After spending a couple nights in a cheap hotel that was essentially a construction site, Tiffany and I moved over to the beautiful confines of Hotel Ibrahim Pacha. This beautiful property is in the absolute perfect location, with an incredible terrace view of the Blue Mosque, and modern, elegant rooms. Moreover, the welcome of the staff at the hotel is so warm that there’s only one way to feel: at home. Below you’ll find my review of Hotel Ibrahim Pacha. Perhaps the best part, all the classic images of Istanbul are within walking distance!
This is a boutique hotel, and you’ll find yourself fit with all the usual facilities of such a property. There is WiFi throughout the hotel which is free and fast. There is also a computer in the lobby for you to use if you need to have a look at the map of the area. Breakfast is including in the price of the rooms, as well. It’s a nice buffet style breakfast that features everything from breads and cheeses, to fresh fruit and cereals. There is also complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours. Moreover, the terrace of the hotel has one of the most beautiful views of the Blue Mosque in the city. It’s a perfect spot to sit with an Apple Tea and watch the sunset.
The rooms are really what set this property apart. They are elegant and modern, and though they aren’t massive they make very intelligent use of the space. Our room had a nice double bed, a small sitting area, a walk-in closet fit with a safe, a flat screen TV, and a nice bathroom with a big tub. The room was turned town beautifully each day with fresh fruit set out for the guests each day. There was also a small balcony and big windows in our room, although the view was much more beautiful from the terrace upstairs.
The staff at the hotel was incredibly welcoming as well as helpful. As soon as we arrived, a bellman showed us to our room and helped with the luggage. At breakfast, the staff is there to serve tea and coffee. There is reception around 24 hours and they are always more than willing to help share information about Istanbul.
For me, the location in Sultanahmet is perfect. Only a minute or two from the front doors of the Blue Mosque, Hotel Ibrahim Pacha still manages to be away from the busy streets. It’s a perfectly quiet location. Still, if you need to wander over to find a restaurant you’re really only a couple minutes from the tourist strip. Of course, in Istanbul you can’t really have it all. This is the perfect location if you’re hoping to see the classic spots in the city such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Museum. However, you’re a decent distance away from Taksim and Galata Bridge.
You can’t really ask for a better atmosphere than this. That being said, I think that the hotel could do a bit more to make the property feel more Turkish. The decor is very elegant and modern, but really could be anywhere in the world. With a classic property like this, it really would have been the icing on the cake if the furniture would have had a more distinctly Turkish flavour.
For more information on the hotel, check out their website.