We were booked for two nights at Emine Sultan Hotel at the end of our trip to Turkey. As our shuttle van wound it's way into the tiny streets off the highway from the airport our first night, I wondered where exactly we were going. There were just a few small hotels, a couple of private dwellings and lots of quiet so I wondered how far away from things we were. However, the light of the next day and a very short walk brought me right to the famed Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, and Hagia Sophia--you couldn't imagine a more perfect location.
From our second floor window (Room 203) we could look out on the ships passing through the Bosphorus. The room with two twin beds was snug and since my main chore for this stay was to reorganize all our suitcases before flying home it was a tight space. But there was a nice homey feel to the room. On the rooftop is a terrace where breakfast is served--a buffet with a fairly good selection of items including cocoa (a first on our whole trip). The lobby is quite elegant and includes a computer for free guest use. There is an elevator but it's one person plus one suitcase size so it took us more than one trip.
The staff are quite wonderful and speak excellent English. When our shuttle van to the airport did not show up as scheduled on departure morning, the desk man called around to find us alternate transportation and said he would pay the driver and then bill our tour company himself.
A block away is a main street that has cafes and shops. A great place to eat is the cafe attached to the Abella Hotel which offers meals throughout the day. I especially recommend their tomato soup which comes with a large backet of fresh bread.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emine Sultan Hotel, Located in the old city of Istanbul, small boutique hotel that has only 10 rooms, we have very nice see view in our Terrace and some of our rooms, our hotel is max. 10 Minutes away from Historical Places by walking. We have open buffet Breakfast with special Turkish homemade cookies etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Emine Sultan
- Emine Sultan Istanbul