My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights while visiting family in Istanbul. It was our first time in Turkey and this hotel seemed well-located for the sights in Sultanahmet.
The Good: It IS extremely well located for the sights in Sultanahmet, and although there is not much else around for more social tourists, it is close enough to the tram to get you to your fun night in Beyoglu and back. The Egyptian Market and Grand Bazaar aren't far off, either. The staff was extremely nice and spoke English.
The Not-So-Good: While the rooms look modern, they have design flaws. First, the bathroom and shower doors are only glass dividers that don't go from floor to ceiling, so none of your bathroom activities will be all that private. Second, the shower empties onto the marble floor of the bathroom and the small drain ensures that water will spill all over the bathroom area. This is messy and potentially dangerous in a room made of marble. Finally (and this appears to be the case in several turkish hotels), the energy saving mechanism requires your room card for any electric devices to work, meaning that the AC will not run at all while you are gone, and you will always return to an extremely hot room for an hour or so.
In sum, this is a fine hotel for its location and staff, but it could use some work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Saint Sophia is situated in the premium location of Istanbul, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, just next to the renowned Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, AyaSofya) Museum. In this prime location, locals and visitors alike are offered the chance to experience Istanbul’s impressive history that spans the rise and fall of three of the world’s most famous empires: Byzantium, Roman, and Ottoman.In this city full of art and history, you are sure to enjoy spectacular historical landmarks, a plethora of museums, churches, and bazaars amidst the beautiful harmony of cultures and people from East to West.Our team is ready to look after your every need and please don’t hesitate to call on us if there is anything further we can do to enhance your stay. We are delighted you have chosen Boutique Saint Sophia and wish you a most enjoyable and memorable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western