The wonderful hotel and amazingly welcoming staff Sultan Palace Hotel were absolutely fantastic from the moment we arrived. Entrance is thru the kitchen.. according to Senol the front door should be open soon after some ironing of terms with the local Turkish gov't. The hotel is located 50 meters from the entrance of the Mehmet Pasha Mosque. About 5 - 15 min on foot to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the little tram stations Cemberlitas and Sultan Ahmet. The hotel is new, rooms are not big, but very clean and very comfortable with sound proofed windows (helps if you don't want to be woken up by the early morning "call to prayers". They have a roof terrace which has good views of the Sea of Marmara -- unfortunately without furniture (yet). The breakfast was excellent and quite varied. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Senol had offered an airport pick up upon arrival via email, unfortunately we read it when we were already at the hotel. He also gave good information on all queries we had and has tips for everything in Istanbul and Turkey in general. We came back to the hotel around 10pm on our first night and were looking for some places to eat, the staff helped us order from Saray restaurant and had food delivered to the hotel for a few TL -- the food was absolutely fantastic! We greatly appreciate Senol and his staff as they helped us book another hotel late one night for our trip to Selcuk, offered to use their laptops for free, had free wi-fi in the rooms, arrange our taxis for the airport and prepared breakfast for our early departure (7am). Senol and his staff were the epitomy of Turkish hospitality at it's best. We plan to return to Istanbul in the future and will definitely stay at the Sultan Palace Hotel again!
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- Sultan Palace Hotel offers accommodation with elegant furnishings and flat-screen TVs. It is situated in the historic centre of Istanbul’s old city, just 300 metres from the Roman Hippodrome. Rooms feature cable TV and free Wi-Fi access. Each is fitted with wooden floors and air conditioning while some also offer a seating area. All rooms have modern bathrooms. ... more less
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