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Senator Hotel Istanbul Old City

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Booked at this hotel because of the good reviews, the room was extremely small and cramped, perfect for 1 person. The service at the hotel was good except for the one guy at reception who was so rude to me, I ended up crying. This is the same guy who offered us a free shuttle service to a restaurant called Galata Balik. Please dont use this shuttle, the shuttle is actually a driver from that restaurant who drove like a madman with 2 babies in the car. Their prices are 3 times more than the restaurants next door and we were forced to eat there because of this shuttle service and were not allowed to take in the sights when we done because they wanted to get us back to the hotel ASAP.The heater in the rooms did not work, we had to open the window at times to regulate the heat. The breakfast is average, the pics on tripadvisor look amazing compared to what you actually get. The location is not too bad, you are close to alot of the attractions. Dont take the taxis waiting on the corner, they are greedy and dont use a meter. They give you a fixed price which is double the amount it usually costs. The hotel actually charged a commission on top of their fee and we only found that out when we arrived home. There are better hotels in the area at better prices.

From the initial contact through to the service in the hotel the staff have been excellent. The hotel is converting over into a new Holiday Inn. The M2 metro is a 5 mins walk up the road and the T1 tram is 5 mins the other way - so access to many of the major sights easily within reach. Breakfast is ok, could be improved with a bit more choice of hot foods but the breads and pastries selection is good.

My first trip to Istanbul was made all the better because of my experience with the Senator Hotel. The hotel is converting to Holiday Inn and making all sorts of improvements. The staff were most kind and helpful to me in every way possible. They helped me with setting up tours, directions, recommendations on dinning and helped me with all my questions and requests. They also arranged special "honest" taxi drivers for me which relieved me of the worry of corrupt cab drivers which I had heard about. I also took advantage of the spa and had my first Turkish bath experience and a massage. It was excellent and a great value! The morning breakfast is also quite good with lots of variety and fresh bread. The Manager Alican Demir is most gracious and helpful and made it a point to be visible to guests. The hotel is a good value and I will surely stay there again on my next visit to Istanbul.

I visited Turkey for the 1st time in Oct. for holidays and chose Senator Hotel for its perfection location in Old Town Istanbul. As a frequent business traveler who stays in many decent hotels, I am extremely impressed with the level of excellent service provided by the warm-hearted & professional staff of Senator Hotel. This hotel is within walking distance to T1 tram station (Aksaray) and metro station (Vezneciler) that give you easy access to the tourist attractions. Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul Uni and Grand Bazaar are about 20-30 mins of walk from the hotel. The breakfast buffet offered a variety of Turkish food in a relaxing atmosphere. The house keeper also did a wonderful job in keeping the room clean. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the General Manager Mr. Alican Demir and his team (Ms. Ayşegül Sincer, Mr. Kamel, Mr. Erdal and the concierge) who took great care during our stay in Senator Hotel. I highly recommend this hotel to visitors who look for a good value for the hotel in Istanbul. :-) Thank you very much.

What i liked the most on this hotel is the staff, especially the gentlemen on the check in desk, so professional and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable. The location is good at a walking distance from beyazit . The access from ataturk airport is easy: just take the M1 from airport to yenikapi and then take the M2 for 1 station from yenikapi. During the stay the breakfast was good and the cleaning services well done. All in all i highly recommend this hotel if you want to live a real turkish experience.

This was the ideal stay at the Senator Hotel and the location was just perfect as the hotel is very close to most of the attractions and metro and tram service. The hotel has a family feel to it and the staff were super helpful and kind. They attended to all of our needs when we asked without hesitation. I totally loved the street outside of the hotel as it embodied that local Turkish charm, where you could just sit for hours and people watch and chat to the locals. The facilities were just fine, and if you needed anything, the hotel is happy to provide and I loved the bed. It was lovely and comfy and a welcome relief after hours of walking in Istanbul. The Senator is definitely my first choice for Istanbul.

Mr Erdal thank you so much for your help. Nice hotel good service evrthing was oke restaurant pizza was super Thanx for your patient.nice breakfast will book again soon with my 5 kids this time thank you I love istanbul.............

the lubby is small but fast check in and check out , rooms are good and very clean , breakfast is delicuious as all hotels in turkey but can be better , near to green line metro istanbul , oppissite to big mosque alfatih

Hotel was nice, staff very helpful and happy to help. Rooms are comfy enough, decent mattress, but TV channels are limited for English language programmes. WIFI speed okay for general browsing but could be faster for downloading video. Have stayed three times this year on business trips to Istanbul and the hotel has been ideal for that. Note taxis from there sometimes try and use a fixed charge for runs to the airport. It should be between 50-60tl (as of March 17) don't get suckered into paying more.

I've checked in for 3 nights on Sunday afternoon and I'm writing this review few hours after checking in. Good things first: It is a hotel with a good location, everything is pretty much close. I've walked few blocks and found the Metro and Tram stations, an opened Exchange Office, ATMs and few mid-range restaurants and plenty fast-foods. I liked the lobby - I had my 5 seconds of being impressed by the piano and the bar, very classy. Now, what's on my mind - I'm dissapointed. I'm recently traveling a lot and I have chosen this Hotel for a few reasons: 4*, Best Western Chain, location etc. I was so disappointed about the room: a non-smoker Double Standart, with a stain on the bed's cover, cigarette burns stains on the carpet, dust in the wardrobe's shelves. And then there's the Receptionist: a Gentlemen that helps you get the keys for your room, trying to impress by faking an "upgrade" for my reservation. And there is more, remember I said I found an Exchange Office minutes away from the Hotel, well asking the Receptionis wheee I could get some money exchangend, I've been told that there aren't Exchange Offices around and thet don't know any that would be opened on Sundays, then automaticly he tried to to "help" me exchange some Euros with an "only for you offer" when hotel's cash exchange counter was officialy closed (because is Sunday - as I've been told). I wouldn't say he wasn't polite, because he was, but nothing else, he wasn't helpful and definitly not trustworthy. I've read about problems with taxi drivers in Istanbul that aren't to be trusted in any way, now I've met a receptionist, that made me feel the same.

Gencturk Cad. Sirvanizade Sokak No. 5 Istanbul

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Beyazit within a short walk of Suleymaniye Mosque, Senator Hotel Istanbul Old City is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Grand Bazaar. This 4.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 107 rooms and conveniences like a full-service spa, free in-room WiFi, and free valet parking. Located centrally in Istanbul, it's also close to Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern.


You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café, and chat with other guests at the free manager's reception. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All of Senator Hotel Istanbul Old City's 107 recently renovated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. Guests can expect 55-cm LCD TVs with satellite channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Select Comfort beds grant a restful night's sleep, and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Free bottled water, laptop-compatible safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Renovated in 2012, Senator Hotel Istanbul Old City offers a full-service spa, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 20 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms.

Room options

Standard Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

82% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 301 reviews