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It's kind of difficult to summarise a whole week in one blog post, we've fit in so much touristing. And equal amounts of relaxation thrown in too, thank goodness. Istanbul has been a wonderful almost-end to our trip, which as I said in the Budapest entry, has been somewhat of a history lesson for me. On our first evening here, we …
Map to the Empress Zoe.
Today was another great day in Istanbul! We were picked up at the hotel to go on a boat tour of the Bosporus so we could span two continents. There was a bus tour that took us to the Spice Market but it was closed but we were able to wander through some other shop areas. There was the guy stacking dates by hand for a display, a shop that sells …
This morning we had breakfast at the hotel with lots of coffee! We were to meet our tour guide in the lobby and she was going to take us around to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia plus a few other places in between. Fergun(Fergie from here on out) arrived and we started our walk for the morning. She has been doing tours for close to 40 years …
Breakfast was at my house with Terri, Anita, Barb and Les with lots of Ramadan goodies to try. Many of the treats I hadn't seen last year but I also wasn't as familiar with the bakeries and such. Maybe that was a good thing! We left for the airport around 11am for a 1:00ish flight to Istanbul. It was an RJ flight that got us there and it was a …
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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.