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.
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.
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.
The friendly staff create a soothing, informal atmosphere while remaining eager to meet guests’ needs.
Who stays there
Most guests are vacationers from Europe, particularly English, French and German as well as some Italian travellers.
Rates include buffet breakfast and tax.
- Room Service
- First-time travellers
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Spotless rooms
- Beautiful garden
- Friendly staff
- No in-room WiFi
- No elevator
- Some rooms are small