What a little gem! Booked this hotel for a four night stay after reading the Tripadvisor reviews, and was glad I had followed the advice. The welcome was warm and we were allowed an early check in and even a choice of rooms, though they were pretty solidly booked. Such a relief after a tiring early arriving flight.
As this hotel is slap-bang in the Sultanahmet area, space is of a premium, so the rooms are not huge, but they are well set out and if you make sure you get a terrace room, the comfortable outdoor setting adds a whole further living area to your room. Great for watching the ships go by on the Bosphorus and listening to the music of the city. Tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge with supplies are added bonuses. The bathrooms are very well maintained and the shower is marvellous - a welcome luxury when you come in hot and sticky after a day's sight-seeing. Free unlimited wifi keeps you in touch with the rest of the world. Lots of eateries in the area and only a couple of minutes to the Hagia Sofia and the Sultanahmet Mosque. Just a 15 minute walk to the Grand Bazaar.
The only criticism was that in our room the TV was awkwardly placed and hard to see from the bed - but, in fairness, their cable really only shows news channels, which can be depressing, so better to avoid TV altogether.
Terrific spot, terrific service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, this small hotel is a 4-minute walk from Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Set in a renovated Ottoman building, the rooms at Biz Cevahir Hotel Sultanahmet are non-smoking. They include elegant furnishings, and come equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Fresh apples are also provided every day. Hotel cafe offers complimentary breakfast buffet that includes an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish dishes. Turkish tea is served to our guests free of charge throughout the day. Staff at the Biz Cevahir Hotel can help plan visits and excursions, book a tour or rent a car. They can also provide an airport shuttle service upon request, from either Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen airports. ... more less
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