We stayed 3 nights at the Alaaddin in late September. It is situated on a small side street, very quiet location, 3 minutes walk to the Sultanahmet tram stop, a short walk to all the major attractions in Sultanahmet yet the area does not feel touristy at all, with a small mom&pop shop right next to it, girl school in front, it felt real and very pleasant. Muhammad was at the desk, a very nice young gentleman who gave us all the explanation needed to go around + a map and some good advice/suggestion. Our room on the third floor faced the street and had a view into the front yard of a girl high school. It was fascinating to see them come in in the morning, all so quiet and disciplined, then they all came out and sang the anthem while rising the Turkish flag. There was also a small tree in front of our room, which I really loved and so did a pretty little cat who perched in it at night :-) Back to the hotel now: the room, although very pleasant in look, recently refurbished and very clean was also very small and did not have much room for our luggage. Loved the painted ceiling! The bathroom was also clean and renovated recently but also on the smallish side. My only critic was the smell in the room: they spray perfume every time the room is made and I just could not bare it. So we open the window very wide, put the fan on, asked the manager to tell the maid to stop putting perfume in our room. They stopped and eventually it was bearable. Other people might not mind at all but for someone with allergies it's awful. It's the reason why I did not give it 5 stars, that and the small size of the room. The mattress was hard but then in our experience they all are in Turkey! Otherwise, it is a very good little hotel with charm and good staff, great location, good breakfast buffet, great views from terrace and very quiet. Breakfast is on the 6th floor in a very bright, sunny and pleasant room with good views, a good selection and nice staff too. They also have a roof terrace on the open 7th floor with beautiful views of the Blue Mosque, the sea of Marmara beyond, the Galata Bridge, Beyoglu and more. It's especially gorgeous at night when the Mosque is all lite up. I would definitively go back to the Alaaddin but if I did I would ask them in advance to stop spraying the room with perfume! We also had a small problem with our toilet on the first day but Mohammad was very quick to come and fix it. He is a very pleasant and polite young men. A great choice for an affordable hotel in a quiet and very convenient location.
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- 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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