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Hagia Sofia Mansions

Istanbul, Turkey

At a Glance

  • Hidden away at the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet Quarter, the hotel overlooks the Hagia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace
  • A row of former ambassador’s mansions elegantly transformed into a stylish boutique hotel
  • The atmospheric restaurant is built into an ancient 1,500-year-old water cistern, lit by over 200 candles
  • With a fantastic location Hippodrome Square, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia are within walking distnce

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Best time to Visit

Good time to visit

Average time to visit

The best times to visit Istanbul are in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October), when skies are clear and temperatures are moderate. During July and August it is hot and steamy; a lot of Istanbullus head for the west and south coasts over these months and some businesses close. Biting winter winds and snow are common in winter.

Be aware that during the five-day Kurban Bayrami banks shut and ATMs can run out of money. During Ramadan business hours can be erratic. Hotel rooms skyrocket in price and are often overbooked during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in June.

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Insider's View

Be aware that due to the hotels proximity to a special tomb within the city, they cannot serve alcohol, however the delicious Turkish tea and mocktails are most inviting- the Mademoiselle opaline was my favourite.

Take your breakfast overlooking the Hagia Sophia; possibly the best spot in Istanbul.                                                                 

Feel totally immersed in the local culture as you hear the call to prayer from the iconic Blue Mosque.

Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday to Hagia Sofia Mansions or take a look at our itineraries to Istanbul

Description

Hidden in the shadow of the ornate Topkapi Palace at the ancient heart of Istanbul, Hagia Sofia Mansions is a collection of heritage ambassadors’ residences that have been sympathetically transformed into a luxury hotel.

Overlooking two of Istanbul’s most iconic monuments, the Topkapi Palace and the awe-inspiring Hagia Sofia, Hagia Sofia Mansions is an oasis of tranquillity at the heart of Turkey’s most beguiling city. Nestled amongst the ancient streets, Ottoman architecture and hallowed monuments of the city’s Sultanahmet Quarter, this row of former mansion houses have been converted into a stylish hotel, evocative of Istanbul’s rich and colourful history.

Reflecting back to the grandeur of the Ottoman era, the hotel is awash with vibrant colours, geometric patterns and hand carved furniture, with ornate chandeliers and sumptuous fabrics reflecting the hotel’s prestigious location at the historic epicentre of Istanbul. The main hotel building, Yes¸il Ev, is the heart of Hagia Sofia Mansions, housing many of the spacious and stylish suites, the main facilities and the tranquil courtyard garden. Lined up along historic Sogukçesme Street, the remaining mansions share a wall with the Tokapi Palace, each named after flowers that bloom on along the quiet cobbled street they overlook. Spread across both wings of the hotel, each of the rooms and suites is unique and showcases locally made textiles, hand-carved beds and traditional marble bathrooms with a mini-hammam. Ranging in size from the comfortable and contemporary Superior Rooms through to the expansive Hu¨rrem Sultan Suite that combines two suites within the mansions within Yes¸il Ev, each room offers the same levels of comfort and luxury and a true sense of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.

The hotel’s main restaurant is located within Yes¸il Ev, opening out onto the tranquil courtyard gardens. A buffet breakfast and lighter fare is served here, surrounded by the tropical plants and the trickling fountains. The hotel’s other restaurant is housed within an ancient 1,500-year-old water cistern and offers truly atmospheric dining experience, with its vaulted ceiling, exposed brick walls and hallowed atmosphere. Many of the city’s superb local restaurants are within easy walking distance of the hotel, along with some of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the incredibly atmospheric subterranean Basilica Cistern.

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Accommodation

Spread across the two wings of the hotel, the rooms at Hagia Sofia Mansions have been designed to reflect the rich and colourful history of Istanbul. Hand painted and fired ceramic tiles line the floors and walls of the ornate bathrooms, each with a mini-hammam and roll-top bath, whilst the bedrooms are draped with rich fabrics and filled with hand-carved furniture. The spacious Superior Rooms offer a comfortable retreat from the busy city streets, whilst the larger Suite categories feature additional living space, some with views of the city or the hotel’s tranquil gardens.

Superior Room

The superior rooms harmoniously marries Turkish style and décor with an indulgent marble bathroom, complete with a deep soaking bath and separate rain shower.

Junior Suite

The spacious and vibrant junior suites offer ample living space with a separate living room and bedroom with an ornate bathroom.

Suite

The inviting suites ooze style and comfort with a large living area, spacious marble bathroom and plush beds.  

Childcare

Children are welcome at the Hagia Sofia Mansions, with babysitting services, children’s menus and cribs available upon request.

Facilities

Hagia Sofia Mansions’ features two dining venues, the laid back and peaceful main restaurant, housed within Yes¸il Ev and the more atmospheric evening dining venue within a 1,500-year-old cistern. The hotel’s central location and unique accommodation also places you within easy reach of many of the city’s most exciting restaurants.

Due to the proximity to religious sites, alcohol is not served at the hotel, however the extensive juice, tea and mocktail menu is sure to keep your thirst quenched.

Activities

With so many of Istanbul's main sites within walking distance, the Hagia Sofia mansions provides the perfect base to explore this vibrant city.

Reviews

5

Ashling Mulkeirins (Staff)

Simply perfect. The Hagia Sophia Mansions without a doubt is the very best option when staying in the Old City of Istanbul. Totally immersed in cuture the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are both within a two minute walk, maximum! The design of the hotel is exquisite, the service is superb and the location is incredible - there is nothing to possibly fault about this hotel. This property will help to create a very special and memorable trip within this wonderful city. The rooms are set within different mansions located around the Hagia Sophia and there is also currently works being completed to create an underground swimming pool within on of the old cisterns.

Experiences

  • A full day tour to the Princes' Islands

    Enjoy a ferry ride to the islands bordering Istanbul where you'll have a chance to swim and explore.

  • Basilica Cistern

    Below the hot and bustling city of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century. The Basilica Cistern is a stunning architectural feat, and is not to be missed during your stay in Istanbul.

  • Half day walking tour of the Old City

    Enjoy a half-day private, guided tour of the monuments of the Old City. Your guide will be able to tailor-make the tour for you depending on your interests as well as adjusting your itinerary to avoided crowded times.

  • Istanbul culinary tour and Spice Market

    Explore the Kadiköy Market and Street Food stalls of Asian Istanbul followed by the renowned Spice Market, stimulating your senses with tantalising sights, sounds and smells.

  • Private yacht on the Bosphorus

    Explore the beauty of Istanbul embarking on a private yacht cruise along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Enjoy brilliant views of Istanbul's great landmarks, such as the Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortnress.

  • Traditional Turkish Bath Experience

    Take a break from the bustling city of Istanbul, and visit one of its old bath houses for a traditional hammam experience.

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Turkey

    Istanbul, Cappadocia & Bodrum

    from £4000 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights

    • Explore the best of Istanbul with a private guide taking you from grand palaces to the bustling bazaar
    • Experience the vast landscapes of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon
    • This itinerary is perfect from late April to October

Location & directions

Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sofia Mansions is located at the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet Quarter. The famous Topkapi Palace shares a wall with some of the mansions, whilst the Hagia Sofia itself is only a moment’s walk away. Istanbul’s other main attractions are within easy walking distance, including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square and the Basilica Cistern.

How to get there

Istanbul Airport is approximately one hour away by road.

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Call us on 020 3993 8025 to start planning your holiday to Hagia Sofia Mansions or take a look at our itineraries to Istanbul

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