Hotel Poem

Terbiyik Sokak No. 12, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34400

Price from: £27

Hotel Poem 'All of a Sudden' room

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#29 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
3.8
3.8
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, First-time travellers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation

Best for On a budget - Expert review of Hotel Poem

Spick-and-span little hotel with charming garden and eager-to-please staff.

The two adjacent late-19th-century wooden buildings, painted a cheery yellow, that make up the Hotel Poem shelter 17 simple, but comfortable rooms, each named after a different Turkish poem. It’s just one of the charming touches that I think make this simple hotel a little bit special.

Location: 

Just a couple of blocks off the main Sultanahmet tourist track, the Poem’s quiet residential street isn’t much to look at and can be a bit tricky to find, but it’s a convenient place to stay without having to fight any crowds.

Bedrooms: 

The spotlessly clean rooms are done up in crisp white, with a splash of green or pink provided by the bedspreads. I like the attic “All of a Sudden” room (named after a poem by Orhan Veli Kanık), which has a Marmara view and its own small balcony, though also a low ceiling. The single and double rooms are quite small, while the superior and triple rooms give guests a bit more space in which to stretch out.

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Public areas: 

If there’s a sweeter little hotel garden than the Poem’s, I haven’t seen it yet. Its white metal tables, tiles and decorative ironwork are enlivened by bright purple seat cushions – matched by purple flower pots – and shaded by walnut and fig trees, making the garden an extremely pleasant, and cool, place to relax. There’s also a tiny balcony around the back of one of the two buildings, and a fairly spacious lobby with WiFi access.

Eating and drinking: 

A generous and tasty breakfast buffet is served in the garden in summer, while a small rooftop bar with white rattan chairs offers a panoramic Marmara view.

Service: 

The friendly staff create a soothing, informal atmosphere while remaining eager to meet guests’ needs.

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Who stays there: 

Most guests are vacationers from Europe, particularly English, French and German as well as some Italian travellers.

Price advice: 

Rates include buffet breakfast and tax.

Pros: 
Beautiful garden
Friendly staff
Spotless rooms
Cons: 
Some rooms are small
No elevator
No in-room WiFi

More information on Hotel Poem:

Price from:
£27
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Terbiyik Sokak No. 12, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34400
Amenities:
Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet

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