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Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Torun Sokak, No:19 | 34122 Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #198 of 981 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne
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28 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting and great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The hotel is set in beautfiul gardens front and back. The front has a fountain and tables and chairs to relax in and the rear terrace, which is where you can dine and take in the views over the water.
We had a room on the ground floor which was quite comfortable and spacious, high ceilings and an airy fresh feeling. Plenty of room for accumulated luggage. The bathroom was reasonably spacious although the bath was quite high to step into. ( Standard Rooms on the upper floors with Turkish baths, are quite a bit smaller with much lower ceilings). The rooms were very clean and well presented, everything you could need.
The staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful, from the Reception staff, the lovely housekeepering ladies and the Dining and Waiting staff.
This hotel was in an excellent location, within walking distance to most sites in Istanbul, The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Cistern, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace and with an amazing view of the Blue Mosque, right opposite the hotel's entrance. There are good quality restaurants close by and plenty of shopping with a small bazaar out the front.
The breakfast was good, several choices and eating each morning on the terrace a lovely way to start the day.

Room Tip: Standard Rooms on the ground floor were more spacious and had higher ceilings
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Located right nest to the Blue Mosque, this boutique hotel is in a great location for central Istanbul and the sights that go with it. Short walk to the sites and the grand soqu. Basic rooms but we weren't there for the accommodation. Food okay but limited in the hotel.

Ideal for people out to sight see but wouldn't recommend for children as no real facilities for them plus basic rooms with very limited TV content.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moab, Utah
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11 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The location is excellent, a quiet oasis near the biggest tourist area and some very good restaurants nearby. The hotel staff are quite helpful, the rooms attractive. Breakfast is generous and excellent. This is a gem!

Room Tip: We had one room facing the Bosporus; then came back and had a room facing the Blue Mosque. Both wer...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Worthing UK
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and paid extra for a junior suite, a lovely room (310) with stunning views over the Bosphorus and a side balcony which also had vies of the Blue Mosque. The room was a decent size with a seating area and a corner jacuzzi bath with a window to the seating area (it had a blind you could pull if required) so you could sit in the bath and look out to sea. I think this room was probably a lot bigger than the standard rooms so we were glad we had booked it.

The location is great, adjacent to one of the smaller bazaars and within easy walking distance of the main attractions in the area; Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Cistern and Topkapi Palace. Also walkable to the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market and Galata Bridge, which can also be reached by the cheap and regular tram service which runs nearby.

There is a good variety of breakfast items, including some hot items, cheese & cold meats, fruit, yoghurt, bread, cereals etc. The restaurant has a large terrace and sea views. There is also a beautiful and peaceful courtyard to the front. Yes, yet get woken up by the call to prayers until you get used to it, but there are many mosques in Istanbul and this is part of the experience of staying there.

Staff were very helpful and we got a free pick up from the airport. There is free wi-fi and also a computer and printer in reception for guests to use - v helpful for on-line check-in! The hotel was clean and well looked after. The bed was very comfortable.

We would highly recommend and would return.

Room Tip: Room 310 was lovely - at the back with a full width view over the Bosphorus, a side balcony which al...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Canterbury
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3 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

I and three friends have just returned from 5 nights at the Sultanahmet Saray and found it to be pretty well perfect. Its overwhelming advantages include its proximity to the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sofia, a key tram stop, and many good restaurants (among a huge selection of overpriced and frankly lousy alternatives - do your research carefully and you will eat well). Breakfasts were excellent, front desk highly competent and helpful, waiting staff and porters friendly, human and efficient (a rare combination!), unsurpassable views front (the Blue Mosque from their charming garden) and back (the Sea of Marmara from the sunny breakfast terrace), and rooms ranging from stunning to good. True, the bathrooms are a trifle cramped, but the reward is a shower to match any hammam. If I could own a hotel anywhere in the world, it would be this one: somewhere to be proud of, with a thoroughly willing, cheerful and professional staff. We all agreed that we would unhesitatingly use it again.

Room Tip: The "de luxe" rooms are worth the extra for the views and additional space.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Taunton
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This comfortable, charming hotel was just perfect for the birthday treat long weekend I had in mind. I chose the deluxe room with balcony overlooking the sea. Gorgeous views. It did not get the evening sun but the lovely garden facing the Blue Mosque certainly does. It is perfect for walking to all the main sights and within easy walking of the trams. We ate dinner there one night and it was delicious. The staff are welcoming and helpful. You might find the bathroom a little awkward but room 211 was worth the extra money! I would definitely go there again.

Room Tip: Room 211 was lovely. It has a balcony overlooking the sea. Ignore my rating of pool . And fitness c...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Torun Sokak, No:19 | 34122 Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#123 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#125 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#172 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#216 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sultanahmet Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sultanahmet Palace hotel( Otel Sultanahmet Sarayı ) is a boutique hotel located at the centre of the old city of Istanbul next to the mosaic museum and historic blue mosque. ... more   less 
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