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Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Ranked #103 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2014

The location of this hotel in Sultanahmet can't be beat. Note that cars, including taxis, can't drive right up to the hotel. It's a short walk where the road has been closed off, however. The Aya Sofia is across the cobblestone street, the Blue Mosque is to the right and the Topkapi to the left. All within walking distance, and very close to the Sultanahmet tram station. The hotel is very nice, and the jetted tub is a welcomed treat after days of walking. The restaurant leaves a bit to be desired, but again you can't beat the location.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The hotel is ideally situated for a short break in Istanbul. It is charming in its design and the staff is very helpful. We had a problem with the shower that we had to announce twice before it was finally fixed but otherwise, all ok.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Right in the heart of the Sultanahmet area so perfect for exploring the old town, this hotel offers a good four star service. It's welcoming and calm with a old world feel about the place. Service was excellent at all times and the room was a decent size, clean and well equipped. The air conditioning worked well - perhaps a little fierce at times, but that's easily solved by switching it off for a while. Noise levels are reasonable, although passers by may make a bit of noise at night. One thing to be aware of - at certain times the road leading up to the hotel is closed (by moving pillars) so if you have a lot of luggage you may need some help - and the cobbled road is not particularly good for heavy wheeled suitcases. Having said that, most Turkish taxis we tried were always willing to be helpful. We couldn't quite work the system out - sometimes we could drive up to the hotel and other times we were dropped at the blocked entrance. It's only about a 100m walk so not far - just be aware if you have loads of suitcases. The hotel also has a really excellent restaurant - be sure to book as it was full one of the nights we were there. Having tried the food, I'm not surprised - would happily visit again. As per other reviews, you are right by the Hagia Sophia and also close to the Sultanahmet tram station. Don't be frightened to use the trams - get a map and work out where you want to go. If you can handle the London tube system, this is a breeze. Buy tram tokens at the Jetonmatik machines - at the moment it costs 4 Turkish Lira per journey - choose which direction you need to go in, and hop on. The token machines will give change for notes, but give 1TL coins in change, so try to keep the notes to a relatively small value unless you want to be burdened with loads of coins. Overall, would happily use this hotel again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Arriving at this hotel after the long flight from Australia made our first experience of Istanbul very positive. We arrived early in the morning and they made a room available and offered breakfast. The staff were friendly and helpful, and nothing was too much trouble. Great rooms in the classic ottoman style. The location is amazing and we had views from our window of the Hagia Sophia. The restaurant is also superb.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We stayed here for one night and the room was wonderful. The a/c worked nice. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast on the terrace the next day was an incredible sight and delicious. The concierge recommended a very nice place for us to eat that evening that we really enjoyed. We would absolutely stay here again.

Room Tip: just ask for a quiet room with good working a/c.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

Just returned from a four night stay at the Ottoman Imperial. Found the hotel to be lovely, the staff were really welcoming and helpful, and the hotel cozy and authentic. I had a single room so it was small, but adequate size for one, and directly overlooked the side of the Hagia Sophia so couldn't have had a better view. The hotel is situated in the Sultanahmet area in a quiet leafy lane at the side of the the Hagia Sophia, just 3 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern and 15 minutes walk to both the Grand and Spice Bazaars. There's also several restaurants nearby as well as an excellent one in the hotel itself. If you're looking to visit Istanbul and sight-see the main attractions then this is ideal, with its close location to the main sights you can wander between the hotel and sights all day as needed, perfect when you want to drop off your shopping from the bazaar! One thing I will mention is that the hotel isn't totally accessible by taxi, so you need to walk the last 30 metres on foot, something to bear in mind for anyone with disabilities, although this is the same situation for most of this Sultanahmet area, and if you want to visit Istanbul it will likely involve a lot of walking. Without a doubt if I visit Istanbul again i'll be booking at this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We stayed in a "Sultan's" room with a fantastic view of the Aya Sofia. This hotel is, literally, across the street from this beautiful treasure. The staff speak excellent English and are supremely accommodating. Large, comfortable bed, beautiful decor, large bathrooms, great restaurant--in all, a great place to stay during a trip to Istanbul. Highly recommend

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Caferiye Sok. No:6 D:1 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#50 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#72 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#85 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#122 Business Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £45 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ottoman Hotel Imperial 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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