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“Great way to start two weeks in Turkey”
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Hotel Sultan Hill
Ranked #427 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

I arrived from US two days earlier than my travel companions and needed to find a place for a single night.

Needed a centrally located place from which I could safely and conveniently explore. Hotel Sultan Hill was perfect for my needs. They also arranged a private transfer from the airport. It was added to my hotel bill which meant not having to worry about having lira leaving the airport.

Literally located around the corner from the Blue Mosque. From the rooftop terrace it's almost as if you could reach out and touch the minarets. Enjoyed both the sunset and the sunrise. One word of warning: the proximity to the mosque guarantees an early wake-up with the first call to prayer!!!

The breakfast in the morning was superb. The intimate size of this converted Ottoman house made it easy to meet other guests, mostly American travelers who shared tips about Istanbul and what not to miss.

Hotel Sultan Hill was the perfect fit for my needs. Only regret was that I was staying for just one night.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

First of all, the staff is what really makes this place special. They're all incredibly helpful and accessible and give the place a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are very comfortable and I always passed out right after hitting the mattress. They come with a refrigerator, nice shower, and TV. The location is excellent, right next to the Hippodrome and behind the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia ( and I literally mean RIGHT BEHIND, the Call to Prayer in the morning will probably wake you up but you get over it after the first 2 times, its rather beautiful). They serve and excellent free breakfast in the morning with yogurt, eggs, crepes, coffee, tea, cheese, etc. I definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Location is great, rooms clean and comfortable, staff very helpful and breakfast tasty. The best is the rooftop. The view of the Blue Mosque is amazing! Run up when prayer call begins. It is unbelievable. Close walk to major mosques, markets and all kinds of restaurants. Check out Tamara Restaurant just around the corner. Very authentic turkish meal for reasonable prices. We enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

My friend and I are both so happy we stayed at Hotel Sultan Hill. We were expecting something a bit dirty or shabby for the price, but my friend who won't even touch a shower screen in a hotel felt comfortable. The rooms are small, but not too small, the beds were really comfortable. It was warm inside when it was freezing outside too! The only little negative that could be said is that there is some noise from the street if your room is at the front, but it was quiet enough at night. The location is perfect. The guys who work there are really lovely and make you feel at home, not to mention they are all handsome enough ;)
All in all, I loved it and would most certainly stay there again!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel mid March for one night. It is a very charming place with very friendly and helpful staff. The only problem was with very very thin walls. I did not sleep well as you can hear when your neighbour flushes a toilet or produces any kind of noise. I would nevertheless recommend it for your next stay in Istanbul.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Well, we stayed here for a week and all was very good.
Location is amazing - all historical things (Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Mosaic Museum) are very close to hotel. Stunning view from rooftop terrace..
Breakfast in standard turkish style was tasty - many types of olives, cheese, fruits, sweets, fresh turkish bread, tea and coffee.
Very nice room (but small) - clean, warm and quiet.
Price is a little high but it is standard price for Istanbul center located hotel.
Dont forget about very early wakeup because muslims pray (Blue Mosque is VERY near and sounds can be loud)...

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We stayed here for several days and really enjoyed it. The location is central for tourists yet on a quiet street directly opposite the Blue Mosque. The staff is VERY helpful and friendly. This is NOT a 4 star place with all of those bell services and room service. Its basically a pensione but it felt like home after one day and we loved coming back to our quiet hideway and retreating to the large rooftop patio. This was renovated to serve as a restaurant/lounge but the city wouldn't give permits so it has a few chairs and chaises for the hotel guests. You sit right next to the Blue Mosque which is so dramatic day or night. At night it is lit up to add to the drama of the moment. Turn away from the Blue Mosque and cast your eyes to the sea and the shipping headed into and out of the Bosporus. Its a 360 panorama that is incomparable to anything offered at the Four Seasons or any number of pricey hotels nearby. If you want a drink they will sell you wine/beer at the front desk or you can BYOB from the local shops. Some sell alcohol and some don't and I got plenty of cold shoulders for asking for wine when I didn't see it displayed (infidel!). If its not out, they don't sell it and don't think much of you for wanting it. The hotel is wood frame so there are creaks here and there. There is no elevator. We didn't notice any noise from our fellow guests and the street is narrow and lightly trafficked by cars. Just two blocks downhill is the much busier tourist ghetto so there is plenty of shopping and dining. I'm not using Ghetto in the pejorative sense. It is a nicely conceived marketplace with pedistrian only promenades and open air festival seating for entertaining, dining and drinking. It is great to have this close but not too close. 1 block up hill is the Hypodrome the ancient horse track which leads to all of the classic tourist sights that cannot be missed (get a guide so you can cut the lines!)

Room Tip: there is no elevator, if its hot you will want a room higher up with a working A/C unit and fan.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Address: Tavukhane Sok. No:19 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#203 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £35 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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