We stayed at the Empress Zoe the last 2 nights of our honeymoon. We decided to treat ourselves to a suite (since it WAS our honeymoon) and reserved the Chez Zoe Garden Deluxe Suite @ 230EUR/nt. The cab driver had a little trouble finding the place, but we eventually made it & checked in. Our room was in the back building & up a curvy flight of stairs. From Reception, it feels like you are walking with your bag about a mile, but it's really not that far. Much easier when you aren't lugging a suitcase.
The room was gorgeous and was actually the size of an apartment. It had a large bedroom with a platform bed and there was also a small single bed in this room. Small window seats and a desk, as well. Really lovely & romantic. The bathroom was the marble hamam shower other people have mentioned. I never entirely figured out what I was supposed to do (other than just take a shower) and the brass faucet over the hamam bowl dripped all the time, meaning I had to scoop out the old, cold water constantly. All of the toiletries are wonderful, however, and I am addicted to the soap (it's this sandlewoody olive soap that makes your skin feel like butter). There was also a front room which had a table & chairs, 2 more single beds/couches & a sink. Plus, there was a small tiled balcony that overlooked the beautiful garden. All rooms have wood floors and are connected by a hallway.
The bedroom faced the street and could be a little loud (some fellow was talking on a mobile while revving his moped engine for about 15 minutes), but wasn't too bad. Also, the morning breakfast was wonderful. A good selection of meats, cheese, fruit, yogurt, toast, pastries, etc. and very good coffee. There are afternoon/evening cocktails (for a price) served out of this same area & you can enjoy them in the truly beautiful garden. The garden is one of the best parts. There is a roof deck, as well, but the nights we were there, it was too windy to enjoy for long. Fantastic views, however!
I think this hotel is pretty incredible, but the room was far too much, really, for 2 people (unless you were staying a week or something). Especially for 230EUR. However, if you had a family staying there or were traveling with a few friends & you were all sharing the space, it would be a better deal & would make more sense. We really loved ending our trip here, but the other hotel we stayed at in Istanbul was literally a block away and half the price (& very nice). However, I would absolutely return & would recommend this to friends as a unique and beautiful place to enjoy the old city. If you are looking for charm, intimacy & style as opposed to a stark modern hotel, this is certainly the place.
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