Celal Sultan Hotel
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Our big, blue, double-decker Metro bus from Kavala to Istanbul was the most comfortable bus to date. We had comfy seats, lots of leg room, a TV (no english), and an attendant that served beverages and light snacks.
We were told in Kavala that it took six hours to travel to Istanbul. I did the math from what we were told in Thessoloniki …
... the world's grandest cathedral when it was built in 537 CE ( it was converted into a mosque in the 16th century). The last stop of the day was Topaki Palace, the former home of Turkey's Sultans, whose treasures include priceless paintings, jewel-encrusted swords and delicate porcelains. This was a lot to cover in one day due to the crowds...and remember most of the locals are not out due to Ramandan so I can only imagine how crowded it would be otherwise. There was also the gay ...
... passport control officer wasn't paying attention, as he gave me another entry stamp, as opposed to an exit stamp! Luckily someone else realised his mistake when they double checked my passport and ushered me back inside for a correction.
I went back to sleep for what must have been an hour or two (there seemed to be a lot of waiting around), before I went through Bulgarian passport control at about 3 or 4 in the morning and could finally have some unbroken sleep...
... like ‘holy f*^#’. It was clear we were just eeny weeny tiny cells inside one mother of a city full of life.
When we landed at the airport we were punched in the face with hot air, illegible signs and a huge crowd of people and luggage; all of whom had some idea what to do next except us. We stood a little stunned for far too long on a concrete path waiting for an answer to appear. It didn’t, so we resigned to paying for a taxi, where the man ...
... the Magnificent turned it into a palace and his home.
By the time we got to the palace just before 9 a.m. there were already crowds lining up to enter. But the palace complex and grounds are so vast that the large number of visitors didn't hamper our visit too much; we only had to join a long line to get into the imperial treasury.
It was fascinating to wander, first through the harem and then through the rest of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCelal Sultan Hotel Istanbul
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Celal Sultan Hotel in Istanbul. Room was clean, breakfast was substantial, reception was friendly and extremely helpful. The location of the hotel was excellent. We were only about one to two blocks from most of the important sites in old Istanbul - Haiga Sophia, The Blue Mosque, The Basilica Cistern, the tram system, exellent restaurants, The Grand Bazaar and more. I would highly recommend for anyone to stay at the Celal Sultan Hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Celal Sultan Hotel Istanbul
I recently stayed at this hotel with my group in November, 2005, and was thoroughly impressed! The Celal Sultan is located on a quiet dead-end side street in the heart of Sultanahmet (Old City). The rooms were somewhat small, but nicely decorated and charming. The bathrooms were exceptional and there is even a bidet on the toilet. Hamit, the hotel's manager, was very helpful in meeting my group's needs in every way (I felt he worked very hard in making our stay very enjoyable). The breakfast was its weakness, though, as the orange juice wasn't that good and the breakfast spread was on the limited side (however, the breads were very fresh). The biggest strength of this hotel is it's rooftop patio. The view is incredible -- especially in evening with St. Sophia all lit up just a couple of blocks away. The rates are reasonable, too, and I would definitely stay here again.
Delightful Istanbul Hotel!
We found the Celal Sultan to be well located, friendly, and comfortable. The hotel is just a short walk from Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi, the Hippodrome and other attractions. The terraces on the 5th floor have spectacular views of Hagia Sofia to Topkapi on one side and the Bosphorus and cruiseport on the other. The rooms were farily basic, but comfortable. We had a view of Hagia Sofia from our window. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The breakfast buffet (included) was quite varied and filling. As an added bonus, the hotel gave us free transportation to the airport because we stayed 4 nights.
My wife and I stay at the Celal Sultan based on comments from an acquaintance who stayed there a few years ago. He mentioned the good location and clean rooms as the primary strengths.
Celal Sultan - perfect central hotel
If you need a 3 star style hotel near the Blue Mosque & Haghia Sofia, The Celal Sultan Hotel is perfect. Reasonabe rates, good size rooms, many with good view of Haghia Sofia. Roof terrace has fine views of these sites and also Topkapi Palace.
Th staff are absolutely the most friendly we have ever met in any hotel anywhere.
Breakfast is very good.
The new modern tram that connect the area with the ferries and the grand bazaar is 150m away.
Tip - eat in one of many back street cafes rather than more costly main street restaurants.
We stayed at the Celal Sultan hotel on our way home, stopping one night in Istanbul. The location is without question fantastic. Many of the 'must see' sights are in the Sultanahmet district, including the Ayia Sofia and the Blue Mosque for starters. It's also round the corner from one of the best (and cheapest) meatball shops in town, which is always a bonus and across the road is the Byzantine Cistern, which I'd highly recommend visiting.
Great location, good value - give it a go
The hotel was ideally located, very clean, hotel staff very friendly. Breakfast was GREAT - I would definately stay there again -
No wonder people return to this hotel!
Overall I couldn't fault the service, cleanliness, comfort of the bed, etc. The hotel is small, full of charm ( as are the staff ). They were particularly helpful re safety of certain venues for teenagers. Next time I am returning with just an adult partner and could thoroughly recommend this hotel as an ideal base for sightseeing Istanbul as well as relaxing.
Loved the hotel and staff
We stayed there in December 2004. It is a great location for sightseeing the staff were so helpfull and told us all the places to go. They went out of there way to help a older guest who travelled on her own. The hotel is clean and very nicely decorated. We had a great time there and are thinking of going again next year.
A very nce quiet hotel, excellent staff, and the manager was more helpful. Great breakfast buffet. Room was immaculate. A pleasant stay and close to all tourist attractions.
I found the Celal Sultan from a lot of searching on the net. I settled on it because of the Fodor review which mentioned that some embassy workers had suggested it to friends. We were very pleased with the choice and it was exactly as it had been represented to us. It is a delightful small, elegant and friendly hotel. Three of us stayed in the 'family room' which was a single and twin with connecting door. We compared a few similar rate hotels once we arrived in Istanbul, and decided to rebook the Celal for the end of our trip because it just was a lot nicer than anything else. They have a great breakfast, nice decor, fresh linen and furnishings, nice casual atmosphere and a great position back from the main tourist avenues. Go up to the terrace at sunset, it's glorious. I would gladly recommend it.