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Grand Hotel Gulsoy
Ranked #396 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 14 June 2011

The hotel was reserved via tour and at our arrival in 8AM, we knew we have to wait for check in time, but when my friend was heading for restroom, the receptionist didnt let him go upstairs and she thought he wanted to go for breakfast, the behaviour was rude, despite her own misunderstanding... the rooms were tiny and the windows were opened at patio where the restaurant was located, so we could clearly hear every rooms conversations and noises of getting ready for breakfast. The reciptionists did not know English at all and were not mature enough to managethe guests. Breakfast not so interesting... Don't bother to think about this

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

We stayed here as part of a Fez Travel tour for 3 nights. There were no problems checking in, storing bags or getting details from the front desk. Whilst they were not fabulous on their English, or going out of their way to help you, however everything was organised, it just took a little longer. The rooms themselves were adequate, not huge, and the bathrooms could do with a thorough clean and check the shower door seals. The hotel is opposite a mosque, so expect an early wake up call from most rooms in the hotel. The breakfast was great and catered for all nationalities and appetites; the hotel cafe downstairs is overpriced and had average food. There was a handy deli just next door to the hotel for any water, fruit and snacks which was helpful. We then stayed at another 4 star hotel in a location closer to other major attractions which was much better for a cheaper price.

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

Stayed here in May 2010. You might find this hotel a suitable option if you intend to do a lot of sightseeing in Sultanahmet and won't spend much time in the hotel room.
My room had a nice view to the Suleiman mosque but that could not make up the poor maintenance of the room. It was very dusty and dirty. The cleaning staff didn't change the plastic bag of the bathroom rubbish bin, just took the rubbish out of it. When I decided to change the bag myself I discovered the rubbish bin was so dirty that my hands smelled for a couple of hours afterwards, despite of washing.
The hotel has good amenities but they are not free of charge for the customers. Using the tiny pool on the rooftop costs 10 euro. On the ground floor they have a sauna but it would have cost some 30 dollars to use it.
This hotel seems to be favoured by Russian tourist groups. They also have Russian satellite channels on TV. I didn't like Sultanahmet area especially much. The vendors on the streets and in the Grand Bazaar are very pushy and everybody was talking to me in Russian (I am not Russian even though I look like it). If you are not very much into the touristy thing stay in Taksim instead of Sultanahmet!
Istanbul has very good public transport and a ticket costs only 1,5 lira. You may hop into the metro straight at the Atatürk airport. I went to the Asian side (Üskudar) twice just because it's fun to ride a ferry across Bosphorus. There are several docks on the both sides where you can catch a ferry.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled solo
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1  Thank TroubledAditi
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

the bath room not clean , a/c very bad you cant controled , is atomaric the is the first time see hotle they control the a/c not you , the below not clean

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank maherabdul
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Reviewed 25 June 2010

we use to stay there mounthly for more than tow years!!
It's really wonderful,we feel ourselves in our home becouse of the kindness of the reception staff there..since we make reservation untill we leave Istanbul they are with us with thier gentleness...Frankly they act the most important rule in the hotel..you can find alot of hotels with testy food , clean room and nice view but-with my respect to all- you cant find polite staff like Grand Gulsoy staff..
thanx for all
Mohamed Al-Shareef Family

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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4  Thank ghalia-alshareef
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel Gulsoy

Address: Sehzadebasi Cad. No:17 Vefa, Fatih, Istanbul 34134, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Grand Bazaar
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#194 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#272 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: ₹ 3,248 - ₹ 7,145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Gulsoy 4*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to your home in Istanbul to relax which offers you a warm atmosphere to make your stay comfortable and feel yourself at home. Our aim is to create a warm atmosphere provided with modern facilities.Our reception is at your service 24 hrs a day! Take a look at our rooms! Or check out our facilities, like our indoor swimming pool, restaurants etc.. ... more   less 
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