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Hotel Empress Zoe

Hotel with bar/lounge, near Sultanahmet Square

  • Free buffet breakfast and free WiFi
From
£43

Property renovations and closures

  • This property is closed from January 1 2020 to February 15 2020 (dates subject to change).

Image gallery

  • Terrace/Patio
  • Terrace/Patio
  • Balcony
  • Living Area
  • Terrace/Patio
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9.6.Exceptional.
  • Location, very friendly and helpful staff. Unique in history.

    Nov 1, 2019

  • Great location for walking round the historic cultural centre of Istanbul, across to…

    Oct 28, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser

Guests rated location

Walkable
Convenient
Dining options
Safe
Shopping
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 22 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace

For families

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

What’s around

  • In Sultanahmet
  • Sultanahmet Square - 5-minute walk
  • Hagia Sophia - 5-minute walk
  • Blue Mosque - 6-minute walk
  • Basilica Cistern - 6-minute walk
  • Topkapi Palace - 8-minute walk
This property is closed from 1 January 2020 to 15 February 2020 (dates subject to change).

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Single Room
  • Standard Double Room
  • Standard Double Room, Garden View
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Family Double Room
  • Double Room, Terrace
  • Triple Room
  • Penthouse, Terrace
  • Economy Twin Room
  • Basic Double Room
  • Deluxe Double Room
  • Duplex
  • Suite, Garden View
  • Suite, Terrace
  • Garden Suite
  • Deluxe Garden Suite

Location

  • In Sultanahmet
  • Sultanahmet Square - 5-minute walk
  • Hagia Sophia - 5-minute walk

What’s around

Landmarks

  • In Sultanahmet
  • Sultanahmet Square - 5-minute walk
  • Hagia Sophia - 5-minute walk
  • Blue Mosque - 6-minute walk
  • Basilica Cistern - 6-minute walk
  • Topkapi Palace - 8-minute walk
  • Grand Bazaar - 15-minute walk
  • The Egyptian Bazaar - 20-minute walk
  • Galata Bridge - 22-minute walk
  • Galata Tower - 35-minute walk
  • Dolmabahce Palace - 44-minute walk

Getting around

  • Istanbul (IST) 54-min drive
  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) 58-min drive
  • Istanbul Cankurtaran Station 2-min walk
  • Istanbul Kumkapi Station 21-min walk
  • Istanbul Yenikapi Station 3-min drive
  • Sultanahmet Station 7-min walk
  • Gulhane Station 10-min walk
  • Cemberlitas Station 12-min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 22 rooms

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • No cots (infant beds)

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle*
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Bar/lounge

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Facilities

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Be entertained

  • LCD TV

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

More

  • Daily housekeeping

Small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Empress Zoe Hotel
  • Hotel Empress Zoe Istanbul
  • Hotel Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul
  • Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul
  • Hotel Empress Zoe Hotel
  • Hotel Empress Zoe Istanbul
  • Hotel Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Policies

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless checkout is available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs

  • Yes, Hotel Empress Zoe does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property is closed from 1 January 2020 to 15 February 2020 (dates subject to change).
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • No, unfortunately, but there's discounted parking nearby.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in starting at 2 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Balikci Sabahattin (3-min walk), Dubb Ethnic Restaurant (3-min walk) and Giritli (6-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
  • Hotel Empress Zoe has a garden.
9.6.Exceptional.
  • 8.0.Very good

    Great stay in Sultanahmet

    Excellent location, lovely staff. This is a great boutique hotel. For me the downside is that cats have a free run of the hotel & I am very allergic to them.

    robert, 6 night trip with friends, Oct 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    A quiet corner of a very noisy city, the Empress Zoe scores highly for its unique architecture and art. Very comfortable; excellent breakfast; and a commitment to fighting climate change, especially through providing refillable water bottles.

    8 night romance trip, Sep 25, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    The hotel has a beautiful secret garden where we played backgammon to shelter from the heat for a while. And had breakfast and drinks on the evening. The Hotel is in such a busy city near some of the major attractions but you wouldn’t know. It’s a little haven. The inside feels so traditional and we loved our room at the top. Lots of stairs but that didn’t put us off at all. The hotel cats were cute too.

    1 night romance trip, Aug 14, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful character boutique hotel

    The Empress Zoe is a beautiful, tranquil, boutique hotel close to the popular sites in Istanbul. The rooms are beautifully decorated and it has a leafy garden to eat breakfast or to relax. The breakfast buffet is wonderful and handmade with care and love. I highly recommend the Empress Zoe, it's just wonderful.

    Penelope, 4 night family trip, Aug 9, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Exceptional friendliness of staff. Perfect location.

    3 night family trip, May 8, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Covered in flowering Wisteria, the hotel was in a perfect position to see the historic sites. It was quiet but in the centre of restaurants and shopping. Staff could not be faulted, friendly and efficient. They arranged our transport to and from the airport. Breakfast was perfect and their roof terrace had a great view. We walked everywhere. Pity about the rain, but we were early in the season - they even provided umbrellas. Strongly recommended.

    4 night trip with friends, Apr 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Central position in old city Staff extremely friendly & helpful

    6 night trip, Mar 27, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    This was absolutely charming. The garden is beautiful and the rooms are all unique. We had access to one of the roof terraces which was really special. Breakfast was delicious and didn't feel rushed, either. We were on the top floor with on a small spiral staircase leading up. The stairs are a little tiring! Staff carried our bags up for us upon arrival, but it is still a long way up. But the overall experience in this hotel was worth it ultmately.

    4 night romance trip, Mar 20, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Winter break in Istanbul

    The Empress Zoe is a lovely hotel within a couple of minutes of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Very Friendly and clean. Each room even has its own mini hammam! The breakfast is excellent with plenty of choice. I would stay there again in a flash. A word of warning, there is no lift and access to upstairs is by a spiral staircase. This is a brilliant quirky feature but not if you are disabled or wheelchair bound. Having said that Istanbul is not particularly wheelchair friendly. Regarding the city: There are many people trying to sell things but they are usually very polite and a firm "no thank you" is quite sufficient (unlike Cairo). As of January 2019, the place was safe and we never felt intimidated anywhere. The Grand Bazaar is great to look round but the prices seemed to be high (e.g. £20 for a kilo of dried figs whereas they are about £6 in the local shops and spice market) Everywhere sells rugs and I saw a pretty good one about 2 square metres for £600 but remember to add import tax and delivery. I don't have the ability to haggle, so maybe that's the real problem. If you visit Topkapi Palace, look out for the ringed parakeets and laughing doves. Hagia Sophia was having work done so there was scaffolding inside and the Blue Mosque was also being touched up (probably done now as its the quiet season)

    Simon, 4 night trip with friends, Jan 4, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great hotel with picturesque courtyard

    Great hotel with picturesque courtyard for eating breakfast. The decor feels traditional yet modern and the great staff were wonderul. Location is unbelievable and you can walk to all major sites around sultanahmet in under 10 minutes. Highly recommended

    Jessica, 3 night trip, Sep 21, 2018

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