The hotel is bang in the centre of the Sultanahmet District with the Haghia Sophia on one side and the Blue Mosque,Cistern and Museums just up the road. The Hotel appears to be used by both tourist and returning business travelers - always a good sign in our book.
The staff are friendly and genuinely nice. The rooms at the front face onto a road with the main tram line and are perhaps a problem if you are a light sleeper - we were immediately moved to the quieter side of the hotel by a gracious hotel manager when we mentioned that we found it a little noisy at night. Both rooms were pleasant - polished wood floors, clean comfortable beds, flatscreen tv, ensuite with plenty of very HOT water [caution]. Some slight drain smell in both ensuites [due to lack of bend/P traps on sinks/baths/shower trays]… but not a significant problem.
The buffet breakfast is excellent and runs until 1030 am: great choices of hot dishes, cold meats/cheese/fruits and salad.
We had dinner at the Hotel two evenings - there is a choice of semi-covered courtyard or an enclosed formal upstairs dining room. The dishes on offer are classical Turkish with emphasis on recipes from the old kitchen records of the Sultan's Palace. We both enjoy lamb dishes and the Zire-Ba lamb with honey/almond/apricot was both splendid and unique. We drank a little red and white wine from Anatolia - both were excellent. The service was friendly and professional on both occasions.
Next year, Inshallah, we will return to Istanbul and to this great little Hotel…..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in Istanbul, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum. This is absolutely the best location in Istanbul, within easy walking distance of the main monuments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ottoman Hotel Istanbul