My 5-night stay at the Djem couldn't have been more delightful. The small (11-room) hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet, right behind the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, has been renovated to include all the modern comforts and is beautifully decorated with Turkish textiles and kilims. I requested, and received, room #10 in the annex (only a few doors down from the main hotel), which has a up-close view of the Blue Mosque. (The call to prayer from the Blue Mosque could be heard loud and clear from this room, so sleeping with earplugs is a good idea.) My room was sparkling clean, and so beautiful and comfortable, that I loved spending spare time relaxing in it. The bathroom was spacious and spotless, and everything functioned really well. Housekeeping standards were consistently high.
The buffet breakfast, served in a nicely decorated area in the main lobby, was by far the best I had during my travels in Turkey. Excellent brewed coffee, lots of fresh juices, perfectly ripe fruits (melons, figs, plums, clementines, pomegranates), vegetables, breads, pastries, cheeses, cold cuts, eggs cooked to order, and marvelous Turkish yogurt (esp. delicious mixed with pine honey and pomegranate seeds).
As nice as the amenities are, what I appreciated most about the Djem was the genuine hospitality of Farouk, the owner, and his staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them; every question, every request, was handled not only with efficiency but also with grace and kindness. If I have a chance to visit Istanbul again, I would love to return to the Djem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Sultanahmet, old town district of Istanbul, this unique boutique hotel has eleven exclusive rooms with private bathroom. The design is fresh, sophisticated. The beds and furnishing are of the highest quality to ensure the guests comfort. The Hotel has 24 hour concierge service with a bilingual staff, eager to help you with everything you may need from tour arrangements to dinner reservations. ... more less
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