streets, the tram, and the Grand Bazaar.

The rooms are very large, clean, and comfortable and the rooftop terrace where the free breakfast is served every morning has excellent panoramic views of the city. The room decor is certainly not first rate but has all the amenities you need such as AC, TV, fridge and there is free internet in the lobby.

The aspect that puts the Hotel Niles over the top is the service. The front desk was extremely helpful and kind under all circumstances. We had stayed at their sister hotel, Dersaadet Oteli, the previous four nights and tried to extend for a fifth but they were full. The staff at Dersaadet booked us at the Niles for the fifth night and transported us there for free. Also because we ended up staying more than three nights at their hotels we became eligible for a free transfer to the airport and the staff at both hotels made it a point that we got that free transfer.

The Dersaadet is a little more expensive but is a little more elegant and in a nicer neighborhood while Niles is the better value.

I would not hesitate to stay here again if traveling to Istanbul. You can read more about out visit to Istanbul on our travel blog- http://patrinadoestheglobe.blogspot.com/

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Value for money hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 3, 2007

The Hotel Niles (http://www.hotelniles.com/) is serious value for money. Located close to Beyazit tram stop it has all the major tourist attractions within walking distance. Kumkapi was a few minutes away. Very helpful and interactive staff - they answered queries via email.
The receptionists are great and good guides. It was recently renovated and doesn't figure in the Lonely Planet type books. Its a 3 star hotel with few 2 star hotels around it.

5 mins from Tram stop, 12 mins from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Cistern. 10 mins from the University and Grand Bazaar. Decent view of the Coast
No frills like swimming pool and gym. Free internet and wifi. Continental breakfast.

There is a very cool Medressi (hookah/tea spot) and Turkish bath close by - ask the receptionist.

Unique Quality: Very helpful staff who directed us and corresponded quickly to emails.
Value for money in our opinion.

Its out of the tourist area and yet very close - therefore value for money.
Don't take the taxi offered by the hotel - rather take the metro to Aksaray (last stop) and then exist the metro and find your way to the tram stop (2 blocks away) and take the tram to Beyazit. They will send you directions if you ask.

Directions: Near Beyazit Tram stop.

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