Istanbul has a few hotels very near Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia)—and I mean right across the street from the church/mosque/museum.
All of them are restored historic buildings with Ottomanambience.
The location has a huge advantage: you’re as close as it is possible to get to Istanbul’s top historic sights: Ayasofya, Topkapı Palace, the Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Archeological Museums and Gülhane Parkı.
You could literally toss a softball (but don’t) from a window of these hotels and hit a monument.
Double-glazed windows and air conditioning largely compensate for this bustling area’s noise, but if you’re particularly sensitive to noise, specify a quiet room when you make your reservation.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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