Minarets of the
Sokak 39, Sultanahmet, Istanbul (map),
is a small, simple, bright, sunny,
friendly, quiet, well located guesthouse
with only eight rooms, all air-conditioned,
with private bathrooms.
All rooms have small refrigerators
("mini-bars"), and Turkish
carpets are everywhere.
The owner, Mr Doğan Yıldırım (his
name means "lightning"),
is friendly and welcoming.
Doğan ("doh-AHN") Bey will
show you the hotel's small selection
of rooms, including one at the very
top just off the roof terrace breakfast
room/lounge, which has spectacular views of
Hagia Sophia and also of the Sea
If you climb one level higher, the
small open-air terrace has even better
views of the sea, and excellent views
of the Blue
Mosque and Ayasofya as
well. What a place to sit!
Even if your room has no real view,
it will have something special.
For example, a small ground-floor room
gets nice sunlight, is decorated with
no fewer than nine Turkish
and right outside its window is an erik
ağacı (plum tree) that,
Doğan Bey says, "Produces the best
in the world!" They're yours to enjoy
(May & June).
The Terrace Guesthouse's location
couldn't be better:
literally around the corner from
the front door
of the posh Four
Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (double room: €560/US$726 per night),
and less than three minutes' easy
walk to the Hippodrome and Ayasofya.
And get this: no guest rooms at the Four Seasons have Bosphorus views, and breakfast is usually not included in the rate. At the Terrace Guesthouse, you pay a mere fraction of the Four Seasons' price, most of the rooms have Bosphorus views, and breakfast is included.
Most rooms are reached by a rather steep stairway (no elevator/lift), but most guests believe the views are worth the climb.
The hotel lobby has a pile of carpets that
are for sale, but only if you're interested.
No hard sell here.
When you contact Doğan Bey, be
sure to mention
TTP. Here's why.
Sokak No. 39 (map)
34400 Sultanahmet, Istanbul,
Tel +90 (212) 638 9733
Fax +90 (212) 638 9734