This friendly small hotel was our home for 3 days. Like other travelers have said, it is within walking distance (10-15 min) from many must-see sights like Topkapi, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Archaeological museum, and the Cistern Basilica. There are a few grocery stores within 5 min. walk if you want to get some bottled water or snacks. As I later discovered, Gul Sultan happens to be on the street where many of the Tripadvisor top-rated restaurants are for Sultanahmet. We didn't have to go far for good food, but keep in mind the food will be more pricey due to their locations. While these restaurants are conveniently on the same street as the hotel, on the weekend nights the noise does not die down until 2-3am. On weekdays maybe 1am. That was our experience. It didn't bother us too much because we were usually fairly tired by the time we hit the pillows, but for light sleepers it may be something to think about. In case you are wondering, yes, the beds are comfortable.
The room and bathroom are very clean. Hair conditioner is not provided. If you use conditioner you will need to bring your own. The bathroom is big enough but the shower stall is a bit small.
Breakfast is ready to serve at 8am on the 4th floor. You can also go to the rooftop for some amazing views of the sea. There is a large variety of typical Turkish breakfast - dried fruits, cheeses, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, hams, bread, biscuits, fresh fruits, sausages, eggs, cereal, and many more items. The pretty lady who prepares the food up there not only makes you omelette to order, she also cooks a couple of delicious dishes everyday. My favorite was her eggplant with tomatoes. So yummy! I would have eaten the whole bowl had I not thought to save some for others :) We looked forward to breakfast everyday and were sad we had to leave.
Front desk service was excellent. Azad helped to call the tour companies when I thought they weren't coming. He also suggested itineraries and must-see sights. Tours can be arranged for you if you have not already done so. Azad was always smiling when he saw us each morning and received us like we are old friends.
You can buy tram cards (and refill at stations) at newspaper stands. Sultanahmet station to Eminomu is only less than a 10 min. ride if that much. You can then walk across the Galata Bridge to the other side, or stay on the same side and visit the New Mosque, Spice Market, or eat at the many good restaurants there. As a side note, please keep in mind that most museums are closed on Mondays, so please plan accordingly. If you found this review to be helpful please don't forget to vote. Thanks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gul Sultan Hotel is situated on the shores of the Historical Peninsula. Strait next to the the St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque. This places are only few minutes by walk. This was first the site of the recidence from early in 20th century. Has been renovated to hotel at August 2004. Hotel Gul Sultan is brandnewly furnished well decorated and all rooms have private bathroom, hair dryer, international dialing phones, air-condition, with minibar, TV, central heating. Our staff fluently speaks english and will be very happy to assist your trip in Istanbul. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Gul Sultan