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.

PROS

  • unique, historic buildings
  • location adjacent to Aya Sofya

CONS

  • high room rates because of location
  • some accommodations far from reception and dining area
  • most rooms lack TV and Wi-Fi

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Intimate
Central
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-513–3660

HOTEL DETAILS

57 rooms, 10 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast