I stayed at Ahmet Efendi Evi for three nights. I found the hotel through TripAdvisor review. I selected this hotel among many similar ones in Instanbul due to its location, reasonable price, and good review on the staff attentiveness.
My experience staying here exceeded my expectations. My flight arrived early in the morning, so when I arrived at the hotel technically it was not time to check in yet. But Yusuf, one of the hotel's staff, was very welcoming and let me check into the room as it was already ready for use. He also provided me with a map of Sultanahmet area and gave a little orientation on where the tourist attractions are.
Later during my stay, Yusuf was also very helpful in getting taxis for me to go to other areas of Istanbul. He also lent me his istanbulkart when he found out that I would be going to areas where I might be taking public transport to go back.
I stayed in a twin room. It was relatively small in size, but very clean and comfortable. And as a bonus, I had a very nice view of the Blue Mosque outside my window; quite nice to see both during the day and at night.
Location-wise, it's only about 5-10 minute walk from the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Sultanahmet stop for the tram. So it's quite nice to use as a base while exploring Istanbul.
I came in January so the weather was quite cold and it rained for a couple of days. During those cold, rainy days (and a little snow on my first day), it's nice to have the hotel nearby when you're walking out and about in Sultanahmet area.
Breakfast was a traditional spread of turkish breakfast items. It was not anything spectacular, but it was a nice one to have before starting your day.
Overall it was a nice place to stay, and I would definitely consider staying there again when I visit Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AHMET EFENDI EVI IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF ISTANBUL, in what is known as the Cankurtaran area. This is one of the oldest Byzantine towns and is at the heart of the Sultanahmet area. We are located about 20m away from Akbiyik Mosque, which was established in 1453, making it one of the first mosques to be built after the conquest of Constantinople on May 29th 1453. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ahmet Efendi Evi Hotel Istanbul