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Hotel Empress Zoe

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First stay at the Hotel Empress Zoe and I was beyond pleased! It is a special boutique hotel located on a quite corner of the Sultanahmet. I can't recommend it highly enough! First - the building. I believe it's an old mansion, nicely restored, and the rooms feel charming and historic without being musty and overdone. The building and rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are difficult times in Turkey. Many visitors have chosen to stay away. I am very glad I came to Istanbul this year and enjoyed my annual stay at the Empress Zoe. The moment I arrive I feel at home. More like family than employees, the warm and kind staff have become dear friends to me. Lulled by languid breezes,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Hotel Empress Zoe in late July 2016. It was truly a magical experience! Our room overlooked the Bosphorus, and from the rooftop terrace, we could see Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque! It was amazing! Our room was clean and quaint, and the bathroom added to the otherworldly feel, complete with its own small hamam. Also, I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our 3rd visit to Empress Zoe, our first 10 years ago, then a visit last year and a very recent return trip this year. This is my all time favourite hotel anywhere, and a decision to pay a visit to Istanbul is influenced by the chance to stay here again. The location is perfect, the garden delightful, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our return trip to Istanbul for 5 days in the beginning of July after being last there 15 years ago. We chose Empress Zoe for its very convenient location in walking to Hagia Sophia and the other cultural attractions. We tend to stay in boutique hotels and B&Bs and this hotel has the best of both. The rooms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We splurged on the Empress Zoe, with the penthouse room. We were not disappointed. It's a small pensione style hotel, more like a B&B really, with unique rooms with traditional furnishings that charmed us. If you like big box hotels this is not for you. There are lots of stairs and it is an old building. But we like that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

You cannot go wrong with Empress Zoe! We are frequent travellers and visited many years ago - in February 2009, and think about it often to this day. Especially the yummy breakfast and the wonderful hospitality. Not to mention the fantastic location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Charming little hotel in the old part of Istanbul within walking distance of main attractions. Very hospitable and helpful staff. Lovely traditional breakfast in their beautiful garden, complete with resident cats to entertain! I could have spent all day there. I guess the only issue would be the stairs. My room was on the top floor. Fortunately, staff helped me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

If you don't like cats or spiral staircases, don't stay here. If you like unique rooms, and a hotel close to the main tourist attractions this is your hotel. We spent 3 nights here in the old part of the hotel, in a double room, a queen bed and a turkish bath in one, and 2 twins with a modern... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

I am CRAZY about this cute hotel, an old hammam, .........so charming and lovely and very very Turkish with loads of ambiance and lovely decor. Gorgeous rooms, but stay in the rooftop suite if you can. The location is in the heart of the Sultanahmet, close to the Hagia Sophia and the blue Mosque, so you wake up to the... More 

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Breakfast
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Additional Information about Hotel Empress Zoe

Address: Akbiyik Caddesi, No:10, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: $62 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul
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#54 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#76 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#168 Business Hotel in Istanbul
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