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Hotel Sultania
Ranked #11 of 1,155 Hotels in Istanbul
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Perfect location”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

My wife and I recently spent 5 nights at Hotel Sultania. This hotel had come highly recommended and we could see why. The location is very handy to all Istanbul's big attractions and the harbour. The breakfasts were some of the best we had in our 5 week holiday. Our room was very comfortable and ornate. What really sets this hotel apart from the rest is the professionalism and friendliness of the hotel staff. Some of the best restaurants in Istanbul are within a short walk.

Room Tip: Our room overlooked the street that was full of restaurants so was vibrant and interesting
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

My wife & I stayed at this lovely hotel during our recent vacation.
Spacious room & great breakfast.
Friendly & hospitable staff.
Also enjoyed the Hamann & massage at the spa.
It's within walking distance to the sights as noted by previous reviewers.
Highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Family of 2 adults and 3 teenage children stayed in a family room. Staff are excellent and very helpful. Room standard is excellent and very spacious and feels very Turkish and not vanilla flavoured like some hotels. Location is excellent and within walking distance of most major sites people want to visit. Pool gym etc a bit small. I would rebook.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

THE SULTANIA AT A GLANCE
Superb harem-based theme-hotel (4-star plus) within a short walk to most major historic sights in Sultanahmet. Comfortable, spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV and safe deposit boxes. Numerous restaurants at the doorstep to suit all tastes and budgets. Excellent, opulent breakfast buffet. Outstanding service. Free WiFi in the rooms. Gym, swimming pool and spa with hamam (shared with the Yasmak Sultan Hotel). Shuttle service to Atatürk airport (20,- TL pP).


LOCATION
The location of this hotel is excellent, in the heart of the Sirkeci quarter -part of the hilly promontory known as Seraglio Point in English- which marks the meeting area of the Golden Horn, the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus.
It’s within walking distance to Istanbul’s most venerable monuments and famous sights, like the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), the Hagia Sophia Museum (Aya Sofya), the Topkapı Palace, the Archaelogical Museums, the Egyptian Obelisk (marking the spine of the vanished Byzantine Hippodrome) the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı), the Cağaloğlu Hamam, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), the Sirkeci railway station (terminating point for the famous Orient Express) and the Spice Bazaar / Eminönü pier at the Golden Horn, to mention only a few.

There are numerous restaurants, from average to excellent, dotting Ibn-I Kemal caddesi (the street where the main hotel entrance is), literally just a few steps from the hotel (New Hatay, Paşazade, Raymond, Salute, Murat Büfe, Natural Grill a.o.) Among these, the Paşazade (Ottoman cuisine) stands out from the crowd as a fine dining restaurant offering excellent dishes and outstanding service. Its staff do NOT solicit the passers-by (a habit quite frequently observed at many restaurants with street seating in central Istanbul). I have had lunch and dinner there and can confirm that the food and the service were fabulous.


SERVICE / CHECK-IN
The service was excellent, staff were friendly, helpful and polite. Serap and her team are going out of their way to help their guests. Check-in with her was a breeze, we were escorted to our rooms by a staff member in less than 5 minutes. We were allowed a late check-out at 2 pm, which we highly appreciate as we had to go to the airport later in the evening.


ROOMS / BATHROOMS
There are 42 luxury rooms, each named after a wife of an Ottoman Empire Sultan. The stories of these women are admirably presented on the hotel website at http://www.hotelsultania.com/sultan-adi/hurrem-sultan/

We stayed for three nights in a 1st- floor corner room the first time (1105 – Pertevniyal Sultan) and one night in a deluxe double room with terrace balcony the second time (1502 - “Olga Hatun”, the young wife of Sultan Bayezid, aka “Thunderbolt”).
Both were spotlessly clean and well appointed, featuring spacious wardrobes (with proper hangers), a large console with drawers serving as desk, and flat TV screens concealed behind golden picture frames. All rooms have complimentary coffee and tea facilities, a (chargeable) minibar, DVD players and a great surround sound coming from loudspeakers installed in the ceiling.
I liked two practical features, the presence of an iron plus ironing board in the wardrobe and the sizeable safety boxes (with an electrical socket inside), easily accommodating a 13”-inch notebook and bulky photo gear .

While the 1st floor room had better street views -overlooking the Hatay and Paşazade restaurants with their al-fresco tables-, the terrace balcony of the rooftop accommodation was ideal for taking a sunbath, although the views were frankly ugly (satellite dishes, ventilation pipes, a construction site partially hidden behind a wooden wall …).

WiFi is free in the rooms and works very well.

The rooftop room had a bigger separate bathroom with a power and rain shower, while the bathroom on the first floor was quite small, with the sink mounted in the room and the toilet plus shower behind a glass wall. Its glass door doubled as a shower door (when opened at 90 degrees), and I had to close the shower cubicle during every use, otherwise the remaining bathroom space with the toilet got swamped.

The ceiling of the rooftop rooms is oblique and quite low at the door to the terrace. A warning is clearly displayed at the terrace entrance, yet it’s easy to bang your head in the doorframe if you’re not focused on this fact.
While the windows have good soundproofing, the doors could have a better acoustic insulation too. We had two loud families as neighbors on the 5th floor who were constantly visiting each other and talking on the corridor, opening and closing their doors loudly until 1 am, and this could be very well heard in our room.

Room Tip: Rooms on the lower levels have street views. Rooftop rooms have terrace balconies, however with uninspiring to ugly views.

LOBBY
The lobby on the ground floor with its sofas and cherry red velvet pillows is stylish, comfortable and spacious. There is a business centre with an Internet-connected PC behind the reception. The elevator is small, carrying maximum 4 normal-sized people. You can walk to the lobby of the sister Yasmak Sultan hotel through a service door on the first floor.

BREAKFAST / RESTAURANT
Breakfast is served at the ground floor restaurant, which has several al-fresco tables on Ibn-I Kemal street. These highly sought after tables are quickly occupied, so being an early bird is clearly an advantage.

The buffet breakfast was superb – rich choice of cheeses, olives, pastries, cereals, fruits, jams and charcuterie plus egg dishes made to order. The cold cuts of roast beef were delicious, and so were the traditional savoury Anatolian pastries (Gözleme).
Honey lovers can enjoy natural honey cut out straight from a frame of comb honey (apart from extracted honey, of course).

Can’t comment on the dinner experience in the “Olive” Anatolian restaurant (at the rooftop of the Yasmak Sultan hotel) as I had dinner at various restaurants in the city. According to a top reviewer, “whilst having a view of Hagia Sofia and the Bosphorus from the top floor, Olive Anatolian restaurant lacks ambience, as it really is only a dining room in a large space”.
As I mentioned above, the Paşazade restaurant (Ottoman cuisine) is an excellent choice for fine dining and it’s right across the street from Sultania (in fact you may see it from your room).


GYM / SAUNA / HAMAM / SWIMMING POOL – The “Sultan Spa & Wellness”
The hotel sports a fitness centre with various cardio exercise equipment and a biceps/triceps press down machine, as well as a sizeable indoor pool and a sauna and hamam (Turkish bath), all located in the basement of the sister Yasmak Sultan hotel.

The gym and pool are free to use for guests of Sultania and Yasmak Sultan hotel (with whom it shares the sport and wellness facilities), while the hamam and sauna (combined) cost 10 Euros per person and session, for an unlimited time during the day.
You can also relax and refresh in a smaller warm pool prepared with Himalayan crystal salt.



HOW TO GET THERE AND AROUND
The nearest Tramvay (“Tram”) station is Gülhane, on the T1 line (Bağcilar – Kabataş), at just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Walk on Ebusuud caddesi (street) past the Yasmak Sultan hotel (on your right), and then turn right on the 2nd downhill cobbled street (Mehmet Murat Sokak), which leads to the hotel.

From / to the Atatürk Airport (International / domestic flights)
The hotel can arrange a shuttle service to the airport for about 20,- TL per person, and a pick-up from the airport by car for 20 Euros.
Please be aware that the standard taxi fare to / from the airport is 50 TL (= 14 £ = 23.4 USD = 17.45 €).

To Taksim Square
To get to Taksim Square / Istiklal caddesi in Beyoğlu, take the T1 Tram from Gülhane all the way up to Kabataş, the last station. From there the F1 line (the Taksim – Kabataş Funiküler) will take you up to Taksim square.

To Eminönü pier / Galata bridge - for the Bosphorus ship tours (10 TL) / Balik (fish) restaurants and Spice Bazaar-
You can actually walk to the Eminönü pier through the hustle and bustle of a few streets (Hüdavendigar, Muradiye, Ankara and Reşadiye caddesi), taking in the sights, sounds and smells of one of the busiest areas of Istanbul. You will pass by the Sirkeci railway station, the final destination of the famous Orient Express.


OTHER USEFUL SERVICES
Turkey’s largest post office (the Büyük Postane), a flamboyant, grand building with stone and marble façade completed in 1909, decorated in Ottoman style, is just a short stroll away – walk on Ibn-I Kemal street along the restaurants, continue on the narrower Hoca Paşa street and cross the large Ankara street – you are already on Büyük Postane street, the PTT (Grand Post Office) building is on the left side. It also houses the Museum of Telecommunications of Turkey. A monumental sight in itself and a useful address in case you have considerable excess baggage.

On the practical side, there is a rapid-turnover laundry service on the nearby Saffeti (Savfeti) Paşa street that will clean your clothes much cheaper than any hotel.


THE HIGHS, THE LOWS, THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE
Plus points:
-prime location, close to most Sultanahmet sights and to the Eminönü pier / Galata bridge
-excellent, competent service
-opulent buffet breakfast with an al-fresco option;
-nice rooftop terrace and bar (at the sister Yasmak Sultan hotel, NOT the Sultania building)
-free WiFi in the rooms, working very well
-gym, pool and spa (shared with the Yasmak Sultan Hotel)


Minus points:
-some rooms have small bathrooms with glass doors doubling as shower doors;
-uninspiring, ugly views from rooftop terrace balconies;
-relatively expensive as a 4-star plus hotel;

The verdict: a fine boutique hotel in prime location near Sultanahmet, with excellent service, superb breakfast, free WiFi in the rooms and a string of good-to-excellent restaurants at the doorstep. Highly recommended.

Marius C. Berger, MD
London, UK

Room Tip: Rooms on floors 1-4 have street views. Rooftop rooms have terrace balconies, however the views are u...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Brilliant tourist location. Close to everything historical you would wish to see on a short visit.
Great and friendly staff. Very efficient and helpful.
Just lovely and charming quiet rooms which are generous in size and features.
Lovely old fashioned courtesies were performed by staff throughout our stay.
The breakfast spread is terrific.
Close to some very good affordable restaurants.
Lovely pool and health spa.
Try the Turkish Bath with massage. Just great !!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Everyone at this hotel went out of their way to make our stay a good one. From our late arrival (we hit Istanbul just as Ramadan was ending and the traffic was at a standstill) to our restaurant bookings, to room service, everything was tremendously smooth and responsive. Laundry was returned in a wonderful condition within a few hours. The roof top restaurant was sensational. Reception went out of their way to assist with delivering our hire car back and booking our airport transfer. The room was large, well furnished, comfortable - perfect for our needs. Thanks to everyone on the staff who made it such a warm and pleasurable stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Hotel Sultania is a smallish boutique affair tucked away on a relatively quite Old Town street. But don't let the "tucked away" description turn you off, as the Sultania is, in fact, ideally positioned just steps from Topkapi Palace, and a short walk from the Sultan Ahmet Park, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippdrome, the Fountain of Keiser Wilhelm II, and more. We booked too late to snag a larger and better appointed deluxe room. But our standard room was more than adequate -- pleasantly decorated, very clean, with adequate wifi and a free full breakfast included in the price of the room. The best part, however was the staff. They couldn't have been kinder or more accommodating. The Hotel Sultania was a very good value, and we will most certainly return on our next vista to Istanbul.

Room Tip: Ask for a deluxe room, which is worth the up charge from the standard rooms.
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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
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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
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Sultania 4.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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