Having never been to Istanbul before I chose this hotel based purely on Tripadvisor reviews knowing I wanted to stay in old town. We chose the Blue Mosque suite and it was really good. Big terrace to sit out at night with an amazing view. The two gentlemen that helped us at the front desk were accommodating and friendly and provided all insight on what to see and how to get there. The location of the hotel is absolutely perfect as you are literally a 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia which are all must see sightseeing spots. Great restaurants and bars and the shopping in Istanbul is to die for.
Given we were so close to the Mosque we were woken up the first morning by the call to pray. It is really loud, but by the 2nd and 3rd day it wasn't as overwhelming as it was day 1.
The breakfast provided was fine. Cook to order omelets and some fruits and pastries. We ate in the bistro and that was pretty good too. The hotel arranged airport transfers and they were there to meet us and were prompt on the return pick up.
If I am fortunate enough to return to Istanbul one day I would definitely stay in this area and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Great find in the middle of a stunningly beautiful city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old town of the magnificent Istanbul, you will find the charming boutique Hotel Seraglio. The hotel has 14 tastefully and comfortably decorated rooms in different categories. Hotel Seraglio is located in the heart of world famous heritages in the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. All the major touristic places are within walking distance. You can also go to Taksim/ Beyoglu in 15 minutes by streetcar. ... more less
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