This hotel has become near and dear to my heart. Excellent location near historic/tourist sites in Sultanahmet and easy access by public transit tramline. Breakfast is served on the lovely rooftop terrace (but it's open 24 hr if you want to see a night view of the Blue Mosque).
We stayed one night before heading to other parts of Turkey. We liked it and we booked to stay again when we returned to Istanbul the following week.
Our first room was comically tiny - basically just a doorway, a bed, and a bathroom - but it was clean and comfortable. Our second room was smallish but normal for European standards.
Other reviews are accurate - staff knowledge of English was limited, no elevator. These didn't bother us. Our second room was facing the train line, and I wondered if it would bother us, but I didn't hear any trains. The air conditioner in our second room was pretty weak, but if we left it on consistency, the room got plenty cold.
Breakfast was fresh, good quality, and typical Turkish style. Staff were friendly. Wifi worked fine everywhere for us. Noise in the stairwell was easily audible in the rooms, so be wary if you're a light sleeper and be courteous if you're a lively guest.
Enjoyed our stay. Would go back. Did go back. Would go again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BLUE TUANA HOTEL An Ottoman-style Turkish mansion, in the shadows of the Blue Mosque andHagia Sophia, the Blue Tuana Hotel is situated in a prime location overlooking the Marmara Sea and Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district. We are just a short walk from Topkapi Palace, the Archaeology Museum, Sultanahmet Square, the Egyptian Bazaar Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. With just 16 modern, clean rooms, the Blue Tuana Hotel has a quiet, intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Delight in the panoramic views of Marmara Sea and the Princes’ Islands from our comfortable, open-air terrace as you enjoy your traditional Turkish breakfast or a romantic starlit dinner. Blue Tauna Hotel has all modern amenities. All our rooms are fully equipped with a private bathroom, hair dryer, cable TV, mini bar, air conditioning, direct telephone lines and a high-speed wireless internet connection.Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you during your stay with us. ... more less
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