Our review of the Old City Sultanahmet Hotel in Istanbul in Turkey
Name: Old City Sultanahmet Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
Address: Emin Sinan Mahallesi Piyerlotti Cadesi. No 41 Cemberlitas Istanbul Turkey
Contact Details: Telephone: +90 212 518 78 08
Email: [email protected]
Date of Stay: 26th October – 2nd November, 2013 7 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
Istanbul was our last stop on our one month travelling throughout Turkey. In particular, Istanbul held the attraction of being in Europe and Asia. From here we would continue our journey to Jordan. We were excited to spend a week here visiting all the major sites such as The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and a cruise on the Bosphorus.
Why we chose it?
We chose Hotel Old City Sultanahmet due to its location being right in the centre of the old part of Istanbul. The hotel had good reviews in Tripadvisor and Booking.com. It was right on our budget and offered a double room with ensuite, Wi-Fi and breakfast in their rooftop restaurant with views over Istanbul. For booking 7 nights they provided a one way free transfer to the hotel which is a cost saving for us.
What was it like?
We arrived after a seven hour bus ride from Canakkale and a short taxi ride to the hotel. On checking in there was an issue and we were relocated for a night to the Home Stay hotel two doors up. We were put into a very small double room with ensuite. The next morning we could have breakfast in either hotel but we chose our original hotel with the view over Istanbul which is impressive. The breakfast is the typical Turkish breakfast. We were given our double room with ensuite and promised a better room with a small balcony the next day for the remaining five nights of our trip. Both rooms were very small in size and it was a squeeze with our two travel suitcases. Rooms were cleaned daily and the rest of the hotel was well maintained. Staff were helpful and friendly and assisted in any advice that we required on how to get around and what to see and do.
What was around it?
The major tourist sites that we were keen to visit were right on our doorstep within a 5 minute walk. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants within walking distance. There were plenty of banks and ATMS available dispensing Euros, Turkish Lira and USD. Trams and buses were in walking distance from the hotel. We walked to Taksim Square, viewing Galeta Tower on the way and having a great fish meal at Egyun Balik Pazari in Beyoglu.
Would we return?
No. If we returned to Istanbul we would base ourselves on the other side of the river close to Istiklal Street, it had a different vibe and atmosphere. That being said we would certainly suggest a stay in the Old City as a must and it was wonderful to be able to walk between the highlights.
Cost? AUD 89 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi was stronger in the top floor restaurant and down at reception.
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