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Dara Hotel Istanbul

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

As a first time visitor to Istanbul we found the frontline staff to be welcoming and helpful with travel tips. However, our initial reaction to our room was to find another hotel, as it did not live up to the previous reviews read. The rooms are clean and well maintained, but the shower is tiny. Also, there is a 2nd bed in the room which takes up unnecessary space as we were only two people. There is also no refreshment tray (a basic) in the room. But the friendliness of the staff made up for what the room lacked and we enjoyed a pleasant stay.

This hotel whilst having a convenient position to walk everywhere and fairly friendly staff depending who is on duty did not live up to its expectations. It is a former Constantinople mansion. Rooms are minute and bathrooms even smaller. Light bulbs above vanity in bathroom removed/did not work nor are there light bulbs in all the overhead room light fittings. It is directly opposite a mosque so know that calls to prayer start at 4:30 am. The calls to prayer from the different mosques are spine chillingly beautiful and that was not an issue for us but be aware if you are not expecting it. The bathroom light and fan was not fixed as promised and then we had to move rooms. The room we moved to had a blocked shower (ankle deep water) and a broken safe. - neither were fixed despite it being reported and noisy local residents below. This is not a Western hotel and the breakfast whilst adequate is the same every day. Nescafe coffee in bottle with 1 carton of milk, potato salad, carrot salad, brinjals, jalapeno chillies, feta, olives and 1 type of bread and feta pastry cigars, Thick layer of dust on top of basin cabinet vanity and chocolate wrapper found behind the bedside table in room therefore not cleaned properly - in room we were moved to. The hotel was empty and we were charged for an early check in whilst other guests on previous occasions were not. Istanbul is notably struggling and we were very aware of how few tourists there were around. The Bosphorous dinner cruise we did was a total rip off (recommended by hotel) and is charged in Euro's which was our mistake as we did not notice it until we arrived on the evening to pay. If you choose to do one, make sure it is the buffet type cruise. It would be better to do the public ferry during the day and forgo the dinner. The vessel was not a quarter full.

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Hotel highlights

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

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 free self parking. It's in central Istanbul and also a short walk from Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service.


All 33 air-conditioned rooms feature refrigerators, minibars, and safes. 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. Phones are also included.

Property features

Guests of Dara Hotel Istanbul enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a porter/bellhop. Free parking is available if you drive. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. This smoke-free hotel also has 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 486 reviews