Staying in a hotel 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.
The 5 star hotel 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, covering 130 square meters.
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. 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.
Its 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 for guests to reach these places.
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 4 star boutique hotel, furnished with Byzantine and Ottoman influences in pursuance of the historical texture. It has 45 rooms with brightly decorated units, which takes guests back in time with its oriental-inspired interior design.
Its 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 excellent location 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 provide 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 the complimentary Turkish breakfast buffet and good service is highly appreciated by the guests. 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, this boutique hotel also serves as a restaurant in the Sultanahmet area.
Due to the more than 2,000 colored lamps on its ceilings, Kybele Hotel is also known as the "Hotel with Lamp". The 3 star hotel attracts attention of passers-by with the harmony of colors and authentic decoration. The owners put great effort in carefully collecting antiques for the interior decoration over many years. It fascinates its 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 within a short downhill walk from the hotel.
The 4 star hotel has classy rooms, carefully furnished for the comfort of guests, with private bathroom, LCD television and air conditioner.
Those who wish to enjoy the complimentary open buffet breakfast can head up to the top floor. The onsite restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, not only spoils with delicious treats, but also 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 at the end of a day full of sightseeing in the city.
8. Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul
Hagia Sofia Mansions is standing in a stone’s throw distance from Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. The location of the 5 star hotel is ideal for first-time visitors to Istanbul. All the rooms are tastefully furnished in Ottoman style. Some suite rooms include mini Turkish-bath inside. Room service is available 24 hours.
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. For fine dining, try Sarnic Restaurant, which was originally a 1,500-year-old water cistern. 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
This 3 star hotel has the best location for historical sightseeing around Sultanahmet, only few steps to Mosaic Museum and Blue Mosque. There is no question that guests will encounter genuine Turkish hospitality.
At Kaftan Hotel, with its traditionally decorated interior, you will find comfort like home and beyond. All 20 rooms are tastefully and comfortably decorated in neutral colors, creating a warm atmosphere. If cleanliness, good location, friendly staff and comfort describe what you are looking for, make sure to consider Kaftan Hotel for your stay in Istanbul.
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
The 5 star Sura Design Hotel and Suites is located only few meters to Basilica Cistern and very close to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.
Guests appreciate the complimentary breakfast service offered. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available at certain times for guests who wish to dine in their room.
Its comfortable rooms are equipped with a minibar, air conditioning and flat-screen TV. 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
This 3 star 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 feature 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? 5 star 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 cozy streets of Istanbul 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 Mediterranean 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 cozy 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 traditional Ottoman house into a 4 star 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 Irish pub where you can sip soothing drinks after a day of exploring the city.
14. Hotel Empress Zoe
Hotel Empress Zoe was built on the foundations of an old bath. The 3 star hotel stands out with its exclusive style, magnificent views from its terrace 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 inspirations. You can check out the rooms with terraces as well.
The guests can enjoy the breakfast feast in the calm, lovely courtyard. This landscaped cozy 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 warm accommodation 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. The 4 star hotel 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 Sultanahmet area.
16. Seven Hills Hotel
Located in the center of Historical Peninsula, Seven Hills is a cozy 4 star boutique hotel with a unique view of Sultanahmet area.
Its 15 standard rooms are furnished in classical style and feature 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.
17. Boutique Saint Sophia Hotel Istanbul
Set right next to iconic Hagia Sophia, Boutique Saint Sophia Hotel is a modern 3 star hotel with an exceptional location.
Those who wish can benefit from the complimentary bike rental and explore the Historic Peninsula with its many sights by bike. A big plus is also the quick access to public transport, with the nearest tram stop 50 meters away and a cruise ship terminal 1 km from the hotel.
Guests can choose between superior rooms, deluxe rooms and grand deluxe rooms. All the 26 accommodations are tastefully decorated and feature a rain shower, a wood parquet floor, pillow menu, and a Tchibo Coffee Machine. The hotel lounge with complimentary tea service and the terrace overlooking the Old City invite guests to relax.
18. Armada Hotel
Overlooking the Marmara Sea, this 4 star hotel is a 10-minute walk from Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque and Sultanahmet tram station. Armada Hotel’s interior design is a unique blend of Ottoman-Turkish style and modern comfort. All 108 guest rooms are soundproof and come with a minibar and safe, some feature a sea view.
Head up to Armada terrace for breathtaking views of Marmara Sea, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque or enjoy Istanbul cuisine at the rooftop restaurant. Other eateries at the hotel include an indoor terrace and a guest lounge with a bar and coffee corner, furnished with antique radios and pianos.
Featured amenities are free buffet breakfast, private boat tours for a fee and optional sea access through Ahırkapı Pier. 5 modern equipped meeting rooms and a 24/7 business center are at the guests’ disposal, making it also suitable for business travelers.
19. Radisson Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet
Attached to Istanbul’s ancient city walls, Radisson Hotel Istanbul Sultanahmet is a 4 star waterfront hotel with stunning views of the Marmara Sea and an authentic historical atmosphere. It’s within walking distance of many of the city’s top sights, including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern.
The boutique hotel has 28 rooms that come with modern furnishings. The Anatolian-style restaurant with a garden terrace as well as the café-bar with sea views and a fountain invite to spend relaxing moments after an exciting day. Guests appreciate free breakfast, free self-parking and a 24-hour front desk.
Business-friendly amenities include a 19th-century Ottoman-French meeting room and a historical Ballroom that is also used for private events like weddings. The nearest tram station is Sultanahmet tram station, 14 minutes away.
20. Eresin Hotels Sultanahmet Boutique Class
Are you looking for a hotel that will take you back to the city’s fascinating past? In this 5-star luxury hotel, you will feel like in another time! As a museum hotel, Eresin Hotels Sultanahmet, just 3 minutes from the Blue Mosque, displays many archaeological finds from Ottoman, Byzantine Roman and Hellenistic eras. Its 59 air-conditioned and spacious rooms are stylish decorated with comfortable furnishings, parquet floor and bathtubs.
Turkish and Mediterranean flavors are offered by Mosaic Restaurant and the rooftop terrace restaurant overlooking Blue Mosque and Princes’ Islands. Guests who want to relax with a drink can do so at the onsite bar.
Don’t miss the ancient cistern’s remains located in the lobby, as well as the picture gallery with 198 exhibits. Business travelers appreciate two fully functional meeting rooms.
21. Ottoman Hotel Imperial
Ottoman Hotel Imperial is a traditional 4 star hotel just a few moments away from world-famous Hagia Sophia. Dating back to the 19th century, the building was used as an Ottoman hospital and school before being converted into a hotel in the mid-20th century. The historical flair is captivated in the Ottoman-style interior. All accommodations come with comfortable furnishings and hardwood floors, some even have a private balcony and Turkish bath.
Matbah restaurant spoils guests with Ottoman Palace cuisine, while the rooftop terrace is an ideal spot to relax. Don’t miss the library that holds an impressive collection of books about Istanbul and Turkish history. Guests also appreciate the personal briefing about Istanbul. Ottoman Hotel Imperial is a good choice for guests who want to stay in one of the city's best historic hotels while benefiting from a prime location across from the Hagia Sophia.
22. Celal Sultan Hotel
This family-run 4 star hotel is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace. Charming Celal Sultan Hotel delights with its traditional décor and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views. All 55 rooms are spacious and decorated individually in a luxurious Turkish style with an Oriental rug and comfort beds, some accommodations offer a balcony.
Those who wish can enjoy authentic Turkish flavors in the onsite restaurant or unwind with a drink in the lobby bar. Featured amenities are free open buffet breakfast, 2 conference rooms, a library and airport transfer upon request.
The hotel is a brief walk from Sirkeci railway station and Sultanahmet tram station, making it easy to discover other parts of Istanbul.
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