Empress Zoe Hotel

Akbiyik Caddesi No. 4/1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34400

Price from: £68

Empress Zoe Hotel lobby

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#20 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
4.3
4.3
Eating/drinking:
3.6
3.6
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing

Best for Families - Expert review of Empress Zoe Hotel

Converted Ottoman house surrounded by history and infused with character.

The 25 rooms and suites tucked away in the complex of old Ottoman-style houses that make up the Empress Zoe Hotel have character to spare, and a location to match. Though the hotel may not have all the five-star comforts of the plush Four Seasons Sultanahmet around the corner, it will never leave guests lacking a sense of place. From the Turkish kilims (floor coverings) adorning the breakfast room and bar to the crumbling ruins of a 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath) outside the garden, I’ve found that the hotel provides rich local flavour while catering to the needs of foreign travellers.

Location: 

On a quiet corner close to Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and other highlights of Istanbul’s Old City, the Empress Zoe is ideally situated for days spent sightseeing and shopping, though visitors seeking nightlife and high-quality food will want to venture outside the neighbourhood. As at many other hotels in the area, the five daily calls to prayer (the first of them before dawn) sound loudly, something guests may find charmingly authentic or terribly annoying.

Bedrooms: 

From the simplest single to the most deluxe suite, rooms have comfortable beds and thoughtful decorative touches. With each room unique, your accommodation might include a garden view, a private terrace, a carpet-canopy bed, or a marble hamam-style bathroom. The cheapest rooms can be very small, but all have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

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Public areas: 

I loved the shady and secluded rock-walled garden and cosy breakfast room with a fireplace, which offer places to relax no matter the weather. Both areas have free WiFi.

Eating and drinking: 

A standard breakfast buffet (included in the room rate) and evening drinks are served as seasonally appropriate in the garden or in the breakfast room.

Service: 

Service is very friendly and helpful; I found the staff to be good at making sightseeing and eating recommendations.

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Who stays there: 

Couples, families, and other travellers looking for a step up from budget hotels that’s still a good deal.

Price advice: 

All rooms include breakfast and tax. A 10 per cent discount is offered to guests who pay in cash.

Pros: 
Building and rooms have tons of character
Good value in a central location
Cons: 
No elevator
Few amenities

More information on Empress Zoe Hotel:

Price from:
£68
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Akbiyik Caddesi No. 4/1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34400
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet

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