In the tourist district of Sultanahmet, the Empress Zoe is a pioneer, with its traditional houses converted into a quaint hotel. The wooden and brick structures backed onto Byzantine ramparts now gather around a lovely garden where cats come and go in peace. This is the best place to have breakfast and feel the vibrations of the city. Unless your lucky enough to have a room with its own terrace.
The 25 rooms are all different sizes and tastefully decorated in Ottoman style, with terracotta tiles on the floor, traditional kilims, tapestries, and frescos. Some have alcoves. A bar located on the roof terrace offers panoramic views of the Hagia Sophia, the mouth of the Bosphorus, and the Marmara Sea. Absolutely magical.
Hôtel Empress Zoe
Akbiyik Caddesi n° 10
+90 212 518 25 04
Rooms: from 225 TRY