Zeynep Sultan Hotel
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... glimpses of the blue mosque and many other mosques which all look amazing, along with so many good looking food places and lollies! We decided to go and eat local to our accommodation away from the super touristy areas. We ended up finding a little restaurant called the Stone house restaurant and cafe and decided to go to that one because the man out the front promoting their meals was actually lovely. Inside was cosy and lit up with Turkish lighting, great mood and all of the ...
... over the mainland, through the mist coming off the water, as we reflected on what it would have been like for those young troops all those years ago, sitting crouched in the bottom of a troop carrier, weapons in hand approaching Gallipolli, probably terrified at going into battle for the first time. It was freezing, and too early to raise a glass, so we followed my friend Narelles practise, and ordered a Sambucca Molinari to add to our coffee – it did the trick and warmed us ...
... like hey had been sucking lemons all day, none seemed very happy or excited to be on the boat! We didn't really care though, and still went about taking selfies and photos of all the cool things we were passing:) When we were wandering about the ferry docks earlier we had picked up some pamphlets, luckily one of them was about all the sites up the Bosphorus and gave a bit of history about what we were seeing:) Many photos were taken, but we were glad we took ...
... than the Blue mosque. It was originally built as a Byzantine Christian cathedral and later, after the Ottomans took Constantinople and turned it into Istanbul, converted to a mosque. It is so obvious that something is not right about the building on the outside, giving it a roughness I really like. On the inside it’s got the best of both worlds. The architecture of a medieval Byzantine church, filled with beautiful Islamic decorations.
... pieces and board on the inside of the box.
I was shocked, I remember playing backgammon (Tawla in Turkish) as a small child, but for the life of me I couldn't remember the rules! I figured, what the hell, I'll keep playing and pick up the rules again as I go. Needless to say, my opponent, named Uor, quickly discovered I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. He helped me make the first few moves, and just as I thought I had figured ...
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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.