Istanbul's must-visit Eid hotel
Located in the heart of Istanbul’s Old City, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet offers guests a unique opportunity to experience the rich past of Turkey, in a sophisticated and stylish modern setting.
Injecting style and colour into the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul, this five-star boutique is the first hotel within the Ajwa brand. An artistic masterpiece, the property perfectly combines some of the most exquisite elements to represent ‘Old Istanbul’ with a uniquely luxurious and modern twist.
Boasting 61 rooms spread across nearly 7,000 square metres, the fully Halal property offers panoramic views of the Old Town and the Sea of Marmara. Throughout the guest rooms and public spaces, Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet elegantly incorporates artisan elements in every detail from carvings made by Topkapi restorers, wooden and mother of pearl ornaments, created by a Syrian craftsman, handmade furniture, precious Tabriz silk carpets, valuable paintings by Azerbaijani artists, Seljuk and Ottoman inspired architecture, immaculate marble work and intricately handcrafted Iznik tiles.
The guest rooms comprise family rooms and deluxe rooms, which welcome guests with walnut wood furniture and top-quality, colour fabric wallpapers. Even the bathrooms are lavish and adorned with elements such as tiles inspired by Mimar Sinan’s mosques, and fountains with ceramic basins and marble sinks. Corner suites, decorated in shades of purple, lilac, mauve and sea green perfectly reflect the cherished history of Istanbul with Seljuk motifs and relaxed Ottoman seating.
The 120 square metre ‘Sultan Suite’ is the ultimate representation of opulence. A grand dining area, coupled with a living area, master bedroom, and bathroom with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and shower area, provide the epitome of luxury in an authentic Turkish setting. No detail is left unturned - from quaint ornaments on wooden cabinets, to immaculate marble work and ornate furnishings.
Those looking to relax and unwind in traditional Turkish style can also visit the Afiya Spa. Featuring an authentic Turkish Hammam, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, private treatment rooms, indoor pool, and even a snow fountain, it provides the perfect atmosphere for complete pampering and relaxation.
For those more focussed on work rather than relaxation, intimate meeting rooms located on the Mezzanine and uppermost levels of the building are ideal venues for prestigious events and key business meetings.
The distinctive property is also perfect for foodies, featuring a selection of authentic food and beverage options. Offering a special take on the rich world of Azerbaijani cuisine, Zeferan Restaurant provides a magnificent venue with panoramic views of the city and refined touches of Turkish-Islamic arts. Staying true to its culture, Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet is a dry property.
Location also plays in the property’s favour as it is situated at the very heart of the Historical Peninsula - one of the most popular districts for tourists visiting Istanbul. Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet is only 10 minutes’ walk to numerous key landmarks, including the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Sultanahmet Mosque.
Here are our picks of some of the best things to do when you stay at Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet:
- Go and see the Blue Mosque - a short 10-minute walk from the property, the Sultanahmet Mosque is one of Turkey's most popular tourist locations.
- Take a boat cruise on the Bosphorus – the best way to discover the sights of the city is by travelling along Istanbul’s scenic shores.
- Go underground at the Basilica Cistern – explore the largest ancient underground cistern in Istanbul, a location that even James Bond thought worthy of a visit in 1963's From Russia with Love.
- Visit Hagia Sophia - one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world, this is an ideal location to immerse yourselves in the richness of Turkish art and the history of architecture.
- Visit Dolmabahçe Palace - home to the last six sultans of the Ottoman Empire, Dolmabahçe is the largest palace in Turkey and well worth taking time out of your day to visit.
With the upcoming holy celebration of Eid-al Adha, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet offers the perfect opportunity for a quick escape this Eid. The gateway between Europe and Asia, Istanbul offers visitors an escape that is rich in Islamic history. Special Eid packages at the hotel are also available.
One such package is the ‘Couples Getaway’ which includes round-trip Airport transportation in a luxury sedan, three nights’ double accommodation in a Deluxe Room (with daily breakfast), a dinner at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant Zeferan, and access to the hotel’s own Afiya Spa. Costs for this luxurious getaway start from Dhs3790, with bookings to be done before the 6th of September 2017 for a stay between 28th of August - 9th of September for a minimum of three nights.
If you can’t escape the kids this Eid, Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet has also got an impressive ‘Family Getaway’ offer. This package features round-trip Airport transportation in a luxury sedan, three nights’ double accommodation in a Family Suite (with breakfast daily), accommodation for up to four people sharing a two bedroom suite, a dinner at Zeferan (which offers some of the tastiest kebabs in town),as well as access to the Afiya Spa and Wellness. Just like the Couples package, bookings must be done before the 6th of September 2017 for a stay between the 28th August and the 9th of September. The minimum of a three night stay is also required.