We stayed at Hotel Seraglio for 5 nights in early July. We had 2 rooms on the first floor at the back side of the hotel. The rooms were clean and staff were superb, pleasant and always helpful. The breakfast included was always fantastic and again staff were incredible.
Being on the first floor just above the street level and their own restaurant was probably a bit noisy but with earplugs I was able to sleep fine even most times during early AM call to prayers at the Blue Mosque.
During Ramadan Sultanahmet was extremely busy especially when fasting was about to end at dusk. The restaurants around the hotel are expensive and average. We preferred heading over to Beyoglu were there were many more locals if you went off the main drag. If we were to go back to Istanbul we would stay on the Beyoglu side and take the day trips back to Sultanahmet. We often walked all the way which in a casual pace would take prob 45 mins but the tram would also suffice although could be very crowded.
The hotel covered the shuttle one way but the other way we paid 45 euros for the shuttle. We stayed a final night in Sultanahmet on our way back from the Med and instead paid 50 TL for a cab which was totally fine so save your money on the shuttle.
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- 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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