We just came back from a full week in Istanbul at the Biz Cevahir hotel. The location is amazing, probably within a couple of hundred meters from the Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque and very close to other sights like Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome. Arasta bazaar, and the mosaic and archeological museums. There are also a ton of great restaurants on the block behind the hotel (akbiyik caddesi) - in particular, we would recommend the Tria Elegance and their chocolate soufflé.
The hotel room was very spacious, modern, clean and quiet. Breakfast was excellent with a good mix of Turkish, European and North American style breakfast items. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. This was our third time in Istanbul, so we didn't require a whole lot of guidance, but the staff were always smiling and willing to help.
We will definitely recommend friends and family to come and stay at this hotel when they are traveling to Istanbul.
We would also recommend relaxing for an afternoon on the beanbag chairs of the Paladium Cafe down the street and checking out the ruins underneath the cafe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, this small hotel is a 4-minute walk from Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Set in a renovated Ottoman building, the rooms at Biz Cevahir Hotel Sultanahmet are non-smoking. They include elegant furnishings, and come equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Fresh apples are also provided every day. Hotel cafe offers complimentary breakfast buffet that includes an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish dishes. Turkish tea is served to our guests free of charge throughout the day. Staff at the Biz Cevahir Hotel can help plan visits and excursions, book a tour or rent a car. They can also provide an airport shuttle service upon request, from either Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen airports. ... more less
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