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Hotel Ibrahim Pasha
Hotel Type: Boutique Hotel
Environment: Historic Quarters
Number of Rooms: 24
Prices: from 99.00 EUR to 195.00 EUR
The Blue Mosque is probably Istanbul’s most famous monument, a masterpiece and high water mark of 16th century Ottoman architecture. The Ibrahim Pasha is some 100 metres away tucked in a quiet back street. Not bad for starters.
Of course, location alone doesn’t make for a special place to stay, but in all other respects this boutique Istanbul hotel is also a winner. Formed by merging two early 20th century Ottoman homes, it is a combination of contemporary western elegance and traditional Ottoman style, much like Istanbul itself. This means a fantastic mix of hues, textures, marbles, gold and even a spiral staircase made from marble. Put together at the Ibrahim Pasha, it is all very well done and tasteful and not at all kitsch.
Rooms, all twenty four of them, carry on this vein and don’t lack for anything in terms of comfort. Plus it is all very friendly in that home from home way, except that this home is a very exotic one.
But we end where we started, notwithstanding the hotel’s physical attributes, the location is one of the Ibrahim Pasha’s true plus points being positioned some 50m from the Hippodrome and 15 minute away from the Grand Bazaar and other major landmarks (and have we mentioned the Blue Mosque?).
To get an idea of the Ibrahim Pasha’s great location, just take a peak from the hotel’s roof terrace. Old Istanbul and the Marmara Sea spread out in front of our very own eyes. And believe us when we say it is an inspiring sight.
Getting there: You can make use of the hotel's private transfer or take a taxi at the Airport yourself. You can also go from Atatürk Airport to the hotel by public transportation. There is a light metro connection between airport and the Sultanahmet area. Take the metro at the airport, make a change at the "Zeytinburnu" station and get off when you reach the Sultanahmet station (100 m from the hotel).
Hotel Ibrahim Pasha Reviews
Attention to detail
"There's an attention to detail and an unfussy elegance at the Ibrahim Pasha that puts it head and shoulders above the other boutique hotels that have opened up over the past ten years around Hagia Sophia."
From The Daily Telegraph's Dream Cities.
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Sultanahmet and Beyond by Foot - A Two-Day Walking Tour
After breakfast go to Topkapi Palace (opens at 9 am, closed on Tuesdays). You need to buy an extra ticket after entering the Palace to visit its most interesting section – the Harem. As there are long queues at the Harem entrance, especially during high season, we recommend that you go there first and continue with the rest of the Palace afterwards. You can spend the whole morning in the Palace and then have lunch at Konyali Restaurant, located in the fourth courtyard of the Palace. (The Archaeological Museum, situated in the Palace gardens, is a possible stop on your way out of the Palace).
In the afternoon you can visit the 6th century Hagia Sophia Museum (closed on Mondays), the Byzantine Basilica Cistern opposite Hagia Sophia and the 17th century Blue Mosque, the biggest and the most famous Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. On your way back to the hotel through the Byzantine Hippodrome you can stop by at the Ibrahim Pasha Palace, housing the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (closed on Mondays).
A 10-minute walk will take you to the Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays). While strolling through its narrow streets we recommend that you stop for a rest in one of the traditional or newly opened trendy cafés. The one we recommend is Fes Café which has an adjacent concept store selling soaps and organic towels. In late afternoon you can have a good rest in the historical Turkish bath Cemberlitas Hamam, which is at a 10-minute walk from the hotel. On the way to the hamam is the Corlulu Ali Pasa Medrese with one of the few remaining waterpipe cafes, a smokers haven
After breakfast a walk in the direction of the Golden Horn will take you to the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Stroll in and around the market, after which you can visit the less popular Rüstem Pasha Mosque to see some of the most beautiful Ottoman tiles of the classical era.
Opposite the mosque is a pier from where Turyol boats depart for a 90 minute Bosphorus cruise (a timetable can be obtained from the hotel’s front desk). These boat trips are the shortest and simplest way to explore the Bosphorus.
Once back, cross Galata Bridge by foot to the opposite side of the Golden Horn and take the “Tunel” - a two-station subway which is one of the oldest in Europe. This takes you up to Tunel Square which is at one end of the pedestrian street “İstiklal Caddesi” (also called Beyoglu or Pera). Walk along the street to Taksim Square (considered to be the centre of Istanbul) and walk back, exploring as you do so side streets on both sides. Special points of interest are cafés and bars in the narrow streets of Asmalimescit area, orientalist paintings in Pera Museum, the art galleries Salt and Arter and the Misir Apartment building housing some of the best art galleries in the city (Galeri Nev, Galerist), the Flower Market , the Cukurcuma area with interesting art and antiquity shops, English-language bookstores (Robinson Crusoe, Homer, Pandora) and the tiny CD shop Lale Plak. The neighbourhood café Simdi is a good place to rest.
On the way back, walk through the old Galata neighbourhood surrounding the Galata Tower. The area is undergoing rapid gentrification and is becoming home to an increasing number of small designer and vintage stores and boutiques. Most of these shops are in the small streets around the tower (contemporary crafts shop Hic is especially recommended). Finally, you can take the elevator and go up the tower to enjoy spectacular views of Istanbul - breathtaking during sunset.
Return to the hotel either by taxi or by taking a tram at Karakoy station located not far from the tower, getting off at Sultanahmet station. For a glimpse of modern day Istanbul you might like to spend the rest of the evening in this lively area full of restaurants, cinemas and bars. For live music at the end of the evening check the programmes of music venues Babylon, Nardis and Salon at our front desk (all three are closed during the summer).
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