The Eresin Crown can, uniquely, style itself as a ‘boutique museum hotel’, because dotted around the 59-roomed property are catalogued items from the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Happily, this is really just icing on a quality cake that ranks the Eresin Crown among the best luxury hotels in Sultanahmet. The experience of the Eresin family, which runs several hotels in the city, shows itself in the professional levels of service. All the smart, modern rooms have parquet flooring and Jacuzzis. The only letdown is the occasional lapse into kitsch, most criminally in the ground-floor Column Bar, where several ancient columns are inveigled into a somewhat tasteless interior decoration scheme. Several bars and hotels in Sultanahmet have rooftop terraces with incredible views, including the Eresin Crown, but in fortuitous continuity with its antiquarian theme the hotel’s rooftop terrace restaurant and bar offers, in addition, a unique perspective on the substructure of the Hippodrome. The Blue Mosque is a stiff ten-minute uphill hike away.