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Double room with four poster bed.Clean, comfortable room. Air-conditioned & Furnished with comfortable beds.
❤ Watch Asia from Europe on Terrace
❤ Watch Asia from Europe on Terrace
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 private bath

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❤Marmara Guesthouse is small authentic charming house in Istanbul run by a Turkish family. It is located in the heart of the open air museum area of Istanbul.We serve a delicious breakfast on the vinecovered,sea-facing roof terrace for free of charge

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Recommended by Lonely Planet three years in a row as "TOP CHOICE"

Author writes "There are plenty of family-run pensions in Sultanahmet, but few can claim the Marmara's levels of cleanliness and comfort. Manager Elif Aytekin and her family go out of their way to make guests feel welcome, offering plenty of advice and serving a delicious breakfast on the vine-covered, sea-facing roof terrace. Rooms have comfortable beds, good bathrooms and double-glazed windows.


Marmara Guest House is a small authentic charming guest house in Istanbul run by a Turkish family; we will be happy to see you in Istanbul.

It is located in the heart of the open air museum area of Istanbul which is located in the historic Sultanahmet area. It is only a few minutes walking distance from the most important Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Istanbul, such as: St. Sophia (3 minutes walk), Blue Mosque (3 minutes walk), Topkapi Palace (3 minutes walk), Hippodrome (4 minutes walk), Basilica Cistern (4 minutes walk) and no more than 15 minutes from the Grand Bazaar and no more than 20 minutes from the Spice Bazaar. Furthermore, there are many cafes & restaurants serving traditional meals, shops of authentic goods, and entertainment places in the hotels district. We are surrounded with full of life but located on a very quiet and charming street.

You can enjoy our traditional Turkish breakfast which is free of charge (you will love my mum's ,Mrs. Ayse’s, homemade jams) while watching seagulls with an exciting view of the Bosphorus & Marmara Sea and Asian side on our beautiful vine-covered terrace or relax on our terrace while you are having a free coffee, after a busy day.

All of our rooms have private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, safe boxes, air conditions/central heating systems, mini fridge, hair dryers, towel sets, soaps, shampoos and slippers. PLEASE NOTE THAT ROOM DOES NOT HAVE PRIVATE TERRACE OR BALCONY, it is a common place where you will have your breakfast or relax on our terrace while you are having a free coffee, after a busy day.

Easy to meet the other people staying in the guesthouse while you are having breakfast which is helpful to get ideas and tips about different things in the city.

Airport Services (7/24): One way transfer costs 22 Euro from/to Ataturk Airport and 55 Euro from/to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. If you would like to be picked up please send us your flight number and arrival time. (Transfers are private -not shared- and prices are not per person, total cost up to 4 people).

We can also help you arranging Istanbul and Turkey tours provided through our travel agency with special prices for our guests.

Hope to see you soon in your home in Istanbul! ☺

Wireless Internet
Family/kid friendly
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 1PM
Check out by 11AM

no smoking in the rooms, no parties, no cooking, no pets.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
1 night minimum stay

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James User Profile
October 2017
Had a wonderful stay.. Elif was a very warm host. The staff and her helped us with places to visit which was very helpful. The location was lovely and close to the sight seeing places. Overall, had a lovely experience.

Om User Profile
November 2016
Elif was super nice and responsive. It was a great experience. Only problem was that they have multiple rooms and the one shown to me (and being shown even now as I write) is not the one I was allocated too. Of course they immediately offered me a bigger room when I pointed it out. Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Breakfast spread was great. Only thing was that except for egg, it was all cold breakfast. As per Elif, traditional Turkish breakfast is cold and not hot.

Siddhant User Profile
October 2016
I had a great stay at Elif and Yagmur's place. The location was fantastic as it was walking from all the main tourist attractions- Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, The Basilica Cistern, spice bazaar, grand bazaar etc. Even the tram was at walking distance from the place. The hosts were very helpful and very kind to answer all the queries and make me feel comfortable. The breakfast was delicious. And yes you can watch Asia from the terrace in Europe. It was fantastic stay at their place. Totally lived it and highly recommended.

Erin User Profile
November 2017
Lovely rooms. Fantastic location. Plentiful and tasty breakfast. Beautiful terrace. Reasonable price. What else could you want?

Paola User Profile
November 2017
Amazing place. Getting to the place in public transportation is a bit tricky so would recommend using the shuttle offered by the Hotel.

Scott User Profile
October 2017
We were nervous for our first stay in Istanbul. The congestion, the noise, and the cost all made us very nervous. We were put at ease right away, all thanks to this quiet and friendly place to rest our heads. Just tucked away enough to be quiet and private, but so close to all the major attractions you will wonder how she managed to pull it off for such great value. Relax and enjoy breakfast and coffee in the morning, and after a long day of seeing the sights you can take a nap on the terrace swing bench. Don't worry, there will be a warm cup of coffee there for you when you awake! Highly recommend for any couple who wants to see the sights while having a quiet slice of heaven just a couple steps away.

Daniel User Profile
October 2017
Elif's place is superb! Clean, central, within walking distance from all important attractions of Istanbul and the best restaurants. Elif answered me very quickly in all occasions with a thorough explanation. The staff is very nice and helpful. The room was spacious and had everything I wanted! Now the best part: the breakfast! I didn't even need a lunch after this. It's tasty, diverse and, on top of that, served on an awesome terrace! I didn't get the chance to meet her, but it's ok! The experience was fantastic enough :) Thanks and looking forward to visiting Istanbul soon again!

Istanbul, TurkeyJoined in January 2016
Elif User Profile

I love Istanbul and I feel I am so lucky to live in this beautiful city. It is full of everything: history; Roman, Byzantium, Ottoman, great food, modernism, orientalism, old, new, nature, full of culture, surrounded by water ( Golden Horn, Bosporus, Marmara sea), seagulls, cats, dogs, Asia and Europe, architecture, churches, mosques, mosaics, insightful museums, bazaars and more...
My family moved from Isparta which is south of Turkey to Istanbul about 23 years ago and my parents opened this guesthouse. My dad was just a lorry driver but he opened a guesthouse without any English or experience. He was so brave! I was a kid but loved to grow up with tourists in our house.
Now we have this great place in a great location and great sea view with great guests from all over the world and this is just my life now.
I have graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in Business Administration and as a student discovered our beautiful nature when I had joined a climbing club at Istanbul University. Climbing then became a hobby for me.
Aside from mountain climbing, I also go canyoning, caving (there are lots of caves waiting to be discovered in Turkey), scuba diving and try to see other parts of the world.
I think growing up among tourists has given me the culture of traveling. Not only is Istanbul beautiful, our world is so beautiful and so colorful and we must see every single part of our great world before we die.
In short:
I cannot live without Istanbul!
I cannot live without traveling!
I cannot live without mountains, caves, nature, animals!
I cannot live without my family!
And I cannot live without my Marmara Guesthouse!

Languages: English, Türkçe
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