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Sultan Tughra Hotel
Ranked #141 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
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“~Felt like home; hated to leave~”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Can't say enough about how fantastic it felt arriving to the cool and uniquely decorated lobby at Sultan Tughra after what may have been the most unbearable/terrifying airport shuttle in my lifetime.
Nurcan and the staff were extremely kind and willing to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Given I was 16 wks pregnant at the time, the unexpected extra care and consideration they demonstrated was really appreciated.
We stayed for 4 nights, upgraded to the King's suite for 2; both rooms were very nice despite being a little small overall. Beds are comfortable, clean and warm. Our first room in the basement was preferred only because it would be darker in the mornings, a lot faster to cool with AC, and had a great shower. But, it had zero counter space to store our toiletry items and being next to the utility room, we heard the cleaning staff quite early.
The King's suite had a great big bathtub and nicer bathroom, a little more furniture and was very quiet being on a floor all to itself.
The breakfast buffet was good. We could get a hot omelet with cheese made to order in addition to the number of cold items; fruits, salads, cereal etc. They were in the process of upgrading the facility when we left, hopefully that made the flow of coffee machines, hot water dispensers and the like a bit more organized, as it seemed a bit cramped and unorganized.
The hotel is located well, took us 5-10 minutes to walk to the main square between the Haiga Sophia and the “blue” mosque, it’s also quite close to the water in the other direction. There are plenty of standard restaurants, hooka spots, random cats, and shops along the way to make the stroll pleasant.
Istanbul is such an incredible city to visit and explore, but I loved coming in from outside to the serene peace and quiet of the hotel. Felt like coming home after a hectic day at the office. Would highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

What a little gem this hotel turned out to be. Yes the rooms are a little small but so full of Turkish splendour. A bottle of wine on arrival with some nibbles. Nothing was too much Mert and his staff. From setting up my mobile phone with a sim card to making me the most amazing breakfast in bed. The team there also organised my tours and recommended many places to go to that weren't typical tourist traps. All in all one of the best hotels I have stayed. Will stay here again. Thank you to Mert and his crew

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We would love to thank the friendly and fantastic staff at Sultan Tughra for our stay fantastic. We fell in love with the hotel and Istanbul. The area is great very short walk to restaurants and about 5-10mins depending on your pace to the blue mosque. Yes the rooms are small but they are air conditioned and they are big enough to stay in comfortably. Be prepared for the breakfast it is Turkish style but that is what you want to experience not the usual bacon and eggs you can get in anywhere else you stay. We stayed at the crowne plaza Harbiye in Istanbul after we had to check out of Sultan Tughra to start a tour and we were wishing we were back at the Sultan Tughra with great service, excellent WiFi and a fantastic location. Will defiantly return and recommend to our friends.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Very charming renovated hotel with fantastic staff.
Highly recommended to anyone, who is looking for a great place to stay at a resonable price.
Close to must see spots, Sophia Hagia, Blue Mosque etc....

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Sultan Ahmet area is a touristic area and you can find many many hotels in this area. But you need to have a hotel that you can feel that you are really in this touristic area and Sultan Tughra hotel is exactly what I was looking for.

A small hotel with I believe 9 rooms. But the staff is great and very helpful with a smile always.

The decoration of the hotel and the rooms are in the Ottoman design and really have a relaxing spirit.

The location is very convenient as by walk of 10 minutes and you are in the middle of the old town of Istanbul.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was my second visit to Istanbul and I am glad I stumbled across this smaller boutique hotel, with more personalised service – a little treasure. I thought the hotel itself was beautiful with its lavish Ottoman style interior decoration and located in charming and interesting surroundings - a short walk uphill to the Blue Mosque. The room was very comfortable, clean and quiet. Staff were always very polite and helpful. As a solo traveller I found it was nice to be temporarily a part of this friendly ‘family’ who were always keen to offer a complimentary Turkish coffee or tea. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone and will definitely be back there next time I visit Istanbul. Thanks to the team – Nurgen, Mert, Mehmet and Hasan who made my stay such a pleasant one! Teshekkur ederim! Gorushmek Uzere! : )

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

My friends and I spent a lovely evening in the boutique Sultan Tughra Hotel. The rooms are tiny with little closet space, but the graciousness of the staff more than made up for any inconvenience this may have caused. The staff was so welcoming, we immediately felt at home in Istanbul. We were served welcoming drinks before we were shown to our rooms. Our breakfast the following morning was a virtual feast. The location is a ten minute walk to the Blue Mosque, which we were able to find easily on our fist walk. We would definitely return to this hotel in the future.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Sultan Tughra Hotel
Address: Sultanahmet Mah. Keresteci Hakki Sok. No: 17 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #141 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sultan Tughra Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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