Hotel Sapphire

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Address: Ibni Kemal Caddesi No. 14, Sirkeci, Istanbul, 34410, Turkey

Star rating:
3 star hotel

3.6

Friendly and busy hotel with retro charm and a rare-for-the-area swimming pool.

This unassuming hotel may be showing its age in places, but its rooms are clean and comfortable, its staff exceeding helpful, and its location central. When combined with a few special extras, I think that adds up to solid, good-value accommodations.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.6
90%
Leisure facilities
3.6
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
3.6
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

The commercial district around the Sirkeci train station isn’t Istanbul’s most scenic, but it’s a short walk from both the sights of Sultanahmet and the Eminönü ferry docks, as well as the tram line, making it convenient for travel to many parts of the city. The Sapphire is pleasantly located on a pedestrian-only street filled with restaurants – the ones a block away bustling with local diners. Note that the hotel’s sign displays the Turkish spelling, “Safir,” more prominently.

Bedrooms

With their busily patterned bedspreads, heavy wooden headboards, and squat little TV sets, the Sapphire’s rooms won’t win any style points, but they’re clean, comfortable, and not too small. Don’t bother asking if there's one with a view.

Public areas

The large, old-fashioned lobby has comfortable gold couches, subdued green and red damask wallpaper, and a scraggly grey parrot in a cage. A planned rooftop terrace with a view toward Beyoğlu unfortunately looks to be a long way from completion.

Eating and drinking

A not-particularly memorable breakfast buffet is served in a large salon full of Victorian-style furniture.

Leisure facilities

Unusually for a hotel in this area, the Sapphire has a nice little pool, tiled in vivid blues and greens, in its basement, along with a sauna and hamam. The whole area feels a bit steamy, but clean.

Service

The extremely helpful and cordial service is a big selling point.

Who stays there

Mostly Europeans, but a mix of international and domestic travellers in Istanbul on business and pleasure trips.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Shopping

Pros & Cons

  • Central location
  • Great staff
  • Small pool and spa
  • So-so breakfast
  • Small rooms
  • Some street noise
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