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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ottoman Hotel Istanbul