Zeynep Sultan Hotel
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... Greek folk song called "Üsküdar," several people lit up and started clapping and singing along. That was probably the coolest moment of the day. It's one of those in which I'm reminded of just how powerful music can be in connecting people, even people from another continent.
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Then we went to the Grand Bazaar for some local food and shopping. Oscar told us we could all go out on our own for ...
Awake after eight great hours of sound sleep, I get coffee and make my way to the gangway ashore and, then, to the Hop On/Hop Off Bus stop. They should call it the Stop On and Off Bus because it spends more time stopped than hopping, but hey. Sadly, nothing is working so my credit card is no good. Thankfully, I have barely enough Turkish Lira to pay the 70TL fare in cash.
Back over the Galata Bridge the HOHO takes me to my destination, ...
I set my alarm for 6am, sunrise, and after a quick shower was up on deck by 6.20am.The centre of Istanbul was in front of us in the distance and I could make out the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. I went into the self serve restaurant which was starting at 6.30am and by the time I had filled up my plate and got coffee and placed it on a table with a good view, we were lined up with the Blue Mosque in a perfect photo position. Jim just arrived so we rushed out onto deck ...
... jobs, friends, and family being the marble with which we construct our own buildings. At least that's what I want. Except there is never really a "finished" state, is there? Our buildings only get bigger, even with the occasional mistake, but we keep on building. I wonder how big the blue Mosque would be if they had just kept going.. Hm. If you're ever in Istanbul, don't miss this site. It's truly ...
... of fate the once powerless slave girls can become one of the most powerful people in the empire. And yes they were guarded by eunuchs who were black slaves from Egypt. Truth is often stranger than fiction.
The harem was decorated with beautiful tiles like much of the palace. The other place we found interesting was the religious treasures. We saw Muhammad's beard, his swords, as well as his foot print. There was even Moses staff which he parted ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.