Istanbul's Sultan's Royal Hotel is in the popular Küçük Ayasofya hotel district (map) on a quiet street just a short stroll from the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque and the Hippodrome.
The advantages here are larger rooms than are usual in this district; and they've been designed by experienced hoteliers who understand what makes a hotel room comfortable.
The emphasis is on light, airy and modern, which is more relaxing than the atmospheric but heavy Ottoman-inspired furnishings in some hotels.
Another advantage is the variety of rooms: small but inexpensive singles, large top-floor double/triples with private terraces, two rooms at the end of the hallway that can be closed off with an extra door to make a suite of two complete, interconnecting rooms.
Of course, all rooms have the expected comforts: air conditioning, free Wifi internet access, safe deposit boxes, satelite LCD TV with international channels, minibar, central heating, a vanity with mirror, private bathroom with shower, local-craft toiletries, and a hairdryer.
The basement breakfast room is surprisingly bright and cheerful, with sunlight pouring in from clever skylights. This is where you take your plenteous buffet breakfast (included in the room rates) each morning.
A bedroom at the Sultan's Royal Hotel.
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Sultan's Royal Hotel
Küçük Ayasofya Mahallesi,
Mustafa Paşa Sokak No: 29 (map)
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 517 1307
Fax: +90 (212) 517 1309