Sultanahmet: Where Should You Stay?

Sultanahmet in Istanbul is where the old city is. Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Archaeological Museum is located in Sultanahmet. It is quite attractive for tourists and it is definitely a beautiful area with deep history and culture. Walking around the massive, breathtaking monuments is indeed something people want to experience.

However, when looking for a good place to stay where people could walk around and also experience the everyday life, eat good food at local restaurants where local people would eat is also very important. A touristic visit is not merely a visit to touristic areas. When you want to experience a city you want to experience the past and the presence.During the tours you visit Sultanahmet and other old parts of Istanbul but in order to find some time to experience the other fun face of Istanbul staying in a modern area is a key and it doesn’t need to be in a remote area either.

Below you may see the reasons why you shouldn’t stay in Sultanahmet:

Sultanahmet = Touristic

Sultanahmet naturally is the most touristic area in Istanbul. Like every other touristic areas around the world it has its challenges as it has its charm. Being touristic would generally mean overpriced products / services and bad quality. This is also valid for Istanbul.

Walking Around

Your visits are over and you are back at the hotel. You would want to discover a bit more during the evening, so naturally you walk around just to experience the night of Istanbul. It is very difficult to do so without being chased and harassed by the vendors who wish to sell their products or services. Their intentions are good but a relaxing walk around the area doesn’t always mean a relaxing walk in Sultanahmet. You need to consider the encounter with the people working for the local vendors around Sultanahmet.


Since everything in Sultanahmet is touristic you should definitely expect the restaurants being touristic as well. As a local we could claim that you could eat at a high end restaurant at almost the same price. The quality of the food has an inverse ratio. Who would be the experts of good quality local Turkish food? It would be the locals. You would want to experience the food that is liked, enjoyed by the locals. In order to find those restaurants you would need to be in an area where locals are and it is definitely not Sultanahmet. Well then you would maybe think using taxis to go to the local restaurants. That is also very challenging. Read below:

Taxi Drivers in Sultanahmet

Taxi drivers are usually really good people and most of them are very kind and nice. However when it comes to Sultanahmet they are usually looking for a bargain. According to the law and regulations taxis should turn on their meters and charge according to the meters. In Sultanahmet, the taxi drivers wouldn’t take you if they do not like direction you want to go. The other negative side of this is that they would ask for a special rate without turning on the meters. To summarize finding a reliable taxi is not something you can get in Sultanahmet.

So, these are some of the aspects that, we think are the reasons you shouldn’t stay in Sultanahmet. But this raises another question. Where should you stay? As a reliable travel agency we would like to recommend areas and hotels that would increase your satisfaction and make your stay a very memorable one. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information. We would be more than happy to assist you.

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