Staying at Sultanahmet area is highly recommended to the first time visitors in Istanbul in terms of transportation convenience and time savings. This area is also called as "Historical Peninsula" where you can see the most famous sights such as Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome Square and Topkapi Palace.
We've made a selection of the best hotels in the Sultanahmet area and created a list of both affordable boutique hotels and five-star luxury hotels. Let's discover together!
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1. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet captivates the visitors with its charm and history with the best quality of the renowned chain. The building was used as a prison before it was converted into a hotel in 1996.
It is located very close to the historical center, few steps from Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
All the rooms are quite comfortable and well equipped. The Marmara Suite is the largest one which is 130 square meters in size.
Take a walk and enjoy the serenity in the lovely gardens of Four Seasons whenever you want to turn down the noise of the city. Don't miss the spectacular view from the rooftop lounge. At the A'ya Terrace is a spectacular place to try some unique cocktails while watching the sunset in the evening with magnificent Hagia Sophia on the background.
2. AJWA Sultanahmet
Looking for a 5 star- hotel in the historical center of the city with "halal" approach, suitable to Islamic ethics? You'll find much more than your expectations in AJWA with its elegant style and professional, caring staff.
It's location is a big plus to easily reach historical attractions. It is only 5 minutes by walk to Grand Bazaar and about 10 minutes from Hagia Sophia. The hotel offers a shuttle service to get these places for the guests.
AJWA Sultanahmet is a non-smoking and alcohol-free hotel. The rich decoration featuring Tabriz carpets, mother of pearl Ottoman style furnitures, unique marble work and hand-painted ceilings creates a sumptuous atmosphere.
Try delicious tastes from Azeri cuisine at the Zeferan Restaurant with the spectacular view of Bosphorus and Blue Mosque.
3. Hotel Sultanahmet Palace
Sultanahmet Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel, furnished with Byzantine and Ottoman influences in pursuance of the historical texture. It's location near the Arasta Bazaar right next to Sultanahmet Mosque is perfect for walking to all the main sights and trams.
Find comfort in a calm oasis in the middle of the hectic texture of Sultanahmet area in its green garden full of fruit-bearing trees.
Have a great start to the day with a delicious breakfast on the terrace with the perfect view of the Sea of Marmara in the background.
4. Sumengen Hotel
Sumengen Hotel stands out with its reasonable prices and excellentlocation only few steps away from the Mosaic Museum in the Arasta Bazaar, in a short distance to other sights including Sultanahmet Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome Square.
Regular rooms provides cleanliness and comfort in Sumengen all equipped with air conditioner and LED televisions. In addition, it is possible to choose rooms with Bosphorus view and jacuzzi inside.
A wide variety of Turkish breakfast buffet and good service is highly appreciated by the guests which is complimentary. After a tiring day in the city, you can enjoy tasty drinks at the lounge bar at Sumengen.
5. Kybele Hotel
Bearing the name of Goddess Kybele, the Goddess of fertility as the most important cult of Anatolia, the boutique hotel also serves as a restaurant in the Sultanahmet area.
Kybele Hotel attracts attention of passers-by with the harmony of colors and authentic decoration. The owners put great effort on carefully collecting antiques over many years for the interior decoration. Kybele Hotel, also known as the "Hotel with Lamp" due to the more than 2,000 colored lamps on its ceilings. It fascinates the guests with its wonderful calligraphy samples, glass objects, handmade traditional carpets, old vases, glasses and many other antiques.
It is possible to find authentic appetizers and variety of food from Turkish and World cuisine. If you are looking for a beautiful view, it will be enough to go to the terrace of the hotel.
6. Boss Hotel Sultanahmet
Boss Hotel Sultanahmet is standing only few steps away from Grand Bazaar. Slultanahmet tram station and historical sights like Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque can be reached with a short downhill walk from the hotel.
Everything is considered for the comfort of the guests in the classy rooms with private bathroom, LCD televisions and air conditioner.
Breakfast is complimentary at the top floor restaurant with an amazing view of the historical area.
7. Hotel Sarı Konak
Explore the major attractions in the Sultanahmet area on foot by staying at Hotel Sarı Konak. It is a 4 star hotel very close to Mosaic Museum and Blue Mosque.
Offering comfortable rooms for large families, Sarı Konak is also a good option for families with children. It is possible to find many restaurants around Sarı Konak. Stay connected with the free Wireless in the hotel. There is also an internet room available for the use of the guests.
The complimentary buffet breakfast gets positive points from the guests of Hotel Sari Konak. Chill at the roof terrace with marvelous view ath the end of a day full of sightseeings in the city.
8. Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul
Hagia Sofia Mansions is standing in a stone’s throw distance from Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. This location would be ideal for the first-time visitors in İstanbul.
All of the rooms are tastefully furnished in Ottoman syle. Some suite rooms includes mini Turkish-bath inside.
A local favorite, Sofia Garden Café serves apéritifs and light meals, and Sofia Terrace specializes in authentic and contemporary cuisine. The Green House Garden offers local and international favorites, high tea, and shisha. Room service is available 24 hours. For fine dining, try Sarnic Restaurant which was originally a 1,500 year old water cistern. A special atmosphere where you can try the most modern blended special dishes of Ottoman and Anatolian cuisine.
Did you know that you can have a breathtaking pool/ jacuzzi experience into a real Roman cistern here? The guests can benefit from the fitness center along with an indoor pool and spa facilities.
9. Kaftan Hotel
Kaftan Hotel has the best location for historical sightseeings around Sultanahmet, only few steps to Mosaic Museum and Blue Mosque. There is no question about the guests will meet with genuine Turkish hospitality.
Find the home comfort and beyond in Kaftan Hotel with its traditionally furnished interior design. If cleanliness, good location, friendly staff and comfort describe what you are looking for, make sure to consider Kaftan Hotel for your stay in İstanbul.
The roof terrace is at the service of the guests for hot and cold drinks any time of the day with a pleasant view of Marmara Sea and iconic Blue Mosque.
10. Sura Design Hotel & Suites Istanbul
Sura Design Hotel and Suites is located only few meters to Basilica Cistern and very close to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.
Complimentary breakfast service offered to guests is appreciated. Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available at certain hours for our guests who want food service in their rooms.
Its comfortable rooms are equipped with a minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The guests are able to benefit from indoor pool, kids pool, fitness center and sauna facilities. Sura Design Hotel also offers free wireless Internet, concierge services, and paid babysitting service.
11. Peyk Hotel
Peyk Hotel provides comfort with its location close to all the important places in the Historic Peninsula and the tram station.
You will find comfort and convenience in the elegantly furnished, clean and decent rooms of Peyk Hotel. Stay connected with the free WiFi in all areas. All the rooms features air conditioner and LED TV with satellite.
It is possible to find many restaurants around the hotel. You can also have open buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in Peyk Hotel's own restaurant.
12. Vogue Hotel Supreme Istanbul
Seeking for a luxurious hotel in the center of the most famous historical attractions in Sultanahmet area? Vogue Hotel is just your place, very close to Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia and the tram station.
Find comfort in the elegantly designed rooms overlooking the cosy streets of İstanbul or charming Hagia Sophia.
For an outdoor meal with a view of the iconic Hagia Sophia on the background, try Food-Ist Restaurant on the rooftop. Here you can enjoy delicious local and Mediterrenean dishes and excellent desserts.
13. Celine Hotel
Located in the old center of the city, a stone away from the major historical sights, Celine Hotel is a cosy boutique hotel providing high quality service. It is only few steps from the Blue Mosque and the Byzantine Hippodrome.
The building was converted from a 4-storey tradional Ottoman house into a hotel and tastefully furnished. Ottoman influences are delicately combined with modernity in decoration. There is a wide selection of breakfast with fresh fruit juices.
Celine Hotel features a genuine Irısh pub in it where you can sip soothing drinks after a day full of discoveries in the city.
14. Hotel Empress Zoe
Hotel Empress Zoe was built on the foundations of an old bath. It stands out with its exclusive style, magnificent view from its terrace to the Marmara Sea and its perfect location. From here, you can easily walk to the most important sights such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.
All the rooms are exclusively designed with various Ottoman and Byzantine inspiracions. You can check out the rooms with terraces as well.
The guests can enjoy the breakfast feast in the calm lovely courtyard. This landscaped cosy garden also has a bar to spend pleasant time.
After spending a day in the historical sights of the city, you can relax on the roof terrace where you can enjoy the unrivaled view overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
15. Hotel Amira
Standing in a location where you can easily walk to all the important historical attractions in the Sultanahmet area, Hotel Amira provides a warm accomodation with professional service.
The buffet breakfast with a wide variety ensures a fresh start to a day with fresh fruit juices and quality coffee selections. Hotel Amira also features a well equipped fitness center and massage services.
With 360-degree views of Istanbul, the rooftop is an excellent relaxing venue at the end of a day with exploring the history and wonders of the Sultanahmet area.
16. Seven Hills Hotel
Located in the center of Historical Peninsula, Seven Hills is a cosy boutique hotel with a unique view of Sultanahmet area.
Its 15 standard rooms are furnished in classical style and featuring amenities such as air conditioning and flat-screen TV. The special spacious suites have a magnificent view of Hagia Sophia and The Marmara Sea.
Seven Hills Restaurant on the rooftop is specialized in seafood with an excellent view of Marmara Sea. The Seven Hills Seafood Restaurant was published in Food & Wine Magazine, one of the world’s most prestigious magazines.