I have just returned from a trip to Istanbul, and after some careful reviews on different sites, I decided to stay at the Sultan Palace Hotel. The hotel, although on a slope, was very well situated. I could walk to almost all the attractions - Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Haya Sofia, Tokapi Palace, the University and a couple of mosques nearby. It was about 5-7 minutes from the Sultanamet Square, with all the restaurants, shops and public transportations.
Although not luxurious, but then at 100€ per night in Istanbul you are not likely to find any luxury hotel that is centrally located, I found the room to be extremely clean, very well kept, with English channels TV, free internet, safe and a mini bar. I could not find any fault in the rooms. They were not big, but it was adequate for 2 paxs. The bathroom was compact, but shower was good. The girl at the reception skope English and was extremely helpful with information, tours and transfers. Although the manager did not speak English, he did his best to fulfill all our requests.
I know nothing about entering through the kitchen door, because while I stayed there (from April 26-May 2, 2012) I always entered through the front door.
Breakfast could be better, but then, we are in Istanbul, and they are different.! They did provide some fruits, ham and cheese and throughout the day, we could help ourselves to coffee and tea. A toaster would have been much appreciated.
But on the whole, I like the hotel and would no doubt recommend it to all those who want a clean hotel in a central location for a reasonable price. I have stayed in much better hotels before, for more or less the same price, but this is Istanbul, and clean and central hotels dont come very cheap.It is a no fuss hotel, but quite good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultan Palace Hotel offers accommodation with elegant furnishings and flat-screen TVs. It is situated in the historic centre of Istanbul’s old city, just 300 metres from the Roman Hippodrome. Rooms feature cable TV and free Wi-Fi access. Each is fitted with wooden floors and air conditioning while some also offer a seating area. All rooms have modern bathrooms. ... more less
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