Kariye Oteli

Kariye Camii Sokak No. 6, Edirnekapı, Istanbul, Turkey, 34490

Price from: £35

Kariye Oteli exterior

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#39 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Bedrooms:
3.6
3.6
Eating/drinking:
4.6
4.6
Public areas:
3.8
3.8
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation

Expert review of Kariye Oteli

Pleasant hotel with excellent restaurant in a unique neighbourhood.

Tastefully restored and painted a cheery yellow, this 19th-century mansion offers simple accommodation, and stellar food, in a unique location. I recommend it for people wanting to experience a different, decidedly untouristy side of Istanbul.

Location: 

On a hill above the Golden Horn, the Kariye is located next to the beautiful Chora Church, a lesser-known, but not-to-be-missed sight near the impressive Byzantine city walls, and a short walk to the colourful and intriguing neighbourhoods of Fener, Balat, and Eyüp. The sights most visitors come to see, though, are a 30-minute tram ride away, and the area is decidedly a nightlife-free zone.

Bedrooms: 

The 26 simple bedrooms are clean and comfortable, if not particularly modern or enticing, though the vintage prints and colourful carpets enliven things a bit. I like the sunny sitting areas in the two suites and the old-fashioned fans in all rooms. Bathrooms are small and none have bathtubs.

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Public areas: 

An attractive garden area is open to guests.

Eating and drinking: 

The on-site restaurant Asitane, one of the city’s best and most distinctive, is among the area’s biggest draws. Surprisingly, it's one of the few Istanbul eateries specialising in recreating the complex and decadent dishes enjoyed by the Ottoman court, treating adventurous eaters to unusual tastes such as melon stuffed with mincemeat, diced lamb with dried apricots, and walnut-filled seabass.

Service: 

The friendly staff create a relaxing atmosphere.

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Who stays there: 

French and other European travellers are among the most frequent guests. Locals crowd Asitane's well-shaded courtyard during Ramadan to enjoy its lavish fast-breaking meals, so be sure to make a reservation well ahead if you’re staying at that time.

Price advice: 

Breakfast and taxes are included in the rates.

Pros: 
Great restaurant
Nice garden
Cons: 
Remote location
No A/C or bathtubs

More information on Kariye Oteli:

Price from:
£35
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Kariye Camii Sokak No. 6, Edirnekapı, Istanbul, Turkey, 34490
Amenities:
Parking, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Fatih

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