With the first step into this cosy little place I felt welcome and comfortable. The friendlyness and service of the 24h staff is amazing, in the lobby you always have fruits, sweets and biscuits, they also offer drinks and help you to coordinate your stay and organize tours (only the 7€ airport trip you get next door for 5€). Internet, printer and books/magazines are available, also Wifi in the rooms is free.
Though this hotel is a bit hidden in a small street (taxi drivers dont know it), it is very central and in walking distance to main sights like the blue mosque, aya sofya, topkapi and grand bazar and also the tram station.
From the roof top (breakfast) you have a wonderful view to the blue mosque and over the marmara sea. The breakfast is fresh and nice, mostly local dishes, including turkish coffee.
If you have the room in the 4th floor, be aware that you are right next to the breakfast room and due to the old construction the noise of plates and cuttlery will not let you sleep after 7am. Also, the nice mosque view brings a lot of noise when they start to pray out of max-level speakers which will throw you out of bed with the sunrise - but I guess due to the amount of mosques in this area this will happen in any hotel.
The rooms are small and so is the bathroom, but the decoration is lovely with many nice details. TV and fridge are available and the cleaning is perfect. Maybe they should think of a little renovation in the bathroom and insulate windows and doors from noise and cold. Still, air con and heating are working well.
I would definitely recommend this place to everyone who does not need the space of a 5* hotel but values individual friendliness and service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emine Sultan Hotel, Located in the old city of Istanbul, small boutique hotel that has only 10 rooms, we have very nice see view in our Terrace and some of our rooms, our hotel is max. 10 Minutes away from Historical Places by walking. We have open buffet Breakfast with special Turkish homemade cookies etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Emine Sultan
- Emine Sultan Istanbul