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Sultanahmet Park Hotel 3.0

Istanbul, Turkey

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Pros

  • Prime location within walking distance of top tourist sites
  • On a quiet one-way street close to public transit
  • Small but tasteful rooms, some with views of the Blue Mosque
  • In-room amenities include AC, flat-screen TVs, and minibars 
  • Rental bikes and airport transport available
  • Free hotel-wide Wi-Fi 

Cons

  • Property lacks the charm and history of other area hotels
  • No on-site restaurant, business center or gym
  • Some guests have noted maintenance issues
  • Buffet breakfast costs extra
  • No in-room tea/coffee-making equipment 

Bottom Line

Hands down, the best thing about this 14-room mid-range hotel is its address in the popular, site-filled Sultanahmet district: one that's only four-minutes on foot from the Blue Mosque. Other top attractions are also in easy walking distance, and public transport is close at hand, which is good news because this is more of a place to lay your head at the end of a long day of sightseeing versus a place to linger. The rooms -- though attractive and equipped with modern conveniences like minibars, satellite TVs, and free Wi-Fi -- are small; moreover, the hotel as a whole lacks both on-site amenities and architectural charm. If you’re longing for a property that reflect Sultanahmet’s historic character, consider Hotel Sari Konak: it’s a boutique hotel in a converted Ottoman mansion.

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Scene

A small, serviceable hotel in the tourist-friendly Sultanahmet District 

There is, to put it bluntly, nothing buzz-worthy about the Sultanahmet Park. Wedged between two other commercial buildings, the hotel’s thin stuccoed exterior is unexceptional, and the common areas that lay beyond its ornamental metal door are unlikely to inspire any Instagram posts. That said, the cocoa-and-cream lobby is a comfortable spot with seating in assorted traditional styles, a smattering of reading material and racks filled with helpful tourist info. Directly behind it is a small winter garden-style room where breakfast is served each morning for an added fee, plus an even smaller, rather overgrown green space for open-air lounging. When you factor in functional guest rooms and an enviable central address, the hotel becomes a logical choice for price-conscious vacationers who value location above all. 

Location

In Istanbul’s Old City, just a four-minute walk from the Blue Mosque 

Located on a narrow one-way street in the heart of the Sultanahmet district, this seven-story hotel promises a calm, convenient setting close to many must-sees. The nearby park for which it's named is home to the Hippodrome and adjacent to the Blue Mosque; other historic attractions -- including the Basilica Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace -- can be reached in 15 minutes or less on foot, making this a smart choice for vacationers. Proximity to a pair of tram stations (Cemberlitas and Sultanahmet, both about four minutes away) allows easy access to further flung sites. Ataturk International Airport can also be accessed by public transit, though the hotel’s add-on airport service shaves time off the trip. If you’ve rented a car, affordable public parking is available a short distance away; guests who would prefer to pedal can rent bikes on-site. 

  • Four-minute walk to the Blue Mosque
  • Seven-minute walk to the Hippodrome and obelisks
  • Eight-minute walk to the Basilica Cistern
  • Nine-minute walk to the Grand Bazaar
  • 11-minute walk to the Hagia Sophia
  • 15-minute walk to the Istanbul Archaeology Museum
  • 15-minute walk to the Sirkeci Railway Station
  • 15-minute walk to Topkapi Palace
  • 12 minutes by public transport to the Galata Bridge and ferry stops
  • 25 minutes by public transport to Istiklal Avenue’s shopping, dining and nightlife
  • 25 minutes by public transport to Taksim Square 
  • 49 minutes by public transport to Ataturk International Airport (33-minute drive, depending on traffic)

Rooms

Handsome rooms with minibars and flat-screen TVs but little square footage

Guest rooms in the Sultanahmet Park are on the cramped side but nevertheless appealingly presented. Dark wood furnishings and, in the case of doubles, a pair of chocolate-hued armchairs, ground the design scheme with neutral tone-on-tone wallpaper adding some polish. Matching accent pillows and drapes complete the look (in upper-floor rooms at the back of the hotel, the latter pull back to reveal a bonus feature: camera-ready views of the gorgeous Blue Mosque). A matching color palette carries over into the tiled bathrooms. Like the bedrooms, these are attractive and functional but small; each has just enough space for a toilet, a pedestal sink and a modern glass-door shower. Amenities are modern, and rooms are outfitted with air-conditioners, hairdryers, safes, minibars (though no tea/coffee-making equipment), wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and free Wi-Fi.

Features

Expect little beyond the basics -- a lobby, breakfast room, and free Wi-Fi

Not surprisingly, features are few at this pint-sized three-pearl property. You won’t find fitness or business facilities here; nor is there an on-site restaurant, though a buffet breakfast is served at extra cost each morning in a slightly dingy back room that opens on to a small garden. The hotel’s only other common area is its lobby, where guests can thumb through a selection of magazines or, in a pinch, play a board game. Additional features include a 24-hour front desk with multilingual staff; concierge, currency exchange and tour/ticket services; dry cleaning/laundry services; and free Wi-Fi throughout

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Address

Binbirdirek Mah. Klotfarer Cad. No:31, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey

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