Tucked away on a quiet, leafy cobblestone street behind Hagia Sophia, the hotel is extremely well situated for sightseeing in Sultanahmet, and for hopping on the tram to other parts of town, though it's still secluded enough to provide some reprieve from the crowds and touts.
With their pale-yellow walls, dark wood furniture, and richly coloured bedspreads, the bright, airy, and spotless rooms are tasteful without being boring. I think the “Premium Sultan” rooms are the pick of the lot, looking out over Hagia Sophia and facing away from the street noise on the main road.
In addition to the restaurant and bar, there are some small sitting areas scattered throughout the hotel.
Eating and drinking
Like many hotel eateries, the Matbah Restaurant is overpriced for what you get, though the garden setting is pleasant and the kitchen turns out intriguing Ottoman specialties such as oven-baked quail and lamb casserole with sun-dried apricots, shallots, honey, and almonds along with the usual kebabs. There’s also a cosy little bar off to the side of the garden area.
I found the front desk staff to be a bit cool, but employees speak good English and are helpful enough.
Who stays there
Couples, singles, and some business travellers.
Guests get a 15 per cent discount at the restaurant and bar.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Well-appointed rooms
- Central location
- Rooms on the main street can be noisy
- Some rooms are small