A small, friendly, well-located, and well-run hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet. The room, while small, was not "tiny," and it lacked no essential amenities. Indeed, it was more than large enough to accommodate a double bed, a table, a chair, a desk, an armoir, and a night stand, with space to spare for baggage. The bathroom was of sufficient size, but one should not expect more than a shower stall, a sink, and a toilet (all modern, well-functioning, and impeccably clean). The staff, at least during my stay, was friendly and helpful, and even volunteered suggestions for restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, and staffers were pleased to negotiate taxi fares on our behalf. The (slightly expensive) pay-as-you-go internet connection and desk-to computer were sufficient for non-business related usage, but would be taxed (and your wallet emptied) by high-volume or long periods of connectivity. My only complaint is this: The continental breakast, included in my very reasonable room rate, was barely passable. However, given that Istanbul is full of excellent, fairly priced eateries, I'll not permit that failure to adversely affect my overall opinion of the hotel. In sum, if you are able to find an attractive rate at the Armagrandi Spina, and if you do not require large hotel business amenities, extravagant (or even enticing) buffet breakfast, room service, and luxury (though this place is, by all measures, very tastefully appointed), you really need look no further. The foregoing caveats in mind, I confidently recommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Armagrandi Spina is a converted 19th century house featuring a striking wooden exterior with ornate Ottoman and Byzantine style architecture and interior decoration. Our hotel is situated in the Old Town in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul From our breakfast room and Top Terrace, we offer stunning views of the Old City and Bosphorus.We would be happy to be able to assist you during your holiday in this fascinating city and to have you here as our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Armagrandi Spina Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Armagrandi Spina Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Armagrandi Spina Hotel