Special Hotels, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul‘s Special-Class hotels offer character, specifically Ottoman character. Some were built during the Ottoman Empire, others have been restored to the character of that era, still others strive for an Ottoman ambience.

Recognizing that some unique hotels did not fit its standard star classification system, Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism created ‘S’ (Special) Class to designate hotels and inns that may not meet all the technical requirements for a certain star rating, such as number of guest rooms or restaurant seats, but that had other advantages, such as character, historical interest, and/or charm.

Special Class hotels are smaller than the standard 4- and 5-star luxury hotels, with fewer staff whom you’ll get to know more easily. Each has special charms or advantages. Most are as comfortable as any modern hotel rating three or four stars. Many are located in the most convenient hotel districts.

Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

Among the best of Istanbul‘s 5-star inns, the Sirkeci Mansion (formerly called the Sirkeci Konk) has distinct advantages: high-class comforts and services, a quiet location right beside the Topkapı Palace walls, only steps from a tram stop and a 10-minute walk to Sultanahmet, it’s also an easy walk to the Golden HornMore…

Sarı Konak Oteli

A small inn with Ottoman ambience, all the comforts, an understated elegance, and true family friendliness.More…

Hotel Niles Suites

Beautifully, tastefully designed Ottoman-style junior suites in a convenient location, with family management. More…

Dersaadet Oteli

Lots of dark wood and bright smiles at this carefully restored and maintained 17-room inn in a quiet location with sweeping sea views from the rooftop terrace. More…

Mavi Ev (Blue House) Hotel

Right across the street from the Blue Mosque, the Blue House has fabulous views, extra-friendly service, and all mod cons. More…

—by Tom Brosnahan


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