It was a smart move to organize a hotel pick up. Hefty at 25,00 €, but worth every dang cent. After a Philippines-Singapore-Malaysia-United Arab Emirates-Turkey transit, we were sleep-deprived and weary to the bones and bordering deranged. Our cabbie was at Atatürk International Airport’s arrival hall on the dot, and in my head I wanted to run towards him and squeeze him in delight.
What I did in real life, as a greeting, was a mere grunt.
With droopy eyes, I watched the Turkish world out my window as we whizzed towards the heart of Sultanahmet. The drive’s about half an hour, and a part of our route unveiled a view of the Sea of Marmara. That certainly kept me up.
Our room wasn’t available yet when we arrived at the hotel. But after a quick brekkie of menemen (which we grew an obsession for) at a nearby cafe, we were checked in when we got back.
Price of double room with brekkie at Sultan’s Inn is 55,00 € (single 50,00 €, triple 70,00 €). It was way beyond our budget. But because of its proximity to Sultanahmet’s (the old city of Istanbul) sights, plus its great reviews online, we booked with them anyway. The hotel has a good range of tour packages but we didn’t try any.
We didn’t really have to. The main attractions are just a few blocks away from it. Sultan’s Inn, though very near the city buzz, sits on a quiet street which makes it an ideal temporary abode. The streets we had to walk on from the hotel to our various destinations weren’t dodgy. Not a single time did we feel unsafe in the hotel’s hood.
Except for our dripping aircon when turned off and the nonexistent elevator, we loved everything else about Sultan’s Inn. If we get the chance to revisit Istanbul, will definitely consider staying here again. And when the time comes, I hope the Turkish embassy in the Philippines lets me stay in the country for more than two weeks.