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Dara Hotel Istanbul

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

For the fourth time, we traveled to Istanbul and stayed at Dara Hotel for 5 nights. This small simple hotel located just 5 minutes away from Sultanahmet square. The location was great with access to Tramway T1 and there are many restaurants around especially in Divanyulu Street (Divanyolu Caddesi). Just its alley has high slope which would be challenging for the elderly and also there are a mosque in front of the hotel and the early morning call to prayer (Adan) would makes you up. Two receptionists both were too friendly and welcoming. I appreciate them for their hospitality and arranging early check-in for us. It was very kind of them. The room 202 in the second floor was a bit tiny with a small closet and a queen size bed. The bed was very comfortable and bed sheets were so clean. The room has an air conditioner and a small refrigerator. I think it would be better if there were a small trash bin in the room. Slippers was given us upon our request. Cleanness and housekeeping was good. Breakfast was severed on the 3th floor and in the terrace between 8 to 10:30 am. The Terrace offer a great view of the opposite mosque and the Marmara Sea. There are no warm items in the breakfast and it was a drawback. Breakfast was consist of 3 kinds of packed jam, honey and chocolate, 2 kind of cheese, boiled eggs and French fries, fried eggplant and zucchini, some sorts of salad, two kinds of fruit juice, börek, sponge cake, olive, cucumber, tomato and orange pieces. I think breakfast would be promoted with adding some hot items such as sausages, fried eggs or omelet. Two sum up, it is a small and cozy hotel near Sultanahmet square and its quality is acceptable with reasonable price.

This is my second stay at this hotel. The rooms are clean and have comfortable beds and pillows. The free Turkish breakfast is served on the Terrace with breathtaking views of the Marmara Sea. This hotel is centrally located near Sultanahmet and just a 10 minute walk to the tram station. I can't say enough good things about Aytac (front desk). He is amazing and speaks excellent English. He is extremely helpful even telling me what trains and trams to take for sightseeing, Osman, who is the manager was also very helpful.. The only negative thing I can say is the hill that you have to climb in order to get to the main street; however, that was not a problem for me but it does take a certain level of fitness. l. will probably be staying at this hotel again and would definitely recommend it to my friends.

We had some friends and search places . Dara was so close to us and we let our clients stay here. The hotel is so close to historical places. Breakfast is served on terrace and all meal Was fresh. I can recommend this place .

After one year i came back to the wonderful hotel boutique from Sultanahmet area... Which looks very good with all the furnitures new... The rooms are very clean ,like usually, staff is very helpful, the breakfast is very rich and delicious and the panorama to the Marmara Sea is amazing. İ recommand to everybody to stay here in this very good hotel.

We chose this hotel for a 3 night stay in Istanbul for a group of 3 girls. The location was great and the room was spacious enough for everyone.. however it wasn't the cleanest or nicest room we have ever had. With that said, we spent more time outside of the hotel than inside the room so for the price and value it worked out well!

The hotel was a big disappointment. Although, I want to think the bed sheets, pillow cases, and towels were clean, they were very much stained and worn (holes in some cases). Some electrical and pipe installations did not work properly. And the showers had a lot of mold. The one side of the hotel was the nice staff, and very much the location, a few blocks away from all mayor attractions in Istanbul.

It's not a five star hotel, much more a boutique style hotel, we had the large family room, which was perfect. It's great to find room like this , as normally we have to book two rooms to accomodate us. Ideal location, quirky little street with a couple of nice resturants and gift shops, close to outdoor craft markets and a short walk to the Grand Bizzarre and main streets. Rooms were clean, staff very friendly especially with the children. Lots of stairs, and although there is a very old lift, this didn't go to our floor. Not an issue for us, but just be aware. Very close to one of the mosques, like practically opposite the prayers at 3am were a surprise, but you are in Instanbul so all makes for a good experience.

I visited Istanbul, Turkey during March holiday.Before the trip, we search for Hotel/apartment that's nearby to the place of interest, but none captured our eyes. After looking through hotels, we found out that DARA HOTEL was nearby to the city area and place of interest. We save a lot in transportation as most of the place of interest is just nearby. We even walk to Spice Bazaar the famous Blue Mosque & Aya Sofya.Furthermore it's easier for us to find food as there's so many restaurants nearby, variety of choices. Not to forget, From dara hotel to the supermarket its just 5 minutes walk! Not to forget, Friendly front desk staff, good ambience and great location. They even provide airport transfer with some charges. The breakfast served was sumptuous. I highly recommend this hotel for the people who would like to visit Istanbul! Any further enquiries can email me too at would love to help! Merhaba Turkey ~

The location is on,y five minutes walk away from the centre of town and the main tourist attraction. The hotel is situated down a very steep narrow street. The breakfast is served on the roof terrace with magnificent views. However the food was very ordinary and the coffee was instant. The reception staff were ok at first but seemed not very interested after a couple of days, reverting to their natural surliness. The wifi was unreliable.

Excellent location in the old city close to the Blue Mosque. There are 2 wings to this hotel and we stayed in the old wing. The rooms in the old wing seem bigger than the ones in the new wing. There is free wifi in the hotel. There is a lovely roof terrace with a beautiful view where breakfast is served each day. The air conditioning did not work particularly well in our room and there is no restaurant in the hotel. However there are lots of cafes / restaurants within walking distance. Overall good value for money and would recommend this hotel if you need a place to crash after a day of site seeing.

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Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Rooftop terrace

Located in Old City, Dara Hotel Istanbul is adjacent to Hippodrome and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Basilica Cistern. This 3-star hotel has 33 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Istanbul and also a short walk from Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.


All 33 air-conditioned rooms feature refrigerators, minibars, and free bottled water. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Safes and phones are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Dara Hotel Istanbul enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle for EUR 20 per vehicle one way. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a porter/bellhop, and a TV in a common area.

Room options

Standard Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room (for 4 people)

Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 502 reviews