I took a short break in Turkey on the end of a business trip and booked into this hotel at my sister's recommendation; so I was already looking for it to live up to my high expectations. It did! The reception staff were courteous but not over friendly and from my only mentioning in passing that I was recommended - I was upgraded at no extra charge to one of the available luxury rooms. The arrangement of the whole hotel is very charming and has a delightful feel of previous age; but all the facilities are modern, work well and the staff cannot do enough to attend to any request. The location is both convenient for all the major tourist attractions, but not so near as to be overbearing. Also the hotel's advice on which guided tour to take, was both considered and appropriate - after a short conversation about my preferences. Finally the roof terrace and restaurant was magnificent - both in terms of the view and the service; I can recommend the traditional Turkish dishes, especially the Shepherd's Kebab - served in a sizzling earthenware pot. And more than reasonably priced. All in all a hotel I will return to and can recommend to any traveler looking for the balanced blend of charm and competency, with a welcome change from the homogeneous main chain brand of hotels that I usually stay in for my work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- he Celal Sultan Hotel is surrounded by the most important historical monuments of Istanbul amongst which the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Hippodromme Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palaceand underground cistern are situated with in a five minutes walk.All rooms have IDD phones, minibar self control air-conditioning system, private bathroom, hairdryer, LCD Digital TV, tea&coffee maker, digital safety box, free wireless internet access, double glazing windows and some rooms with balcony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Celal Sultan Istanbul
- Hotel Celal Sultan