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Garden House Istanbul 3.0

Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

  • Location in historic Sultanahmet ideal for tourists
  • Homey, individually decorated rooms feel like personal bedrooms
  • Rooms include mini-fridges, electric kettles, and bathrobes
  • Courtyard garden terrace with dining and lounge areas
  • Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • Cozy lobby lounge with lots of natural light
  • Free breakfast buffet with egg station and other options
  • Free afternoon snack with tea and coffee
  • Helpful staff offer concierge and room service
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property

Cons

  • No wellness facilities
  • No elevator in the building
  • Entry-level rooms can feel bland

Bottom Line

The cozy Garden House Hotel is a 24-room property with homey decor that makes guests feel as if they're staying at a personal residence. Part boutique hotel, part bed-and-breakfast, the mid-range property features a warm lobby that opens into a spacious courtyard with cafe tables and lounge spots. There's an on-site restaurant with a lunch and dinner menu, and the hotel offers a free daily buffet breakfast and free snacks in the afternoon. Rooms have character -- wood floors and patterned accent rugs -- though entry-level ones can feel a little bland. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, electric kettles, and free Wi-Fi. The location in historic Sultanahmet is ideal for tourists, and most attractions are in walking distance. As an alternative, the adjoining sister property, Rose Garden Suites, shares common spaces with this property but features larger, more luxurious suites. 

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Scene

Cozy boutique hotel with homey, traditional decor

The Garden House Hotel and its sister property, the Rose Garden Suites, share common spaces and are situated in adjacent buildings: a rehabbed late-1800s classic Ottoman building with a white facade and a terra-cotta roof and a charming five-story building with a wood-plank facade. The property lands somewhere between a boutique hotel and a ned-and-breakfast, with homey, traditional decor that feels cozy and full of character -- though it occasionally lacks the standard comforts of a chain property (there's no elevator, for example). In the lobby lounge, wood floors are paired with a vintage rug and pleather button-tufted armchairs and couches in burnt red and dark green. A window wall lets in lots of natural light, and opens into a charming courtyard (when the weather's nice) where guests can gather, eat, or relax. The property appeals to couples in particular for its intimate feel, but all tourists are drawn here for the location near historic attractions. 

Location

In historic Sultanahmet, walking distance to attractions and dining

Situated on a charming cobblestone street in historic Sultanahmet, the Garden House Hotel is well located for tourists who want to explore Istanbul's iconic attractions. The immediate block is filled mostly with other hotels, but it's only a quick jaunt to restaurants, shops, and city sights. The Blue Mosque is a seven-minute walk, with Sultanahmet Square just a few minutes walk farther, about 10 minutes. Also in walking distance is Basilica Cistern (12-minute walk), Hagia Sophia Museum (15-minute walk), the Grand Bazaar (15-minute walk), and Topkapi Palace (17-minute walk). And it's only about a 10-minute walk to the Kumkapi waterfront area, home to seafood restaurants. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is a 20 to 30 minute drive, or about an hour away via public transit.

Rooms

Homey rooms with traditional decor, wood floors, and marble accents in bathrooms

The hotel's guest rooms are individually decorated with homey, traditional decor that gives guests the feeling they're staying in a private residence. Original wood floors are paired with patterned rugs, while colorful accent walls and upholstered wood chairs are common features. Many rooms have nice hardwood furniture, though the more modern wood-laminate furniture or slipcovered chairs in some rooms feels less stylish. Bathrooms vary, but they usually feature shower stalls or walk-in showers with marble floors, though some have private Turkish baths. 

Rooms are air conditioned and include desks, sitting areas, flat-screen TVs, and laptop safes in addition to free Wi-Fi. Coffee and tea service includes an electric kettle and mini-bars are stocked with free water and juice. Bathrooms have free toiletries, hairdryers, and robes and slippers. Upgraded rooms tend to feature more stylish decor as well as extra space. Travelers looking for more space should note that luxe suites are also available in an adjoining building that shares common spaces with this property, under the name Rose Garden Suites. 

Features

Restaurant with charming courtyard terrace and helpful staff

The hotel has a cozy lobby lounge with a window wall that opens, in warmer months, onto a courtyard garden terrace with cafe tables and lounge areas for outdoor dining and relaxation. There's an in-house restaurant which, in addition to a dinner and lunch menu, serves a tasty free daily breakfast buffet with hot and cold options which include an egg station. In the afternoon, the hotel offers a free light snack with tea and coffee. Room service is available. 

This small hotel has no other extra property features, but staff are helpful and the front desk is manned 24 hours. Staff can provide concierge services, laundry service, and travel assistance. Car service or airport transfers can be arranged, and the latter is sometimes included in the room rate. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Address

Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmetpasa Sokak No:11/13, Istanbul 34122, Turkey

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