AJWA – THE HUB OF SULTANAHMET, ISTANBUL
Experience the charm of ‘Old Istanbul’ from the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet, set in the very heart of the action
Only a four-and-a-half hour flight away from Dubai, SULTANAHMET, is the most enchanting parts of Istanbul, drenched in the aura of the fascinating Turkish history and the indelible charms of the Ottaman empire. Full of exciting sights and things to do, Sultanahmet reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled Turkey and historical footprints from centuries of artisans traveling through Istanbul. Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet, in the center of the Old Town, has captured the best of the different heritages and combined them with modern touches and influences.
Guests of the artisanal gem, the Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet, could not find themselves a more ideal locale to reside at, when in the vibrant Istanbul. Moments away from the classically luxurious rooms are some of the most iconic monuments, showcasing the architectural beauty, culture, and history of Istanbul.
Amongst these breathtaking sights is the legendary Blue Mosque in all its glory, located a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Its six stunning minarets and cascading domes shelter its acclaimed blue tile-adorned interiors, undoubtedly making it a must-see attraction. Inspired by this historic masterpiece of architecture, Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet has a specially-designed tiled interior, with a different color of luxury tile for every floor within the seven-storey property.
Proving further that there is no shortage of architectural marvels for visitors to feast their eyes upon, the Hagia Sofia is located a short walk away from the Blue Mosque. Loved by both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, the monument pays homage to both through its remarkable architecture and structure. One of the stand-out features at the ancient Hagia Sofia is its super-structured marble door. This encouraged the architecture at Ajwa Hotel Sultanahmet, where the importance of marble is found throughout the property, from its bathrooms to its Hammam.
The majestic white façade and towering steeples of Topkapi Palace undoubtedly warrant its addition to the list of historical monuments not be missed in the area. Its predominantly Middle Eastern features, lush courtyards, and imposing gates will transport visitors back to a time where the grandeur of the resplendent Ottoman Sultans prevailed. As it is now a museum, guests are privy to a display of fine art from around the world as well as collections of time-worn weaponry.
The modern heart of the city, Taksim Square is just a little further away, leaving visitors conveniently close to Istanbul’s most happening district. Asides from marveling at the awe-inspiring Independence Monument, guests can lose themselves in the twists and turns of Istiklal Avenue. Locals and tourists alike flock to the famed street, to enjoy the abundance of shops, bars, and restaurants, along with the occasional street performers that only add to the lively ambiance.
Even closer still and amongst one of the most famous attractions the city has to offer, is the Grand Bazaar sheltering well over 4,000 shops. Whether it is to admire the culturally rich wares on sale, ranging from textiles and rugs to crockery, tea, and the famous lamps, or to engage in a bout of intense bargaining with the spirited vendors, guests will have their attention constantly captivated at the Bazaar.