We truly enjoyed our two stays at the Side. We split our Istanbul time to the beginning and end of our trip. This is a superb location, walking distance to Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Cisterns, the Topkapi Palace. Great, though touristy, restaurants abound nearby.
The breakfast never varied, except for the piece of fruit, but was substantial and very good.
We stayed on the Pension side. The rooms are extremely clean but there is no air conditioning, which wasn't a problem in September. They vary greatly in size and location, so if you get a small or noisy one, see if they have something better.
The staff is helpful and there are informational write-ups to answer most questions a first-time Istanbul visitor would have. Free tea all day and night in the library.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, this hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free WiFi and air conditioning and flat TV. Side Hotel features a delightful rooftop terrace with views over the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the Blue Mosqueand Bosphorus . It is ideally located just 250 m from the Marmara Sea. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, served with an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish items. Free tea service is also available throughout the day. The Side hotel is situated 1.5 km from the Grand Bazaar. Old Istanbul‘s shopping, dining and entertainment districts are only a minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Side Hotel Istanbul