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Mavi Ev (Blue House)

14 Dalbasti Sokak
Istanbul , Turkey

Visitors to Sultanahmet might believe Mavi Ev (blue house) had absorbed its color from the adjacent Blue Mosque. Although the 26-room guest house is decorated in traditional Ottoman tiles, carpets, and stained glass, it includes most modern amenities. The main decision is between views of the iconic landmark or Marmara Sea. Summertime provides access to the two outdoor restaurants — one on the rooftop terrace and one in the garden, both of which serve gourmet versions of Turkish classics like stuffed phyllo dough borek, kebabs, and Hunkar Begendi (stewed lamb in eggplant puree).

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