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.
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