Hotel Ibrahim Pasha

Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey Book from Book from £93 per night

A sophisticated small hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet, with tasteful Ottoman art and a fabulous roof terrace

Ibrahim Pasha was a prominent Grand Vizier of Turkey’s Ottoman period and the 16th-century palace he built stands beside the hotel that bears his name. His was a turbulent, traumatic life but his namesake is a tranquil, soothing respite from the bustle of Istanbul.

Enter and you’ll find a welcoming lobby with a glass-topped reception desk, where you'll be greeted courteously and given keys to your room. But wait: you might want to linger in a deep leather sofa by the fireplace and read a style magazine, or flick through one of the arty tomes on Istanbul’s past (owner Mehmet is a bit of a history buff). Or perhaps browse the bookshelves on the pale mustard walls of the library, with its Ottoman wall hangings and well-chosen antiques. No? In that case, head straight up the parquet square-spiral stairs to the striking roof terrace, with its mosaicked floor and eye-catching view of the Blue Mosque. It’s the hotel's real trump card, and relaxing up here after a day's sightseeing, with a slight breeze ruffling the plants, the sunset casting a pink glow over the Sea of Marmara and one of the world’s most fascinating cities spread out beneath you, is very special indeed.

Information provided by Hotel Ibrahim Pasha on 01/02/2021.

Cleaning and hygiene
Rigorous cleaning and sanitisation of guest rooms.
Not using the rooms for at least 24 hours after each check-out.
Frequent sanitisation of high-contact points, such as elevator buttons, door handles, reception desk and bathrooms.
Hand sanitisers placed at guest contact areas.
Provision of medical masks and gloves for our guests upon request.

Covid PCR tests can be arranged at the hotel, results within 24 hours.


  • A classy conversion of 2 19th-century Ottoman townhouses, with some nice touches in the 24 rooms: iPod docks, Molton Brown smellies, complimentary fruit and water, copies of Time Out Istanbul
  • A fantastic location, tucked away down a sidestreet but very close to the Hagia Sophia and the sights of Sultanahmet
  • Sweeping views of the Blue Mosque and beyond from the roof terrace, which has a bar in summer
  • Substantial and delicious buffet breakfasts, served 'til nearly noon
  • We loved the lounge: even in winter, fireplaces and candles keep it warm and cosy


  • Book early - it's often full!
  • Rooms are small, and a little dark, but the roof terrace, lounge and location more than make up for this
  • No restaurant, but staff have a well-researched list of local favourites and will make reservations for you
  • The morning call to prayer is a bit loud but seems to diminish throughout the day and there is virtually no street noise
  • A bit of a hike to the busier nightlife neighbourhoods such as Beyoglu

Best time to go

With its wealth of historic sights and wonderful restaurants, Istanbul is a year-round destination, although it can get very cold and damp in winter - a bit like London! Unlike London, it's very hot in the summer, so spring and autumn are the best times to visit for warm temperatures and sunshine.

Our top tips

Try and have a chat with the urbane owner Mehmet, who is often at the hotel. He knows Istanbul very well (try his 2-day walking tour) and is a good cultural source for the city.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 24 rooms
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service


The 24 bedrooms at Ibrahim Pasha continue the hotel’s air of elegance, with pale olive walls, Turkish carpets over hardwood floors, white leather or plush red armchairs, and silky throws and cushions in jewel-like tones. They can feel a little dark, however, so ask for a room on one of the higher floors to maximise light.

The Standard Rooms are rather small, and some overlook an internal passageway. We felt cocooned rather than cramped, but it’s worth upgrading to a Deluxe Room if you can. These are larger, with pale wood flooring, silvery embossed wallpaper and leather sofas. Some have separate sitting areas with daybeds, others a small terrace with a table and chairs for two. We especially liked the room with a petite balcony made of wrought-iron railings and a chunky glass floor.

All rooms come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players (there's a library of films to borrow downstairs), iPod docks/CD players, safe boxes, minibars, free WiFi, complimentary fruit and bottled water, and individually controlled air-conditioning and underfloor heating. Bathrooms are clad in beige tiles, with rain showers and Molton Brown toiletries. There’s no tea- or coffee-making equipment, but free hot drinks from reception are only a phone call away.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Complimentary fruit and bottled water
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Breakfast (included in the rates) is served from 7.30-11am, so there’s plenty of time to graze through the abundant buffet: local bread, sweet and savoury pastries (including a delicious spanakopita), creamy yoghurt, fruits, salads, cheeses, jams and honey, olives, cereals, eggs. Tea and coffee is brought to your table, and the dining room is a comfortable place to linger, with marble-topped tables, matt olive-green walls dotted with sepia-tinted photos, and an array of English-language magazines and newspapers to hand. The only slight downside is the fact that you have to pay extra for freshly squeezed orange juice.

Hot drinks are available throughout the day, and in summer a bar is set up on the roof terrace for sundowners-with-a-view, but no other meals are served at the hotel. Eating out is no problem in Istanbul, though, and staff can provide a well-researched list of restaurant recommendations. For more upmarket eateries, as well as glamorous bars and clubs, take a tram or taxi over the Galata Bridge to Galata and Beyoglu, some of the liveliest areas of the city.

Features include:

  • Bar on the roof terrace in summer
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Visit the Blue Mosque. You can already see this magnificent building from Ibrahim Pasha’s roof terrace, but make sure you view it close up to appreciate the delicately patterned blue Iznik tiles adorning the high-domed ceilings
  • Wander around the Hagia Sophia. Standing for 1,500 years, this iconic Christian church became a mosque in the 15th century and has been a museum since the 1930s. There are splendid Byzantium mosaics throughout its soaring interior
  • Explore the Topkapi Palace. This royal residence and the Ottoman Empire’s centre of government has an amazing collection of treasures, from jewels to robes. Be sure to take a tour of the harem, where up to 300 concubines lived at a time
  • Go shopping in the mall-like maze of the Grand Bazaar, or browse the boutiques and high-street shops that line the pedestrianised Istiklal Caddesi, over the Galata Bridge in Beyoglu
  • Drink and dance: Beyoglu is also Istanbul’s club central. Check out Nardis Jazz Club, Istanbul 360 (a cool rooftop terrace bar) and Babylon (world music)
  • Take a cruise up the Bosphorus - a wonderful way to see the city’s skyscape of ancient minarets and modern buildings. You can catch regular 2-hour cruises from the Eminonu dock
  • Visit the village of Sanyer, the main fishing port on the Bosphorus. It has a historic fish market and several good restaurants with views across the strait. Some cruise boats stop there, or you can make your way overground (it’s about half an hour outside Istanbul)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures


Children of all ages are welcome and extra beds (where possible) are free, but there are no special rates for children in their own room. The hotel is really more suited to older children, as the atmosphere is quiet and there are antiques and fine furniture in the common rooms.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Some Deluxe Rooms have separate sitting areas with sofas that can be turned into a single daybed.

Kid Friendly: Deluxe


The hotel is located on a quiet sidestreet in Sultanahmet, near the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, in the centre of Istanbul.

By Air:
Istanbul has 2 airports - Istanbul Airport (on the European side, 50km away), which is served by many international flights, and Sabiha Gökçen (on the Asian side, 60km away), which is mainly used by budget carriers. Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
It's about an hour from both airports, though the journey can take much longer during rush hour. There are also buses and airport shuttles into town, and the hotel can arrange transfers (see Rates).

By Ferry:
The nearest ferry piers (for boats across the Bosphorus) are at Karakoy, Eminonu and Kabatas.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Turkey and getting around


  • Istanbul Airport 50.0 km IST
  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen 60.0 km SAW


  • Beach 45.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Our week spent in this beautiful small hotel was perfect. Our room was a luxury twin and had so much space for relaxing not just sleeping and the windows actually open. It is a fabulous location, off the main streets but so close to everything that you can walk. The staff were super friendly, helpful and always on hand for cups of tea. They are also very COVID aware and have hand sanitiser and mask available for guests. The breakfast was delicious. Unfortunately the weather was not conducive to spending a lot of time of the roof terrace but we did go up for the fantastic views and fresh air. The airport transfer service and the PCR testing they organised made the stay trouble free. We will definitely stay here again.


Lovely hotel - beautiful decor, friendly and helpful staff, perfect location. The roof terrace overlooking the Blue Mosque is very special. The rooms are small but really well laid out and designed. Breakfast is very good and although there is no restaurant in the hotel, there is tea, coffee, wine and beer always available. Literally two minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofya and Topkapi Palace.


We loved it so much we came back! Sultanahmet can be a tricky part of town to stay in, overrun as it is by hotels and tourist shops. But because this is on the fringe of that neighbourhood, just off the Hippodrome, it escapes that, and it is very close to many of the big sights you will want to see. The decor is wonderful and very Turkish, not surprisingly, with old prints and maps on every floor. Staff are multilingual and courteous, helpful, and they have great recommendations for where to walk and eat, when to visit the busy spots, etc. The small room is indeed small! But the design is clever and makes good use of the space. The larger room with a balcony was spacious and had a delightful tub/shower. Istanbul is a wonderful city to visit, of great beauty, and with extraordinary history. Walk everywhere, but when you need to, take full advantage of the cheap and excellent transit system, especially the ferries, with astonishing views. Beware the taxi drivers. A tour with Culinary Backstreets was an excellent way to learn the history of a neighbourhood and its food. Don’t miss walks in Balat, Karakoy, Beyoglu, and you can’t go wrong with a meal at Çiya in Uskadar. Ach, i just want to go back, and I will stay at Ibrahim Pasha again.


I had not been to the hotel since February 2009. It has been refurbished since and rooms, despite their small size, are nicely done. The common areas are warm and cosy. The terrace has a beautiful view overlooking the Blue Mosque to relax or simply breath in the sights. Very early one day I drew at sunrise. It was an unforgettable experience. The service was friendly and helpful and breakfast are a feast. I would definitely recommend this hotel.


Liked: Helpful staff with great English. Good map and local info from the hotel. Complimentary tea and coffee, plus cake in the afternoon. Rooftop terrace was lovely and they opened it as a bar from 5pm onwards. Great location for sights. Hotel was lovely and cool but not over air conditioned. All in all, it was a great place to stay
Disliked: there was building work happening behind the hotel and workmen directly opposite our window so we had to keep the blind closed. Shower needed a door or better shower curtain
Local tip: we found a lovely restaurant called Mabou in Beyoglu. It's also easy to get to the airport via the Havaist coach - cheaper and a nicer experience than a taxi


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