We just returned from a 2 week vacation in Turkey.
We stayed 5 nights at Hotel Sultan Hill. It is in a terrific location for the first time visitor to Istanbul who wants to see the major sights. You can easily walk to Topaki Palce, Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazar, Cistern, Hippodrome, Archeological Museum, etc. Also, the tram stop is near by. Restaurants galore.
Across the street are a couple dilapated buildings that make it kinda creepy. The hotel itself is very clean and the front desk staff are very helpful. They will gladly help you with directions, dinner reservations, taxis, etc. There is a computer in the lobby for use(free). They have a small cooler with cold water, beer, soda and bottles of wine for sale.(you will need to buy bottled water for use)
Our room was on the 3rd floor. The room was good size with hardwood floors, a refridgerator, a desk, closet and mini-safe. The furnishings have seen better days. Pretty worn. Bathroom was small with a very tiny shower enclosure. A larger person might have issues with it. Good hot/cold water pressure. All was clean. A couple of the towels had holes in them and the bed was low with a hard matrress. We got used to it. No blanket on the bed though, just a cover sheet.
Breakfast is included in the room rate(we paid 80 euros) and is served on the basement level. The food was very good with a large selection of items. Same things every day. Juice, coffee, tea, water, cappucino, breads, cheese, meats, olives, nuts, butter, jams, tomatoes, cucs, coffee cake, fruit, cereal, eggs, etc. All very tasty. The lady who runs it was there most everyday and she was really nice. We enjoyed her.
We have a couple of issues/concerns though.
The staircase to the rooms is circular and marble. Very narrow at one point. The lights are on sensors, so you have to walk into the dark a bit before they come on. A real safety issue, especially at night . Also, no a/c in the halls/staircase. VERY hot. They could have even opened some windows to let some air in. Our room had an a/c split conditioner that worked just fine. But, when they came into the room to service it, they would turn it off. They should not be doing that. Everyday when we came back after sightseeing, it was VERY hot in the room. It would take a long time to cool it off again. One is paying for the air conditioning. You can open the windows but mosquitos would come in. It also let in alot of street noise if you did.
They advertise and have a nice outside roof terrace. a nice view and good size. But, it was kinda dirty. Towels on seats had been left out for days and the garbage was full. No service there so bring up your own drinks. Again, at night there were NO lights turned on. So, you walked up the staircase with sensor lights(partially in the the dark) and then the entire terrace was dark. There were lights, but you could not turn them on at all. Other terraces had lights.
One morning it had rained, so when we went to have breakfast, the windows were shut. It was VERY hot and humid in the room. Again, no a/c on or even a fan. We ate quickly and left.
So, super location with some issues.
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- Also Known As:
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