Few of Sultanahmet's family-run pensions can compete with the Marmara's cleanliness, comfort and thoughtful details. Owner Elif and team go out of their way to welcome guests, offering advice aplenty and serving a delicious breakfast on the vine-covered, sea-facing roof terrace. Rooms have comfortable beds, good bathrooms (small in some cases) and double-glazed windows.
Members of the same family operate the similarly impressive Saruhan Hotel in the predominantly residential pocket of Kadırga.
Featuring a rooftop terrace with excellent views of the Sea of Marmara, this guesthouse offers rooms with wooden floors and free Wi-Fi just 200 metres away from Aya Sofia Mosque. All air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated with oriental details and feature private en suite bathrooms with a hairdryer. Some double rooms have 4-poster beds with embroidered clothes. Guests can enjoy a traditional breakfast with homemade jams on the rooftop terrace. This is also a pleasant spot to have a Turkish coffee, while gazing views of Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district and the sea. The 24-hour reception desk at the Marmara Guesthouse can assist guests with planning their stay in Istanbul. It can also arrange transportation to nearby places of interest. Guesthouse Marmara is strategically located for sightseeing, with the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace located less than 5 minutes on foot away. Cankurtaran Train Station is just 100 metres from the hotel.