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Hotel Sultania
Ranked #11 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Berkshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Deserves all its rave reviews”
Reviewed 20 August 2011

Room decor fantastic. Tea, coffee and water provided. Good quality soaps, gels etc. Proper coat hangers! Excellent variety at breakfast buffet including the ability to freshly squeeze orange juice. Staff dedicated and SO helpful. We are recommending this hotel wherever we can and will definitely stay again if we find ourselves in Istanbul. It is so convenient to walk to the main sightseeing attractions. One thing to note, complimentary transfers to/from airport only apply if you book through their own website.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2011

Convenient location walking distance to old city attractions. The room was awesome with luxury touches like bathrobes, designer toiletries, local sweets, etc. Each room has a thmese based on one of the wives of a sultan. The breakfast was good and the staff are friendly and helpful. Definitely a place to return to if I visit Istanbul again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2011

Excellent hotel. We booked a double room and they upgraded us to the family suite which was huge! Turkish delights on arrival and the rooms even have a pillow menu with 5 different types to choose from (as you do).

All the usual amentities and lovely accomodating professional staff.

The breakfast was amazing. Freshly squeezed orange juice, pancakes and honeycomb. Definitely a great way to start the day in the buzzing city of Istanbul.

Only downside: WiFi went out while we were there as they were apparently servicing it (haven't heard that one before). They did offer the restaurant's WiFi details next door but the signal was so weak it wasn't worth it.

Really easy to get to. We just took the metro and tram from the Ataturk airport and got off at the Gülhane tram stop. The hotel is only a few minutes walk away (3.5TL one way).

Room Tip: Ask for a room not above the ground floor restaurant - it's noisey in the morning
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2011

Everybody at the Hotel Sultania made our first trip to Istanbul extremely comfortable - from arranging for a private guide the first day, to recommending fantastic restaurants, and just being available for a chat about the town. This is a small boutique hotel - the fourth family run hotel in this district. It has a restaurant - The Olive, with views of the Bosphorus and Hagia Sophia on the property which I'd recommend if you do not feel like venturing out one night. Breakfast is included with fruit salads, fresh honey and thick Turkish yogurt, eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes cooked as well as fresh with cheese, breakfast meats, cereals, fresh OJ etc.

Many restaurants are within a short cab ride or walk. The metro runs nearby, so if you want to use this system, it is easy to reach the Dolmabache Palace or Museum of Modern Art. Locally the Sultanahmet district has nearly everything you'd want to see on a first trip - The Topaki Palace and Archeology Museum, the Hagia Sophia and the Sultanahment Mosque (The Blue Mosque), The Basilica Cistern, The Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, the Egyptian Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul is hilly and has lots of cobblestones, so if walking is an issue for you, take a cab. Cabs are reasonably priced and can be arranged by the hotel. Be sure to see Istikal Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare starting at Taksim Square. Also the Cultural Center is about three blocks walk from the hotel which hosts a highly rated dance performance as well as performances of the Whirling Dervishes.

We had a beautiful room with a balcony on the fifth floor which had a large marble bathroom. It had a queen and single bed, and was great for a small family. Some of the rooms have very small bathrooms with little privacy, so if that is an issue for you, get a room with a hamas (larger bathroom).

The restaurant recommendations from Ozlem and the staff that we had were really good -- Topaz and The Ottoman Palace were restaurants that we visited for lunch. Topaz is uphill from the Dolmabache Palace with a wide open terrace overlooking the palace and the Bosphorus. Ottoman Palace is near the Hagia Sophia and is also worth a visit. Asitane Restaurant is contiguous to the Chora Church and has a walled patio covered with vines and good Ottoman cuisine. Quiet live music at night. I think that the church closes at 6:30 pm, so you could arrange an early dinner afterwards or lunch before a visit.
The Hotel Sultania felt like home for our week's stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2011

I love Istanbul, this is definitely the perfect place to reach all those amazing historical musuems and places of interest. I had a room next to the lift on the 3rd floor, it was so quiet, in general it was heaven to stay here. The young woman who cleaned my room was "more than amazing". Nothing was too much trouble for her, so polite and went out of her way to ensure that I was as comfortable as possible. A good tip for any traveller, if you need a shuttle service, ask the reception for the service that picks up travellers from various hotels, do not ask for an independent transfer as there is a huge difference in cost. Will definitely recommend this place, breakfasts were also really good and there was a variety.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2011

This hotel was exactly what I needed. The decor is gorgeous, very clean, perfect location, the terrace bar is cosy and the whole hotel was welcome retreat for a solo female traveller. The staff were very friendly but I must say a huge thank you to Ozlem who looked after me when I lost my bank card at Ataturk airport. She went above and beyond and actually tracked it down for me. Thank you so much.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Bad Zurzach, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2011

The city of İstanbul is amazing,full of historic places,I stayed here for a week,very good location in the center of Sultanahmet,the rooms are very comfortable and clean,the breakfast were really good,nice place I will be back again

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Sultania
Address: Ebusuud Cad. Mehmet Murat Sok. No:4 | Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Sultania 4.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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Hotel Sultania is a deluxe boutique hotel with a harem design and located at the heart of the old city and within walking distance to Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Bosphorus. ... more   less 
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