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Hotel Darussaade Istanbul 3.5

Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

  • Lovely boutique hotel occupying a beautifully restored home 
  • Excellent Old City location within walking distance of top sights
  • Elegant guest rooms with 19th-century decor 
  • In-room AC, electric kettles, minibars, and flat-screen TVs
  • Well-reviewed free hot breakfast with Turkish and Western items
  • Bistro and top-floor restaurant serving traditional and international cuisine 
  • Restaurant has terrace with views of the Sea of Marmara
  • Free limited valet parking
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No wellness amenities on-site 

Bottom Line

The Hotel Darussaade Istanbul is an elegant, three-and-a-half-pearl property that occupies a charming restored home in Istanbul's Old City. Its Sultanahmet location is excellent, within a five-minute walk of the Arasta Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and numerous restaurants and cafes. The 19th-century decor found in common spaces carries over to the 22 guest rooms, which come nicely equipped with AC, flat-screen TVs, minibars, electric kettles, and free Wi-Fi. While it lacks leisure facilities, the hotel offers solid on-site dining, with a free hot breakfast buffet, bistro that serves Turkish and international cuisine, and top-floor restaurant with sea-facing terrace. Travelers looking for accommodations with more features can consider the nearby Sura Hotel & Suites. 

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Scene

Small hotel in restored 19th-century building with sea-facing terrace

The Hotel Darussaade is situated in a beautifully restored traditional wooden home, with elegant, 19th-century decor throughout its atmospheric common spaces and guest rooms. When the tourists who stay here—mostly couples, friends traveling in groups, and some families—aren’t out sightseeing, they gather in the lobby parlor, filled with handsome antique furniture with gilded accents and fine Turkish rugs. There's also a charming lobby-level bistro, with a whitewashed coffered ceiling, chandelier, and cafe tables set on a patio adjoining the cobblestone street. For the best views, travelers head up to the conservatory-style terrace, with glass walls framing views of the leafy hotel grounds on one side, and the Sea of Marmara on the other. 

Location

Excellent Old City location, within walking distance to restaurants, cafes, and top sights

The hotel has an excellent location in the Sultanahmet historical district, an area with shops, cafes, restaurants, and other hotels. Public transportation is close at hand, as the Akbiyik bus stop is a five-minute walk, and Sultanahmet station is 10 minutes on foot for access to points beyond. The Arasta Bazaar is a five-minute walk, and the area with the Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square, and 17th-century Blue Mosque is roughly eight minutes on foot. 

Hagia Sophia is also an eight-minute walk, as is the Carpet Museum and the Basilica Cistern (underground Roman water source). The 15th-century Topkapi Palace takes about 15 minutes to reach on foot, and it's 20 minutes to the Grand Bazaar. The Darussaade is a 25-minute drive from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, or about an hour by public transit. 

Rooms

Gracious and refined, with flat-screen TVs, minibars, kettles, and free Wi-Fi 

Guest rooms have the same feel as the hotel's common spaces, but decor in Standard rooms is more simple and refined. All have details like hardwood floors, decorative rugs, period wallpaper, gilt-framed mirrors, and dark-wood furniture. Some feature elements like brass beds, chandeliers, and curtains with decorative valances, and have views of the sea. Amenities are a plus, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, lightly stocked minibars, electric kettles for free instant coffee and tea, slippers, and free Wi-Fi. The tiled bathrooms aren't quite as attractive but they're still pleasant, with showers or shower/tub combos, hairdryers, and ample toiletries. 

Features

Free hot breakfast, bistro, and top-floor restaurant with sea-facing terrace

Hotel Darussaade has limited property features, but dining is a highlight. There's a generous free hot breakfast that's well-liked by guests, with eggs, pancakes, homemade Turkish dishes, and an array of cold items. It’s served in the top-floor restaurant, which has an all-season rooftop terrace with views of the Sea of Marmara. The restaurant offers substantial Turkish and international cuisine throughout the day, and the terrace is nice spot for afternoon tea and sunset cocktails. There's also a lobby-level bistro with lighter fare, and the hotel offers 24-hour room service. There are no wellness facilities on-site, but other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, airport transfer (for a fee), and limited free valet parking. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. 

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Address

Akbiyik Cad. No:90 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, Turkey

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