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“A wonderful oasis in Istanbul”

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Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
Ranked #372 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Rome, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“A wonderful oasis in Istanbul”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Staying at this delightful hotel which is a refurbished Ottoman Palace made our stay in Istanbul that much more pleasurable. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Cevat in Reception; we were shown to a Deluxe Room with balcony facing the Bosphurus. I could lie in bed and watch the many ships sailing by. The room was a delight, the bathroom was styled a la a Turkish Hamman. The whole hotel exuded warmth and comfort and there was always the most delightful perfume in the air - attar of roses perhaps. Breakfasts were served on the open terrace facing the sea, they are plentiful and delicious. The Hotel is ideally situated for exploring the old quarter, a stone's throw away from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, two tram stops away from the Grand Bazaar. I loved Istanbul, staying at the Sultanahmet Palace Hotel was the cherry on top. Will definitely return there next time I visit Istanbul.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with balcony facing the Bosphurus, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Very picturesque, small hotel in ideal location for sight-seeing, situated in very pleasant garden off the beaten track, and right behind the Blue Mosque. The Turkish style bathroom was a bit daunting and awkwardly small, with the toilet behind the bathroom door so one had to squeeze past, but nevertheless a comfortable bedroom, and all very clean. Larger bathrooms available in the suites. Breakfast on top floor overlooking the Bosphorus was a pleasure.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This was our second stay at Sultanahmet Palace hotel in a six-year time interval.

We booked it because Sultanahmet Palace is a relatively small and private hotel with an excellent location in the old city of Constinople. It is just behind the Blue Mosque and within walking distance to almost all major tourist attractions: TopKapi, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, city tour buses, plenty of restaurants, etc. Nothing beats its location and settings!

The hotel has a nice garden and a very special terrace-restaurant with fascinating view to the Golden Horn. Breakfast on the terrace was good, however it was not even close to what it used to be six years ago in terms of arrangement, variety and exclusiveness. Similar was my overall impression: that Sultanahmet Palace hotel has lost its previous grandeur, despite it is still a very good place to stay.

Not all rooms are equal in size and value, so make sure you reserve a room that is NOT on the top floor. All rooms, however, have a Turkish type bath which is an exotic bonus. Rooms were clean and maintained diligently (we changed rooms during our stay), but they had started showing signs of heavy traffic and a need for renovation.

The staff was professional and helpful, they made our stay very pleasant. This hotel has also a shuttle to the airport.

I would recommend choosing this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Mukilteo, Washington, United States
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82 reviews
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This hotel is 12 years new, but had the look, feel, and style of the old world. Absolutely adored the hotel's décor and service was great. Breakfast was in a café that had a view of the Bosphorus River. One could dine inside or outside and we never tired of watching the river. The included breakfast was quite good and varied.

All arrangements were made by Turkland Travel.

Room Tip: There are two kinds of bathrooms and we recommend that you take a room with the larger size.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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66 reviews
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The hotel is set in beautfiul gardens front and back. The front has a fountain and tables and chairs to relax in and the rear terrace, which is where you can dine and take in the views over the water.
We had a room on the ground floor which was quite comfortable and spacious, high ceilings and an airy fresh feeling. Plenty of room for accumulated luggage. The bathroom was reasonably spacious although the bath was quite high to step into. ( Standard Rooms on the upper floors with Turkish baths, are quite a bit smaller with much lower ceilings). The rooms were very clean and well presented, everything you could need.
The staff were friendly, cheerful and helpful, from the Reception staff, the lovely housekeepering ladies and the Dining and Waiting staff.
This hotel was in an excellent location, within walking distance to most sites in Istanbul, The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Cistern, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace and with an amazing view of the Blue Mosque, right opposite the hotel's entrance. There are good quality restaurants close by and plenty of shopping with a small bazaar out the front.
The breakfast was good, several choices and eating each morning on the terrace a lovely way to start the day.

Room Tip: Standard Rooms on the ground floor were more spacious and had higher ceilings
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Located right nest to the Blue Mosque, this boutique hotel is in a great location for central Istanbul and the sights that go with it. Short walk to the sites and the grand soqu. Basic rooms but we weren't there for the accommodation. Food okay but limited in the hotel.

Ideal for people out to sight see but wouldn't recommend for children as no real facilities for them plus basic rooms with very limited TV content.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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138 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The location is excellent, a quiet oasis near the biggest tourist area and some very good restaurants nearby. The hotel staff are quite helpful, the rooms attractive. Breakfast is generous and excellent. This is a gem!

Room Tip: We had one room facing the Bosporus; then came back and had a room facing the Blue Mosque. Both wer...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#203 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#255 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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