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Hotel Empress Zoe

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Hedensted, Denmark
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This got to be one of my best hotel experiences ever! This was truly a unique place. Our room was really charming. The hotel had a really nice garden and terrace, the staff was very nice and friendly, and the hotel cats just made it all the more homely and wonderful. Would go back any day.

Thank mariannesulriksen
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Entering the Empress Zoe is such a pleasure- incredibly stylish, welcoming and with a sense of the history of the Sultanahmet area. I felt very much at home with friendly Leila being really helpful. Speedy wifi, delicious breakfast and a very beautiful garden that I loved relaxing in after sight seeing all day. 10/10 and I felt very safe in... More 

Thank Tessa M
Cape Town, South Africa
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't have picked a better spot for a few days in Istanbul. We were upgraded prior to arrival due to a cancellation, a much appreciated and generous touch! The garden is beautiful and cool and the views from the balconies are exceptional. The location is perfect and all the places we wanted to visit (Istanbul highlights) were in easy... More 

Thank pamela6719
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

What a special place the Empress Zoe is. Should have written this review months ago. A complete jem in a popular, busy and very touristy part of Istanbul in the Old City. So firstly the hotel is in a terrific position to visit the majority of the major historical attractions. Next to the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia... More 

Thank Gnasher007
Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I saw a write-up of this establishment in a travel article a few years ago and we finally stayed there for seven nights in October. It was all I had hoped for - unique, interesting, charming, right in the heart of the historic city, comfortable and flawlessly clean, beautiful garden (where we ate the wonderful breakfast every day), exceptionally friendly... More 

Thank 557lbrown
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is one of my favorite hotels in the world. I stayed for five nights. The location is ideal--near many of the major sights and close to public transportation. It is surrounded by shops and restaurants, although it is quiet at night. The people there were so friendly and welcoming, I felt that I had been there before. My room... More 

Thank Jessica1911
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This boutique hotel is totally unique. The rooms are all different and very well designed. We stayed in a number of different rooms and loved all of them. Very functional and comfortable. The staff went out of their way to make us comfortable and it has a true 'home away from home' feel. There is also a gorgeous garden, roof... More 

Thank EivorBylund
Waitsfield, Vermont, United States
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

I really enjoyed staying at the Empress Zoe. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the hotel location is in the picturesque Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. Price of the rooms are very reasonable and includes a great breakfast. You can have your breakfast in a wonderful garden behind the hotel. Rooms are a bit small, but adequate and comfortable.... More 

Thank WTraveler1954
2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The location of this small charming hotel could hardly be more perfect for visiting the 'signature' sights of beautiful Istanbul. The owner and staff are utterly charming and extremely helpful. And the secret garden where delicious breakfast is served is magical.

Thank Erez Y
2 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

First stay at the Hotel Empress Zoe and I was beyond pleased! It is a special boutique hotel located on a quite corner of the Sultanahmet. I can't recommend it highly enough! First - the building. I believe it's an old mansion, nicely restored, and the rooms feel charming and historic without being musty and overdone. The building and rooms... More 

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Staying in Sultanahmet

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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Additional Information about Hotel Empress Zoe

Address: Akbiyik Caddesi, No:10, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Price Range: ₹ 2,976 - ₹ 5,952 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 25
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Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul
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#54 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#75 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#167 Business Hotel in Istanbul
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“The penthouse has the best views, but all rooms have unique charm.”
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 of 5 bubbles 557lbrown, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“We only ever had good rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles EivorBylund, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All of the rooms are different, have a good browse on the webpage, or email the hotel for advice from the staff.”
 of 5 bubbles Z6189XBrebeccap, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Some rooms have heated hamam style bathrooms, if you like that sort of thing :)”
 of 5 bubbles DeeptiKakkar, 9 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Check all the rooms on their webpage to determine best room for you.”
 of 5 bubbles Julenichka, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
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