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“Charming hotel in good location”
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Hotel Empress Zoe
Ranked #32 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have just returned from a five day stay at Empress Zoe, and found it to be just what we required, in terms of location - very near to the "main" touristic sights of the old town; price - mid-range; and in terms of character - lovely courtyard garden, lovely roof terrace, characterful furnishings etc.

The rooms are small, but adequate and traditionally furnished and decorated. The shower room likewise. We had the benefit of a balcony overlooking the garden - which was nice!
Bed linen is changed everyday, and the bathroom cleaned and re-stocked.
The staff are helpful; responding to queries and requests without any hesitation.

The immediate neighborhood is a little off-putting to begin with - because the main drag is very touristic - with competing music, hostels, nargile cafes etc - however, we did discover some quieter streets with traditional wooden housing just off the main drag - and some smart boutiquey-type shops and some nice places to eat.

The one thing that I would have appreciated, that our hotel room did not have, was a T.V. I understand that some of the hotel suites do have a T.V- so I do not see why all rooms should not have this benefit . Not everybody likes to stay out late at night; preferring to retire, after dinner, to their hotel. If you are not in the mood for reading, then a T.V is great to wind down and relax with. Also, personally, I like to view foreign television - even if i cannot understand the language - as it reveals something of the national culture, which I find very interesting.

That is really my only slight disappointment. Empress Zoe is ideal for a first visit to Istanbul.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Breakfast in the garden of Empress Zoe is reason in itself to stay at one of Istanbul's understatedly excellent boutique hotels. Location is another. Whether on business or pleasure, I personally prefer to base myself in the old citadel of Sultanahmet, near Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the tourist attractions for the simple thrill of being in the ancient heart of Constantinople. Empress Zoe is literally surrounded by ancient walls and domes. Family rooms and luxury suites with private terrace are available but I chose the cheapest option - a (very) small, unadorned but perfectly comfortable corner room on the third floor - excellent value. Staff are informally friendly. There is a bar, no evening meal service but lots of restaurants of all types very close by. A romantic hotel in an exotic corner of the world's most exciting megopolis. Highly recommended.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights this August and we were delighted!
The hotel is gorgeus, oasis if calm and piece (you really need it after the long day), romantic, staff is extremly friendly and helpful and it is few minutes walk from all the major sites in the Sultanahmet area. You couldn't find a better place!

Room Tip: garden suite with terrace
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

we were family of 2 stayed at empress zoe for 3 nights good location for tourist near
blue mosque. palace,spice market,and other tourist spots nearby nice cosy place gives you the the homely feeling ,garden with sit outs was nice with the cats playing around ,
The negative side was small room and toilets and a spiral staircase.We enjoyed our stay
the staff was very helpful and courteous Price was a bit high compared to the amenities
good eating joints nearby

Room Tip: get lower floors
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights and loved every minute. The hotel is gorgeous, staff great and really helpful, and perfectly positioned to walk to the sights of Sultanahmet. Every room is a little different and the garden area is a beautiful spot for breakfast each morning or to write your postcards in, in the afternoon. Istanbul was a highlight of our trip and this was the perfect place to stay and enjoy it all.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was our second stay at Empress Zoe. This is a marvelous boutique hotel in the Old City near Sultanment Istanbul. It is a restored group of buidlings centered around a beautiful garden. The rooms are spacious and well appointed. We stayed in one of the garden suites that included a bedroom, hamaam like bath, and a living area and balcony. The suites have extra beds so this is great for a small family. Breakfast in the garden and drinks in the afternoon are a delight. You are a short walk from all the Sultanament sites: Topkapi, Haiga Sofia, Blue Mosque. There are many restaurants right outside the door and most have a wonderful rooftop terrace with great views.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the suites or rooms that overlook the garden.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed in this Bed and Breakfast Hotel for four nights on our way to Ozdere south of Izmir in May 2013. We had a very friendly welcome on arrival. This very well run hotel was a real haven of peace from the hubbub of the Sultanahmet area of the old city and within easy reach of all the major sites and places of interest. Breakfast in the garden or inside was excellent. Our room "The Petite Suite" was very clean and comfortable. All of the staff were very friendly, polite, and spoke several languages between them. Very reasonable cost per night at this time of year and well worth the visit. My wife and I were recommended this jewel among small hotels by our daughter who had stayed here several years ago. We would have no hesitation in staying here again. It is clearly very popular so book early !!

Room Tip: All rooms have A/C. Roof terraces give good views across the Bosphorus and Marmara sea. There are mo...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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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:
#53 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#74 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#106 Best Value Hotel in Istanbul
#167 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $60 - $123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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