As its name would suggest, the Saint Sophia Hotel is just steps away from the world-famous monument bearing the same name. Located in the heart of the historic Sultanahmet quarter, the building was originally built as an Ottoman mansion in 1845 and now houses a Special Class Hotel (standard 4-star equivalent). All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV (with approx. 1,000 channels!), mini-bar, direct dial phone, free wireless internet connection, iron and ironing board, and bathrooms offering tub and hairdryer. Additionally, certain rooms offer great views of Saint Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, or the Blue Mosque, whilst all rooms allow guests to enjoy complimentary tea and coffee. Just across the street from the Underground Cistern, the hotel is also within easy walking distance of the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and the lively waterfront atmosphere of Eminonu Piers.