I happened across the Hotel Sapphire on the net and decided to book it for three days of my trip to be close to the Old City. The location was perfect. It is situated in Sirkeci, just between Eminonu and Sultanamet. You can easily walk to all the historic sites, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Egyptian Spice Market, Hippodrome, et cetera. For those who want to take the tram, it is just around the corner.
Breakfast is included, and it more than anyone could rightly expect with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread and pastry, tea and coffee, and even an omelet man who will make your eggs to order. My favorite was the hazelnut cream. When I arrived too early to check in my first day looking to store my bags and venture about, the manager nearly insisted that I have breakfast while I waited.
Finally, they desk staff were very helpful. Having been caught out by hurricane Sandy, I needed to stay an extra day...no problem. Needed to book a shuttle to the airport at 2:30 in the morning...no problem.
There are no frills here, rooms are average in size and amenity, but clean and well suited to seasoned travelers.
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- Also Known As:
- Sapphire Hotel Istanbul