On a quiet street near the end of the Hippodrome, the Ibrahim Pasha is close to all of Sultanhamet’s sights, but pleasantly set apart from the main areas where tourists congregate.
Like the rest of the hotel, bedrooms gracefully inhabit the space between austere minimalism and too-fussy Orientalist overload, with gleaming wood floors, richly coloured bedspreads and pillows, and a few well-chosen carpets and pieces of art. I like how the standard rooms are just as well-appointed as the deluxe ones, though they can be quite small, lacking the sitting areas and bathtubs featured in the higher-end rooms. All rooms have free wireless Internet and a small library of DVDs to watch on the flat-screen TVs.
From the cosy ground-floor library, with its leather couches and fireplace, to the rooftop terrace, with its beautifully tiled floor and stainless-steel framed bar, I found the public areas in the hotel to be among its biggest selling points. Even the breakfast room is so thoughtfully put together, you’ll feel like you’re in a real café.
Eating and drinking
An excellent breakfast buffet of fresh Continental and Turkish selections is included in all room rates.
The friendly, well-informed staff offer excellent advice to visitors on restaurants and sightseeing tours.
Who stays there
The hotel is popular with Europeans, so book well ahead during the continent-wide holiday month of August.
Twice the size of their standard counterparts, the deluxe rooms offer far better value.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Very appealing public areas
- Comfortable and well-styled rooms
- Extremely helpful staff
- No rooms with views
- Standard rooms very small