This place has been offering good-value, spotlessly clean, well-managed accommodation in the heart of the old city since 1989 and the three welcoming brothers—Bulent, Levent, and Sedat—who run it really know their business. Plenty of hotels have come and gone in that time, but there's no substitute for a great location (the Hagia Sophia is a couple of minutes' walk away) and friendly yet professional management. The 27 pension rooms are light and airy, but only six have en suite bathrooms and are perhaps a little on the garish side (think bright blue walls and plaid bedspreads) for some visitors. The cleaning staff, however, make sure that the shared showers and toilets are kept immaculately clean, so nobody complains about the inconvenience of crossing the hall. The 16 hotel rooms are larger, have bathrooms en suite, and are more tastefully decorated with plain white walls, parquet floors and white bed-linen. Some have air conditioning, while others rely on fans. A real plus of is the roof terrace, which has superb views over the old city—and the Turkish breakfast isn't bad either. This is a no-frills place and the pension rooms probably represent better value than the hotel ones, but its reputation speaks for itself if you're looking for a cheap, reliable stay in the heart of the old city.
Side Hotel and Pension
T1 Tram: SultanahmetPhone 0212/517-2282 Prices Pension doubles from €40, hotel doubles from €65 Units 27 pension, 16 hotel Amenities
Free luggage storage service, free Wi-FiWeb site Side Hotel and Pension
MapNear Hagia Sofia, Utangaç Sok. 20 Istanbul
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