We stayed 4 nights in a double room at the Hotel Sultania from 20 - 24 July. We arrived at Ataturk Airport. From here it is very cheap and easy to get to the hotel using public transport. First catch the metro to Zetinburnu Station. From here you will change to the light rail/tram where you ride to Gulhane Station. It will cost you 3tl per person per ride (thus 6tl per person to get to the hotel). If travelling with large luggage, or more than two people a taxi might work out a more convenient option as the light rail was very crowded. But we found it very easy and fun. From Gulhane station the hotel is literally a two minute walk away.
Check in was easy and the staff were very friendly and explained a few things about the city as it was our first time. The hotel itself is within easy walking distance (5-15 minutes) of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and many other interesting sights. The room was a reasonable size, clean, and styled in a Turkish fashion whilst still being modern. The bathroom is encased in an interesting glass stained room, with the basin residing within the room itself.
Breakfast was very good that is provided at the Sultania Restaurant on the lower level with a selection of foods, plus a fresh eggs/waffle station. We ate here for dinner, which was fairly uninspiring (tip - the restaurant across the path was wonderful). We opted not to eat at the rooftop restaurant as the only places available were early due to it being booked entirely after dark for Ramadan.
The pool and fitness area were okay. Nothing special, could do with a bit of brightening up no revitalisation.
What wins for this hotel is its wonderful location, excellent friendly staff, decent breakfast, and comfortable rooms.
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- Hotel Sultania is a deluxe boutique hotel with a harem design and located at the heart of the old city and within walking distance to Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Bosphorus. ... more less
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