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... to go there but we unwittingly walked right into the square where there were police with tear gas canisters all over the place.So we found a street off the square, found somewhere to eat and when we came out there we were right in the middle of the protest! JK was all for sticking around to see what would happen but I chickened out, so we found a side street and took off down there. Maybe just as well after watching the ...
... a tea glass, plate, spoon and tradition Turkish Apple Tea. I really liked the store as all the staff were very friendly and were at our service at all times.
After touring the palace for almost 3 hours, we went to eat at my favorite semi-terrace restaurant, the one we went to exactly a week ago. There we had a nice meal and then headed back to our hotel to rest for a while as we were all very tired. In the evening, we went shopping at Fatih. On our way, ...
... the better part of a day visiting the palace and hearing stories (thanks to free audio guide from Rick Steves!) about the colorful characters that inhabited it over the centuries. Like the Forbidden City in Beijing, the palace is accessed through successive gates, each demarcating a more private and secluded part of the palace. But since it was extended and remodeled continuously over a long period of time, it lacks the symmetry and sheer beauty of the former. Public ...
... they want when they want and pedestrians walk when they want where they want. It is amazing that 17 million people manage to stay alive to live in the city given the massive dysfunction that results from this chaotic way of living! Seriously, we were almost Turkish roadkill on numerous occasions while attempting to obey what we thought were traffic rules and the pedestrians were no better as ...
... Hundreds of hang in the windows of restaurants and shops- they make the city sparkle. The lanterns are only outnumbered by the stray cats that roam the city. I have never seen so many cats and kittens in my life (apparently Mohammed was a cat lover, who knew?)
After we left the bazar we bought lamb sandwiches that are stuffed with pickles, lettuces, tomatoes and french fries from a street vendor. On our way to our ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Empress Zoe Istanbul
We stayed at the Zoe in October. Our stay was broken up by a tour or Turkey, so we had a few days in the hotel and then the tour and a week following the tour at the Zoe again. We stayed in both the old part and the new part. Our preference was for the old section.Though the new was charming as well. The bathroom in the old section was amazing...like nothing I have ever seen before. It was part of the old turkish bath. The linens were wonderful, the handmade soap delightful and the furnishings and the wall painting were facinating. Breakfast was more than memorable, though not overwhelming. The winding wrought iron staircase is a challange, but if you hold on and don't trip over the big orange cat, it is managable. The staff and the other people staying there were absolutely delightful and more than helpful. We can't wait to go back.
I stayed in the penthouse at Empress Zoe for several days in early January, and it ranks as one of my most delightful hotel experiences anywhere. The view is breathtaking from all the windows, and from the private courtyard, watching the boats passing through the Bosphorous, the birds circling the old cistern next door. The staff were very courteous, and the rooms clean and charming. I very much enjoyed the breakfast experience, particularly the friendly cats. The location of the hotel is excellent, a short walk to Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi. I am very keen to return to Istanbul, and the Zoe, this time with the children who would love its winding stairs, and unexpected courtyards and balconies. As an Australian, it was nice to be able to talk to the staff about Galipoli, and more recent political events, and to meet the characteristic Turkish courtesy and intelligence.
i spent three weeks at the utterly charming empress zoe in november 2004 and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay that's full of character; has a kind and helpful staff; has cozy, individually decorated rooms (done with lots of taste); has a spectacular walled garden; and an absolutely large love of a marmelade cat named jasper (who happily purred away several nights in my room, much to my delight).
Empress Zoe is like a home away from home
I have had the pleasure of staying at Empress Zoe on many occasions as I am frequently in Istanbul. I have always found it like staying in a turkish home. The rooms are lovely and always clean. The garden is an oasis in which guests are free to relax and spend time, the staff is helpful and polite and I am always happy to return there as a little home away from home.
I stayed at Empress Zoe for 2 nights on Dec 24 and 25 and two words - OVERRATED and OVERPRICED - aptly sums up my impression of the hotel. Having stayed at another hotel in Istanbul (Hotel Uyan) on Dec 27-29, I can say that at least relative to Uyan, Zoe is a complete rip-off, dirty, unfriendly and loud, with its only saving grace being its fantastic breakfast.
Lovely empress zoe
I´ve been to Istanbul in july and stayed at this charming hotel.The staff is very kind , the rooms are clean and they serve a fantastic and typical breakfast. Above all we have a walking distance from The Topkapi,Haya Sofia and Blue Mosque,what else you need?
An Oase in Istanbul
Hotel Zoe is a Oase of piece in this Great town. The nice decorated rooms, breakfast in de garden and a glass of wine on the roof with a view on the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the sea of Marmaris makes this hotel a unique place to stay.
Breakfast is served in de garden, wich is a great start of a new day. And a glass of wine on the roof is a beautiful place to think over the day before you go to sleep.
The location of Empress Zoe is perfect. It is located in Sultanahmet, the older quarter of the city, near most of the tourist attractions.
The Sultanahmet square is the centre of the Ramadan activities.
Your stay in this Hotel will make your holiday perfect.
Loved the Empress Zoe
I recently stayed at this hotel. I had the good fortune to book one of the new garden suites.. it was a great choice. More like an apartment.. separate dining / kitchen / bedroom and a lovely roof top terrace. The staff were kind and considerate. The garden is fab, and the location excellent for exploring the local sites.