Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Sunday, September 22, 2013
We made it to our hotel last night by the skin of our teeth! First, the taxi driver didn't speak a word of English. Second, he didn’t know where our hotel was. Third, he drove up to 110 kph down the busy streets, weaving in and out of traffic, like he was invincible! He phoned a friend while driving and …
... waters edge and make it to the plush grounds of the gallery. Before we even look at the art we descend on the beautiful restaurant and sit down for another long lazy amazing meal. Positioned in a perfect location and beautifully decorated this restaurant also make it into the top 10 for fine dining in Istanbul. To say that we have been spoilt for choice is an understatement ! Full and ready to browse ...
... br> When we went back to our new 'friends' shop to pick up our wrapped purchases, he suggested we 'just look at some Turkish' carpets...
And wouldn't you know it, his family also own a carpet shop!!
So how could we refuse. Daryl said under his breath, 'we are not going to buy a carpet' as we entered...
So there we were being taken to the family owned carpet shop .
We were quickly introduced to his brother Safak , ...
... For those who don't know Ephesus is an ancient roman city dating back to 11th century BC. But like Troy become deserted due to the harbour being silted up over time. The harbour is now fields of local farms. Ephesus ended around 300-400AD I think. The place was epic and all made of marble with elaborate temples, theatres, baths, gym, library, and hoar house. Apparently it was very multicultural with heaps of Egyptian traders coming over and what not. How's this! ...
... for the rest of the ladies.
We considered investing in some audio guides to help us
understand the history of all this splendour. Instead we chose to save our
money and get Bastien to be our tour guide. Highly educated and very bright,
Bastien had a decent amount of knowledge at his disposal regarding this lost
empire. He also made up a lot of ********. Trying to discern fact from fiction,
we followed the ebb of the tourist tide, debating which ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sultanhan Hotel Istanbul
Stayed here 3 nights in December. As our baggage was lost through Turkish Airlines, the staff was extremely helpful in contacting the airlines for us. This was no small task as our lugguge had been sent to Barcelona! Having native Turkish speakers to help in a situation like this was invaluable! We did get our luggage back. The staff was so kind and friendly - they were genuinely interested in our comfort and also to help in any way. The manager walked us to an eyeglass store and explained (in Turkish) about our luggage and that our daughter's eyeglasses and contacts were lost in Barcelona! The eyeglass store gave us a discount and hurried to prepare a pair of glasses for our daugher.
I booked this hotel over others after reading the rave reviews! I can confirm that this hotel is fabulous. The location is great for all sights, the harbour and the tram, you hardly need step just up the road to be at the Blue mosque or bazaar. The staff were amazing, humourous, engaging, delightful.... need I go on. Orham on reception sorted restaurants, maps, directions, turkish baths, transfers, everything. The restaurant food is exceptional, much better and cheaper than some of the 'posh' restaurants and Ali the Restaurant Manager is a gem. He even took one of our group off the the barbers for a shave! He gave us an insight into real turkish life whilst we were waiting for our meal. The rooms are spacious, clean and bright. I could not fault this hotel, I would recommend it to anyone and when i return to istanbul, it will be to this hotel again. Marianne, Bristol England
Rather than be repetitive let me just say that I concur with all the positive comments written about this gem of a hotel to this point. I took 15 other people to the hotel with me for 2 nights after our 12-night cruise. As a travel agent I was apprehensive about Turkey and the hotel. I had never traveled to Turkey and I wanted to make sure I satisifed the needs and expectations of my well-traveled group. I couldn't have been more pleased and my group was delighted. The hotel looks exactly like the website so what you see is what you get. If you haven't checked out the website you should; they have done an amazing job. I had a problem with the airconditioning that was fixed very quickly. The controls are unlike those I am used to so it was probably something I needed to do to make it work. For breakfast I would like to see them make some improvements but it is enough to get your day started. Last, but certainly not least, the staff could not have been more helpful or gracious. We really enjoyed our stay in Istanbul and would stay at this hotel again and again.
Fabulous little hotel in old town
Just stayed one night at the Hotel Sultanhan in Istanbul after our Greek Isles cruise - when the cab driver couldn't find the place, I started to get worried, thinking what kind of dump was this I got us into! When we arrived, we were thrilled. It is a small boutique hotel located within a very short walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. A delightful staff, a rooftop terrace for dining with beautiful views of the Bosphorus and Mosque. Another short walk and you are on the tram to anywhere you want to go in either old town or the new town.
Couldn't have been happier with the spot.
Good location, with the attractions in Sultanhamet near by. The reception was a good size and you get the feeling you have entered a classy hotel from the minute you step through the door.
We made our booking for this hotel based purely on price rather than other factors and was fully expecting the need for taxi's to get anywhere. I was completely wrong!
Excellent hotel and excellent location with nice folks
my wife and I stayed at this excellent hotel for our first visit (3 nights) to Istanbul, and were very pleased. Location is ideal for the major sites; room comfortable and quiet (except when the neighboring room screamed at and possibly hit their baby). The view from the roof is spectacuar, expecially at sunrise. restaurant food and service was excellent, but meals in the neighborhood weremore fun. Desk clerks were kind and helpful. Well worth staying at!
After searching the web for days to find a hotel that offered location and style that would compliment the old section of Istanbul, I found the Sultanhan. My husband and I stayed six nights at this lovely boutique hotel May 9-15. It is a fairly new hotel decorated with antiques and beautiful fabrics and carpets. Much care has gone into the decorations and furnishings, as well as the comfort of the rooms. The bedding is luxurious and of the highest quality.