This is a small, well-established, hotel that is on Sultanahmet Square. Other hotels are near, but not 'on' the square. The rooms are European-sized, and comfortable; not exceptional. The breakfast on the rooftop enclosed terrace has a view over the Bosphorus shipping lanes and over the Square. Also, the food is good. Downstairs on the Square, at the hotel entrance, there is both indoor and outdoor seating with a good menu. Inside seating is more comfortable (especially in January) than outside. Both areas have limited numbers of tables, but it is a small hotel and there are plenty of tables for the guests. Taxi-service from Ataturk Airport can be arranged by the hotel, but there is no real advantage. The ride takes about an hour. The Airport has a link to online taxi reservations (about 100 usd round-trip to Sultanahmet Square). A better alternative is the Ulger Agency just as you depart the Customs area. There is a narrow (horizontal) arrivals area with various agencies. Just to the right a few meters is the Ulger Agency (open 24 hours) and they can arrange immediate taxi service with a fleet of available drivers and vehicles. When I arrived about 2:00 am, they offered service to the Square for 35 Euro and as soon as I said 'Yes' I realized I should have bargained for less. This IS Istanbul and a cheaper fare could have been set. Past Ulger Agency, about 25 meters, is a Starbucks. This one has Istanbul mugs and a selection, the one inside the terminal area is small and has no mugs for sale ... if you are a Starbucks mug collector. Near the Square, you can find Celine Hotel (more expensive), Sultan Hill (wood paneled, more rustic?), and many others that I looked at but did not stay. I chose prime location and Alzer Hotel is good for that. Short walks to the Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bizarre, and countless shops with jewelry, carpets, and many kinds of crafts. This place has centuries of history. English is widely spoken. Baklava and Turkish Delight candies are great, and the local apple tea is a treat. Stop for a short stay and explore. Staff is efficient and will treat you with old-school hospitality in a atmosphere that shows pride in the history of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Istanbul Alzer hotel is in the best possible location for an Istanbul trip!We are committed to ensuring that your stay is both enjoyable and comfortable. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, we know you have a variety of hotels to choose from, and we are honored that you have selected Alzer Hotel Istambul. We hope you have an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Gokhan AKCAY ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alzer Hotel Istanbul