Best Western Citadel Hotel
Located at the heart of the Old City, Best Western Citadel Hotel carries the history it is surrounded with through indoors as well. It will enchant you with its magical design and will give you an unforgettable trip!
The hotel has a variety of room options, including standard, double and triple rooms, family rooms and specially designed suites. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable connection, safes and minibars. Upgraded rooms have magnificent views of the Sea of Marmara, and suites include added living areas, and some include pull-out sofas.
Start your mornings with delicious buffet breakfast, and try out Şömine Restaurant, a cozy restaurant designed primarily with wood and bricks, providing a warm and comfy environment. There is also Cafe Marmara where you can sip your coffee or tea whilst enjoying the amazing view of the Sea of Marmara accompanied by soothing music throughout the day. For your special occasions, Citadel’s authentic restaurant Sur Restaurant is at your service! It can serve 220 people for bouquet and up to 250 people for a cocktail.
The hotel is 50 km from the Istanbul Airport , only 800 meters from Sultanahmet Square, and 1,1 km from Taksim Square.
If you’d like to dig deep into history, and add some spice into your experience, you should consider Ottoman Palace Cuisine Tasting . With this, you don’t only see the culture of a great empire through by simply looking at it, but you can also taste it! Treat yourself like a sultan with tasting experience of Ottoman cuisine.
The Turkish and Ottoman cuisine is considered as one of the best cuisines in the world which combines Anatolian and Middle Eastern tastes. One of the unique characteristics of Ottoman Empire is that they tried to preserve the culture within the lands they have conquered, instead of forcing for assimilation, they attempted to synthesize newly encountered cultures with their own. The same thing is valid for cuisine as well, so Ottoman cuisine can be said to reflect the very diverse and dynamic cultural nature of the empire.
If you’d like to capture the zeitgeist of living in 15th or 16th century (in a palace of course) in the most delicious way, you will love this three course menu that will project you way back into history:
You’ll begin with soup (as the tradition goes); you’ll have Almond Soup Festive Dish, made out of milk, butter, sweet and bitter almonds with ground nutmeg and pomegranate seeds.
For appetizers you’ll be having Ottoman Hummus, a tasty meze made from mashed chickpeas, tahini and olive oil with cumin. Together with Spinach Piruhi, hıme made ravioli stuffed with spinach and an assortment of cheese, and Cheese Pie, thin sheets of pastry rolled with six kind of cheese and peas, fried and served with honey.
*Drum rolls* for the main course: You’ll be having delicious Goose Kebab, shredded goose meat rolled and baked with rice in a sheet of pastry (which is a palace recipe dates back to Mehmet the Conquerer’s reign) or Lamb Shank with “keşkek”, a side dish made of boiled wheat marinated with butter.
For desserts, you’ll of course be having Baklava, beautiful traditional Ottoman dessert, after baked a sweet syrup is immediately poured over the pieces, going deep into the layers. This beauty dates back to 14th century.
With these, you’ll be having house wine, or 2 cups of beer, or 3 soft beverages.
You should try this out for a much more holistic experience of the late empire! The Best Western Citadel is only 1,3 kilometers away from Deraliye Restaurant where this tasting takes place.