We stayed here for 5 nights at Easter 2012 and were very impressed. Quite easy to find from the Sultanahmet tram stop, room was excellent with comfortable double bed, very good bathroom and shower, air conditioning, and kettle with supply of tea & coffee. There was free use of the safe in the room for valuables. On the advice of the Lonely Planet guide we took a universal sink plug, which is needed in the bathroom for shaving.
Staff were all very helpful and friendly, most of them spoke good English. Wide range of food at breakfast, cereals, muesli, yoghurt, fruit, meats & cheese, olives, pasta salad, several different breads & pastries. Had a good meal in the Terrace Restaurant the first evening.
The hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, and a little farther from the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofia) Museum, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Tram stop is handy to go to the port at Eminonu for Bosphorus Cruises or ferry crossings, and the tram also goes over the Galata Bridge to Karakoy for modern Istanbul, Taksim Square etc. Note that some of the attractions are closed on Mondays.
Just round the corner from the hotel are numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, with a wide range of dishes. For a nightcap we recommend a raki at the Hippodrome bar on Kucuk Aya Sofya Cad, or tea and snacks at the Cafe Mesale in the Arasta Bazaar behind the Blue Mosque, where they have whirling dervish displays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albatros Premier Hotel is located in the hearth of old city Sultanahmet. Located next to the Blue Mosque, Little Hagia Sophia and just 500 mt. to the worldwide famous Hagia Sophia aND Topkapi Palace.The Hotel has 55 rooms and some of them has sea view and balcony as well, also corner and family suites are available for your vacation in Istanbul. The roof top terrace has an amazing view of the Blue Mosque and Marmara Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albatros Hotel Istanbul