If I have an early flight out of IST (i.e., 8:00am) back to the U.S., is it wiser to stay at a hotel in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul rather than in the Taksim, Suleymaniye, or elsewhere?
The thing is that I'll be staying for three nights in the Sultanahmet during the RS's 13-day Turkey tour, and so when I pass back through Istanbul for another two nights on my exit from the country, I'd like to get a taste for a different part of town. Preferably one that is quieter and less tourist central. However, I do worry about a much longer and/or trafficky ride through town to get to the airport and would be willing to stay again in the Sultanahmet if my airport transfer (shuttle, taxi, metro, whatever) is significantly shorter/less of a hassle.
The hotels in other neighborhoods I am considering include the Villa Pera Suite Hotel (Taksim), Karakoy Port Hotel (on river facing Asia side in Beyoglu), and the Hayriye Hanim Konagi (Suleymaniye). I am also open to your experiences in other hotels located in quieter/convenient parts of town. These just reviewed well on Tripadvisor and are in my price range.
Thanks in advance for your help!