On my first trip to Istanbul, I tried to get into the Empress Zoe on my Mum's recommendation. Although unsuccessful on that trip, I was fortuitous enough to squeeze a couple of nights in on this trip.
An internal garden of secret spots to discover, sit and escape the hustle of the busy old city. All higgledy-piggledy with 26 rooms, up and down marble stairs surround the leafy, wisteria covered garden - it makes me want to miss some sightseeing & enjoy.
My room is a small apartment with two large rooms, suzanis galore, handcarved marble washbasins similar to those you see in the hammams. Arched doorways lead from one room to the next with softly sheered windows on one side, a small balcony overlooking the garden on the other. Plenty of room for more, and lots of space to think & relax. I could write a book here, or maybe I'll jump on the Orient Express and change genres! Murder mystery coming up.