Great location, only a short walk to the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. It is an uphill walk though so be warned!
The breakfast is a cold buffet with hot drinks available. You can purchase freshly squeezed orange or pomegranate juice and omelettes from the counter. Great views from the breakfast room on the terrace of the Marmara Sea.
The rooms are basic. We were on the back of the hotel and had a little balcony, the view is of a busy residential area. The front of the hotel is opposite an outdoor sports centre that was very popular so you might hear that from the rooms at the front of the hotel. Large shower and hot water at all times we were there. Housekeeping were very good.
Downstairs they have tea and coffee making facilities that are free of charge to use up until about 10pm, but I'm not sure they're that strict on the times. They also have a public laptop with wifi you can use free of charge. Wifi is also free throughout the hotel.
You can take drinks from the fridge in the breakfast area for your own use, they have an honesty bar where you write your purchases down and it will be added to your bill. Reasonably priced and chilled. There is a small shop on the way to and from the Hagia Sophia that is cheaper and has more variety.
All the staff were very helpful and friendly. The lady that checked us in lent us an Istanbulkart to use during our stay, saving us from finding one. Also assisted us in booking a transfer back to the airport.
Rooms were very warm for winter time. Without any heating on we still had the window open at times.
- 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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