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Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Ranked #108 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We chose this hotel primarily for its location which we had read was excellent, and so it turned out to be. In the old part of Istanbul, Sultanahmet, the hotel was close to many of the main sites of the city - the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sofia were right next door, the Blue Mosque a short walk away. The hotel was also close to many cafes and restaurants and within walking distance of the quayside for boat trips along the Bosphorus, and to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. We normally look at 5* hotels but came down a star for the location. Very glad we did as this hotel's location was perfect and a little less expensive than 5* although without the routine spa, swimming pool etc which didn't matter on this occasion.

We had a Premier Sultan room which looked out on to the Hagia Sofia. The room was not huge but perfectly adequate as we didn't really spend much time in it being out in Istanbul most of the time. Furniture was dark wood in Turkish style. There was adequate wardrobe space, a safe, a television, tea and coffee making facilities, a console table, plus a table and chair, and of course the double bed. The bathroom was big with modern amenities and a bath that had a jacuzzi fitment and also a shower.There were complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, and towels were plentiful. Altogether very nice and everything was very clean.

The hotel itself is a former hospital and school converted in the 20th century so its layout and architecture is much more individual than some hotels. The dining room where we had breakfast looked over the rooftops of Istanbul. Breakfast was a modest affair. I'd give it 7/10, not perfect, but an adequate selection of basic hot dishes (sausages, eggs), cheese and cold meat, good selection of pastries, with tea, coffee and what was supposed to be fresh orange juice, but didn't taste like it. Was OK anyhow! We were not at the hotel for dinner.

Most staff were friendly, one or two were a little offhand but this could have simply been because English wasn't their first language. Most staff spoke English quite well. There is a minibus you can request to pick you up from the airport which is a free service if you book three nights or more (we were there for four nights). The hotel also has its own car service for your return to the airport as well but you have to pay for this - a very reasonable E25 I think. They were very slow delivering our bags to the room on arrival.

Istanbul is a lively, vibrant, walkable and historical city, we'd love to return sometime and if we do we would choose the Ottoman Imperial again. Try it, I think you'll love it!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We wanted a quiet hotel near to the historical centre of Istanbul in Sultanahmet. The hotel is very close to Agia Sophia. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. The airport transfers were effcicient. We booked two rooms. Our kids got a street view (with some noise from the bar outside), we had a view of a wall (but it was a very quiet)! The rooms were well decorated but small. OK for a night or two, but no more. The bathrooms were good, particularly the showers. Breakfast was basic but adequate. I'm not sure I will ever want olives for breakfast. Hotel restaurant looked nice but outside of our budget so we ate outside.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

This hotel is located in a fantastic position as we were able to walk to so many of the attractions as Hagia Sofia museum, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazar, Bosphorus and so on, ther are many restaurants around the Sultanahmet area which serves delicious Turkish cuisine, we would also recommend trying the hotel restaurant which we did couple of times and it was outstanding. Rooms are in good size , comfortable and was all very clean. The breakfast buffet which was included was very comprehensive. The staff were very friendly and helpful with all requests. Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank starpraise
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

This hotel was recommended to my wife and I by a relative who has stayed here previously and is about to stay here again soon. Based on this my wife and I had no hesitation booking this hotel for our own stay in Istanbul. While this hotel doesn’t have the facilities to rate as 5 star, the friendly, very helpful and courteous staff, the beautifully presented and clean room, and the Matbah restaurant are the best of the 3 hotels we have used during this holiday (and the one supposed to be 5 star fell short in many areas). Properly sealing double glazed windows provided welcome insulation from a city that parties and dines well into the night. This is a charming boutique hotel in an excellent location, and is the hotel we will stay in for our next visit to Istanbul.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

There are so many hotels to choose from in Istanbul, hard to decide, after a detail search we decided on Ottoman Hotel Imperial and we're glad we did, very happy with our stay, exceeded our expectations. Perfect location, close to all the historical sights, Hagia Sofia, Topkapai Palace, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazar, Spice Market, Bosphorus etc.. all a short walking distance from the hotel. Good size rooms with plenty of space, comfortable bed and clean. Complementary breakfast buffet was good and tasty. Very helpful and friendly staff, on the day we arrived guest relations staff provided us with helpful information.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

We were very happy we chose Ottoman Hotel Imperial for our first visit to Istanbul. The best location for visiting all the historical sites. All of them are within few minutes walking distance from the hotel.

Hotel has beautiful decorated rooms with comfortable bed and it's very clean, bright, has good size space. Good choice of selections on the buffet table for breakfast.

Staff are very friendly and always willing to help out.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed here with our best friend's prior to sailing out of Istanbul. We could not have asked for a more central location to the primary sites on everyone's "must see" list for the city. The staff, especially Mary in the concierge office, was very helpful. They arranged all of our transfers to and from the airport/cruse terminal, arranged for a terrific private tour guide/car, made reservations for a fabulous 20th anniversary dinner at a great restaurant with the most amazing view of the city. If we ever go back to Istanbul we will no doubt stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Caferiye Sok. No:6 D:1 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#72 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#83 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#85 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#122 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $46 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ottoman Hotel Imperial 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in Istanbul, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum. This is absolutely the best location in Istanbul, within easy walking distance of the main monuments. ... more   less 
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