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“Peace and quiet in touristy Sultanahmet?”
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A'la House
Ranked #84 of 1,246 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Not trivial to find a quiet place ti sleep in Sultanahmet. If a good night sleep downtown in a 3 star level hotel is what you are looking for, look no further. Rooms are (very) sunny, spacious and well equipped (Kitchen, Air conditioning, TV, Wifi, comfy Mattresses, electrical sockets, breakfast table, etc). Excellent Price/quality ratio too. very close to everything. Staff (in fact, these are the owners, the Berk family) are very very helpful and welcoming - you feel instantly at home.
Located close to the less touristy Sultanahmet neighborhood, so you get to touch the casual life of real Turks.
Highly recommended for families as this is an Aparthotel.
One draw back: the way to the nearest public transportation (tram T1) is 300m up a hill - a bit of a hindrance for old people. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars.

Room Tip: No elevator (almost the norm in Istanbul). Choose first or second floor.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

We booked the triple apartment in a separate building for our two week stay, and let the owners arrange transportation from the airport - location may be difficult to find by car. Simple apartment on two levels (above street level, so expect stairs). Convenient to Cemberlitaş tram stop (up a steep hill), and to most of the Old City sites. A couple of small grocers very close, and other amenities (like liquor stores, restaurants, barbers, etc.) less than a block away. Expect nearby hills, some quite steep, but there are less hilly alternate routes. Neighborhood is full of kids and feels very safe - we had a great time just exploring in all directions. Daily towels, trash and linen service. The private terrace overlooking the Sea of Marmara was a great place to chill!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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3  Thank Marcoso60
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Stayed there for 3 nights and happy. The owner is helpful and the place is very central. Clean and safe place. Wifi works well, kitchen in the apartment have all the facilities you need. Very handy for family.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Pidoet
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

The location was very convenient and clean, the staff (the owner and his father) were very friendly. They were always keen to help or give us advise, note that getting there by car is a real challenge, but this is probably the case for all locations in the heart of Istanbul.
I do recommend this place!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Antoine P
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of our trip and the accommodations were excellent for the money. I liked it so much, I canceled another hotel I had previously booked for our last night in Istanbul. While there was a bit of confusion, the staff (I forgot his name) promptly and satisfactorily fixed any misunderstanding.

One thing I recommend is that if you're not using their driver to pick you up, to have a clear map showing where the property is located as it is not easy to find.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank quintosol
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

Good location, nice hosts, small but comfortable rooms, well equipped kitchennete. Stayed for a week with a kid of 5. All the must see places are within 10 min walking distance. Tram station is very close (10 min walk). Would stay here again. Ideal location for independent travelers -- it is like renting an apartment -- not like a hotel, really.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Close to Blue mosque and short distance to tram. Apartment was serviced daily. Loved the independance of having a private apartment. Stayed there on 2 seperate ocassions in Dec 2012 and totally satisfied with everything

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Katip Sinan Sok. No: 13 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #84 of 1,246 Speciality Lodging in Istanbul
Price Range: £49 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — A'la House 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A'la house has 8 newly and tastefully renovated studio rooms. One room is a suit room.One room with a large balcony and a full sea view.On top a breathtaking terrace for the guests.Each room has own kitchen and its utensils and bathroom.A'lâ house is located by the marvels of Istanbul,such as; Hagia Sophia,Blue Mosque,Topkapı palace,Underground Cistern,Turkish and Islamic Art Museum,Archeological Museum and Grand Bazaar. A'la house is only 5 minutes walking away from Çemberlitaş Tram Station.A'lâ house run by a Turkish family;so we accept you as a part of the family anymore. ... more   less 
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