Surmeli Istanbul Hotel

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Proffesor Doctor Bulent Sercan Sok 3, Gayrettepe, Istanbul, 80310, Turkey

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Surmeli Istanbul
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Satisfaction Average
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 19% lower than similarly priced 4.5 star hotels

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Good For Couples
  • Families52
  • Couples69
  • Solo58
  • Business60
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    Hotel claims to be 5 star hotel. However, receptionists are ignorant, lack good English conversation. Air conditions are the main problem of the hotel. Many people at the reception complained when I was complaining about it. Area not close to museumes as y claim. You need to take taxi to different places. Overall this hotel should be rated 3stars.

    Unique Quality: The swiming pool is clean but small not as it appears in the picture. No other facilities are available as they claim. Buissnes center is a small room with few pc not proparly operating.

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Class Act

by jonbarb709 about Grand Surmeli

This hotel had it all. Great rooms, food was excellent, good location (you could walk around the area close to other facilities) Free internet. Nice bar in the hotel lobby and a very nice cocktail lounge upstairs with entertainment. Very clean, food was excellent.

Two Days In Istanbul

by fachd

"Taksim - Istiklal Cadessi"

Mehraba fellow traveller. We flew with Malaysian airline from Sydney, transit in Kuala Lumpur for two hours. We arrived in Istanbul at 2pm. Took a taxi from the airport to Surmeli hotel. We had few hours to ourself in Istanbul before having dinner at the hotel with the others from the Glo Bus tour.

The helpful hotel receptionist told us to catch a taxi and go to Taksim. So we did.

The taxi driver drops us in Taksim Square near Ystiklal cadessi. In Taksim Square there stood the Independence monument. It commemorates the founder of modern Turkey Kemal Attaturk in 1923.

Ystiklal cadessi is visually very interesting street. The street is now reserved for pedestrian. Tourist from all over the world, they all intertwine with the locals. They are sea of faces with many expressions. You can see people strolling in the street bopping their heads, jiving to the bell sound coming out loudly from the tram and the human traffics dodging the sound. It has a central tramline that runs from the beginning right to the water edge. Many of the buildings architecture is of western influence.

Both sides of the street are never ending shops catering from basic eateries, colourful bar, boutiques, banks, theatres, fancy restaurants to foreign embassy. The street is about three km long and is on the north side of the Golden Horn. It takes quite awhile to explore the length of the street.

The small side street off the main avenue is very interesting. Lots of small cafes, cheap restaurants, fish market. We bought Turkish pipe here at a good price.

There are many restaurants in Ystiklal cadessi. The guy who sold us the Turkish pipe suggests to us that we should go to restaurants where the local go. He gave us the direction to where the local ate. We glad we listen to him as the food was excellent and a lot cheaper to the normal tourist restaurant.

We were surprised when we found a Catholic cathedral St Antoino in the middle of Ystiklal Caddesi. Apparently during the Ottoman Empire they were many foreign embassies from Europe. The last Sultan allocates the land for the church to be built for the Christian diplomat to pray.

For my liking near the end of the long street I found an alley full of shops that sells guitar and other instrument. I decided to hang around for a half hour or so, while my wife gallivant the opposite direction to the souvenir shops looking for snow cones that has Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia, but no such luck.

Along the street there are ice cream sellers. Their use their cones to decorates their shop. The seller entertained their customers by juggling the ice cream cones.

I think Ystiklal Cadessi is a safe street with visible uniform police patrolling the street.

Cadessi in Turkish means street, avenue .

Forum Posts

visa and accomodation

by EgyptPharaoh

I'm from Egypt and I've Russian citzinship, I'm going to travel to istanbus next month from Egypt; i'd like to ask about the system of visa to enter istnbul:
1. Is it possible to buy the visa in the airport by the russian passport?
2. By how much the price of visa for russian?
About the accomodation, I plan to stay in hotel named "Surmeli":
1. Is it good hotel, real 5 stars?
2. Is it located in good area?
3. Is it far from the main places which I can visit?


Re: visa and accomodation

by baronedivandastad

As a Russian you probably have to ask for the Visa in advance, check the Turkish consulate wherever you live.

Re: Re: visa and accomodation

by KIZGINdamdakiKedi

W/the russian passport u've better ask to the Turkish consulate in general in Russia.

all the hotels with 5 starts are very good in Turkiye!

Hotels w/5 stars in Istanbul. they never build them in any bad area.

Comments (1)

  • Jul 31, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    We spent four unpleasant nights in this hotel. During that time we were lodged in 3 different room. The first room on the 9th floor was beneath the business lounge where we heard every horse hoof step of the receptionist and at 5 am we could hear the vacuum cleaner as well as the floor buffer. The doors did not fit properly so we could hear every noise from the hall and next door. The A/C was inadequate in the room and almost non existent in the hallways. The shower either scalded or gave you a cold shot of water with no happy medium. The beds were back breaking poor quality mattresses. After two nights we asked for another room. Within 3 hours in our second room we were overcome by paint fumes. Common sense would dictate that the workers would cover the Air conditioning intake where they were painting. We asked for yet another room and the staff at the front desk acted as though we were the problem. In the third room the air conditioning was either too hot or too cold, We could hear the creaking door of the staff room next door. Going up and down in the elevator was a trip in a sauna capsule. The owners spent a great deal on quality woods and marble but the architectural design is a disaster. They are still adding onto this mess and the noise of drills and other equipment goes on all day and into the evening. We would not recommend this place on any level. It is not conveniently located, sits on a slope and traffic is heavy enough to make it dangerous for pedestrians.

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Address: Proffesor Doctor Bulent Sercan Sok 3, Gayrettepe, Istanbul, 80310, Turkey