Fodor's Expert Review Ayasofya Konakları
Soğukçeşme Sok., Istanbul, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey
Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.
Nine charming, pastel-color wooden mansions from the late 19th century have been restored by Turkey's Touring and Automobile Club and turned into a row of elegant guest houses, where smallish rooms are furnished in period Ottoman style, with brass beds and chandeliers, wooden floors and furniture, and plush upholstery, and have either half-size tubs or showers. Their location, along Soğukçeşme Sokak—a picturesque, pedestrian-only street that runs along the outer wall of Topkapı Palace—is unbeatable. Front rooms have up-close views of Aya Sofya, but the rest do not, so be sure to ask when you reserve. Breakfast is served in summer in a shaded garden.
- unique, historic buildings
- location adjacent to Aya Sofya
- high room rates because of location
- some accommodations far from reception and dining area
- most rooms lack TV and Wi-Fi
Rate Includes: Free breakfast