When the Q Inn Old City was overbooked, they moved us to the brand new Ayasultan. It was definitely a step up.
The location is fabulous. You are literally steps from the heart of the action, but on a quiet street. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to consider ear plugs though. The building's sound-proofing is not the best and is across from a mosque, so the Call to Prayer is quite loud.
Breakfast is included, and you can enjoy it inside or out on the fifth floor with a nice view of Istanbul.
I think the beds in this hotel were by far the most comfortable I encountered during my travels in Turkey. It was hard to get out of bed, even with a great city light Istanbul to visit.
You can easily get around on foot but the Sultanhamet tram stop is very close. Just keep a close eye on your belongings, particularly while on the tram.
The hotel staff were very helpful and will provide a city map if you don't pick one up at the airport or tourist information.
You can travel from Ataturk Airport by public transportation fairly easily. If you have lots if luggage, the hotel can also arrange a shuttle bus at set times for 10€ (25 TL). A taxi will cost 40-45 TL and takes about 30 minutes (barring heavy traffic) to get to/from the airport.
I would highly recommend the AYASULTAN hotel to anyone visiting Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ayasultan Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel which was renovated in 2015 and located on the historical peninsula of Istanbul, Turkey. With a mix of classical and modern architecture, the Ayasultan Hotel has 36 attractive comfortable rooms offering a B&B service. Situated just a short walk from the major attractions of Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Basilica, Grand Bazaar, guests will appreciate the great location and easy access to the city delights. Book into the Ayasultan Hotel and relax in style and comfort in this delightful Istanbul boutique hotel. ... more less
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