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Zeynep Sultan Hotel
Ranked #114 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Old City Choice”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

If this is your first time in Istanbul, likely you will want to be in the "old city", the area around Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. This hotel is an excellent choice as all of those are within an easy walk. Also in walking distance are the Grand and Spice Bazaars (well, the latter is in walking distance for me). It's quick walk to either of two stops on the T1 (red) tram - you can connect to/from the M1 (blue) Metro line to the airport easily to/from this tram at Zeytinburnu station. If you want to venture into the hip-and-happening Galata district across the Golden Horn, it's an easy tram ride from either of the two nearby stops.

The staff is very friendly and all speak English. If you're lucky enough to be there when the owner is around, he well delight you with tips and stories about the city.

I stayed in one of the "cheap" rooms which I found to be perfectly fine for the budget traveler who's too old for hosteling. Small but with all the amenities you'd expect from a typical American motel room.

I didn't care for the prayers that are blasted over loudspeakers several times of day being so loud in the room. But then again this is a district with some of the most historic mosques in the world so really every hotel in the area will experience this.

The breakfast in the cafe room is generous and with nice views to boot.

Overall a great choice in the old part of Istanbul.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Comfortable cosy hotel, wıth nearest locatıon to all great sıghtseeıng of Istanbul. Staffs are frıendly and warm hospitality. Thanks a lot.
Definately will book this hotel for my next trip here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

Perfectly clean, tidy, quiet, lovely staff, nice view of Zeynep Sultan Camii and Hagia Sophia while eating a nice breakfast. We were able to walk to almost everything. It is a very touristic neighborhood, but, really, if you are a tourist interested in seeing historical monuments such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Basilica Cistern, Archeologic museum, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus tours they are all just a short walk away. I was not interested in nightlife, other than walking and seeing the monuments illuminated at night. The neighborhood seemed OK at night, as 2 women alone, while beckoned constantly to shop or eat, we never felt unsafe. We were there in the middle of a snow-filled week, certainly not the tourist season so maybe there is more nightlife in another season. Our room was small, but perfectly adequate. Our bathroom was chilly, but, to be fair I never complained about it so maybe there would have been an easy fix to the problem. Every member of staff were friendly and helpful so I am sure they would have tried. It is also easily reached from the airport by the public transportation which is 4 TL to reach the hotel (2 jetons/tokens). I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2012

I stayed at Zeynep 3 times, and every time I get exceptional service: knowledgeable staff, very good command of English. All staff are very helpful, I call this a hub because they can help with just about anything from corrective lenses to empty carboard boxes (if I have extra stuff that does not fit my luggage).
Location is superior with tiny old mosque right next door, very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. 3 minutes to tram station, main means of commuting to elsewhere in this part of town. 5 mnutes from the Cistern, 10 from the Blue Mosque etc.
Under the hotel there is a 12-th century church, it literally frms the foundation of the building. Hotel will be happy to give you a tour. It's fascinating - living in such a historical place.
Recommendations: book in advance and contact the hotel with your specific room requirements.
Cons: just one, the doors between rooms are somewhat leaking sound, but if you are a peaceful sleeper this is not a problem at all.

Room Tip: First floor has a room for 3 people with very hot central heating - excellent for winter.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is a simple hotel, very well located in the heart of Sultanhamet (the quarter where most sights are). 5 minutes walk to Aghia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazar. 10 minutes walk to Eminönü (harbour for the Bosphorus tour). Tram stop (Gülhane) 5 minutes away to go towards Taxim Square.
The owner (Ibrahim) is a well-travelled man and speaks excellent English. He will be pleased to tell you a lot about his city and the places to see (and to avoid). The staff is very helpful: Iulya and Yussef both speak impeccable English and give you good advice.
The twin room we had is quite small and the bathroom is also tiny. Breakfast is simple with tea, coffe, bread, butter and jam, but also fruit and yoghurt.
The beds are very simple and the mattresses not that comfortable.
Price we paid for a twin room was 79 Euros (during New Year's Eve) per night, which I find rather pricey for a city like Istanbul.
Excellent free transfer from airport and back. Very helpful and efficient drivers.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2011

The number one reason for us to come back (hopefully in the near future) to Istanbul (and of course this hotel) will be the superb hospitality from the hotel staff. We will never forget the half day free private tour from the staff to the Asian part of Istanbul. We got to see real places where istanbulites hangout, shop and live.

We are also grateful for all the tips gave by the them for our wonderful sightseeing in Istanbul.

Lastly, of course the hotel condition is good and it's within walking distance to blue mosque, hagia sophia, topkapi palace, other tourist attractions and tram station.

Endran and Louisa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Stayed October 2011
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Everything about this hotel worked well for me--the location is just about perfect, my room was pleasant, the breakfast area has a sweet view and good food, the staff--especially Emre, the hotel manager--was just plain delightful, and (for the first time in my long travel experience) when my cousin arrived and the promised double room was not available, Emre provided a second single room and CHARGED NO MORE FOR THAT ADDITIONAL ROOM THAN THE 10 EUROS EXTRA FOR GOING FROM A SINGLE TO A DOUBLE! Fantastic!

Room Tip: You can ask for a room with a view, but most don't have one--still, they are all quite pleasant.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Zeynep Sultan Hotel
Address: Zeynep Sultan Camii Sok 25 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34140, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#116 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#154 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#177 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Zeynep Sultan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cradle of civilization...Turkey...From Hitites to Urartus, Phrygians to Lycians, from Romans to Seljuks...They all lived here. A city that gave birth to and fostered three glorious empires...The East Roman empire, the Byzantine empire and the Ottoman empire...Once the capital city of these empires, Istanbul is still alive and breathing a mystical blend of air, weary of the contemprary urbanization and cultural clashes. Zeynep Sultan Hotel is where you will blend a magical potion from a Roman hippodrome, an Egyptian obelisque, a Byzantine Church and an Ottoman Grand Bazaar. And maybe you will top it with the Blue Mosque or the Topkapi Palace... ... more   less 
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