Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
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
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hidden in the shadow of the ornate Topkapi Palace at the ancient heart of Istanbul, Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul 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, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, 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 the hotel, 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.
Spread across the two wings of the hotel, the rooms at Hagia Sofia Mansions, Curio Collection by Hilton, 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.
The superior rooms harmoniously marries Turkish style and décor with an indulgent marble bathroom, complete with a deep soaking bath and separate rain shower.
The spacious and vibrant junior suites offer ample living space with a separate living room and bedroom with an ornate bathroom.
The inviting suites ooze style and comfort with a large living area, spacious marble bathroom and plush beds.
Children are welcome, with babysitting services, children’s menus and cribs available upon request.
The hotel 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.
With so many of Istanbul's main sites within walking distance, the Hagia Sofia mansions Istanbul provides the perfect base to explore this vibrant city.
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.
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.
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.
Helicopter Tour of Istanbul
Take in the city from above on a helicopter tour over Istanbul. Admire the bird's eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the Bosphorus.
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.
Spice Bazaar & Suleymaniye Mosque
From the frescoes of the Church of St. Savior and the Suleymaniye Mosque to the bustling Spice Bazaar, this tour of Istanbul combines iconic landmarks with a taste of local life to offer a unique experience of this vibrant city.
Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar
Admire Topkapi Palace, cruise Bosphorus which separates Asia and Europe, practice your bargaining skills at Grand Bazaar and enjoy a cultural evening with a choice of either Whirling Dervish or belly-dancing shows.
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.
Location & directions
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.
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