We decided to do the city thing and chose this hotel in Sultanahmet. It was a fair choice. We went via lastminute and things went smoothly. We found our own way there but the hotel booked us an airport shuttle for the return journey which was quick and cheaper than how we got there...considering we went to the airport which is much further away than were we came in.
The hotel itself is really 3 stars in terms of what hotels offer but the staff more than made up for it, hence my 4 stars.
The desk manager, Turkan, is a wonderful lady. She found use a room with a balcony the next morning without ado or fuss....(I needed a balcony to smoke ;) ) and we didn't have to pay extra. We only had breakfast there and that was okay.
The location to the sites is brill...10 to 15 mins walk everywhere. A bit hilly but we didn't mind. All the sites are to hand. They do tours from the desk.....don't do the blue mosque tours etc as they are only around the corner (do the Hamachi palace and river boat instead)....go trekking for yourself and enjoy the area....it's great. The people are great and it's safe.
Eat local for lunch on the side streets off the main road (near the bus station where the tram is)....its a great experience.....The bazaar is close too.....go for a wonder and have tea or coffee and soak up the experience....Make sure you visit the Istanbul museum..round the corner from the Topkapi Palace...10-15TL to get in....it is fantastic....see Anatolia's history.....3 museums for the price of one..
The hippodrome in the evenings is great...a place for enjoying a peaceful walk...
Get out and about and don't worry about where you stay...You're not going there just to live in a room...
For this, The Diva's Hotel is great!
The better fish restaurants are down from the Blue Mosque going away from the square...but more pricey...
Get lost and get found again....Istanbul is a very modern and vibrant city with lovely people.
We loved it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let Diva's Hotel be your gateway to experience the unrivalled history of Istanbul together with the modern buzz and energy of the city. Superbly situated in the historic Sultanahmet District, Diva's Hotel offers you luxury, comfort and hospitality with rooms offering excellent panoramic views over the historic heart of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. The location of the Hotel offers you the opportunity to easily explore the rich history of Istanbul covering the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman legacies, feel the cultural and commercial pulse of the modern city centred on Beyoglu and Levent and relax in the tranquillity and laid-back atmosphere of the small towns dotted on the Asian coast of the Bosphorus centred on Uskudar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Divas Hotel Istanbul