The Şebnem is blissfully set apart on a quiet cul-de-sac leading off from one of the main tourist hubs in Sultanahmet, with all the sights still close at hand.
The 15 rooms are small, but clean and tastefully appointed, with wooden floors and furniture and crisp white bedding. I particularly like the lively Central Asian tapestries used as canopies over some of the beds. The downstairs rooms can be a bit dark but open up onto a lovely and lush little garden with intricate tile work and a small fountain.
The cosy, but colourful reception area offers a nice library of books for guests to browse, as well as a computer nook.
Eating and drinking
The excellent breakfast buffet is served on the hotel’s indoor/outdoor terrace, which has a fairly pedestrian view of the Marmara Sea but tons of atmosphere to make up for it. With its comfy seats and many plants, I found it one of the most appealing terraces in the area. Later in the day, the area turns into a café for sipping drinks and puffing on nargile (water pipes).
The warm and welcoming staff provide lots of good tips to travellers.
Who stays there
Foreign vacationers, particularly Americans, Europeans and Australians.
Prices include breakfast and taxes. Drinks on the terrace are well-priced for the area.
- High-Speed Internet
- First-time travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Excellent breakfast
- Appealing terrace
- Good service
- No elevator
- Rooms are small