We stayed for 3 nights in September. I think it is the owner who manages manages the hotel, which is a classic "boutique hotel" and he offers a very hands on and good personal service with help and advice from buying a metro ticket to local restaurants.
The Sultan Mehmed Hotel is a small, new in 2013, boutique hotel in the Old City. We arranged through them an airport pick up, which eased the strain of arriving at Istanbul Airport. It is the luck of the draw with the traffic, but the transfer takes 45 to 60 minutes.
You can see on the map that the hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, and close to all the other attractions. We bought a Metro Pass to get around - you need precise instructions from the hotel as to where and how to buy it, and it involves finding the correct newspaper kiosk near the Metro stop. Once you have the Pass, it is very easy to use - you just swipe yourself into the tram stops, a bit like a London Oyster card.
The hotel is small, and the owner, who runs the place is very charming and helpful. His family in one way or another appear to own most of the neighbouring blocks. Our room, on the 2nd floor overlooking the street was well decorated and spacious.
It had a private french balcony (ie too small to use for anything) with partial Marmara sea and historical little Hagia-Sophia mosque views. They claim, correctly, to be 10 minutes walk from the iconic Istanbul landmarks such as Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and the Basilica Cistern. There are a wealth of restaurants in easy walking distance of the hotel. Breakfast we took on the small wooden deck out the back of the hotel
There is an espresso machine in the reception area, where you can get a free cup of coffee whenever you want. And there are Turkish sweetmeats, cake and fruit available here too.
We enjoyed our stay here and can thoroughly recommend it to anyone staying in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultan Mehmed Hotel located only 300 m from the Blue Mosque; Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern are 650 m away ; the Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Tram Station is 750 m away from the property. Ataturk Airport is 18 km from Sultan Mehmed Hotel. A shuttle service can be arranged on request at an additional fee. ... more less
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