My fiancée and I stayed here for three nights. It was quiet, clean, comfortable, boutique-ish, nice staff, and in a great location! The location has great views of the bosphorus and is in a very short walking distance to all of the Sultanamhet sites. The price is very reasonable and the staff are very helpful. There aren't staff really available late at night, but that's not really a problem because you have a key to get in and out of the hotel. Make sure to get to breakfast at least 20 minutes before it closes because they start cleaning up about that time and there's not much left after that time. The breakfast is a traditional Turkish style breakfast, but the options are somewhat generic. We were satisfied but you can find better at other hotels. The house keeping staff and the kitchen staff are three really sweet ladies. We brought them flowers and they treated us like royalty! It was fun chatting with them too, even though their English was fairly basic. By the way, you will find that the majority of hotel staff are men and that the house keepers and some of the kitchen staff are women. Some reviews say this hotel is in a dangerous and hidden location. We would agree that it's somewhat hidden, but that makes it awesome!!! It is in a very old and historic area of the city lining the bosphorous. You are surrounded by traditional neighbors. All of Turkish friends said it is a very safe neighborhood, even though it might not seem like it at night. We were out walking alone at all hours of the night and always felt safe. About access to the bosphourous...you can only see the bosphorous from the hotel and the historic city wall blocks you from walking to the sea from the hotel. Also, the room we had advertised bosphorous views, but it was a very limited view. The kitchen has a spectacular view! Also, it is easy to find this location, but the taxi has to go through several small streets. It's in such a charming location! Oh, and about noise, the train runs along the hotel but you can't hear it. What you do hear....five times a day starting at sunrise...is the call to prayer (live!) from various nearby mosques. It is really cool to visit the local neighborhood mosque which you have to pass by to get to anywhere you are going. Also, the noise from the stairwell and rooms next to us (with kids) sometimes woke us up. The rooms were really nice and charming and even had kitchenettes! I definitely recommend this unique stay for flexible travelers who want to stay at a jewel and want some real Turkish (not touristy) charm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lovely restored and decorated house in Ahirkapi Sultanahmet in the heart of the old city. This small house was an old traditional Turkish house and has been restored by the family Polat in respect to the cultural facts combined with contemporary solutions for comfort. ... more less
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