I spent many hours (days actually) trying to select from the overwhelming array of hotels in Istanbul. I narrowed my choice to 4 or 5 boutique hotels in the Sultanahmet area and asked for the local DE's opinion. Hotel Djem was the winner.
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Djem for two nights in early August at the end of a cruise from Athens to Istanbul and I could not have been happier with my choice!
The hotel is ideally located, within a block of the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque and walking distance (for active people) to all other major tourist attractions in Sultanahmet.
There are a couple of recent reviews that do an outstanding job of listing the many positive attributes of this lovely hotel, staff and owner, so I don't feel it is necessary to duplicate these efforts. I will summarize the positives:
Quiet - located on a one way street with, relatively speaking, very little traffic. Also positioned in such a way that only the Blue Mosque's call to prayer is heard (other hotels in Sultanahmet hear as many as 3 different mosques sequentially).
In room fridge stocked with various non-alcoholic beverages
Beautiful, uniquely decorated rooms and common areas utilizing items from Farouk's collection (our head board was made by Farouk and I wish I could have taken it home with me!)
Wonderful fresh breakfast and availability of Turkish coffee as well as filtered coffee.
Friendly, trustworthy, helpful staff and owner.
I can't wait for a return visit to Istanbul and to the Hotel Djem... 2 days was just enough to touch the tip of the iceberg!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Sultanahmet, old town district of Istanbul, this unique boutique hotel has eleven exclusive rooms with private bathroom. The design is fresh, sophisticated. The beds and furnishing are of the highest quality to ensure the guests comfort. The Hotel has 24 hour concierge service with a bilingual staff, eager to help you with everything you may need from tour arrangements to dinner reservations. ... more less
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