i first stayed at the Empress Zoe in 2009 with my daughter for a rainy week in January and i brought my husband back in 2012 for his first trip to Istanbul. It's an amazingly welcoming and individualistic hotel in the middle of swirl of the the Sultanahmet, steps from the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Each room is quite different and reflects the owner's personality and taste. A small family of cats preside over the morning rooms and gardens. Take the warning about stairs seriously, but if you don't mind spiral staircases, it's a dream place with Hamman style bathrooms, riotous colors and delicious lingering breakfasts. We left our luggage for three days while we went to Eastern Turkey and the gracious hostess smiled and kept it safe. Strong shouldered young men carried our bags without a murmer. It has a personality, for sure, and i would imagine that service could be uneven, but we never found it so whether we were having a late night drink or asking for yet another cop of coffee and the mysterious delicious pastry.
Below it asks about the swimming pool, and i mistakenly checked it, and i couldn't get it unchecked. there is no swimming pool.More
- Breakfast included