Hotel Citadel Hotel 4 star
Istanbul, Turkey
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Hotel Citadel is a very beautiful 19th century residence that is finely decorated and well maintained. Well located near to Istanbul's main historical sites, it is one of the most beautiful reconstructions of Ottoman house.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    The hotel Citadel is located in the popular and historical area of Sultanahmet, in a small street parallel to the boulevard running along the sea of Marmara. The Blue Mosque, the Saint-Sophie Mosque and the Topkapi palace are very close - only a 10 minute walk away. Allow 20-25 minutes to get to the airport (11 miles).

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 31 rooms of the hotel are set over three floors (with no elevator). Decorated in orange tones, they are simple but comfortable. They all have a bathroom with bathtub, toilet and hair-dryer. They have satellite television, adjustable air conditioning and a small mini bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Citadel is a charming hotel which was built in 1992 in the style of 19th century Ottoman houses. It can be recognised by its wooden walls painted in white and pastel pink. The small lobby, bright, clean and tastefully decorated, leads to a terrace which overlooks the boulevard that runs parallel to the coastline of the sea of Marmara. The Sera bar will welcome you under its glass windows, which house green plants and a small fountain. It also offers a nice view over the sea of Marmara.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The Citadel has two restaurant rooms for its residents. Like the rest of the hotel, they are finely decorated in a style which combines Ottoman influence and French taste. It serves mainly Turkish and international cuisine. The breakfasts are served as a buffet, whereas lunch and dinner are served a la carte. It offers a choice of 6 starters, 9 dishes (grills and specialities) and 5 desserts, unless you decide to choose the fish menu (40 US$). In summer, you can eat on the terrace. For some occasions, a second restaurant opens. Here the ambiance is more rustic and there is wood throughout the place (beams, chairs...). Finally, in high season, there is a third restaurant room offering folklore dinner-show that recalls the 19th century.

    To know

    Located along the walls of the old Byzance, the hotel is built on the same spot where Great Admiral Hayrettin Pasha built the areas for his crew in the 16th century.


    • Shuttle bus


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access

      (in reception)

    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      beach volley, mountain bike

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • A charming hotel.
    • The proximity to the tourist places.
    • The calm and very cozy ambiance.


    • The surroundings of the hotel are not very welcoming.
    • Due to the immediate proximity of a busy boulevard, the terrace is noisy.
    • The lack of entertainment (absence of leisure activities).

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