of the Sultan's Inn.
mosque & view from
The Sultan’s Inn is
a long-standing popular choice among
tucked away off Küçük
Ayasofya Caddesi (map)
which runs straight up a gentle slope
to the main sights of Sultanahmet – the
Sofya, the Blue
Mosque and the Topkapı
NOTE: In June, July and most of August 2016, the Sultan's Inn is offering its rooms at promotional prices: 28€ single, 33€ double, an amazing bargain.
The Sultan’s Inn has
17 small guest rooms on four floors,
all of them non-smoking,
a distinct asset in a city still wedded
to nicotine. All are comfortably
furnished, with Turkish carpets, both
sheer and sight-blocking curtains, and private
with showers. A few rooms have
partial or limited sea views,
but the real views are from the roof terrace atop the hotel
Each room has double-glazed windows
that can be opened for fresh air, a minibar refrigerator
with complimentary spring water, TV with
remote control (and CNN and BBC), individual
air conditioner/heater unit
with remote control, and portable hair
dryer. All rooms are reached
by stairs (no elevator/lift).
I stayed quite comfortably in Room 20 in April 2015.
||Marty, the hungry gull who waits outside the breakfast room window...
A sunny upper-level breakfast
views to the north of
Mosque to the north, and Küçük
and the Sea
of Marmara to the south. After
breakfast, coffee, tea, cake and cookies
are available here all day long
to guests at no cost.
One flight up from the enclosed breakfast
room, the rooftop
terrace has potted foliage,
sunny and shady seating, and even
better views of the sea and the Blue
when floodlit at night.
Even better views?
There's a small open-air belvedere one
flight up from the open-air terrace,
for a total of three roof levels from
which to enjoy the views.
The location of the Sultan's
far enough from the heart of Sultanahmet to
escape any carpet-seller hassle, yet
it's only a 5- to 7- minute walk up
the slope to the Hippodrome. It’s
also likely to be quieter than
some of its rivals.
There’s a taxi
stand nearby for visits to
further-flung parts of the city, and
of Marmara is only a short
walk away downhill, across the Sahil
Yolu (Shore Road).
The Sultan's Inn is
under the same management as the Naz
Wooden House Inn,
Houses, Efendi Apartments and Efendi
Travel Agency, which operates
a good value-for-money
When you contact
the Sultan's Inn,
why. If you mention TTP,
you'll receive a free fruit
basket in your room when you
Mustafapaşa Sokak No. 5 (map)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel +90 (212) 638 2562, -2563
Fax +90 (212) 638 3922
—by Tom Brosnahan