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Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
Ranked #360 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Englishrose6
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“Hotel with a spellbinding view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Wow what a surprise to walk out of the hotel lobby through a pretty garden to be greeted with the awesome Blue Mosque imposing into the sky. We could never get enough of this view and all lit up at night made us quite dizzy. The hotel was spotlessly clean and all staff very efficient and welcoming. We had a downstairs standard room which was larger than upstairs and had a western bathroom although the hamman bathroom looked great. Decor appropriate and tasteful. The breakfast was excellent with a wide range of cheeses, meats and all exotic nuts, fruits and jams. Mulberry berries and rose jam on yoghurt, fantastic. It is not hip and cool but it is in an old palace, more heritage than boutique and has been restored accordingly. I would defintely stay here again as it really was rather good. We had dinner in the retaurant one night and that was not bad at all with excellent service. Overall we had a perfect stay in a atmospheric and comfy hotel right in the centre of old Istanbul.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Prestbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

Ideally located next to the Blue Mosque and a short walk from Aya Sofia and Sultan's Palace, this hotel is perfectly adequate, with friendly staff and a good dining and breakfast service. The rooms are on the small side, but comfortable and equipped with unique little bath rooms with heated tiled walls and seating in the shower! Staff were friendly an helpful.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Northbrook, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

The hotel is a beauty in and of itself both inside and out. The rooms are adequately sized, clean and light. Our room had a lovely balcony overlooking the Blue Mosque. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a delicious breakfast each day in a scenic dining room. I would highly recommend this hotel because aside from all of the amenities already mentioned it has a great location.

Room Tip: There are no elevators. We elected a room with a hamam (turkish bath) for the experience which are...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

Spent three nights at this hotel on returning from touring Turkey. Free transport was provided one way from airport to the hotel. The first night was spent in a small room on the upper level with a balcony overlooking the Bosphorous. The hamam style bathroom was miniature with frequent water closures. After complaining about the water problem we were upgraded to a suite which was much more spacious and comfortable. The larger room had a beautifully decorated ottoman ceiling.

The restaurant was well set overlooking rooftops to the Bosphorous. The breakfast was good and the view enticed us to linger a little longer. One could either opt to sit outside in a garden setting or in a glass enclosed dining area.

The hotel is well situated and walking distance to Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Museum. The tram stop is close bye and makes travelling to the Grand Bazaar, Taksim Square, Dombalanche Palace and Panorama 1453 an easy option.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kragero Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2011

Looking for something very special for your stay in Istanbul, then the right choice is this hotel; Sultanahmet Palace or better Sultanahmet Sarayi to use the local name !
Elegant building in late ottoman style with charming garden by the entrance.
We have stayed there a number of times during the last 10 years, and the hotel is also the most popular hotel for our clients coming to Istanbul.
Perfect location just down from the Blue Mosque, quiete location and fantastic vew over Bosphorus.
3 floors, no lift, 36 rooms, among them 3 deluxe rooms with big terrasses fronting the Bosphorus, a de luxe suite with same view and two balconies. 10 rooms with soem view from their balconies. The rest odf the rooms have no balcony. Half of the rooms resently rebuilt and beautifully decorated and furnished. Many rooms have old style hamam bathrooms (!)
Big terracces for outdoor serving fronting the Bosphorus view. Small charming breakfastroom/restaurant.
The right choice with the right atmosphere, where you know in what city you are when you wake up in the morning, - even though the calls from the minarettes of course will help you remembering....

Room Tip: If for the Bosphorus view and to experience the sun rise choose one of the three balcony deluxe room...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2011

It was our first trip to Istanbul and we stayed at this hotel after having read a few reviews etc. We were quite pleased with our experience there. First of all they include free airport pick up which is quite nice. Our room was as expected, but with a fabulous view not expected! To the left the Balsphorous! To the right the Blue Mosque! In fact the Blue Mosque was right across the street so it was always easy to find our way home! The hotel was very well located and we walked to all the major sites. It was also convenient at night to walk to several good restaurants. The rooms were on the small side, but just fine, The bed was very comfortable. I agree with other reviews that the walls were rather thin and you could hear people talking sometimes in other rooms. The bathrooms are "Turkish" style and on the small side but we were okay with that. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The restaurant had a fabulous view over the Balsphorous and the food and variety was very good. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would stay there again no problem! If you want a pool, spa, or if you are adverse to walking up a flight or two to your room it is not the place for you..

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glos
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

Frommer's guide said you either love or hate this place! It is very Turkish, not at all corporate, but I found it charming. It is quietly efficient, in a marvellous position for sightseeing and the staff are delightful.

There is a roof top restaurant, laptop available free in the corner of the reception area, garden at the front right opposite the Blue Mosque! Fantastic!

The decor is quite 'brown' and I presume tradionally Turkish. But it is cool and clean and spacious. The bedrooms were quiet, they have a hamam style bathroom which I'm not sure I fathomed quite. But it was a very pleasant 4 nights and I would certainly return to it. I think it gives good value.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
Address: Sultanahmet Mah. Torun Sok. No: 19, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#204 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#242 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sultanahmet Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sultanahmet Palace Hotel (Otel Sultanahmet Sarayi) is a boutique hotel located at the centre of the old city of Istanbul next to the Mosaic Museum and historic Blue Mosque. ... more   less 
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