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Gul Sultan Hotel
Ranked #237 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 16 June 2014

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!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi.Dear Mr/Mrs,
Thank you for choosing Gul Sultan Hotel for your short stay in Istanbul. Your comments are very important to us.Thank you for complimenting the overall cleanliness, the comfort of your room, and the friendliness of our staff. We are delighted to learn of your satisfaction with breakfast and the location of our hotel.
Our purpose to renew ourselves every day and improve the quality of our services to a higher level. Guest’s satisfaction is very important to us in striving to provide the best service and to enhance quality of our staff’s performance.
We are looking forward to accommodating you on your next trip to the Istanbul.
Take care of yourself.

KIND REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Gul Sultan Hotel is a charming small hotel with a very friendly service. The location is excellent with Topkapi, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia within easy walking distance. Also close to the tram which could get one to the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, the ferries and the Galata Bridge with just a few stops.
The spiral staircase to the roof terrace was a bit steep for an elderly person, but once there the view was fantastic.
The street outside, which could be a bit noisy at night, was full of good restaurants and cafés. The rooms are a bit small but adequate. And everything was neat and clean. The breakfast very good also. I shall return.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi.Dear Stella,
First thanks for taking your valuable time to type this great review about our hotel.Thank you for complimenting the overall cleanliness, the comfort of your room, and the friendliness of our staff.
We wish to see and accommodate you next time you are in Istanbul.Take care of yourfself.

KIND REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Pefect positioned for visiting by walking many objectives: Sultan Ahmet Square (10 minutes); Blue Mosque (10 min) , Hagia Sofia (10 min) , Topkapi Palace (10 minutes) and all others arround: Grand Bazar 15-20 minutes walking; Galata Bridge 20-25 minutes walking.
The hotel is located on a streets full with very nice restaurants/ pubs/ terraces.
The staff is very frendly; the room is small but very clean, towels changed every day, sheet evry 2 days.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi.Dear Bogdan_Bunghez,
Thank you for choosing our hotel for your short stay in Istanbul. It is so important for us to follow each kind of review. We pay highest attention to all feedbacks.
We hope to welcome you in our hotel again. Take care of yourself.

BEST REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

All I can say this is excellent hotel in every single way.I was very pleased the service received from hotel management I m happy to stay again with them.Location was perfect easy access to Blue Masjid Topaki palace Hagia Sofia n around 10-15min to Grand Bazar also all the food place very closer by the hotel.Wishing them Good luck for their business

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi. Dear Ashrakuz,

Thank you very much for your great review about our hotel. İt is great to hear that our customers are satisfied with our service.
We wish to see and accommodate you next time you are in Istanbul.
Take care of yourfself.

KIND REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

This is a great place - for the price, it's so worth it. It's on the main happening street in Sultanahmet - where all the restaurants and bars are located. It's round the corner from The Four Seasons, the blue mosque - haga Sofia, Topkapi. The staff are really friendly. Opt to stay in the non street facing room if you like some peace and quiet at night. Clean and good price!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi. Dear Farah,

Thank you very much for your great review about our hotel. İt is great to hear that our customers are satisfied with our service.
We wish to see and accommodate you next time you are in Istanbul.
Take care of yourfself.

KIND REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

The hotel is a family run business with excellent location and fabulous views. Situated in the most popular district of Sultanahmet, you can easily move around as well as enjoy local shops.Just 2 minutes walk from the most popular tourist spot in Istanbul. The rooms are sound proofed well and get regularly cleaned. Staff is friendly and informative. You can enjoy the breakfast at the rooftop restaurant with mind blowing sea views. Food is very clean and tasty. Our favorite spot in hotel was the terrace on the top where we enjoyed the sun sets and time after breakfast while planing for the day ahead.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Suhail H
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Dear Suhail H,

Thank you very much for sharing this review on Trip Advisor and for your kind comments about our hotel's location and our stuff. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your time with us and went home with memorable moments not only from the Hotel but also from the Old Town and Istanbul.

We hope you come back and visit us again in the nearest future...

KIND REGARDS,
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Reviewed 4 June 2014

This hotel located in the heart of sultanahamet making it perfect to visit most of the attractions by walking namely blue mosque, haghia sophia, topkapki palace grand bazaar to name a few....this hotel is coming under the same chain as spinel hotel and sultan hostel so if you have booked in any of these and get shifted dont worry they are managed by the same guys. The same happened to me but i was ok staying in gul sultan. The guys at the reception are pretty helpful and speak english also pretty decently....the room are small for the price no doubt but i guess i was there during season time....the entire street livens up in the evening with pubs and local restaurants open till 2-3 am....all in all a good experience!!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Hamit Ç, Manager at Gul Sultan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hi.Dear Sanjay J,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts and comments about your stay with us.İt is great to hear that our customers are satisfied with our service.

We hope to have the chance to host you again in the future.

BEST REGARDS
HAMİT ÇELİK

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Additional Information about Gul Sultan Hotel

Address: Sultanahmet Akbiyik Caddesi No 9 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#69 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#92 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £20 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gul Sultan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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