We used Coliseum Hotel as a base to explore Istanbul. Location is it's best feature: in less than 5min you are in the Blue Mosque and in just 10min you can find lots of good restaurants. Besides that, the street is very quiet and good to rest. The hotel is also recent and clean. The terrace offers good views. The owner, Mehmet, is very nice and available to help you with everything.
However, as every hotel in Sultanahmet, it is a bit over priced considering what it offers. Rooms are a bit small but enough. A couple of things to improve: there are too many things in the corridors (e.g. boxes) and breakfast doesn't have fresh bread neither fruit.
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- We are expecting to welcome you, our dearest guests in our Hotel Which is located in the heart of Istanbul, Right in the center of Historical Peninsula and surrounded by; The HAGIA SOPHIA of which the dome is believed is to stand by means of a spiritual power by The Christians, The TOPKAPI PALACE, the magnificent residence of the Ottoman Empire, The BLUE MOSQUE, which is one of the most important monuments of Turkish and Islamic World, The CASTLE WALLS of old Istanbul, The GRAND BAZAAR, KAPALI CARSI, which is the oldest and greatest shopping mall of the world, The MOSAIC MUSEUM, which is constructed on the foundations of the Bukoleon Palace, The SUNKEN PALACE (BASILICA CISTERN), which survived from the first age to the modern day, The AYA IRINI, the Byzantine Church, The ISTANBUL COLISEUM, which was the arena of power and entertainment during the Roman Empire and the Byzantium Empire. All rooms include flat screen TV telephone,air conditioning,minibar,safety box,wardrobe,hair dryer,telephone in bathroom,slippers,anti allergic materials,orthopedic bads.Ataturk Airport 19 km,Sabiha Gokcen Airport 55 km from Hotel Coliseum.By walk,Blue Mosque 3 minutes,Hagia Sophia Museum,Basilica Cistern 5 min,Topkapi Palace 7 min, Grand Bazaar 10 min, from the Hotel Coliseum. ... more less
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