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EMPRESS ZOE
CHEZ ZOE
VILLA ZOE
MAISON ZOE
HOTEL

Hotel Empress Zoe consists of several
old Turkish style townhouses centered
on a private archeological garden
which borders the ruins of an ancient Turkish Bath House built in 1483.

We have 25 rooms and suites individually decorated in combinations of wood and stone featuring Turkish textiles, original paintings, and Islamic folk art.

The top terraces offer panaromic views of the Marmara Sea, ancient walls, mosques, turrets, and minarets.

The central garden is an oasis of bubbling fountains bordered by
the flower-studded domes and ivy-clad ruins of Isak Pasha Hamam.

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SERVICES

A Buffet Breakfast (8AM-11AM) is included in the rates and served
in the garden during nice weather.

An informal Bar is open between
5PM and 11PM in the garden in summer and by an open fireplace in winter.

We have wireless ADSL Internet Access
in all hotel rooms, bar, breakfast area and garden.

All rooms have an ensuite bathroom with shower, central heating, individually controlled airconditioning, refrigerator, direct dial phone, hairdryer, safety deposit box.

All Suites also include cable TV.

The hotel provides luggage storage,
24 hour reception, taxi service.

EMPRESS ZOE

Empress Zoe (b 978 - d 1050) was reputed to be a very beautiful woman. She has been called the "bawdy empress" but that does not begin to describe the depths of her character.
Zoe was well loved by the people of Constantinople who took to the streets more than once to defend their beloved empress. She had several lovers and 3 husbands, all of whom became emperor through marriage with her. Toward the end of her life Empress Zoe ruled Byzantium jointly with her sister Theodora for some years - a rare occurrence for women in Byzantine times.

Zoe and her last husband Constantine Monomachos are depicted in the famous mosaic which still exists in the Aghia Sophia. Her likeness also exists in the lobby of our hotel in a painting by the Greek artist Nikos Papadakis and on the opening page of this website of Hotel Empress Zoe, also coincidentally run - so many hundreds of years later - by 2 sisters.

It is interesting to think that the original Empress Zoe lived in the general area of our hotel. We wonder what she would think of it.We live on top of many layers of history and we feel blessed to welcome travelers here from all parts of an ever changing world.

A more detailed version of the life of Empress Zoe is available in your room.

SINGLE ROOM

Our single rooms are small but cozy and each contains one double bed, a small built-in desk and closet. Two of them have a garden view and one looks out over the small mosque across the street.

Room Size: 10 m2

90 EUR

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STANDARD
DOUBLE ROOM

All double rooms have one double bed with an antique Turkish embroidered canopy. We also have twin rooms with single beds (see triple and separated double). Each room is decorated a bit differently with local textiles and either original paintings or folk art.

Room Size: 12 m2

140 EUR

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BUDGET
TWIN ROOM

A very tiny Twin Room with a private marble bathroom. (No refrigerator or safety deposit box)

Room Size: 8 m2

60/70 EUR

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TRIPLE ROOM

We have one triple room with 3 single beds and two triple rooms with one queen size and one single bed. Each room is decorated with Turkish style furnishings and original art.

Room Size: 16 m2

150 EUR

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GRAND DOUBLE

Formerly called Family Suite.

A spacious room with a queen size fourposter and 2 single couch beds in a partially separate alcove.

Room Size: 25 m2

170 EUR

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SEPARATED
DOUBLE OR TWIN

Formerly called Petite Suite.

2 small adjoining rooms without doors, one with a built-in double bed and two single beds, and one with a free standing double bed and one single bed. Each have a conventional bathroom with shower and a small decorative Turkish hamam. Spaces are small. This accommodation works best as a more private version of a twin room.

Room Size: 13 m2

140 EUR

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PENTHOUSE SUITE

One double bed in a wooden alcove,
2 single day beds in the main space, panoramic views from 4 windows,
a marble Turkish style hamam bathroom,
a private terrace with a view of the Blue Mosque.

Suite Size: 30 m2

220/250 EUR

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SPECIAL DOUBLE
WITH TERRACE

This is a smallish room with one double bed, an antique decorative fireplace, original frescoes, and a good sized private terrace with views. It has a marble bathroom with shower.

Room Size: 12 m2

160 EUR

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CISTERN SUITE

A separated bedroom with queen size bed, a Turkish style marble bathroom,
a living room with one single day bed and a private terrace on the garden.

Suite Size: 25 m2

180 EUR

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GARDEN SUITE

A separated bedroom with queen size bed, a Turkish style marble bathroom,
a living room with 2 single day beds and a covered wooden balcony with garden and hamam views.

Suite Size: 28 m2

200/220 EUR

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DELUXE
GARDEN SUITE

A separated bedroom with one queen size platform style bed and one single bed, a marble Turkish style hamam bathroom, an ample living room with
2 single day beds and a covered wooden balcony with exotic garden views.

Suite Size: 35 m2

230/270/290 EUR

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COURTYARD SUITE

A separated bedroom with king size bed, a private courtyard, a large Turkish style hamam bathroom, a living room with decorative antique Cappadocian style fireplace and 2 carved stone day beds and a large window with garden and hamam view.

Suite Size: 35 m2

230/270 EUR

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TERRACE SUITE

A separated bedroom with queen size bed and a decorative bathroom with separated marble shower, a living room with 2 day beds and a private covered terrace with garden and sea views.

Suite Size: 26 m2

230/270 EUR

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MAISONETTE

This suite has 2 separate bedrooms – one with a queen size bed, one (small bedroom) with a double bed and garden and sea views, a decorative bathroom with marble shower, a separate living room upstairs with 2 single day beds and 2 separate terraces, one with panoramic sea views.

Suite Size: 40 m2

265/285/300 EUR

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HONEYMOON
DOUBLE ROOM

A king size bed and a large hamam style marble bathroom which has garden views.

Room Size: 14 m2

160 EUR

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TRIPLE ROOM

Ground floor triple room with one queen size and one single bed, a small bathroom with marble shower and antique sink in the hallway dating from the old waterworks of the building.

Room Size: 15 m2

150 EUR

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  • EMPRESS ZOE
    • Single Room
      90 EUR
    • Standard Double Room
      140 EUR
    • Budget Twin Room
      60 / 70 EUR
    • Triple Room
      150 EUR
    • Grand Double
      170 EUR
    • Separated Double or Twin
      140 EUR
    • Penthouse Suite
      220 / 250 EUR
    • Special Double with Terrace
      160 EUR
  • CHEZ ZOE
    • Cistern Suite
      180 EUR
    • Garden Suite
      200 / 220 EUR
    • Deluxe Garden Suite
      230 / 270 / 290 EUR
  • VILLA ZOE
    • Courtyard Suite
      230 / 270 EUR
    • Terrace Suite
      230 / 270 EUR
  • MAISON ZOE
    • Maisonette
      265 / 285 / 300 EUR
    • Honeymoon Double Room
      160 EUR
    • Triple Room
      150 EUR
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All of our room rates include buffet breakfast and tax with a 10% discount for payment in cash.

Contact us for Winter Rates applicable from November 18 to March 14. (Excluding Christmas and New Year Holidays)

We do not have an elevator and there is a narrow spiral staircase from the lobby. if stairs are a problem for you then our hotel is not a good choice.

We have porters to carry your bags.

Due to Turkish laws the entire hotel is non-smoking. Smoking is acceptable only in the garden or on the outside terrace..

The call to prayer from mosques is heard 5 times a day all over the old city. Bringing ear plugs would be a good idea if you think the dawn call to prayer will disturb your sleep.

EMPRESS ZOE

Akbiyik Cad. No: 10
Sultanahmet 34122, Istanbul/TURKEY
Tel: 90 (212) 518 25 04 - 518 43 60
Fax: 90 (212) 518 56 99
info@emzoe.com

Click here for directions.

RESERVATION

To confirm your reservation, we require your credit card information. (Visa or Master Card - NO Amex please) This is held without charge as a deposit for your room.

Please click here for our Secure Webform

Cancellations can be made up to 3 days ahead of arrival otherwise one night is billed to your card.

We have a one way Airport Pickup Service from Ataturk Airport at 25 euros (22.50 cash) and from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 60 euros (55 cash). We can arrange return transfers also at the same rate.

We do not have an elevator and there is a narrow spiral staircase from the lobby. If stairs are a problem for you then our hotel is not a good choice.

We have porters to carry your bags.

Due to Turkish laws the entire hotel is non-smoking. Smoking is acceptable only in the garden or on the outside terrace.

The call to prayer from mosques is heard 5 times a day all over the old city. Bringing ear plugs would be a good idea if you think the dawn call to prayer will disturb your sleep.

CHECK AVAILABILITY

For your inquiries, please contact us at
info@emzoe.com

From Ataturk Airport

Taking a taxi
45 minutes ride. Tell the driver to go to "SULTANAHMET" using
our location map & the following directions in Turkish:
  • Atatürk Havalimanı'ndan sahil yolundan geliyoruz,
    Yenikapı ve Kumkapı’yı geçiyoruz ve Sultanahmet Çatladıkapı girişinden yukarı giriyoruz,
  • 50 metre sonra yol 3'e ayrılıyor, sağdaki 2. yoldan giriyoruz. (Topkapı Sarayı tabelasını takip ediyoruz)
  • İleride yol ikiye ayrılıyor, ve biz sağ'a dönüyoruz
    (Topkapı Sarayı’nı takip ediyoruz)
  • Devam ettiğimizde Arasta Pazar'ın önüne çıkıyoruz.
    Yol mecburi sağ'a dönüş veriyor, o sokağa giriyoruz.
  • İleride yol 4'e ayrılıyor. Siz sol sokağa, Akbıyık Caddesi'ne giriyorsunuz.
  • Akbıyık Caddesi'nin sonunda tum restoranları geçince
    solda Empress Zoe Hotel'i bulabilirsiniz.

Taking the Tram
50 min from the airport to the tram stop and a 20 minute walk –
this is not an easy option if you are carrying luggage.
At the airport, take the metro to "AKSARAY".
Transfer at ZEYTINBURNU to the tram to KABATAS.
Get off the tram at SULTANAHMET station. Walk through the small park to the entrance of Arasta Bazaar, cross the street and walk down Mimar Mehmetaga st. to the first road which is Akbiyik st. and turn left. Our Hotel is just immediately after the first cross street on the corner on your left.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Taking a taxi
1.30 min / to 2 hours depending on traffic. Tell the taxi driver to
go to “SULTANAHMET” using our location map & the following directions in Turkish.
  • Havalimanından çıktıktan sonra İstanbul tabelalarını takiben
    E5 yolundan devam edilecek.
  • Bu yol sizi gişelere götürecek, gişelerden çıktıktan sonra
    İstanbul tabelaları takip edilecek,
  • Boğaz köprüsü'nü geçtikten sonra Beşiktaş tabelaları takip edilerek, Barbaros Bulvarı'ndan Beşiktaş'a ulaşılacak,
  • Beşiktaş Meydan'a geldiğinizde mecburi sağa
    Eminönü-Karaköy yönüne dönülecek, yol sizi Galata Köprüsü'ne götürecek,
  • Köprüyü geçtikten sonra Yenikapı istikametine doğru ilerleyiniz,
  • Sahilden devam ettiğinizde Gülhane’yi geçtikten sonra ilk degil, ikinci Sultanahmet girişinden (Çatladıkapı girişi) yukarı giriyoruz,
  • 50 metre sonra yol 3'e ayrılıyor, sağdaki 2. yoldan girilecek.
    (Topkapı Sarayı tabelasını takip ediyoruz)
  • İleride yol ikiye ayrılıyor, biz sağ'a dönüyoruz.
    (Topkapı Sarayı tabelasını takip ediyoruz).
  • Devam ettiğimizde Arasta Pazar'ın önüne çıkıyoruz.
    Yol mecburi sağ'a dönüş veriyor, o sokağa giriyoruz.
  • İleride yol 4'e ayrılıyor. Siz sol sokağa, Akbıyık Caddesi'ne giriyorsunuz.
  • Akbıyık Caddesi'nin sonunda tüm restoranları geçince
    solda Empress Zoe Hotel'i bulabilirsiniz.

Taking the shuttle bus
2 hours or more depending on traffic. Take the Havatas bus to Taksim Square and take a taxi from there to our hotel using the location map provided.
 
Hotel Empress Zoe
Akbiyik Cad. No: 10 Sultanahmet 34122, Istanbul/TURKEY
Tel: 90 (212) 518 25 04 - 518 43 60  Fax: 90 (212) 518 56 99
www.emzoe.com  info@emzoe.com