This was an excellent choice for our visit to Istanbul in November. We were very satisfied with the quality of the accommodations and with the cost.
The hotel is located conveniently close to the major attractions in the Sultanahmet area. It is about a five minute walk uphill from the hotel to the Blue Mosque and the Arasta Bazaar. There are many restaurants and stores within several blocks of the hotel including two convenience stores for buying food, drinks, and snacks. It is a short walk to trams. Also, if you stay more than a few days, the hotel will include pick up from the airport.
The hotel itself is fairly new and consequently boasts modern amenities: there is an elevator to all the floors; there is fast, wireless internet in the rooms; and there are many electrical outlets in each room (more than enough to power your computers and battery rechargers). There is also a computer in the basement lounge for guests to use who don’t bring their own computer. The rooms are not as small as typical in Europe. The bathrooms are modern and clean – the shower stalls are good sized and comfortable to use.
The breakfast is presented each morning in a basement lounge. Breakfast includes some hot foods like scrambled eggs and cigarette boreks. There are also many types of bread and rolls, at least three types of sliced luncheon meats, yoghurt, many types of vegetables and olives, and fruit salad. For drinks, there are tea, apple tea, rose hip tea, coffee, cocoa, orange juice, and water. The dining room is clean, comfortable, and lighted by ceiling windows. There are also additional bathrooms adjacent to the lounge.
The real strength of the hotel lies in the very friendly and helpful concierge. He was able to solve several thorny problems concerned with banking and currency exchange. His recommendations on touring were excellent; for example, he suggested a way to combine a Bosporus boat trip with other destinations. Of course, he also provided recommendations on restaurants.
We thought this hotel was great and have already booked return reservations for December.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sultans Royal Hotel Istanbul is not just another new hotel on Istanbul’s historic peninsular. Situated 5 minutes walking distance to Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi Palace Musem, Underground Cistern and other historical, cultural monuments in Sultanahmet. Sultans Royal small but classic, elegant, recently restored 3 story hotel is ideally located for exploring and discovering this enchanting city and the perfect place to relax while planning your next day’s expedition into Istanbul’s colourful and exciting history. ... more less
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