After a bad overnight experience in a small 'boutique' hotel (flea-bitten, rickety and unfortunately sourced through tripadvisor!) we quickly shifted to this almost new hotel. The hotel is positioned virtually within a stone's throw of the Basilica Cisterns and the Hagia Sophia and pretty much everything else you need to see in Istanbul.
The rooms are modern, well-decorated, clean and very spacious with well-appointed bathrooms. The view from our room took in the Hagia Sophia and at night this was particularly spectacular. The breakfast buffet was extensive and the food in the outdoor plaza, looking out as it did on the street and towards the Hagia Sophia, was a great place to enjoy Turkish food. On the ground floor, incongruously, is a British style pub complete with wood paneling, oddments from London and Scotland, and a tartan carpet! They should have brought me in as a consultant - I know a lot about what British pubs should look like!
The hotel was virtually empty, which I found difficult to understand given its excellent location and and superb rooms. It might have been the cavernous, marble-lined foyer which put people off as it was rather reminiscent of a mausoleum. But once past this architectural gaffe the hotel felt welcoming and cosy. The staff were very friendly and helpful, always happy to help with any requests.
Next time I am in Istanbul I will definitely stay in this hotel again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City , is a deluxe category hotel and situated at Sultanahmet square. Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City has opened at 2011. Hotel has 63 rooms categories of deluxe and superior rooms and offers its guest a magnificent service. All rooms has their own espresso machine, wireless internet connection, LCD televisions and general air condition.. Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City offers a rich choice of food and beverage services; 2 restaurants, one Garden Restaurant and (an A’la Carte restaurant,) a bar and a café… Hotel is surrounded with all major and cultural landmarks. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace are in a short walking distance to Hotel which is one of the best choices for leisure guests expecting upscale service. You will be fascinated with direct view of Hagia Sophia Museum when you have a look from your window or enjoy the historical atmosphere while drinking a coffee at unique terrace of the Hotel. ... more less
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