Zeynep Sultan Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zeynep Sultan Hotel Istanbul
Exactly the location, priced right, superhelpful owner-manager
Our 10th hotel in Turkey, from 5-stars to 3: here the most comfortable beds of all! Owner-manager coverted his family mansion into a bouttique hotel that gives a rooftop view at breakfast of all important sights in the "old city."
Excellnt English spoken here by owner and his nephews who are all ready to be helpful!
Don't miss the down elevator to the subbasement--actually a small, Byzantine chapel, vandalized by the Iconoclasts, and now layered by history way under street level.
Für einen viertägigen Stadttrip perfekt
Das Hotel ist sehr zentral gelegen in der Altstadt (Sultananmet), alle Sehenswürdigkeiten sind in Gehdistanz, erreichbar zu Fuss in 10 Min. Die Zimmer sind sehr sauber, einfach aber zweckmässig eingerichtet. Das Bad ist eher klein aber auch sehr sauber und funktioniert bestens (genügend Wasserdruck und funktionierende, moderne Armaturen) Das Hotel wurde anscheinend kürzlich renoviert.
Es wird ein einfaches, aber gutes Frühstück offeriert (2€/Pers.), bei schönen Wetter auf einer Terrasse mit Blick auf die Hagia Sophia. In der nächsten Umgebung gibt es Restaurants, Cafés und einfache Garküchen. Der Transfer zum internationalen Flughafen kann für 15€ im Hotel gebucht werden (der versprochene Gratistransfer klappt öfters nicht oder ist nur gültig bei Buchung via eigener Hotel-Website), oder man benützt das Tram und die Metro (je 1 Jeton à 0.60€!) und hat nicht viel länger wie das Taxi, da öfters ein Verkehrs-Chaos herrscht.
Die Leute sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Das Hotel liegt in einer ruhigen Quartierstrasse, abseits vom Verkehrslärm. Wie vermutlich in der ganzen Stadt hört man aber den Muezzin rufen....
Excellent, friendly staff, great atmosphere...
Nicely located..near all major touristic attractions. Neighborhood is very quiet...many restaurants, carpet stores nearby. Located about 20 to 25 mins from airport. Staff very helpful and friendly.
Room was very nice..small but most importantly..clean. Housekeeping does a great job cleaning the rooms. Breakfast was included...nice as well but after a couple of days we did not want it anymore.
The owner was around..nice gentleman..always conversing with guests.
Overall, I felt very comfortable in this hotel...I very much recommend it.
Excellent location in Sultanhamet. Walking distance to many major sites.
Close to tram stop and ferries.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Immaculately clean rooms.
Nice terrace, with views of Haghia Sophia.
Complimentary internet access- very useful.
Rooms on the small side.
Average breakfast with no water/juice included.
I would definitely consider staying here again.
A hotel with soul!!!
Are you tired from all those faceless hotels? Then Zeynep Sultan hotel is for you! I just returned from a week's vacations there. This hotel is a small diamond in the heart of Sultanahmet, the most interesting region of Istanbul. Only 3 to 6 minutes walking distance to all the interesting and historic places of the city like Agia Sophia, Top kapi, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome and others.
The rooms in the hotel even if they are not very spacious they are extremely clean.
The service is very good and the breakfast excellent. The breakfast is served in a fantastic terrace surrounded by trees and with a magnificent view of Agia Sophia.
But this that distinguishes this hotel is the owner and the staff. I have never met in a hotel such friendly people, always with a smile in the face and ready to help. The owner is a very kind and well educated man who does his best so that the guests can feel like home.
All the staff are ready to give advices where to go what to see and what to do. As for the owner he even helped us with a health problem that we had giving us the right medicine!
Zeynep Sultan is a must! If I ever return to Istanbul I will surely stay there again.
Thank you very much for everything Abraham!!!
Percet location/Excellent staff
I spent two weeks here, and it was the perfect location. Three minute walk to Hagia Sofia or the tram stop. It's a quiet street and very pleasant at all times of the day. The staff speak English and are extremely friendly and helpful. The view of Hagia Sofia from the roof top deck is great at night! An odd feature is the Byzantine basilica in the basement. Ask the owner for a tour. There are still some frescos fragments visible. Also, there is a great little market and deli down the street, perfect for beverages and sandwiches. They don't speak English, but are friendly and will set you up with something good. I would definitely stay here again.
Clean, comfortable, and cozy!
We stayed in a 3rd floor room with one queen size bed. The hotel was immaculate and comfortable, but the room was pretty small - just a 2 foot pathway around the bed, basically! We felt very safe during our stay, and there is a nice system in the lobby with individual room safes that have double keyed access for valuables. However, there were no deadbolt or chain locks on the room's door, which was strange.
The patio is very pleasant, although we wished the bar was open at night. Breakfast was nice, and the staff was EXTREMELY friendly. We saw one young staff member on his way home while we were on the tram, and he came up to chat with us for a little while - we felt like we had made a local friend! An older man, Duran, was also especially helpful, and gave excellent language and custom advice when asked.
The location is good for touring, just a 3-10 minute walk to all of the major tourist attractions in Sultanhamet, with two convenient tram stops to go everywhere else.
There is a free internet-access computer in the lobby - super helpful for finding bus schedules and operating hours!
There are tons of tourist restaurants in the neighborhood, but they are overpriced ($30 for two small meals) - it is much cheaper to eat in the neighborhood behind the blue mosque, about a 7 minute walk (Doy Doy was about $12 for two meals). Our favorite meals, however, were in the local areas we found when we took the Karakoy-Kadikoy ferry.
One tip - if you book the hotel through anywhere other than their website, they do not include the free airport transfer. We were charged $27 at the end of our trip for our airport pickup. The taxi back to the airport was only about $18.
Superbly located cosy little hotel
I stayed at this hotel on a romantic weekend in Istanbul. The hotel and rooms are pretty small, but it is very clean and the staff are pretty friendly. They also serve breakfast on their terrace, which has a good view of the Blue Mosque.
The great thing about this hotel is the location. It is on a side street and hence quiet, yet it is very close to the main restaurants and shops of Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sofia and Topkapi Palace. It is also no more than a 15 minute walk from the Gelata Bridge.
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... gives up and drives off with a smile. Obviously some sort of cultural sport with which we are not familiar!!!
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... a late lunch will surfice. My Adana Kebab (minced lamb and beef) with pounded wheat(?) was outstanding, and the accompanying Effes washed away any frustrations.
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4. Basilica Cistern - amazing Roman underground water storage system. Part of a James Bond classic “Russia with Love” was filmed here.
5. Sophia Mosque - the well preserved drawings, ceramics and silhouetted minarets in the evening sky
6. Grand Bazaar and Spice Market - buzzing, colourful and aromatic
7. Topkapı Palace - Jewels, Relics of ...