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“Quite possibly no better hotel in the Sultanahmet district”

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Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
Ranked #387 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 16 October 2006

This fine hotel is absoutly one of the most charming boutique hotels in all of Istanbul.
All of the furnishings and bed clothes were in excellent and updated condition contrary to previous reviews. I found the cleanliness and upkeep exceeded standards in smilar properties in Europe and America. I stayed for four nights in room 202, It was quite a bit larger than the rooms in the center section of the hotel, very spacious and comfortable for 2 adults and 2 children and it was not even one of the Delux rooms which are much larger. The hammam shower was very nice with all the floors, walls, sink and counter of marble. Not one time did I have a problem with the flooded bathroom as other travelers have reported as there is a drain channel, as with authentic hammams, that carries the water away before it travels to the other section of the bathroom. As for the breakfast it has all of the continental trimmings with a wonderful selection of Turkish yogurts and dozens of fruit syrups and nuts that are traditionally added to it.
Complimentary transportation in the hotels own Mercedes Van from the airport is a plus as one of the hotel staff meets you as you clear customs and helps you with your luggage to the van. The return trip to the airport is 35USD which is only a couple of USD more than a regular cab, a good deal.
The views from the hotel are fabulous and all of the sights are only a short walk away. For 165USD a night it simply can not be beat!
Book as far in advance as possible because as wonderful as this hotel is they fill up quickly.
If you are lucky enough to find a delux room available book it, if not you will be satisfied with a regular room.

Stayed: September 2006
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Reviewed 23 June 2006

this was a truely turkish delight experience. i am so grateful to the taxi driver who pointed me to this hotel . i have enjoyed everything about it, especially the hamam bath. it was spotlessly clean, beautifly decorated and most importantly the staff were very useful friendly and professional without wanting to gain anything !!!
the front garden was heavenly. so relaxing, i just didn't want to leave. the location was perfect. highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed 10 June 2006

Always difficult to find a simple, cheap, nice hotel in Istanbul and I have been there many times. I found this one by accident just about 100 yards up from the Cistern as you follow the tram lines. Right opposite the Blue Mosque. It is very clean and used mainly by Turks from what I could see, which is a good sign as they are usually so fussy. There was a terrace from which one could see over the Bosphorus when having quite a good buffet breakfast. I thought that because it was on the main tramline it would be noisey but it has double glazing so I heard practically nothing. I never heard the Mosques either which usually wake me up so I was happy. You have no where to walk really as you are in the centre of everything and with the tram outside your door you can go everywhere quickly. The staff (of one!) were very helpful to us as my friend broke his foot and he advised us where to go. He even gave us an old crutch for free! The price was reasonable - 25 euros for a double room. You won't do much dancing in them of course but they are very quiet - never heard a word from the other guests. Well worth using if you don't want to spend much time IN a hotel but can't spend too much money either. A real bargain.

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Reviewed 21 May 2006

You come to this hotel for the location and pleasant gardens where you can relax after sightseeing and shopping until you drop! We also found the bathrooms ridiculously small and in general the hotel rooms are poorly soundproofed. The restaurant offers very well presented and good value dinners. Much better than breakfast! The deluxe rooms are worth the extra especially if you have negotiated a reasonable rate.....like most places in Turkey this hotel offers a significant discount for cash payment.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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3  Thank suzie330
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Reviewed 6 October 2005

As with other reviewers, I got the sense the Sultanahmet Palace is resting on its laurels. Because of a great write-up in Frommer's and other guide books, I got the feeling the proprieters have decided they don't need to do any updating of their look.

First the pluses: As noted by all, the location is spectacular, and the common rooms are lovely. Service also quite good, although we definitely had better elsewhere in Turkey. A satisfactory stay, all in all.

The minuses: The whole place is in need of an update. Bedding and furniture are 1970s-era, and everything had a bit of a threadbare, faded feel to it. Very disappointing, given the price and the competition by all sorts of botique hotels in the area. Unlike others, I found the breakfast buffet disappointing as well, especially compared to other hotels we stayed at in Turkey. I do echo the issues with the bathrooms, which start out interesting and quirky and quickly become annoying, and the strange loud noises from other parts of the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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5  Thank CapitalTraveler
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Reviewed 19 June 2005

Small Rooms on the 2nd floor. Tiny turkish bathroom, more of a gimmick, difficult to turn around in the tiny bathroom. The air-con did not work well in my room. In the morning, awoken by banging of doors in the other rooms. The doors do not have the automatic closing mechanism so one has to bang the door to close it. Can hear everyone outside your room. That said, the location is fabulous and the breakfast is good.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed 30 November 2004

The situation of the Sultanahmet Palace is absolutely fantastic : located just across the street from a small Bazaar over which towers the Blue Mosque. The neighbourhood is very quaint and one can walk to Saint Sophia, to the Top Kapi palace and even to the Grand Bazaar. The décor is unlovely and the breakfast could stand serious improvement, but the staff are very friendly and the Turkish-style bathrooms are a delightful experience once you get the hang of them. I shall have very fond memories of this place.

5  Thank Michael E
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Address: Sultanahmet Mah. Torun Sok. No: 19, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#203 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#262 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £47 - £129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sultanahmet Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sultanahmet Palace Hotel (Otel Sultanahmet Sarayi) is a boutique hotel located at the centre of the old city of Istanbul next to the Mosaic Museum and historic Blue Mosque. ... more   less 
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