We had a pleasant stay at the Hali Hotel in Sultanahmet. We stumbled on it by chance after we discovered that our original hotel reservation in the same district had evaporated. We were nicely received by Jenkiz at reception and were offered a medium sized room on the second floor. Normally we avoid lower floors but were immediately taken by the view of the park and Aya Sofia, sitting there on the hill like a respected lady. In addition to the view, the hotel offered free Wi-Fi and reasonable breakfast served on roof overlooking Istanbul harbor and the tips of the Sultanahmet Minarets. We remember fondly the tea lady that offered tea/coffee with such elegance. She fitted beautifully with the grand scenery.
The room was adequate for our needs with a little desk and comfortable side chairs. Contrary to other old hotels in the area, the bathroom was medium sized and the shower did not flood the floor. After a reminder, enough toilet paper was supplied. The mattress was a bit thin though.
I wish to mention also Ismail at Front Desk who was always ready with answers to our many queries. He also arranged a taxi to the airport and negotiated the fare, and thus saved us from the normal tricks that Istanbul taxi-drivers are notorious for!
I recommend Hali Hotel highly!
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- Also Known As:
- Hali Hotel Istanbul