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Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul

3 stars
Alemdar Cad. No. 2, Sultanahnet, Istanbul, 34350
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
11 reviews
Close to everything in the old city.

You can't beat the location. Perfect for touring the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Cisterns,... See full review

  • CBMQ
  • Apr 10, 2012
Personalized service

I have to commend the hotel staff for their superb job at taking very good care of my friend and I... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Dec 26, 2010
Former Ottoman mansion next to St. Sophia Museum houses Old City hotel

This small Old City hotel gives guests the chance to step back in time. The hotel, housed in a former Ottoman mansion built for Ahmed Pasha in 1845, offers guests an outstanding location, just 30 meters to The Blue Mosque across the street from the Underground Cistern. The neighboring park was once the outer garden of Topkapi Palace. All guests receive complimentary wireless Internet access and daily buffet breakfast. Guests also receive a one-way transfer from Ataturk Airport by private car.

Highlights
  • Housed in a former mansion that was built in 1845
  • Across the street from the Underground Cistern
  • Walking distance to all Old City sites and attractions
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access, buffet breakfast, and airport transfer
Rooms

Many of the hotel's rooms offer views of Old City sites including the Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia Museum, or Topkapi Palace. Rooms, traditionally decorated with dark wood furniture, include air conditioning, satellite television, coffee-making facilities, and a bathroom with bathtub. Suites include a private balcony and a spa tub. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available in all guest rooms and suites.

Features

Guests who want to get some exercise or to spend some time outside in the sun will enjoy neighboring Gulhane Park, which was once a garden of Topkapi Palace. The park is open to the public and is a local favorite spot for jogging or walking.

 

After a day of touring, guests relax with a drink in the hotel's traditionally furnished bar.

Transportation
  • Sirkeci Railway Station (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Eminonu Ferry Dock (1.1 mi/1.8 km) 
  • Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (11.9 mi/19.2 km) 
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport (27.9 mi/44.9 km) 
Nearby attractions
  • Hagia Sophia (0 mi/0 km) 
  • Blue Mosque (0.3 mi/0.5 km) 
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (0.3 mi/0.6 km) 
  • Grand Bazaar (1 mi/1.6 km) 
  • Topkapi Palace (1.3 mi/2 km)  
  • Galata Bridge (1.7 mi/2.7 km) 
  • Beyazit Mosque (1.7 mi/2.7 km) 
  • Arap Mosque (2.5 mi/3.9 km) 
  • Galata Tower (2.4 mi/3.9 km) 
  • Balat Ahrida Synagogue (2.7 mi/4.3 km) 
Business
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access

Hotel Map

41.0086 28.9785
Area served
Located in the heart of Istanbul, this hotel is steps from Sogukcesme Sokagi, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia. Also nearby are Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.
Nearby airports
Ataturk Airport 18 kilometers
Area description
From: all direections. Hotel is located in Sultanahmet (Old City Center) next to St. Sophia Musuem. Ataturk International Airport 18 Kilometers, Train station 1 Kilometer, E-5 Highway 6 kilometers

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Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul Rooms

Superior Room
This room measures 215 square feet (20 square meters). Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV is offered for your entertainment. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are provided. The private bathroom has a shower with a rainfall showerhead, as well as slippers and designer toiletries. Air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, and a laptop-compatible safe are among the conveniences offered.
Deluxe Room
This room measures 269 square feet (22-25 square meters). Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV is offered for your entertainment. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are provided. The private bathroom has a shower with a rainfall showerhead, as well as slippers and designer toiletries. Air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, and a laptop-compatible safe are among the conveniences offered.
Grand Deluxe Room
This room measures 323 square feet (30 square meters). Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV is offered for your entertainment. A minibar and a coffee/tea maker are provided. The private bathroom has a shower with a rainfall showerhead, as well as slippers and designer toiletries. Air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, and a laptop-compatible safe are among the conveniences offered.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Doctor on call
Currency exchange
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Free parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Hagia Sophia: 0.1 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.1 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.2 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.2 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.2 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.4 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 0.5 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.5 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.5 mi
  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.6 mi
  • Tünel: 0.9 mi
  • Hagia Sophia: 0.1 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.1 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.2 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.2 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.2 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.4 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 0.5 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.5 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.5 mi
  • Kucuk Ayasofya Camii (Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus): 0.5 mi
  • Kapali Carsi: 0.6 mi
  • Tünel: 0.9 mi
  • Istanbul University: 1 mi
  • Miniaturk: 1 mi
  • Galata Tower: 1.2 mi
  • Bosphorus Strait: 1.3 mi
  • Istanbul Modern Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Maiden`s Tower: 1.4 mi
  • Istanbul Modern: 1.5 mi
  • Golden Horn: 1.8 mi
  • Beyoglu: 2.2 mi
  • Haydarpaşa Terminal: 2.2 mi
  • Atatürk Cultural Center: 2.3 mi
  • Dolmabahce Palace: 2.4 mi
  • Spice Market: 2.4 mi
  • Suleymaniye Mosque: 2.5 mi
  • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church): 2.6 mi
  • Rahmi M. Koc Museum: 2.8 mi
  • Yildiz Park: 3.4 mi
  • Kadikoy: 3.5 mi
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii): 3.5 mi
  • Ortakoy: 3.6 mi
  • The Bosphorus Bridge: 4.6 mi
  • Rumeli Hisarı: 6.5 mi
  • Rumeli Fortress: 6.9 mi
  • Sakip Sabanci Museum: 7.4 mi
  • Emirgan Park: 7.9 mi
  • Istanbul Aquarium: 9.9 mi
  • The Princes' Islands: 11.5 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (11)

Ratings and reviews for Boutique Saint Sophia Istanbul

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
11 out of 11
Amenities:
3.2
Room cleanliness:
3.6
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
3.4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.7

73% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Toyismom
New Jersey
Jan 20, 2013

Good location. Good staff.

The hotel is just steps away from the major landmarks and the tram line is across the street. Excellent free breakfast in a cute breakfast room. Furniture is old and bathtub is peculiar (too high and too small). Was told that it is about to undergo much needed renovations in January of 2013 and then join the Ramada chain. Very friendly helpful staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CBMQ
Naples, Italy
Apr 10, 2012

Close to everything in the old city.

You can't beat the location. Perfect for touring the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Cisterns, and everything else in the old city. Just make sure you don't get the first room on the ground floor. It's a little noisy with the hotel bar and sidewalk just a few inches outside the window. Nice staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Dec 26, 2010

Personalized service

I have to commend the hotel staff for their superb job at taking very good care of my friend and I while visiting Turkey. They truly care about the well-being of their guests and went to great lengths to ensure our well-being.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

I highly recommend the Medusa Restaurant! I ate there for 2 meals in the week I stayed in Turkey. Yum!

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
saint jerome quebec canada
Dec 1, 2010

unhappy customer

it was the smallest room we ever stayed in. had difficult time to take a shower because of the size and shape of the small tub. room # 308. we previously stayed at best western hotels while travelling no more. for the price paid it was not woth the money i felt we were taken to the cleaners.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Boise, Idaho
Nov 17, 2010

Very Good

Very centrally located in a one of the most important and interesting areas of Istanbul. The management was most helpful and the service was very good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ted
Baghdad
Oct 22, 2010

Good location for the price

Located 100 meters from the entrance of Haghia Sophia. Blue Mosque just across the square. Small restaurants In the streets close by, just make your pick.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Augusta, GA
Jun 19, 2010

Comfortable and convenient

The hotel is walking distance to several major tourist sites, restaurants, and shopping. The staff is very helpful. There is a breakfast buffet including an omlette station. It is located on the tram way so you can get to other places also. Under the hotel is a travel agency where you can book daily tours.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Omar's Terrace and the Pudding Shop are close, reasonable, and delicious.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
No Tour Groups Needed
Chicago, IL
Mar 13, 2010

Awesome location

We were on the last leg of our honeymoon and the staff at the location are fantastic. There was always one who def knew English and the others would know just enough to help you out eg they could say omlette to ask if you wanted an omlette in the morning. They took care of any tours we wanted to do and any shows at night. The location is phenomenal your litteraly right under St. Sophia and perfectly between the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, personal option the three most important things to see while visiting. If we did have a complaint it was that the shower head was partially clogged, which granted could be from the city water. The hotel makes it very clear not to drink the water and provides all the bottled water you need for free for drinking. Other than that though we could not have been happier with the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
shawnsection
New York City
Dec 1, 2009

unbeatable location for price

I had read some previous reviews about the hotel that were negative but I can honestly say I did not have one bad experience. The staff were friendly and professional---I had arranged through the hotel to be picked up at the airport--my flight however was 5 hrs late leaving JFK-I sent the hotel an E-mail notifying them of this fact and you can imagine my relief when I was indeed met at the airport. Great location, literally around the corner from Aya Sofia, Topkapi etc. Yes it can be noisy from the trams and traffic but you are on a major thoroughfare. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
zibby
Rhode Island
Sep 29, 2009

well located

we oten stay at Best Western..this w a disappointment. the hotel was noisy at nite, music, dogs barking.. and worst of all, our 4:45 wake up call never happened..staff was fast asleep!!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
1
Value:
3
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