The staff at the Sultanahmet Park Hotel were friendly and helpful, although there are a few points travellers should be aware of. The hotel has a great location in Sultanahmet, the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are in easy walking distance as are the trams. Like any hotel of this period it suffers from things they can do little about. The lift is for two persons only and a tight squeeze. We had a room facing away from the Blue Mosque which was fine, we didn't need the views, but our local mosque was the other side of the road, and the minaret and its speakers were about 50 yards from our window. If you fancy a doze in the afternoon ( and who doesn't) you might need ear plugs.The road past the hotel is one of the busiest cross town traffic routes in this part of the city and is in constant use. Turkish drivers like their horns, and are not afraid of using them, at any hour of the day our night. The hotel can do nothing about this, it's not their fault but is something to be aware of. Breakfast was included in our deal, and is on a self service basis. For just a little outlay it could be so much better. What passed for orange juice, was more an orange drink, and several other guests mentioned this to us. It would be useful to have some description available to non Turkish speaking visitors of what the dishes were. No problems with breads or jams, but what were some of those things in dishes, and the dark pink meat that looked like spam...what was that? If you want a beer ion the hotel it's going to cost you, 10 Tlr for a small tin of Efes local beer. There are a couple of supermarkets near by where you can stock up on soft drinks, beer and snacks at much much lower prices. The hotel offers breakfast next to its very small garden. The photos on its website of this area are several years old, and whilst the garden is OK sitting out there is not a real pleasure....it should be!
The hotel arranged an airport transfer for us, and several taxis. All were fine.
Tuba is lovely, but she speaks the best English of any of the staff. Smoking in the garden area is a constant occupation for the younger members of staff, and at times I did ask myself what they all contributed to the running of the hotel.
Finally the bill was mostly in Turkish, and I had to use google to find out what Aciklama and Borc mean (although I am still unsure).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultanahmet Park Hotel welcomes you with modern, clean and comfortable 14 rooms, Located at the heart of Istanbul's historical peninsula once was named as; Byzantium, Nova Rome, Constantinople, "Konstantinopolis, Dersaadet and Istanbul and with views of two of the most magnificent masterpieces of world architecture, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Park Hotel offers a unique experience to the guests. It is in the center of the Old City, within walking distance of most of the major sites such as Topkapi Palace, Archaeology Museum, St. Irene Church, Sultanahmet Square, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar. ... more less
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