I stayed alone at the Alaaddin Hotel the night before I took off for a weekend in Ephesus. I usually stay in Sirkeci but decided I would have a better chance of getting on the Tram to go to the airport with luggage if I boarded at Sultanahmet instead of Gulhane. I was right. I choose the Alaaddin because of the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and its location (close to the tram stop). The hotel is around a block and a half off of Divan Yolu Caddesi and can be a bit tough to find. It does not have a large sign sticking out and is kind of hidden behind a tree. I actually walked right by it the first time without seeing it. That short distance is more than enough to transform the area to one of relative tranquility. The street in front of the hotel is quiet and uncrowded with several good restaurants within 50 yards.
The lobby is actually below ground level, you walk in the door and step down into the lobby. As I approached the door to enter the hotel, a young man jumped up from the lobby area swung open the door and grabbed my suitcase. That was the kind of service I experienced throughout my stay. The reception desk was just to the right. I checked in with no problems. The clerk was very polite and helpful. The same man who had grabbed my luggage earlier grabbed it again and guided me to the elevator at the other end of the lobby. We got on the small elevator (standard Istanbul size) and went up to the 5th floor. He opened the door to room 503 for me, handed me my key and asked if there was anything I needed. I smiled and said air conditioning. He ran over, shut the window and turned on the a/c. It worked great. The room was pretty good size with 2 double beds. The beds were firm but not too firm. There was a small TV on the wall and a small frig on the floor. I never used either so I cannot report on how well they worked. The bathroom was small but recently remodeled and very clean. The elevator only goes to the 5th floor. The breakfast room is on the 6th and they have a terrace on the 7th, so I went up the stairs to investigate. The stairs were almost right across from my room, I ran up to the 6th floor and saw a large breakfast room with windows all the way around for views of the city. I then proceeded up to the terrace. That was a surprise. The views were fantastic. The domes of Hajia Sophia and the Blue Mosque were unobstructed and the views of the Sea of Marmara were great. The view of the roof of the house next door wasn’t so great (they had a pigeon coop) but it was easy to ignore that and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Make a note to go up to the terrace at night when the domes are lite. It is breathtaking. Breakfast the next morning was good with several egg dishes to choose from as well as the traditional accompaniments. The service was excellent throughout my stay. The next morning it took me 4 minutes to get from the hotel to the Tram station for my ride to the airport. It was a good stay and I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alaaddin Boutique Hotel - Istanbul We are conveniently located in heart of the Sultanahmet, and either a walking distance or a short tram ride (Tram Station is 3 mins walk from the hotel) to many of the historic attractions. ... more less
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