You reach this area by walking downhill from the southeast corner of the Hippodrome along Nakilbent Sokak, or behind the Blue Mosque, through the Arasta Bazaar, and down Küçük Ayasofya Caddesi which runs downhill to the Küçük Ayasofya Mosque.
Along Küçük Ayasofya Caddesi, and to the left and right on side streets, are numerous hotels in a variety of styles and price ranges. From most, it's only a few minutes' walk uphill to the southwestern end of the Hippodrome, and a few more minutes to Ayasofya and Topkapı Palace.
Not all hotels in this neighborhood are recommendable. Some suffer from street noise. Those described below are not on busy streets.
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...
—by Tom Brosnahan