We (2 adults and 2 children stayed here for 6 nights at the beginning of June. We initially had some difficulty in getting 2 rooms for such a long period but Secil, who looks after sales and reservations, was extremely helpful and managed to sort out our stay. Her prompt and helpful emails probably made up our minds for us on where we wanted to stay, so a big thank you to her and to all her helpful staff who made our stay just perfect.
The hotel itself is a small boutique hotel, transport to and from the airport was arranged FREE of charge and we had our own shuttle bus for the journey which takes about 30 mins.
We stayed in the Hammam room for the first night and then moved to 2 doubles. The rooms are clean and spacious enough. Bathrooms have large walk in showers and toiletries and slippers are provided. There is free wi-fi with good connection in all the areas. Tea and coffee facilities in all the rooms. Breakfast is in the dinning area which is in the basement. There is plenty to stock up for a day off sightseeing. There is a further lounge/dinning area at the rear of the hotel which is the side closest to the Blue Mosque (on Akbiyik Cad) which is where afternoon tea is served - there is free tea and coffee and cakes (no soft drinks). Its also a good place to have an evening meal and the traditional food served is delicious. You can even enjoy a sheesha in the cool evenings on the terrace.
The hotel is about 3 minutes walk (up an incline) to the main square that lies in between the Blue Mosque and Sophia Museum. So you are right in the middle of al the attractions. The Topkapi Palace is about a 10 minute walk as is the Basilica cisterna.Its also a 2 minute walk to the Arasta Bazaar , where you'll find Jennifer's Hamam (see tripadvisor entry). The Ayasofya hamam lies on the edge of the square between the Blue mosque and Sophia museum and is also well worth a visit. So the location is just perfect.
We'd happily recommend this hotel, it may not have the frills of a large chain hotel but it has the intimacy and personal attention that is more than welcome in a foreign land.Perfect stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more less
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