loved this hotel
This hotel made our trip a real sucess. The rooms and hotel were spotless, the people were terrific and very helpful. The staff at the front desk were always there to help, with a smile everytime we walked through the door. Sometimes they were outside just waiting for
one of their guests to come up the block just to help them with packages. I have never felt so welcome to a foreign country. This made the trip a success.
We LOVE the Sebnem!!
We just returned from a FABULOUS trip to Turkey - it is a beautiful, gracious country with tremendously friendly people. We think the spirit of the country is embodied by the lovely Sebnem Hotel and the wonderful staff led by Tahir.
The hotel is in a wonderful location - in the heart of Sultanamet, near some pleasant shops and cafes, yet on a quiet and picturesque block. Take a look at the photo's on the Sebnem's website and you'll get a good flavor the for style of this hotel. It is very charming with simple, comfortable rooms decorated with four poster beds and embroidered canopies - very peaceful and cozy after a long day sightseeing & shopping. The rooftop terrace is a spectacular spot to sip your coffee, munch tasty cheese and olives and watch the boats on the Sea of Marmara.
Most importantly the staff is TERRIFIC - so friendly and helpful - it was like visiting friends. We miss Tahir and Emmou already and truly appreciated their many acts of kindness and friendship during our stay.
We are already planning our next trip to Turkey and another stay at the Sebnem is at the top of our list.
Cheers & Happy Trails!
Sky & Patty Williamson
One of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in.
This is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. True, its not a luxury hotel but the friendly staff more than make up for that. The rooms and facility are spotlessly clean. The beds are very comfy. The shower has hot water 24 hours a day. The breakfast on the rooftop terrace is delicious and fresh. The view is first class. The location is great near Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. There are lots of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood. The staff go out of their way to be friendly and helpful but not intrusively so. I stay in hotels all over the world and this has to be one of the very best all around hotel I have ever stayed in. I hope to come back to Istanbul very soon and stay there again.
Good value Sebnem
The position is good, the roof terrace a great place for breakfast. Our room was small but clean though not luxurious and the bathroom was very small. Tahir (the manager) was very helpful and to be met at the airport is excellent. One staff member tried to sell us a carpet which like another reviewer we found annoying. Great recommendation for a Turkish bath - the real version not the tourist one.
Extraordinary service, great location!
The Sebnem Hotel has a great location within a 5 minute walk of Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia. It's also a short walk to the Metro and the Grand Bazaar.
The room we had was a good size, with a comfortable bed and decent size bathroom. The hotel was very quiet. Breakfast was serverd on the rooftop patio with a great view of the Golden Horn.
The biggest plus of the Sebnem, however, is Tahir, the manager. He gave great advice on things to do and see. When we were unable to book the Sebnem on our return since it was completely booked, Tahir arranged for accomodations at a lovely nearby hotel for the same price we paid at the Sebnem.
Book early...this hotel fills up even in shoulder season.
Sebnem is great!!
My friend and I spent three nights at the Sebnem in May. It was great! It is located near the new Four Seasons hotel in Sultanahmet. We paid 55 euro per night for a double room (301), which was a tad bit small but not a problem. Everything was very clean. Ensuite bathroom with fabulous water pressure. Our room was next to the breakfast preparation area so it was a little bit noisy in the morning but I always sleep with ear plugs when I travel so it wasn't a problem for me. The breakfast was very nice: a selection of traditional Turkish breakfast foods (yogurt, cucumber, tomato, olives, bread with butter and spreads), cornflakes, tea, coffee, juice. The best part was eating on the terrace, with a view of the sea. The lobby/living room on the ground floor was almost always full of other travelers, making it feel like a kind of "grown-ups" hostel. Also in the lobby is a wonderful collection of books on Istanbul and Turkey. The staff was so helpful and nice to talk to! They were very helpful and laidback. I would definitely stay here if I return to Istanbul, though I've heard you should book in advance as they fill up quickly!
Great hotel, superb location
Hotel Sebnem is a wonderful, quirky find. In the heart of Sultanahmet, it's an easy walk to most tourist attractions: Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, and a longer walk to the Grand Bazaar or the Spice Bazaar. Tram service is also just a few minutes' away.
Tahir is the manager of Hotel Sebnem, and both he and his staff really go out of their way to help guests. He freely provides advice and detailed maps of both the Sultanahmet area and Istanbul, for those who want to venture further afield. He has excellent guidebooks he happily lends to hotel guests. A couch in the lobby sometimes serves as an informal meeting place, with guests and hotel staff swapping stories and just generally talking. Tahir truly makes Hotel Sebnem what it is, a convivial and charming place. We stayed for 3 days, and enjoyed our stay a great deal.
Upstairs on the terrace is the breakfast room. Partly covered, it has a view of the Sea of Marmara, and guests may select from a generous buffet a complementary breakfast each morning. Offerings change a bit daily, but always include great Turkish yogurt, packets of honey and jams, cheeses, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives, as well as coffee and tea. While we were there, we also had boreks (cheese pastries) or coffee cake. For an additional New Turkish Lira, they will provide fresh-squeezed orange juice, squeezed right before your eyes. It's a great way to start the day!
If you are seeking an American-style hotel, this is defintely not the place for you. You won't find huge cushy beds, modern furniture, or marble or carpeted floors. Furniture is older, and the floors are made of wood. But that being said, the beds are comfortable, rooms are clean, there is great water pressure and plenty of hot water, and you get to be in Istanbul, in Sultanahmet, in the center of everything! Our room was surprisingly quiet, and when we return to Istanbul, we will not stay anywhere else.
There is nothing we didn't like about it, and we would recommend Hotel Sebnem to anyone who is able to climb at least a few stairs. Depending on honeymooners' expectations, this could be a great, quirky place to stay, but certainly for singles, couples and families, it's a wonderful place, and the location can't be beat.
The heart of Istanbul
Situated in the main tourist area, the Sebnem is a great centre for exploring this wonderful city, and is also close to the ferry terminals, for trips to the islands and along the Bosphorus.
Our room was cool and comfortable, and there is a lovely roof terrace (looking out onto the Marmara Sea) for breakfast and enjoying a restful drink before heading out for the evening.
The staff were very friendly, always happy to help and advise.
1001 Great Reviews!!!
It is difficult to review a place that makes you feel so comfortable and at home that any excellent thing you might want to say about it would come across as boastful. No one likes a braggart, so I will humbly submit to all the wonderful reviews written before me. The atmosphere, the quiet, the rooms, the beds, the water pressure, the awesome service when I blasted the shower head right off the hose, (I really am sorry about that!), the breakfast, the terrace, the honor bar, the air conditioning (I usually try to avoid it, but my sister liked it), the movies dubbed in Turkish showing in the lobby (I love the sound of the language!), the travel tickets and tour advice (hey, I didn't know we could get a guided trip to the hamam! I guess they split guys and girls up at the door anyway...) all deserve my five-dot rating for overall experience. The people though... I cannot rate them, for everywhere you go in Turkey the service is wonderful and the willingness to listen and help is so prevalent you find yourself wondering where the rest of the world went wrong. Tahir, Unal, Meta, Emo, and the ladies on the terrace (I'm sorry I did not get their names) they all are like family, only better. I hope to visit the Sebnem again very soon!