In Room Review: Seven Hills Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey

In-Room Reviews, Turkey — By on February 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm

As dusk settled in Istanbul, I walked down a quiet cobblestone stone street, glancing in the little shops and restaurants. The older gentleman standing in the doorway of the oriental rug store adjacent to the Seven Hills Hotel greeted me with a warm smile and friendly hello. I was eager to check out this hotel, and as I stepped through the entrance into its cozy lobby, I was met with another charming smile from the dark, handsome concierge. As I sank into the couch in the corner, waiting for my friend Brittany to give me a tour, and chatted with the staff about my stay in Turkey, a sense of relaxation washed over me. I felt at home in this place.

A few minutes later, Brittany appeared on the winding staircase and eagerly ushered me up to the Seven Hills Sea Food restaurant perched on the hotel’s rooftop. Nestled in the historical Sultanahmet Peninsula, the quaint boutique hotel is smack dab in the middle of (and just a 5-minute walk from) two of Sultanahmet’s most extravagant sights: the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia.

The panoramic view of these two wonders from the restaurant is magnificently stunning. Sipping apple tea and listening to the prayer call on the outdoor terrace, I just sat there staring at them in amazement. In addition to the surreal scenery, this classy, candlelit restaurant offers a delicious array meat dishes and fresh seafood caught from the Sea of Marmara and an amazing breakfast buffet.

After finishing my apple tea, I went to explore the rest of the hotel, admiring the delicately hand-painted details that decorate the walls and ceilings. The 18 moderately priced rooms found among the 7 floors of this 19th-century building are rich and inviting with their warm, textured red and gold drapery and bedding. This signature Ottoman Empire decor infuses the hotel’s interior. Every spacious room boasts a king-sized bed, a deep bathtub and shower, wireless internet, a minibar, and cable/satellite TV.

Six of these rooms are suites, with each one offering perks such as views of the Sea of Marmara, the Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sofia, plus additional living space or a pull-out couch. Some rooms also contain a jacuzzi. Regardless of whether you stay in one of the suites or in a standard room, you’re sure to feel as if you’ve been transported back in time to a lavish bedroom in an Ottoman palace.

With a staff exemplifying Turkish hospitality, a restaurant with an unsurpassed view of Istanbul’s most revered monuments, and clean, comfortable rooms, to me, the Seven Hills Hotel is a gem.

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