While our driver had a challenge finding the Hotel Seraglio in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul, the location couldn't be better. Literally 2 lefts, the 2nd right, up the hill and you are between the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. There is so much to see within walking distance. The Topkapi Palace is less than 10 minutes by foot, as is the Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. We walked less than 20 minutes to the Spice Bazar as well. The tram station is nearby too. The small Arasta Bazaar is very close and not nearly as overwhelming as the Grand Bazaar. Some reviews mentioned the early call to prayer. We were actually looking forward to hearing it, but whether we were exhausted from our trek through the city or the location of our room on the opposite side of the hotel, we did not notice it.
The reputation for good service is waranted. We arrived well before check in from our cruise ship. We were offered refreshing apple tea, a place to check our bags and a very thorough orientation to the area with key areas pointed out on a map. They also provided a handy schedule of hours of the major attractions. The breakfast buffet was filling with a choice of fruits, cheeses, juice, coffee, pastry, bread and omelets cooked to order.
We can not recommend enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more less
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