With part of the Basilica Cistern actually resting beneath the hotel, you can’t get much closer to Sultanahmet’s major sights and shops. The Kybele is located on a side street, but a relatively lively one, so guests particularly sensitive to noise might want to request rooms in the back.
Decked out in reds and golds, with brass headboards, antique wooden bedside tables, and richly upholstered chairs, the small rooms feel luxurious.
I love the green garden hidden away behind the hotel and especially the cosy library, with its red window seats and intricately painted woodwork in a riot of colours.
Eating and drinking
A good-quality buffet breakfast is served in the downstairs café, which also has sidewalk tables and offers traditional Turkish dishes at lunch and dinnertime.
Service is informal at this family-run hotel, but I found the staff knowledgeable and hospitable. Guests who are interested in shopping can get great advice on navigating the Grand Bazaar from the owners, who also have their own antique and craft pieces for sale.
Who stays there
Singles, couples, and families on holiday. Wireless is only available in the public areas and in-room desks are small, so the Kybele is not really suited to business travellers.
As rooms at the Kybele can be small, guests looking to stretch out a bit should try and book the family room, which boasts two balconies and a sitting area.
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
Pros & Cons
- Friendly atmosphere
- Full of character
- Good location
- No elevator
- Rooms can be small