My wife and I stayed here for two days before and after a cruise departing from Istanbul. Room reservation and airport pickup were handled by email and response was friendly and prompt. After a long flight, it was good to see the pick up service was there waiting for us. While the pick up service seems a bit steep, it better to use it coming in if you're bleary from the flight. Istanbul taxi drivers have a nasty habit of turning off their meters and demanding a flat fee price. The pick-up service was 35 Euros. We took a metered taxi on the return trip and it cost us the equivalent of US$18.
If you are seeking an ground zero location for the Sultanahmet then it's hard to find better. Most of the serious tourist sites, such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Cisterns, and Topkapi Palace are 3-5 minute walks from the hotel. The Old Bazaar and the Spice Market are 10-15 minute walk. Lots of shopping close by (beware the rug merchants "Blue Mosque closed today, want to go to my shop and look at carpets?") who are ubiquitous.
The staff were very pleasant and willing to help with any information requested. The rooms we stayed in were clean and roomy enough for two, the bathrooms clean and tidy. The mattresses seemed very hard, but then again that's all personal taste. When traveling we don't expect perfection, so overall I'd say that if you're going to explore the major tourist sites, this is your place. The rooftop restaurant had 'to die for' panoramic views, the breakfasts were very ample (a combination of European and American tastes), the staff was helpful and you could explore the sites without exhausting marches.
We didn't eat lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Just a couple of streets down is what we called 'restaurant row' which had standard Turkish and European style dishes. At the end of the row was a newly opened Turkish cafe called Kafirin. The locals have already found this place and a few tourists too. The food was excellent, coffee great, and the pasties were super yummy.
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