Ayasofya Hotel Istanbul  3 stars

Kucukayasofya Mah Demirci Resit Sk No:28, Istanbul, Turkey  show mapSave
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Editorial review:

Keenly Ottoman inspired, the Allstar Ayasofya Hotel of 52 rooms occupies a row of 19th century wooden houses. This is a classic Ottoman boutique hotel. All 52 rooms have brass beds. Enjoy a lavish breakfast served in a glass conservatory replete with chandeliers.

Verified Reviews:

  • Free shuttle service - Beautiful views - Very nice owner - Fabulous personal service
  • Free wi-fi - Cable tv (with bbc and cnn) - Air conditioning was not working - Street parking nearby
  • Location in sultanahmet - Room was spacious - Bathroom was clean - No evening restaurant
  • Calm street - Staff was very friendly - Good breakfast - Nice roof terrace
  • Friendly hotel - Close to everything - Rooms were clean - Highly recommended


The quiet 3-star Ayasofya provides quick access to a palace and a mosque nearby. Operating in Istanbul since 1990, this hotel features classical architecture and modern comforts.

This hotel is situated 1.6km away from The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews, Suleymaniye Mosque and Seyh Suleyman Mosque. Constantine Column, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque are located just 50m from the venue.

This hotel is located within a 10-minute walk of the Çemberlitaş tram stop. 15 minutes by car from Ataturk airport.


The property comprises 25 classic rooms appointed with satellite TV, a writing desk, a kitchenette, air conditioning and a private balcony. The hotel rooms come with parquet floor and wooden furniture.


Guests are offered a buffet breakfast served from 07:30 to 10:30. The wine bar stocks wines to enjoy in a homelike atmosphere.


Guests will benefit from 24-hour reception, room service and a shopping service and also appreciate a cloakroom, free parking and currency exchange available on-site.


Leisure facilities in Ayasofya include a rooftop terrace and a cocktail lounge.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms   25.

City Center Istanbul - 1700 ft
Airports Ataturk (IST) - 8.3 mi, Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) - 19.1 mi
Train Stations Haydarpasa Train Station - 2.5 mi, - 400 ft
Underground stations Aksaray - 1.4 mi, Emniyet-Fatih - 2.1 mi
Restaurants Tarihi Cesme Restaurant - 100 ft, Saray Restaurant Cafe (cuisine: Turkish) - 100 ft
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  • Safe deposit box
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Shops/Commercial Services
  • Shuttle service
Dining facilities
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Cocktail lounge
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Internet corner
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Work desk
  • Balcony
  • Connecting rooms
Kitchen facilities
  • Kitchenette
  • Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Internet access



from  3 pm


until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 1 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • All children under the age of 1 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

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            Ayasofya LocationWhat's nearby

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            What's nearby

            Tourist attractions
            • 1400 ft
            • Basilica Cistern
              2300 ft
            • Hagia Sophia
              2700 ft
            Popular areas
            • City Center
              1400 ft
            Places of interest
            • La mosquée de Sokollu Mehmet Pasa
              400 ft
            • Hippodrome
              1400 ft
            • Mosquée Bleue
              1400 ft
            • La colonne de Constantin
              1700 ft
            • Kumkapi Restaurants
              1700 ft
            • Pasifik Travel Agency - Day Tours
              1700 ft
            • Petite Sainte Sophie
              2000 ft
            • Le milliaire d'Or
              2000 ft
            • Istanbul Gay Private Tours
              2000 ft
            • La mosquée du Nuruosmaniye
              2300 ft
            • Le hammam de Roxelane (Haseki Hürem Hamami)
              2300 ft
            • Istanbul Tag 3, Sisli und Beyazit
              2700 ft
            • Saint Sophia
              2700 ft
            • La rue de la Source Froide (Sogukçesme Sokak)
              3000 ft
            • La mosquée de Beyazit
              3000 ft
            • La fontaine Ahmet III
              3000 ft
            • Le quartier de Mahmut Pasa
              3000 ft

            Local Attractions

            • Suleymaniye Mosque
              5200 ft
              Mimar Sinan Cd, Suleymaniye Mh, Istanbul
            • Galata Bridge
              1.3 mi
            • Zeyrek Mosque
              1.4 mi
              Zeyrek Mah. Ibadethane Sok. Fatih Merkez, Fatih, Istanbul
            • Galata Tower
              1.5 mi
              Buyuk Hendek Cad., Istanbul
            • Fatih Mosque and Complex (Fatih Camii ve Kulliyesi)
              1.6 mi

            Near the hotel

            • Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii)
              1000 ft
              Sultanahmet, Istanbul
            • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)
              1000 ft
              At Meydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:44 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
            • Sultan Ahmet Cami
              1000 ft
              Binbir Direk Mah. Dizdariye Cesme Sok. No:43, Istanbul
            • Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque
              1200 ft
              Kucuk Ayasofya Mh. 34122 Fatih, Istanbul
            • Istanbul Photography Museum
              1300 ft
              Sehsuvar Bey Mah. Kadirga Liman Cad. No:60, Istanbul
            • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
              2900 ft
              Sultanahmet, Istanbul
            • Besiktas
              1500 ft

            Restaurants Nearby

            • Tarihi Cesme Restaurant

              66% likes this, based on 224 reviews

              100 ft
              Kadirga Liman Cadessi

              Phone: 902125163580

            • Saray Restaurant Cafe

              74% likes this, based on 53 reviews
              Cuisine: Turkish

              100 ft
              Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Kadirga Liman Cad. No:166

              Phone: 0212 518 54 42

            • Reggae BR Shot & Food

              77% likes this, based on 22 reviews
              Cuisine: International
              Price Range: USD 5 - USD 26

              100 ft
              Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Kadirda Limani Cad. No: 147/1

              Phone: +90 530 584 8714

            • Spectra Cafe Restaurant

              84% likes this, based on 66 reviews
              Cuisine: Vegan, Pizza & Pasta, International, Turkish

              200 ft
              Sehit Mehmet Pasa Yokusu No:2

              Phone: 00902125163546

            • Kasap Osman

              74% likes this, based on 87 reviews

              300 ft
              Hoca Pasa Mh

              Phone: 5193216

            Ayasofya Reviews

            Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Ayasofya

            Average guest rating

            out of 10
            Very good
            Based on 91 reviews

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            • Older travelers

              Staff friendly and helpful. Hotel very central to main tourist sites, but generally not suitable for people with ambulatory limitations.

              The rooms are small and the shower/toilet is even smaller. There is no elevator and there is no swimming pool (both of which should be advertised). Pictures on the Internet are misleading.

              • Average rating
            • Group of friends

              I liked Ayasofya because it was part of the local community in a very big fast city.I would come again understanding that it is a three star and as such is very good value.I will be telling friends and colleagues about my stay there.

              The breakfast could be more imaginative with some of the local seasonal fruit availabe form the local markets, eg wonderful figs were at the local market when I was there.Perhaps some of the locks on doors and other like facilities could be a little easier to use.The TV was very sporadic and my friend's airconditioner seemed less than friendly.

              • Average rating
            • Single

              The room was very comfortable , the helpfull staff and the view from the roof top of the hotel.

              • Average rating
            • Group of friends

              The location is excellent, and the staff (especially Bülent) very attentive.

              The rooms are charming, but the bathrooms are frankly inadequate. Our shower was not enclosed, and there was no room to place anything in the bathroom. For the price, I expected slightly better installations.

              • Average rating
            • Couple

              We spent our honeymoon in Istanbul and the Ayasofya was ideal place as it was so close. The owner Gaye had put flowers and wine in our room for us and the staff were very welcoming,

              • Average rating
            • Group of friends

              The hotel staff at the reception was excellent, very professional and welcoming.

              • Average rating
            • Single

              The hotel and rooms were very very clean and all staff were very helpful and friendly, including the reception responsible, who was always willing to provide information about anything I needed. The English of the reception responsible was also very good, which is quite important! The reason I picked this hotel was because it has a terrace, with a decent view of the water side (not perfect, but satisfactory). I was not disappointed! Although the terrace was not officially open we were able to go up and enjoy the view, and even order a drink up there. Overall, this hotel was very good value for money. I think one of the best dinners I had was the night I felt too tired to go out and ordered in - the food was perfect and although it was take-in (from a local restaurant), it was served to me by the hotel staff on plates, silverware, etc.! (Talk about pampering!)

              I was not able to have a smoking room (although I had selected this when I booked). However this was not necessarily a bad thing because I was able to smoke on the terrace! Also, I was not very fond of the fact that there is some uphill climbing when I ventured out in the morning (although of course downhill upon my return!) This can be alleviated though by taking a short taxi trip in the morning to the tram or to a nearby tourist attraction. Also I would have preferred being a little closer to more cafes and restaurants, although there were some in the area, I just would have preferred more within a shorter walking distance (on level ground!). Some reviews I had read stated the rooms were a bit small, this is true for the standard rooms (I did not see the deluxe or apartments) however this is made up for in cleanliness, comfortable beds, and good service.

              • Average rating
            • Family with children

              We stayed in one of the Ayasofya apartments. It was very comfortable for our family and had a great view of the sea.

              • Average rating
            • Couple

              Just few minutes walk away from Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, TopKapi and grand Bazar.

              Very old, very small and extremely loud. The bathrooms are connected so you can hear everything which is going on in the neighbour's bathroom. Terrible place. I do not recommend this hotel to anyone.

              • Average rating
            • Older travelers

              The owner welcomed you and was always available to answer questions and give you sites to visit recommendations.

              The bathroom shower was small and hard to take a shower without getting the rest of the bathroom wet.

              • Average rating
            • Couple

              Ants in an apartment (rooms and apartments available)!!! Tiny rooms @95eur/night! Slance backstreet location! No fresh soap,caps, cumbs, etc in bathrooms! No cold water in fridge! Torn fresh towels in rooms! No lift to upstair rooms! Ac varely operating in rooms! This is a two star hotel maximum instead of the advertised four!

              • Average rating
            • Older travelers

              Lovely old building beautifully renovated. Very friendly family run hotel. Beautiful location with stunning views and close to the ancient sights. Generous and varied breakfast.Interesting wine cellar and good value wines to drink. Overall a great place to stay and we wish we had booked for longer.

              A couple of very small niggles only. The pillows on the bed were not very good quality and made me sweat in the heat. The coffee at breakfast was Nescafe unless you pay extra. I realise this is common in Turkey, but for a "boutique" hotel it does not set the right tone.

              • Average rating
            • Older travelers

              The helpfulness of the owner and staff generally. Its closeness to major attractions.

              The hotel itself is fine but we were initially put into an annexe 200 yards away then another 100 yards away and eventually into the hotel itself. Both annexes were not of the standard we expected.

              • Average rating
            • Single

              I Loved the attention recived from the staff, specially the front door worker.

              The staff responsable for the restaurant service need to learn english.

              • Average rating
            • Older travelers

              Lovely atmosphere. Staff very friendly and helpful. Very personal and happy. Good local advice provided. Nice central position, though a steep climb up a hill to reach main sites - beware those who like level walking! Good plentiful breakfast constantly refilled. Clean and tidy. Air conditioning worked well in bedroom and breakfast room (often not the case in hotels I've frequented, but essential for survival in Istanbul in July).

              Room very small - but we expected that so not a complaint. Room not cleaned two days in a row so we had to ask at the desk for this to be done when we returned late afternoon/early evening. They obliged, but it was a bit of a nuisance. Hotel hard to find initially - a detailed map would be good. A noisy family in the next room - not the hotel's fault, but not conducive to rest!

              • Average rating
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