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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Zeynep Sultan Istanbul
- Hotel Zeynep Sultan