Our recent visit to Istanbul was substantially enhanced by our stay at the Empress Zoe. The location is perfect for touring the Old City, shopping the Sultanhamet District and Bazaars, great restaurants and a short walk to the tram stop to head toward Galata or the ferry docks. This boutique hotel has charm and such individually styled rooms, that you really need to spend time on their website looking at all the different room configurations, locations, and sizes before making your selection. The style is very authentic and you feel like you are back in byzantine times with the fabric selections, artifacts, furnishings, and artwork. Entering the lobby takes you immediately into the proper frame of mind and is very warm and welcoming. There are stairs - they are very upfront about that, however there are several rooms that have garden entrances and a smaller number of stairs to navigate. I had a sprained ankle by the time we got to Istanbul, and really had no problems navigating the stairs at all. The staff is excellent and very helpful - Hayati was our favorite. The breakfast is delicious with selections of local pastries, fruits, olives as well as scrambled or hard boiled eggs every morning. The rooms are comfortable, clean and the bathrooms clean and well maintained. Our room was also very quiet and we faced a busy street with shops and restaurants and had no problems with noise - even at prayer times. The breakfast room also serves as a bar in the evenings with a fire going every evening during our stay. It was only nice enough to sit in the garden a few mornings while we were there, but can only imagine how pleasant it is in warmer weather. For the money, it would be very difficult to find a unique boutique hotel room in a better location with a better staff and with more amenities. I really don't feel like I did the Empress justice with this review; but, if I ever return to Istanbul, I would stay no where else.
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- Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul