We stayed at the Sultanahmet Park Hotel on a quick trip to Istanbul. First, the pros- excellent location near many of the "big" tourist sights, and our room had a great view of the Blue Mosque. We only were visiting for a short time, so location was a prime concern, and this little hotel was perfectly located. Also, the bed was very comfortable... a real plus. Finally, there was an elevator to get you up to your floor. Some small boutique type hotels make you walk 4 flights. After a long day of sightseeing, it was a pleasure not to have to hike up more stairs!
As for the "cons", the rooms were tiny. We travel frequently and understand European rooms are small,- but this was REALLY tiny. 2 people could not stand in the bathroom at the same time, and it was a dance for my partner and I to move around the room without running into each other (literally). Second con is that the rooms are very tired. Wall paper was separating at the seams, Finally, the breakfast (included) was very average at best. We have stayed in "discount" hotels before where the breakfast was much better. We had also spoken to others staying in Small Sultanahmet hotels and their breakfast was better. This breakfast had hard boiled eggs, feta cheese and a yellow cheese, some zucchini and eggplant in oil, and pieces of simit and bread. Average at best.
I would stay here again, as the price is very economical and the location was good. I also would be open to finding another spot. The front desk service is nice and on duty 24/7. My only comment there is, like so many other places (Egypt, Morocco), I believe there are "benefits" to hotel staff for referring customers. Several recommendations that were given to us, when checked against reviews on trip advisor, were suspect (actually horrid reviews). That did not bother us, as we do our homework before coming and we found our own places to eat etc.. However, we were very suspect as to places that were recommended and, while appreciating the recommendation, we noticed that the staff was not too pleased when we didn't go to one of the places they tried to send us. If you stay here, do your own homework, and enjoy the place for being economical, while in a good location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultanahmet Park Hotel welcomes you with modern, clean and comfortable 14 rooms, Located at the heart of Istanbul's historical peninsula once was named as; Byzantium, Nova Rome, Constantinople, "Konstantinopolis, Dersaadet and Istanbul and with views of two of the most magnificent masterpieces of world architecture, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Park Hotel offers a unique experience to the guests. It is in the center of the Old City, within walking distance of most of the major sites such as Topkapi Palace, Archaeology Museum, St. Irene Church, Sultanahmet Square, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar. ... more less
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