We have stayed twice in Uyan hotel and we loved it both times. We dont even think twice, if we ever have an extended stay in Istanbul that is the one hotel we book. We are a family of four and this hotel has large rooms that are accommodating. The best part about the hotel? Location, location, location! You can walk to so many attractions and sites. On our last trip we had my elderly parents join us and the kids, so it was perfect that the hotel was so close to all the main attractions. Anyone who was tired had a chance to walk home and rest. The terrace is amazing with wonderful views. We love that its not taken up by a restaurant because we were up there enjoying the panoramic views with our drinks and snacks every evening. We made sure we had breakfast there every morning as well. Breakfast is a nice spread and they were willing to fry up some eggs sunny side up upon request or serve us some turkish coffee in elaborately decorated cups.
We absolutely loved Salih (the server/bus boy/handy man/ etc) and his young lady helper in the morning. They made our 8 day stay so comfortable. The rooms had everything we needed and the bathrooms are nice, clean and very practical. The small fridge came in handy as well.
Here are a few tips for families staying in the area:
Down the hill on the road adjacent to Topkapi palace's walls, there is a laundry shop that will do your laundry for $3 a kilo. That is so helpful when you have two kids and are staying for 8 days. They even delivered the laundry nicely folded back to our hotel room for no extra charge.
Also if you continue down the road there is a really good deal at the municipality owned restaurant/ cafe. They have very good mixed grill, grilled fish for a really good price compared to Sultanahmet touristy places. Theirs was good and cheap (relatively). The best part is the sea view. It does get busy towards the evening and there is a waiting line to be seated outdoors. But they also had an outdoor playground and ice cream stand.
Also another family friendly value and great tasting place to eat in Sultanahmet was
Karadeniz Pide Kebap Sultanahmet. It was within a 10/15 minute nice walk but they also deliver. I realize it may not be your first choice but you have to try the white dry bean stew there it is out of this world! While you are there walk down a couple of shops to a good convenience store to buy drinking water really cheap and some drinks and snack for the terrace ;)
Also if you want a tasty meal and a nice night out go to http://www.alburakathisma.com/en/
We had really good food and the best part is if you are staying at Uyan hotel ask them to show you the way out through the Cistern. The place is built on the entrance of an underground Cistern and you get out right next to the hotel.
I have no problem recommending this hotel to anyone traveling to see the sites in Istanbul. It is within a very easy walking distance to many sites, metro stations, restaurants, shops, etc and although its in a busy area, its not very noisy since its mostly pedestrian and we never had noise issues.
You have to be really picky to find something bad about this hotel. We are, and we still couldn't find anything to complain about. That tells you something!
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