Ottoman Hotel Imperial

4 stars
Caferiye Sokak. No : 6/1, ISTANBUL, Istanbul, 34400
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.5
out of 5
33 reviews
Istanbul Better every visit

Perfect hotel , lovely location, wonderful staff very comfortable See full review

  • Pavlo
  • Dec 20, 2013
Perfect stay

Staying at the ottoman imperial hotel is such a pleasure, one can not wait to repeat it. So clause... See full review

  • Muean
  • Dec 7, 2013
19th-century school building gets top grades as a small hotel

The Ottoman Hotel Imperial, originally built as an Ottoman school and hospital in the mid-19th century, today is an elegant and welcoming vision for travelers. The building was converted to a hotel in 2005. From the hotel's elevated location above the Old City guests can take in views of some of the world's most beautiful sights, including the Marmara Sea. The Ottoman Hotel Imperial sits amidst many of the Old City's most popular attractions, including the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque.

Highlights

  • Historic building was an Ottoman school and hospital
  • Elevated location in the Old City affords stunning views
  • Steps from incredible historic sites, including Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
  • Fine restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine

Rooms

Rooms feature traditional Ottoman décor and all the comforts a modern traveler requires. High-speed and wireless Internet access is available (fees may apply). The desks are small and better suited to a casual letter or a computer space than a place for business travelers to spread out. Guests receive a complimentary welcome drink.

Features

The Ottoman Hotel Imperial combines contemporary and traditional décor in an elegant interior with a focus on guest comfort.

 

The hotel has two restaurants. The menu at the fine Matbah Restaurant focuses on traditional Turkish cuisine. Sadrazam Restaurant's buffet features dishes from Turkey and other global influences. The hotel's Saltanat Bar offers wine, beer, and seasonal specialty cocktails.

 

Guests can relax in the hotel's garden or on the terrace. 

Transportation

  • Sultanahmet tram stop (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Cankurtaran Railway Station (0.5 mi/0.8 km)
  • Yenikapi Ferry Terminal (2 mi/3.2 km) 
  • Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (12 mi/19.4 km) 
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport (28 mi/45 km) 

Nearby attractions

  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (109 yds/0.1 km) 
  • Hagia Sophia (0.1 mi/0.2 km) 
  • Blue Mosque (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Topkapi Palace (1.2 mi/1.9 km)   
  • Spice Bazaar (1.3 mi/2.1 km) 
  • Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (1.9 mi/3 km)
  • Galata Tower (2.5 mi/4 km) 
  • Balat Ahrida Synagogue (2.8 mi/4.5 km)  

Business

  • High-speed Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Business services 

Ottoman Hotel Imperial Rooms

STANDARD - ROOM
Standard Room offers King Size bed with balcony / terrace, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, cable / satellite TV, hairdryer, heating, internet access, iron / ironing board, jacuzzi / whirlpool / spa bath, kettle, laundry service, mini bar, non-smoking rooms, room service, safe in room, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, color Satellite TV, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, In Room Safe, Direct Dial Phone, Private Bathroom, PC data port, Internet Access with wireless option, Double Glazed Windows, Petite Work Desk and Complimentary Welcome Drink. Standard Rooms are situated on the front building facing the main road of Sultanahmet Square.
PREMIUM - ROOM
Premium Room offers King Size bed with balcony / terrace, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, cable / satellite TV, hairdryer, heating, internet access, iron / ironing board, jacuzzi / whirlpool / spa bath, kettle, laundry service, mini bar, non-smoking rooms, room service, safe in room, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, Color Satellite TV, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, In Room Safe, Direct Dial Phone, Private Bathroom, PC data port, Internet Access with wireless option, Double Glazed Windows, Petite Work Desk, Complimentary Welcome Drink.

Premium rooms are situated on the main building facing the Hagia Sophia Museum or Sultan Ahmet area, all complimented by design schemes that bring out the elegance of the traditional Ottoman style, while maintaining an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.
PREMIUM - JR_SUITE
Premium Junior Suite offers King Size with balcony / terrace, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, cable / satellite TV, hairdryer, heating, internet access, iron / ironing board, jacuzzi / whirlpool / spa bath, kettle, laundry service, mini bar, non-smoking rooms, room service, safe in room, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, color Satellite TV, Individually Controlled Air Conditioning, Direct Dial Phone, Private Bathroom, PC data port, Internet Access with wireless option, Double Glazed Windows, Petite Work Desk, Complimentary Welcome Drink and Bathrobe.

Premium Junior Suites are a private retreat that offers you comfort and exclusivity. They are situated on main building facing the old town and the Sultanahmet Square.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
24 hour room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking
Room
Satellite TV

Hotel Map

41.009 28.979
Area served
Istanbul.
Nearby airports
Ataturk International Airport - 19 km.
Sabiha Gokcen International Airport - 45 km.
Area description
Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum. This is an inspiring location all year around, in the heart of the old city, within easy walking distance of Sultanahmet Square and the main historic, shopping and harbor districts and just 19 km from Ataturk International Airport and 45 km from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

Nearby points of interest

  • Hagia Sophia: 0.1 mi
  • Walls of Constantinople: 0.1 mi
  • Archaeology museum: 0.2 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.2 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.2 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.3 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.4 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.5 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 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
  • Archaeology museum: 0.2 mi
  • Basilica Cistern: 0.2 mi
  • Istanbul Archaeology Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi): 0.2 mi
  • Blue Mosque: 0.2 mi
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi): 0.3 mi
  • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi): 0.3 mi
  • Topkapi Palace: 0.4 mi
  • Hodjapasha Cultural Center: 0.4 mi
  • Galata Bridge: 0.5 mi
  • Grand Bazaar: 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
  • Istanbul Modern Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Bosphorus Strait: 1.3 mi
  • Maiden`s Tower: 1.3 mi
  • Istanbul Modern: 1.5 mi
  • Golden Horn: 1.8 mi
  • Beyoglu: 2.2 mi
  • Atatürk Cultural Center: 2.2 mi
  • Haydarpaşa Terminal: 2.2 mi
  • Dolmabahce Palace: 2.3 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: 3.3 mi
  • Kadikoy: 3.4 mi
  • Eyup Sultan Mosque (Eyup Sultan Camii): 3.5 mi
  • Ortakoy: 3.6 mi
  • The Bosphorus Bridge: 4.5 mi
  • Rumeli Hisarı: 6.5 mi
  • Rumeli Fortress: 6.8 mi
  • Sakip Sabanci Museum: 7.4 mi
  • Emirgan Park: 7.9 mi
  • Istanbul Aquarium: 9.9 mi
  • The Princes' Islands: 11.5 mi

Dining

Matbah Restaurant
The Ottoman grandeur and warmth prevail at "Matbah" welcomes exclusive guests and gourmets who delight in comforts of a vibrant ambiance within the stylish "Ottoman Palace" cuisine. Matbah's fine "Ottoman Palace" cuisine is presented with exquisite detail and precision with an outstanding backdrop. Preserving the best traditions of the past, Matbah maintains its unique heritage whilst creating an elegant and relaxing atmosphere within the impressive banquettes.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1200

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 (33)

Ratings and reviews for Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Overall score

4.5 / 5
33 out of 33
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.8
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.4

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
DMBTEN
Kingwood, TX
Oct 5, 2011

Location, Location, Location

Nice clean hotel; friendly, helpful staff and absolutely the most convenient location in the Old City. Hotel front door opens to the west outer wall of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace is 1 1/2 blocks to the left and the Blue Mosque is 1 1/2 blocks to the right. And the Basilica Cistern is 1 block behind the hotel. Hotel is midway between two tramway stops (Gulhane & Sultanahmet). Numerous restaurants within very, easy walking distance. There is no better location is Istanbul's Old City! Also has cold A/C and free WiFi.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
StrawberryShortcake
Prague, CZ
Jul 20, 2011

Loved it!

WITHOUT KIDS: we loved our stay. it was the first time for us to travel without kids, so if i am looking at it from a point of two adults being on a romantic gateway: the location is just perfect, next to hagia sophia and in walking distance to major sites, shops, cafes and restaurants. hotel is very nice, with cozy terrace and cute views. our room was a bit smaller, but just big enough for two people and nice and tidy. our windows were facing the street, but we had no problems with the noise at all. the range for breakfast was not impressive, but ok. if the breakfast is not included in the room rate, you might be better off walking somewhere and get more decent coffee and some typical turkish pastry there. WITH KIDS: if you plan to travel with small kids, using stroller etc, beware there are always stairs you need to take - at the entrance, going to restaurant or bar, getting to the room... the range of food (menu or buffet) is not what i would personally consider kids friendly. (but again, that is just my personal opinion, because being a mum of preschooler and infant, i try to choose healthier options with less salt and no spices). there was a high chair in the restaurant. the street to access the hotel is made of cobble stones and is very bumpy. overall we were very pleased with our stay, stuff were generally friendly and helpful, ambience great, so yes, we would stay there again!!!

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

just go and explore, look for the roof terraces which offer magnificent views on both mosques!

Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
Nandi
Business
MA
Jul 8, 2011

Ottoman Imperial

Hotel has excellent location and helpful, attentive staff. Enjoyed the garden restaurant. Rooms modest.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Located in the heart of Istanbul's historic sites.

Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Atlanta, GA
Jul 4, 2011

Amazing location for the price

The hotel offered the perfect location for anyone interested in exploring the old city of Istanbul. The hotel staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The rooms were rather small, but beautifully decorated and clean. The bathroom was luxurious. We highly recommend this hotel.

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

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
new hampshire
Jul 2, 2011

great location for a charming hotel

This is a charming hotel located right next to the Topkapi palace and the Hagia Sofia museum and on the tram line as well. What makes it perfect is that somehow the side street of the hotel is so very quiet that you hear nothing of the roaring of the city. The terrace overlooks the domes of the Cafa Aga cafe and courtyard where you can see artisans making their pottery and ceramics. There is now a restaurant at the hotel. it is a little pricy, but excellent food and service. Speaking of service, our room was clean and newly renovated and the hotel staff was very helpful with every request. I am suggesting that all my friends make this their hotel in Istambul.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
Expat47
Athens, Greece
Jun 10, 2011

4 Days in Istanbul

The Ottoman Hotel Imperial is perfectly located just in front of Ag. Sofia which is just across the way from the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome and a very short walk to both Topkapi and the Grand Bazar, and across the street from the Basilica Cistern which you DO NOT want to miss. The tram also runs right by the hotel. The hotel itself is quite well appointed. The service was impeccable with the staff paying close attention to the guests' every need. There are, however, two classes of rooms. The major difference is that some are accessed by elevator while others require a climb. Don't forget, staying in any of the "old cities'" hotels & B&B will present you with steps quite often. DO: Take the tram when you can. Taxis are a bit expensive and the tram gets close to most everything you'll want to see/experience. DO: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. Dress for the weather; the summers are going to be blistering. DO: Search out the Khorasani Restaurant. www.khorasanirestaurant.com and enjoy your meals. DON'T: Take the hop-on hop-off tour. A total waste of money where most of the 60+ points of interest were "over there" or "behind there" and there were only 5 or 6 stops half of which were in the middle of no where!

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

Reviewer score

5
RomanHans
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 9, 2010

Couldn't be better for the price!

This is a great hotel for the price. The location is brilliant: it's within five minutes of the Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern (a really cool attraction), and all the docks at Eminonu (I wasn't thrilled with the over-long Bosphorus tour, but a quick jaunt to Üsküdar was way fun). The rooms are quite attractive. The employees are incredibly friendly and helpful. Breakfast was included with my rate, and it was really good. Maybe three small problems: one, I asked for a quiet room and instead got one on the main road. The hotel's double-paned windows, though, made the noise almost inaudible. Second, there's only one computer available for visitors. Third, because this is a touristy area, it's hard to find inexpensive, non-touristy restaurants. Obviously none of these problems should deter you, though, from staying here.

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

Ferries leave the dock at Eminonu every twenty minutes to Üsküdar, a fun little city on the Asian side of Istanbul. Highly recommended for a fun jaunt and a respite from the overly-touristy Sultanahmet area.

Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Jackson, Mississippi
Nov 20, 2009

Very Nice

This was a vey nice hotel next to most of the things to see and within walking distance to the grand bazer. The staff was very helpful. I needed a converter to make my computer work and their IT person went out and got us one to use. There is nothing negitive about the hotel to say.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Business
USA
Sep 13, 2008

Very friendly

Great location and very clean hotels. Rooms were small but very clean. The location was amazing; we could see the Aya Sofia from the hotel doorway.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything is within walking distance. Also use the Tram to travel, very inexpensive and it takes you everywhere!

Review of Ottoman Hotel Imperial

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Business
Princeton, NJ
Jul 25, 2008

Perfect Location, local flavor and friendly, helpful staff

I found the Ottoman Imperial a wonderful place to stay for many reasons. It is located within five minutes walk of a number of Istanbul's most glorious attractions, including Aya Sofia (one minute walk) the Blue Mosque (three minutes walk), Topkapi Palace and the Archeology Museum (five minute walks). Its local flavor as a converted school with beautiful tiling and features is very cozy, which does include rooms that some might feel are a little tight but were not a problem for me. It has a wonderful outdoor patio which is central for dining or sitting out in between sightseeing or after a long day or for breakfast. The free breakfast was quite sumptuous, diverse and flavorful with Turkish and other cuisines represented. The staff was very friendly and helpful without being officious. Although it is not a traditional business hotel, I had several issues such as shipping materials around Istanbul, receiving faxes and arranging getting to and from meetings in areas outside Istanbul that the staff facilitated flawlessly. Overall the staff was very helpful in recommending restaurants, places to visit and everything else that was requested.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are many good local restaurants within a short walk. We particularly enjoyed Masen Restaurant, a large outdoor restaurant down a small hill to the left of the Blue Mosque great for sitting outside and enjoying live music. Some of the rooftop restaurants near there offer a tremendous view of the city at night.

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