As a solo female traveller, I felt perfectly safe staying in Sultanahmet. The room was small, but charming. The staff was very helpful, and the garden was a beautiful place to eat breakfast, pet one of the hotel's three cats, or have a glass of wine. I can't stress enough how lovely it was to have a place to have an inexpensive drink and not have to worry about getting yourself back to the hotel in one piece. The one drawback for me as a solo female was that Akbiyik Street is full of restaurants with those guys who stand out front and try to lure in tourists. It can be somewhat stressful as a polite Midwesterner to have to run that gauntlet multiple times a day. On the other hand, I never paid for a cup of tea once during my stay in Istanbul, and the Turkish people do seem genuinely interested in sitting down and talking with tourists.
The wifi was better at Empress Zoe than most places I've stayed, probably because they have multiple access points, and the breakfast was generous and delicious. Don't miss out on the eggs with tomatoes; they're gone by 9:00!
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