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Hotel Empress Zoe
Ranked #29 of 1,171 Hotels in Istanbul
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I can't say enough good about Hotel Empress Zoe. The entire hotel is unique, beautiful and serene. The staff is friendly and polite, yet unobtrusive. The breakfast food, which is eaten in the inner garden, is absolutely delicious. All the rooms are a bit different. If you are sensitive to street noise request a room overlooking the garden. I'm recommending this hotel to everyone I know, of all economic backgrounds. It's also in a great location within walking distance to all of the important sites.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

I can't say enough about why I love this hotel during my 2 visits here: Beautiful rooftop terrace with Bosphorus and mosque views. Gorgeous courtyard. Delicious breakfasts. Resident cats, including a charming ginger girl named Bob; perfect location ... You have to see it for yourself!!!

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

We spent five days at the Empress Zoe in June. What a cool hotel! We loved our penthouse room with the wood paneling and private patio. The room had A/C, but we mostly skipped that in favor of cross-breezes, opening even the patio door for the night! Our daughter made friends with the hotel's cats (wild kitties are common in Istanbul but these were tame). And the courtyard breakfasts were lovely and peaceful. Some might complain about the call to prayer, which happens multiple times a day including once at about 4 a.m., but it really seemed to us to be part of the ambiance. There can also be some noise from the lively social scene on the neighboring street, but it didn't go on too late and wasn't that bad from the penthouse.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is lovely. I stayed by myself fir 3 nights. Had a lovely room with a balcony. The hotel gas interesting layout with lots if twists and turns.The garden is quiet and relaxing. The rooftop terrace is quite a site. Close to everything. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We could not fault this hotel, it was exactly what we were looking for, in the centre of old Istanbul, near to Topkapi, within walking distance of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, etc.
The hotel is full of architectural/archaeological details, the enclosed garden an oasis of freshness and calm in this very busy neighbourhood. From the roof terrace you see the Bosphorus and the Istanbul roofline.
The hotel itself is quirky (a spiral staircase to get to some rooms) but we expected this, having read about it on their informative and honest website. I booked the hotel directly myself, not through a travel company or website and it was very easy. The staff were very prompt to answer my queries.
The accommodation was very good (we had the honeymoon suite with a turkish style marble bedroom) the breakfasts excellent. We gorged on the fresh fruit, especially the figs! The staff could not have been any nicer.
We shall return!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Architecturally impressive. Friendly, personal service. Delicious home cooked breakfasts. Decadent washroom in suites. Adored staying here. Studio rooms are quite small, tho the double suites ate amazing. Roof top terrace has amazing view of city & Bosporus. Well located for all tourist sites tho away frm backpacker/hostels.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Empress Zoe is a glorious boutique hotel in the heart of sultanahmet. It is on the doorstep on Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque. The staff are wonderful, the courtyard is idyllic and the comp breakfasts are delicious. The rooms are a good size. We travelled with our 3 year old daughter and she loved it, even though the main spiral staircase is a bit tricky. The restaurants on the street are nice and serve typical standard fare. We didn't find one restaurant that did something different. Make sure you do a daytrip to Beyoglu and Ortakoy to get out of the tourist areas.

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Additional Information about Hotel Empress Zoe

Address: Akbiyik Caddesi, No:10, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#74 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#107 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#166 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $58 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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