This hotel is in a brilliant location for exploriing Istanbul. It is within walking distance of the attractions in the Old City such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market. It is located next to a lovely park where you can see the locals picnicking. The hotel is in between Sirkeci and Gulhane tram stops and you can use the tram ways to get to Taksim and other areas of interest. The tram costs 3 Turkish Lira per journey.
The room was average and a bit rough around the edges. It had air conditioning which we didn't realise wasn't working properly until we moved to a different hotel. The mini bar fridge was also broken and emitting quite alot of heat which added to the temperature in the room. It wasn't so bad that it bprevented us from sleeping but we would have said something if we had realised! There is free wifi available throughout the hotel.
The staff were really helpful and friendly and made us feel welcome, even offering us a cold drink upon our arrival. The breaksfast buffet was really good. Traditional Turkish breakfast items as well as cereal and lots of choice! The breakfast was one of the best things about this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Centrally located in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet area, Historical Preferred Hotel Old City is situated only walking distance away from Istanbul’s popular historical attractions, Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Spice and Grand Bazaars. Our hotel restoration took 3 years. İt is decorated with handy-crafts, engravings,forged iron, paintings, glassware, etc, which are reflecting Ottoman naval force history and different periods of Turkey's history. Historical Preferred Hotel Old City offers comfortable accommodations with traditional and modern features at it's best. Each room has LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, air condition and private bathrooms; some rooms provide sea view. Guests can enjoy breakfast with traditional Turkish specialties and some international classics at the restaurant of the hotel" ... more less
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