Reading the reviews here, one of the key things people like is the rooftop breakfast room with its marvellous views. Well it wasn't operational when we were there and breakfast (only) was served in a lower ground floor. Breakfast itself was fine but clearly the view did not feature. If this is important to you, you might like to check whether this is just a seasonal closure.
Our view of it was that the staff are exceptional. Sila ran through the location and how to get places as soon as we arrived and that worked out really well. An unforseeable issue arose and they dealt with that extremely well too.
The location is brilliant - you need to get to Haghia Sophia or Topkapi early and you really can from here. You are also in walking distance of a number of restaurants just a couple of minutes up the hill or follow the route of the tram tracks and you can reach the Cafe Mese (would recommend) or the Imbat (didn't try) in 20 minutes or so. Also Hafiz Mustafa is 15 minutes away and you can walk back via the Hippodrome with floodlit Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque either side - got to be the best way to end the day.
We were woken early by the call to prayer, somewhat amplified, on Friday and Saturday mornings - we were up Sunday at the same time but they didn't seem to be on duty. That's fine - you stay near a number of important mosques then that happens. The Ferman also backs onto a railway line which seems to cater for mostly surburban commuter type trains early on but they do make a bit of noise. The railway line runs behind a number of hotels as it loops round the bottom and then up the far end of Sultanahmet to go into Sirkeci station. If this might cause you a problem then look at a map to see where it runs in relation to your preferred hotels.
Weighing it up, the location and the helpful staff meant it was OK for us. And we were encouraged to get up and moving, which meant we got to some places before all the escorted groups. Perhaps you need to experience breakfast with a view to get the very best from the Ferman.
- Also Known As:
- Ferman Hotel Istanbul
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ferman Hotel is a new s.class boutique hotel at the central of the historical peninsula (Sultanahmet) that commenced operation this year. The property has 24 tastefully furnished rooms in combination of the ottoman and modern style with the all facilities and amenities. ... more less
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