This place is so handy to every tourist attraction in Istanbul, that it makes a very convenient and inexpensive option. We liked that it is someone's home, and the rooms, while small, are more than adequate. You're not going to be spending much time in your room anyway, given the multitude of things to do in Istanbul.
We found Josef particularly helpful and informative - simple advice like getting an IstanbulKart to get around the tram and metro system - all easy to follow.
Breakfast was more than adequate and no matter what time we arrived home, Josef was always there with a warm welcome and a smile. A particular kindness was a complimentary taxi back to the airport at 5am the day of our departure - totally unexpected.
One thing to note - morning prayer rings out at 0345 - every morning and as you're so near to the Blue Mosque, you're bound to hear it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AHMET EFENDI EVI IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF ISTANBUL, in what is known as the Cankurtaran area. This is one of the oldest Byzantine towns and is at the heart of the Sultanahmet area. We are located about 20m away from Akbiyik Mosque, which was established in 1453, making it one of the first mosques to be built after the conquest of Constantinople on May 29th 1453. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ahmet Efendi Evi Hotel Istanbul