Hmm, if you are determined to stay in Sultanahmet (and public transport in Istanbul is so cheap and simple there's really no need) then splah out 10EUR more and stay closer to the Hippodrome with a stunning view from one of the rooftop restaurants.
I was totally underwhelmed by the Cordial House, as an experienced and realistic traveller. There is no airconditioning - not a problem in June, but probably something you'd like in the height of summer - the walls (bright pink and purple...) are paper thin (loved those Slovakian girls next door after they'd been on the booze at 3am), the sheets on all the three single beds in the room were torn and filthy, and the bathroom was grim and dank. I might have felt better if I had a dorm instead of a single: but the singles were over-priced, over-lit, under-supplied and vile.
This was my first time in Istanbul, but as I'll be travelling through there a couple of times a month until the end of the year, I have researched other options. The staff - with the exception of one guy - were surly, unfriendly and unhelpful, and the bar was dead. I really wouldn't recommend staying here unless you were in a super-cheap dorm bed - it lacks atmosphere, is very poor value for money and even the closeness to the tram stop and the sites can't make up for this.
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- The Cordial House Hotel offers an unbeatable combination of economically priced rooms and a perfect location for quality-seeking budget travelers. We provide comfortable accommodation in a clean, safe and friendly atmosphere with a superb location in the heart of the old town. Cordial House is close to all of the main attractions and also to trams, buses, trains and airport shuttle stops. Whichever way you arrive into Istanbul, Cordial House is easy to get to. ... more less
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