Its definitely a boutique hotel. No lift and an initial narrow circular staircase that changes to circular marble stairs, a quaint semi four poster bed but a beaut view from our room to the Bosphorus over a disused Hamami. The roof top patio offered an even more commanding vista.
The Bosphorus side of the Blue Mosque and the Ayasofya, Empress Zoe is well located for such important cultural sites and a long line of restaurants commence right outside the door. Breakfast in the garden area is very pleasant with a good range of all the elements that make up a Turkish breakfast with a nod or two to the needs of the Anglo breakfast stomach. Reception staff were very helpful and Yusuf deserves a tip every time he effortlessly carries a heavy suitcase up those flights of stairs.
Clean with hot water a-plenty, the Zoe bathroom DIDN'T have that faint whiff of sewer that other hotels and homes had. (For the Melbournites, think Werribee air when the wind blows the wrong way.)
Loved the outside area at the top of the external staircase that led to our room. Great space for quiet reflection with a view.
Hotel Zoe recommended using the Cagaloglu Hammami (est. in the 1600s) and our experience there was nothing but positive. In fact my wife emerged some 25 minutes after me in a state of bliss having been really worked over by the massuesse. It was our second visit to a hammami and the better of the two hammamis by a distance.
- Also Known As:
- Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul