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8.5
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9.9
Exceptional
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Basilica Cistern190 m
  • Hagia Sophia Museum200 m
  • Sultanahmet Square310 m
  • Blue Mosque540 m
  • Topkapi Palace570 m
  • Grand Bazaar880 m
  • Galata Tower1.1 km
  • Süleymaniye Mosque1.42 km
  • Dolmabahçe Palace3.72 km
  • Chora Church4.09 km
  • Free Wi-Fi

    The Empress Theodora Hotel

    Alemdar Street, No.16 Sultanahmet / Istanbul, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34122 - See map
    "Best location: You can travel most of the place by waking."
    SWARUP - October 23, 2018
    Exceptional comfort
    9.0 room quality and comfort
    Excellent service
    8.6 rating for service
    Excellent cleanliness
    8.1 rating for cleanliness
    Very good facilities on premise
    7.3 facilities on premise
    • 610 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Currency exchange

    • Located in heart of Istanbul

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    Value for money8.0
    Distance to city center10 km
    Location rating9.9
    Nearest airportSabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)
    Distance to airport30.5 km

    Rooms available at The Empress Theodora Hotel

    9.0
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Standard Room
    Standard Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed or 1 double be...
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    Triple Room
    Triple Room
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 4 single beds and 1 double ...
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    Economy Room
    Economy Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Basic Triple
    Basic Triple
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      ECONOMIC SINGLE ROOM NO WINDOW
      ECONOMIC SINGLE ROOM NO WINDOW
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        Economy Room - No Windows
        Economy Room - No Windows
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          Run of House
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            Room Shared Bed
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                Basic Double
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                  Housekeeping
                  3 mentions
                  Breakfast
                  2 mentions

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                  Nearest essentials

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                  Food and dining

                  Breakfast options

                  Halal
                  Vegetarian
                  Vegan

                  Restaurants on site

                  Sultan Mehmet Kebab Restaurant
                  Cuisine:Local, Mediteranean, Turkish
                  Menu:Buffet

                  What's nearby

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                  Reviews of The Empress Theodora Hotel from real guests

                  Overall rating
                  8.4
                  Excellent
                  From 1443 reviews
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                  Agoda Reviews (23)Booking.com Reviews (1420)
                  Rating via Agoda8.5
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                  10
                  Excellent
                  Cleanliness8.1
                  Facilities7.3
                  Location9.9
                  Room comfort and quality9.0
                  Service8.6
                  Value for money8.0
                  High score for Istanbul
                  Rating
                  9+ Exceptional (9)
                  8-9 Excellent (2)
                  7-8 Very Good (2)
                  6-7 Good (2)
                  <6 Below Expectation (2)
                  Time of the year
                  Mar - May (2)
                  Jun - Aug (5)
                  Sep - Nov (7)
                  Dec - Feb (3)
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                  8.8
                  Excellent
                  Miras from Kazakhstan
                  Group
                  Triple Room
                  Stayed 8 nights in September 2019

                  Best location”

                  I enjoyed my stay. Staff was very helpful. Breakfast was good. Rooms are smaller than they look on the website.

                  Reviewed September 25, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Martin from Australia
                  Couple
                  Economy Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

                  Nice hotel”

                  Perfect location! Nice rooms, could do better with the breakfast though. Average breakfast. Staff at the lobby are the best!

                  Reviewed July 06, 2019
                  6.4
                  Good
                  Hwirang from South Korea
                  Solo traveler
                  Economy Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

                  Problem of Room Information ”

                  Good Location, Relatively Clean... But When I booked the room there was no statement of the room without window... There was no window in my room, humid, dark... not good feeling about the room. It is problem of Agoda or the Hotel itself, anyway, it needs right information for customers.

                  Reviewed October 26, 2018
                  8.8
                  Excellent
                  SWARUP from India
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in October 2018

                  Best location with good clean room !!!”

                  Pros: 1. Best location: You can travel most of the place by waking. Got great connectivity by tram or ferry. 2. Great room: Even though the room size is small, it’s clean and well maintained. 3. Food: They got good breakfast option can add some more verity. Cons: 1. Not much to share.

                  Reviewed October 23, 2018
                  5.2
                  Trevelyn from Australia
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in July 2017

                  Very poor client focus.”

                  We arrived at the Empress Theodora in Istanbul after 4 nights in Edirne (Hotel Edirne Palace). Well what a contrast . Similar stars and price and that is where the similarities end. The Edirne Palace provided the best of everything and outstanding service and such lovely caring friendly service focus staff where as the reception staff (all men) I'm sure double as touts for some leather or carpet shop as they certainly have no interest what so ever in making you feel welcome. The reception is a desk under a stair case, the rooms while tidy enough are very small and badly in need of new carpet. While there is no lift the stairs would be manageable if it were not for the huge bags of laundry clutering the stairwell. The breakfast is satisfactory some days and tired on others. Certainly over priced but if you are young and male and can get a good price then maybe give it a go simply because of the location.

                  Reviewed July 08, 2017
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Anka from Hungary
                  Group
                  Triple Room
                  Stayed 4 nights in March 2015

                  Amazing 5days stay”

                  Staff, location, clean

                  The staff is very helpful, polite, friendly! The room is clean! The breakfast is also good, there is a wide selection.

                  Reviewed March 28, 2015
                  9.7
                  Exceptional
                  Andrea from Malaysia
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in September 2014

                  Great location, staff very helpful ”

                  Location, staff, breakfast

                  The hotel is conveniently located within 5-10 min walking distance from Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Archaeology Museum. There is also a metro stop right outside the hotel. The staff working there are very friendly and helped me with directions and routes to places where I wanted to visit. There is also a good variety of food served for breakfast. The only thing I was slightly disappointed in was that there was no view of Hagia Sophia from the rooftop terrace, as advertised in the photos. I had brought my camera and tripod and was planning on taking the sunrise picture with Hagia sophia from the hotel's rooftop. in the end I went to a nearby restaurant with a rooftop view of Hagia Sophia and the Bosporus and took my pics from there.

                  Reviewed September 26, 2014
                  9.3
                  Exceptional
                  Istvan from Hungary
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in June 2014

                  Best place”

                  Staff, Breakfast, Place
                  Reviewed June 26, 2014
                  7.0
                  Very good
                  Peter from United Kingdom
                  Solo traveler
                  Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

                  Great location but rooms not so good”

                  Location, helpful staff

                  this hotel is very well located in sultanahment - though rooms on the front must find the traffic, including trams, rather disturbing. the staff are amazingly helpful in giving information, helping book stuff etc - including introducing you to the friendly carpet salesman from next door. they do a great breakfast, actually it is better than that, it's wonderful, served on the rooftop terrace. after that it's all downhill. the reception is a poky little desk underneath the stairs. the stairs - quite a lot of them and no lift/elevator. the corridors have those automatic lights that turn themselves off so you're heading into a black hole until the lights click back on. the rooms are small - it's in the middle of sultanahment, of course they are, and the decoration is fusty and old fashioned and the furniture is a rather eclectic collection and there are no english channels on the tv - lots of channels, so it takes you a long time to discover none are english. it's a fair price for what it is. for what it is it's ok.

                  Reviewed June 19, 2012
                  7.3
                  Very good
                  mana from Thailand
                  Solo traveler
                  Stayed 1 night in February 2012

                  Very good for location”

                  Close to landmark and transportation of Istanbul

                  it is good for backpack traveller because close with landmark and interesting place. but it is not good for cold wheather because accommodation is not perfect such as heater .

                  Reviewed February 13, 2012
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Kateryna
                  Couple
                  Stayed 5 nights in January 2012

                  Great location, ultimately guest-friendly”

                  Very clean, big rooms, good breakfast, very friendly chief

                  Location is really great. You don't need to use a taxi or transfer (20-30 euro), for a 4 euro(for 2) and 1hour we reached the hotel by the local transport. From Ataturk airport we catch the metro train (till Zeitinburnu sattion), then you change the metro to tram (very easy, only go down from the metro station), and simply go to the Gulhane station (next to the Sultanahmet stop). Location is fantastic - 2 min walking to St.Sofia, Blue Mosk, Cisterna, 5 min to Topkapi Palace. Our room was quite big and very clean, also it was good cleaned every day. TV has no English channels. A kettle, tea, coffee, sugar and water is free in the room. Quite big shower room. Veru friendly manager who checked us on, helped to bring luggage to the room. Unbelievable friendly chief who maked breakfasts. Besides the differency of eat he made for us special welcome dishes :) everything was very tasty.

                  Reviewed January 12, 2012
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  BYOUNGSOO from South Korea
                  Solo traveler
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in May 2015

                  귤하네공원 바로 앞의 가성비 좋은 호텔.”

                  룸이 다소 구부러진 형태여서 좀 불편했지만... 편하게 잘 수 있었다. 옥상에서 조식 먹으며 이스탄불의 전경을 볼 수 있고 음식도 훌륭함. 다만, 쉽게 찾을 수 없는 입구는 아쉬운점.

                  Reviewed April 26, 2016
                  9.3
                  Exceptional
                  nan from China
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

                  绝佳的位置!”

                  这家酒店位置非常好,早餐很丰盛,前台几个帅哥都非常客气礼貌!

                  酒店位置绝佳,服务很好,房间非常干净,绝对值得推荐。就是门面小了一点,要注意才能找到

                  Reviewed November 18, 2015
                  7.6
                  Very good
                  Wadha from Oman
                  Solo traveler
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

                  موقع الفندق ممتاز ،حجم الغرف صغير جدا جدا ،ومختلفة عن الصورة الموجودة في الموقع ،الافطار ممتاز . ”

                  لا يوجد مصعد .

                  Reviewed August 09, 2018
                  4.8
                  Abdalsalam from Saudi Arabia
                  Couple
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

                  جيدغ5”

                  موقعه مميز قريب من المترو وقريب من المعلم السياحية . عدم وجود اصنصير وتشيل اغراضك بنفسك للدور الثاني او الاول والدرج متعب. عدم نضافت سجاد الارضيه وجود ريحه كريهه بالممرات. صوت المترو مزعج الساعه 6 الصباح

                  Reviewed October 08, 2017
                  9.6
                  Exceptional
                  guzaliya from Russia
                  Solo traveler
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

                  Замечательный отель ”

                  У отеля прекрасное расположение- это самый главный плюс. В номере чисто, полотенца, постельное - все меняют. Мыло шампунь выдают. Завтрак турецкий стандартный. Овощи фрукты, сыр колбаса, сухой завтрак, чай кофе. Если любите овсянку по утрам как я - берите с собой кашу-минутку. В отеле есть русско говорящий сотрудник. Доехали на такси с Сабиха за 160 лир. Обратно на uber. Рекомендую 👍🏻

                  Reviewed December 10, 2018
                  9.7
                  Exceptional
                  Linda from Sweden
                  Solo traveler
                  Standard Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in September 2014

                  Perfekt läge och trevlig persona”

                  Läget, personalen, frukost

                  Jättetrevligt hotell med perfekt läge nära alla sevärdheter, ett par minuters promenad till närmsta spårvagnshållplats. Personalen var jättetrevlig och jag fick många bra tips.

                  Reviewed October 07, 2014
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                  • Exceptional location
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