Alilass Hotel, Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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To see old Istanbul and its iconic buildings, a hotel in the Sultanahmet area must be your first choice. Hotel Alilass made a perfect base for our explorations of this part of the city, its history and culture.

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Walk from Sultanahmet tram station, between the Blue Mosque (above) and Hagia Sophia, to find Hotel Alilass.

This beautiful historic peninsula, old Constantinople, is bound by water on three sides, the Golden Horn, Bosphorus and Sea of Marmara, yet access is easy via Istanbul’s efficient tram system.

Istanbul bosphorus view
Views of Istanbul’s waterways from the Sultanahmet area.

Alilas Hotel Istanbul (Review)

Arriving by tram at Sultanahmet station, Alilass Hotel is an easy walk through the magnificent Sultanahmet Square. The Blue Mosque will be to your right, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace to your left. You may not realise it, but the Basilica Cistern lies almost directly beneath your feet. The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are also within easy walking distance.

This area is a tourist hot spot, but one that retains its old Turkish charm, you will find bazaars, shops and places to eat nearby.

Alilass is a Modern Small Hotel in an Old Part Of Town.

Exploring this part of Istanbul, you will find old-style wooden buildings lining narrow streets. Hotel Alilass has been totally renovated and modernised in 2014, yet its appearance, inside and out, is totally in keeping with the buildings of the area.

The design is fresh and clean, with polished concrete floors and stylish design touches offering elegance and comfort.

The courtyard garden and lobby are lovely places to relax with a drink while the garden breakfast room is the perfect spot to enjoy Alilass’s morning buffet.

Breakfast at Hotel Alilass

Alilass Hotel Sultanahmet breakfast

Buffet breakfasts at Alilass Hotel feature everything you could need. Turkish specialities, cereal, eggs, breads, olives, cheeses, and plenty of coffee.

Alilas Hotel Istanbul Garden room.
Breakfast in the courtyard garden.

The garden breakfast conservatory is a lovely spot to enjoy your meal.

Rooms at Hotel Alilass

Hotel Alilass Rooms
Gorgeous Turkish tiles in the bathrooms at Hotel Alilass, Istanbul

Rooms are delightfully designed in clean white with Turkish blue highlights. The blue tiles featured throughout the hotel are something very special.

We found the bed to be extremely comfortable.

Rooms feature Satellite TV, air-con, free wi-fi, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

The modern en-suite shower rooms are contained by frosted glass walls and doors. Clever decoration and lighting makes them completely private. Soft towels and complementary toiletries add an extra touch of luxury.

The hotel is spotlessly clean throughout and rooms are serviced daily.

Reception staff are extremely helpful and ready to assist and advise you with your vacation planning.

Alilass Wifi

Lobby wifi is excellent and fast, the connection in our 1st floor room was sometimes a little slow.

Alilass Hotel Details

Hotel Website

Address: Cankurtaran mah. Bayramfirin sok. No 9, 34122 Istanbul, Turkey

Telephone: (0212) 516 8860

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As always, all views are our own. We were a party of 1 adult and 2 children and were guests of the hotel, we were under no compulsion to post this review, we just did it to be nice.

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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