My husband and I spent 5 nights and 4 days at Magnaura Palace. I must have spent close to a week agonizing over which hotel to choose for our stay in Istanbul. We nearly booked an apartment in the Golden Horn and I am so glad that we decided to go to Sultanahmet instead. Location is everything. We could not have been happier with our choice. If you are a tourist and want to be close to the Old City, this hotel is literally a 5 minute walk from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. The Hippodrome is another 5 minutes away and the Topkapi Palace is just a 15 minute walk. The hotel organized our private transportation to and from the airport (we needed this 4 times during our stay). When you arrive from a long overnight flight it is such a comfort to see your name on a sign with someone smiling. Transport was smooth, swift and very comfortable in luxurious air conditioned vans. We were happy to pay the 45 euro charge as this gave us complete peace of mind. I had read of other frustrated travellers who booked private transport with other agencies and they were left stranded at the airport. This would not have been fun. Once we arrived at the hotel at 11:30 a.m. we were warmly welcomed by Dogus at reception. While our room wasn't quite ready, our luggage was stored securely and we went for a bite to eat at the Cafe across the street at the beginning of the Arasta Bazaar (which has much better prices that the famous Grand Bazaar that charges much more money because of the high rent). Upon our return from lunch our room with Bosphorus view was ready. Although the rooms are not huge, they are adequate because there is enough storage space in a large wardrobe. The beds are large with excellent mattresses and pillows. Our bedspread was decorated with genuine lavender orchid petals. How romantic! While the bathroom did not have a bath, it was very modern with beautiful fixtures, the shower was wonderful, there was a great hairdryer and lovely soaps and shampoos. We also had bathrobes and slippers! What was a huge plus for us was the fact that the room was virtually soundproof. That had been one of my biggest concerns being woken up by the call of the muezzin. However I am a very light sleeper. While I did wear ear plugs, I did not hear a thing! Wi-FI reception worked very well. The Bosphorus view was nice, but the view is not perfect there were some views of nearby homes that were not scenic. However for the price we paid we were quite content. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace and was delicious. Service was very friendly and efficient. The people at reception were very helpful in making recommendations. They even stored some of our luggage while we toured other parts of Turkey and then returned to spend the last night of our holiday before flying home. When we arrived on our last day, our room was ready at 10 a.m. For dinner, we had two wonderful evenings at the rooftop restaurant at the Blue House (Mavi Ev) directly across the street. There is no better place in Istanbul to gaze at the Blue Mosque and be transfixed by the play of colours after sunset. Magnaura Palace is also well placed for shopping. Just be prepared to bargain hard-with a smile! Do yourself a favour and book your Istanbul holiday at Magnaura.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnaura Palace Hotel is a newly opened in the heart of historical peninsula. Located steps away from the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantium time [such as Blue Mosque, St Sophie, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern]We are at your service with our 18 rooms equipped with central heating and air condition systems, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, sitting areas, writing tables and cupboards as well. We aimed to give you 5 star comfort in a boutique atmosphere. ... more less
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