Just returned yesterday from a Christmas holiday in Istanbul. My husband and I have stayed in several hotels (we travel approx. 8-10 times/year) and we have to say the Acra hotel is by far the best hotel. We highly recommend this hotel.
The hotel offers complimentary Ataturk airport/hotel shuttle if you book directly with the hotel. Otherwise, recommend using the Istanbulairport24.com for 38 euros roundtrip total for 2 persons.
The location is excellent for sightseeing, a wide selection of restaurants all within walking distance. The hotel is an easy walking distance to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome. The Grand Bazaar is approx. 10-15 minute walk from the hotel. The area is also safe to walk around since there are many tourists and locals.
Upon arriving, we were greeted immediately. The hotel lobby and room are nicely furnished. The hotel/rooms looks exactly like the pictures posted on the internet. The ambiance is very romantic. The rooms are spacious for European standards however, the rooms are not soundproof. The hotel had quite a bit of guests including children so, the noise did not pose too much of a problem but could potentially be if there are noisy guests.
The hotel staff is always friendly and helpful with any questions or concerns. Turkis tea and coffee was always offered while in the lobby area. Mesut, the hotel manager always made sure guests were taken care of. He would offer tour suggestions and the suggestions were great! We highly recommend the Orient House dinner and show. The food and entertainment were wonderful. The music is loud and therefore would not recommend this for small children. The hotel will assist in arranging complimentary transfers to restaurants, attractions, etc. So, it is not necessary to take a taxi. We also had a late flight and asked for a late check out in which Mesut gladly provided. There are many more positives that I have to say about the Acra hotel but it would be impossible to list them all. Again, we would highly recommend this hotel. In fact, we already told our friends and have given them the website information.
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- Also Known As:
- Acra Hotel Istanbul