After many days of searching for the perfect hotel in Istanbul, my friend found The Magnaura and we booked it immediately. I cannot believe our good fortune. We managed to book a boutique hotel that is brand new, well-maintained, and situated right in the heart of Sultanahmet.
The hotel staff became our family away from home. Mami, Mehmet, Ali, Umut, and Hatice were very caring, hospitable, friendly, and helpful to us. We were treated like princesses. The gang offered suggestions for dining, shopping, and sight-seeing. Their suggestions were always wonderful and helpful.
Our rooms were cozy, modern, and very clean. The towels smelled like a combination of lavendar and chamomile; it was certainly an added little touch that made a huge difference for me and my friend. Breakfast was served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m and contained a variety of delights: several types of cheeses, french bread (even whole wheat- hard to find in Turkey), simit, and some sort of pastry. There was always an assortment of fresh fruit, fruit salad, yogurt, cererals, dry fruit such as figs and apricots, jams, butter, and other spreads. The hot bar varied daily with eggs, Turkish pastrami, mushroom medley, cheese cigars, and more. Turkish coffee, apple tea, and Turkish tea rounded the breakfast menu. Mami was even sweet enough to offer us tea, coffee, or whatever we needed whenever we wished.
The view from the roof is that of The Blue Mosque. It's a magnificent piece of architecture and at night, it looks even more fantastic with flocks of seagulls circling the dome. The hotel is situated in a quiet corner but in the middle of all action of Sultanahmet. It is a short distance walk from the The Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace and it's fantastic Gülhane Parkı (with a tea house at the very end of the park overlooking the Asian Side), Basilica Cistern, and more. Right around the corner is a 24-hour cafe and sheesha lounge (Café Meşale) and the vibrant Arasta Bazaar.
Next time I'm in Istanbul, I will definitely stay at my home away from home. I will also recommend this little gem of a hotel to my friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnaura Palace Hotel is a newly opened in the heart of historical peninsula. Located steps away from the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantium time [such as Blue Mosque, St Sophie, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern]We are at your service with our 18 rooms equipped with central heating and air condition systems, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, sitting areas, writing tables and cupboards as well. We aimed to give you 5 star comfort in a boutique atmosphere. ... more less
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