CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA MARIE
The Sultans Royal Hotel has probably been the most “fancy” hotel that my boyfriend and I have stayed at during our travels. For €59 a night, you get a lovely looking four star room with a firm but friendly queen sized bed. Towels, slippers and robes were also supplied. We were even greeted with Turkish delight (that was delicious – we went on a hunt to find a similar tasting one – so much taste testing!) and tea and coffee making facilities.
Also some small packaged cakes that proved to be a good midnight snack. There is a small fridge that has some drinks for extra charge, but they are priced very reasonably – just as cheap as the ones from the corner store. The staff enter your room daily (while you are out) to make your bed and fold any clothes you’ve flung carelessly around. There is a small safe where you can put your valuables, and of course a television and free wifi.
The bathroom supplies body wash and shampoo, which get replaced every day, and a hair dryer. The toilet has a small bidet built into it. If you’ve never used one before (like me), give it a go! You’re in the middle east, after all… and in the comfort of your own room. Don’t let it frighten you. If I can do it, you can.
I cannot forget to mention the great breakfast buffet that comes for no extra charge. The variety of food is more than I have seen at other places. It’s not just your usual toast and cereal. There are all kinds of delicious things on offer, so don’t be afraid to put a bit of everything on your plate. I sure did! I think it runs from 6:30 or 7:30am (I don’t know… but I’m definitely not waking up that early on a holiday) until 10:30pm. It was great to get a big free feed before we hit the town to do our exploring.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone going to Istanbul. It was walking distance to many major attractions such as the blue mosque, sophia hagia and the basilica cistern, as well as a tram line (off topic now, but I recommend getting an Istanbulkart if you plan on using the public transport. It’s a lot easier than having to buy special tokens each time you plan on catching something, and it is cheaper – you can find out more about the card from their website). The staff were always very friendly and helpful. If you pay with cash, you get an eight percent discount. They do prefer you pay with lira, so make sure you have enough to pay when you check out.
Phone: +90 212 517 1307
The Sultan Royal Hotel
Kucuk Ayasofya mah.
Mustafa Pasa sok. No: 29
Sultanahmet, Istanbul , Turkey
GPS Coordinates: 41.014423, 29.014963699999953