Hotels on and very
near the Hippodrome (At
Meydanı) in Sultanahmet,
are at the very heart
(map), as are those in the area of Ayasofya.
You can't get any closer to the city's
major sights. All are within a few
minutes' easy walk.
The Sultanahmet (Blue)
Mosque, on the Hippodrome's
southeast side, is the major landmark.
Many hotels in this area have views
of the mosque or of Ayasofya (Hagia
Sophia) just across the park.
However, the sound of
the 100+ loudspeakers on the Sulanahmet (Blue) Mosque
at the early morning call to prayer
(about 1.5 hours before dawn) must be kept in mind. It is tempered
somewhat by double-glazed windows which soften
the noise, and air conditioners so
you can have the windows closed on
warm days, but 100 loudspeakers is a lot of decibels.
All in all, the Hippodrome (map) is
an excellent place to use as your hotel
base in Istanbul.
Among the best places to stay in Sultanahmet,
this family-run hotel right across
from the Blue
Mosque has friendly, professional
staff, spectacular views from rooms
and roof restaurant, and a supremely
convenient location on Dalbastı
Sokak (No. 14) at Utangaç Sokak. More...
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—by Tom Brosnahan