Years ago, when I was lost in the back streets on the hill to the sea there were no hotels, just houses and neighbourhood shops. This area within easy reach of the Blue Mosque is now an up and coming hotel and restaurant area.
The hotel is hard to find but once you find it you realise how well located it is. The staff were brilliant and friendly and really helpful with nothing being a problem.
The rooms are a good size and very clean with a decent hot shower and the bed comfortable.
Everything is in walking distance (although up a hill) with the sights and sounds of Istanbul 10 minutes to the left and the fish restaurants 15 minutes to the right.
All in all a really good, quiet, well located hotel with great staff. 3 things I have rarely found in Istanbul over the years
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Saruhan Hotel is a yellow stone house run by a Turkish family; this is the only hotel in Istanbul decorated with stone and wood together. It is located in the heart of the open air museum Istanbul, in the historical Sultanahmet area. It is ideal for visiting by foot the oldest and the most important Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Istanbul. It is constructed of smoothly hewn yellow, pink and beige stone from Cappadocia and unbelievable quality of wood work like an ottoman wooden house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saruhan Hotel Istanbul