If you want to stay in Sultanhamet when in Istanbul this is definitely a good choice. Located just behind Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque it's walking distance to all the usual sights and very well connected (5 minutes walk from the tram stop - very useful when traveling to Ataturk Airport).
The pension is located in a little side street so there shouldn't be any noise bothering you, I would suggest to pick a room on the second floor to avoid any unwanted street noises but to be honest I did not really hear anything when staying on the ground floor either.
I booked a double room that was clean, tidy, recently refurbished (very colourful) with a good shower and all the usual commodities. Breakfast was buffet style on the beautiful terrace with a view on the Blue Mosque (picture attached).
The staff speak english and are all very helpful, they can help you organising shuttles to the airport if you are not willing to take the public transport.
Definitely worth going
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, this hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free WiFi and air conditioning and flat TV. Side Hotel features a delightful rooftop terrace with views over the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the Blue Mosqueand Bosphorus . It is ideally located just 250 m from the Marmara Sea. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, served with an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish items. Free tea service is also available throughout the day. The Side hotel is situated 1.5 km from the Grand Bazaar. Old Istanbul‘s shopping, dining and entertainment districts are only a minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Side Hotel Istanbul