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Nena Hotel 3.0

Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

  • Convenient location within walking distance of historic sites
  • Some of the elegant rooms come with furnished balconies
  • Rooftop restaurant has an outdoor terrace offering amazing views
  • Lobby bar and beautiful atrium space with seating and plants on-site
  • Free Turkish breakfast buffet served daily
  • Computers available for guests' use
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Standard Rooms are small and have tiny showers
  • Some areas are a bit dated
  • Some rooms get outside noise
  • No gym or pool

Bottom Line

The 29-room Nena Hotel is a mid-range property in an excellent location that's within walking distance of several of the city’s historic sites, including the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Clean, charming rooms are tastefully appointed and feature amenities like minibars, coffee/tea facilities, and free Wi-Fi, but Standard Rooms are a little tight on space and have small showers. Guests also complain of noise issues due to thin walls. A free Turkish breakfast buffet is served in the rooftop restaurant which offers lovely sea views and serves lunch and dinner as well. There's also a lobby bar with a cozy lounge area that opens out onto a sunlit atrium space full of greenery and seating. Travelers who don't mind being a bit removed from the touristy area should also consider the Karakoy Port Hotel, a mid-range property with pretty rooms and a friendly staff.

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Scene

Charming mid-range hotel with Ottoman-inspired decor

Nena Hotel is situated in a colorful building with white window frames popping against a red facade and decorative touches that include gold columns and wrought-iron balcony rails. Inside, the lobby has an opulent, though dated, feel with heavy carved wooden stair rails and green marble floors. Ottoman-inspired carved decorations and colorful rugs add Old World appeal to the space. There's also a small lobby bar that opens out onto a lovely atrium filled with lush potted plants and glass bistro tables flanked by wrought iron chairs. Chess boards are set up throughout the space and couches are available for lounging. The rooftop restaurant has a traditional, if bland, feel with crimson carpeting and crisp white tablecloths, and it also includes a lovely outdoor terrace with amazing views of the Blue Mosque. 

Location

Central location a short walk to many historic sites

Nena Hotel is located in Sultanahmet, an excellent area for sightseeing in Istanbul. Several attractions are within walking distance, including the gorgeous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, which can both be reached within a 10-minute walk. Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern are also all within walking distance. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, as well as a tram stop that's a three-minute walk from the hotel. The airport is within a 30-minute drive. 

Rooms

Clean, elegant rooms with minibars, coffee/tea facilities, and free Wi-Fi; some have private balconies

The rooms at Nena Hotel have lovely furnishings that include white tufted headboards as well as velvety curtains and bed runners in mauve hues. Gold accents like lamps and sconces bring an elegant feel to the space. Standard Rooms are the smallest and have tiny showers in the bathrooms, while Deluxe Rooms offer more space and have private balconies; Triple Rooms and Family Rooms that can sleep up to four are also available. All rooms have minibars, flat-screen TVs, coffee/tea facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have either shower/tub combos or walk-in showers, plus they offer a range of toiletries. There aren’t many outlets, however, and some guests also complain about noise issues due to thin walls.

Features

Rooftop restaurant, free Turkish breakfast buffet, lobby bar, sunlit atrium space, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel has a rooftop restaurant where a free Turkish breakfast buffet is served daily, as well as lunch and dinner. The restaurant features a covered outdoor terrace with beautiful views. There’s also a small lobby bar and a plant-filled atrium space furnished with tables and chairs. Computers are available for guests' use in a small business area. Free parking is available and the hotel offers luggage storage. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

Binbirdirek Mah. Klodfarer Cad. No:8 D:10 , Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey

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