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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

If I said that we went to this cafe for any other reason than to take a "glass half full" photo, I'd be lying. However, it turned out to be an excellent choice of place! We set up camp to sit and read/write for a few hours while enjoying the view while drinking tea but then it turned into lunch... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

We only enjoyed food and traditional Efes Pilsen at this property, but the staff are friendly and it's amazing location along the Hippodrome with people watching abilities appealed tremendously - tiny location, but the atmosphere and casual relaxed nature encouraged us to keep coming back. Food was excellent and nothing was ever too much trouble. Enjoy the Doner Kebap -... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2013

Well, 5 1/2 years since my last visit and... what a welcome!! We sat down for a meal & were immediately recognised & given a bottle of () our regular house red. THE Staff welcomed us back, challenging me to a game of "shezh besh". They wow Remembered me!!! !, Our neighbours were delightful, from Holland-& transpires they ate at... More 

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2013

We have chosen this hotel, since it was really good location and one of the most important detail is that the breakfast can be served at any time. It is just amazing, when you can wake up whenever you want, being relaxed and not rushing to catch the breakfast. The hotel is really very cosy and just made up of... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

I only visited the restaurant that is very close to the Blue Mosk, in fact on the other side of the street. The food is good, they have reasonable prices and I loved the moments spent there. The stuff is very friendly and they speak good English. The place definitively has heart of his one :)

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Turin, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

We found this Hotel by chance, on Booking.com, and we were a bit wary: 45 euros per nite, right on the Hippodrome??! But we were even more surprised and struck with awe when they showed us our room: it was on the last floor, room n.4, with a 3 side panoramic view over the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the sea... More 

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aylesbury
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Whilst visiting the hippodrome in the centre of the old town we decided to stop and have some lunch. It was an extremely cold day so the outside heaters were very welcome. We ordered Meatballs (Kofte) which were very tasty with nice rice and fresh veg, and not unreasonably priced. staff were very friendly, And the toilets were clean. So... More 

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Thank colin c
Izmir, Turkey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2013

This place has everything you could ever need when in Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque area), İstanbul. With a wonderful staff, great food, authentic ambience, and just an all around great experience, your trip to visit the beautiful, historic sites of İstanbul would not be complete without coming to The Optimist, which is conveniently located right across from the Blue Mosque. This... More 

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2013

Optimist Guesthouse has a very good location, it is located in the center, in the old town, just in front of Blue Mosque. From here you can enjoy a very good view. Here you will be provided with a very good service, friendly environment; You will be provoded with nice housemade breakfast; rooms are clean and have good view. Not... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2013

My hubby Tony and I had a fab wek in Istanbule week commencing 13th January 2013. We discovered The Opitmist hotel bar restaurant! And what a little treasure of a place! Amazing! The staff are fantastic Fadir the waiter is fun always happy and the owner Mohammed is great fun too! All the staff looked after us like we were... More 

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Breakfast
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Additional Information about Optimist Hotel

Address: At Meydani No:16, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: $40 - $267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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“The best room is the superior room, (the biggest room of the hotel) a brilliant view and it is worth every penny!”
 of 5 bubbles Alisan123, 20 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The top-floor "superior double" has the view (others may be blocked by the trees).”
  • Blue Mosque
  • Top-floor room
  • Sea of Marmara
  • Hagia Sophia
 of 5 bubbles SFSolo, 12 Jun 2016 | Read review
“I suggest the top floor room”
 of 5 bubbles 676essaa, 5 Nov 2015 | Read review
“best view you could look for, well-connected staff, great facilities, all-inclusive breakfast, converted attic room, great location”
 of 5 bubbles 678luminitab, 1 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Be sure to request the room on the top floor if you want to see the mosque. Other rooms will be affected by the tall trees.”
 of 5 bubbles chenc697, 11 Jun 2015 | Read review
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