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Agora Life Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cagaloglu Hamam Sokak No:6 | (Old City, Sultanahmet), Istanbul 34110, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #36 of 912 hotels in Istanbul
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed at the Agora Life Hofel for four nights and had an excellent experience!

- Friendly, helpful staff
- Modern, tasteful furnishings (king-size bed, nice firm mattress, top-quality bedding)
- Very clean
- No noise problems whatsoever
- Excellent wifi connection
- Perfect location, within walking distance of all of the major sights in Sultanahmet
- Breathtaking view from the rooftop terrace (worth seeing at night as well as during the day)
- Good breakfast buffet including bread, jam, cereal, omelettes on request and fruit as well as various Turkish-style pastries, cheeses and cold cuts

We will definitely choose the Agora Life Hotel for our next visit to Istanbul and can highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We very recently stayed three nights at this hotel, which originally was supposed to be five nights. There had been a miscommunication with Expedia and when I contacted the hotel two days before our arrival to ask about airport transfer, I found out that there was no record of our booking. This was very worrying of course, especially since our daughter was flying in from Canada and we from Bangkok, both very long flights. Via email we corresponded and were told that we could stay the first night in their sister hotel, and the remainder at the Agora. As it turned out we stayed two nights at the sister hotel (The And Hotel) and three nights at the Agora. Kadir, the manager, who speaks excellent English, did everything in his power to correct the situation and succeeded very well. The And Hotel was fine, even somewhat closer to the sites than the Agora (just a few minutes walk). At the Agora we were upgraded to the Bosphorus suite for us and a superior double room for our daughter, complimentary bottle of wine and fresh fruit plate, plus we did not have to pay for the airport pick up and drop off.
I am not sure where the miscommunication originated, but from now on I will book directly with the hotels.
Previous reviewers have pointed out the excellent breakfast, helpful and friendly staff and really, really good location and we totally agree. It was too cold for the terrace, but that would be an added bonus. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Stayed there for 6 nights and was given great service. Breakfast that was included had a great selection and they would make you an omelet, tea or Turkish Coffee if you requested it . Note that the sea gulls are pretty noisy any where you go in Istanbul.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

A boutique hotel in that it's very small, with limited facilities and friendly service. There are some shortcomings: my room was very small (with the bonus of a semi-private terrace, albeit right up against a noisy steam laundry), and sound-proofing is poor. Decent spread at breakfast, but served in a characterless basement room. In better weather I understand you can take your tray up to the roof terrace - which looked very promising, with glimpses of key landmarks amidst the ugly clutter of this dense part of the old city. The central location is excellent, but the immediate surroundings rather shabby. All in all, probably good value for Sultanahmet, but don't expect miracles!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Agora Life turned out to be a great find on our trip to Istanbul in February. It is a small, very modern hotel within easy walking distance of everything in the old town. The staff is very personable and helpful with any special requests and even mapped out the sights for us without even asking.. We weren't sure what to expect as we booked a less-expensive, non-view room. On arrival, they upgraded us to a room with an INCREDIBLE view of the Hagia Sophia and the Bosphorus Strait. Our pictures out our windows look like we Photoshopped them. The room itself was certainly not huge but everything was new, modern and comfortable (and even included free wifi). The shower was great (although the fact that it was mostly open led to more than a little overspray outside the shower which probably only bothered me though). Overall, I would highly recommend the Agora Life. I don't think you will find a better deal in the old town.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jelgava, Latvia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This hotel is perfect for a nice couples and families stay. The terrace is with a wonderful view to the city. This hotel with all the staff, who were really kind to us, is inside the historic town. The personnel was very kind and helpful. It felt like we were their only guests. Always were around to offer a nice cup of coffee or tea. We had a high quality breakfast and rooms were of a very high quality.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Big thanks to the personnel and especially to Isa for making our holidays even better! We enjoyed the days fully and the room was lovely, clean and comfortable. Even though it was quite small, was very homely, not even mentioning the amazing view out of the window. They offered a variety of food of all kinds for any taste. the teritory around the hotel was not very big but different transport links lead into the city. The Cathedral was only 3 minutes from the hotel as well as the castle. Definitely worth to go. The reception always very friendly and helpful, we felt appreciated. See you next year! xx

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cagaloglu Hamam Sokak No:6 | (Old City, Sultanahmet), Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #36 of 912 hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Agora Life Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a 5-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access and breakfast included, and a lovely rooftop terrace. In the heart of Sultanahmet, Agora Life Hotel offers an ideal location for guests who want easy access to Istanbul's most historic sites. Each of the rooms is tastefully decorated and has contemporary wooden floors. They feature LCD TV and laptop-size safes. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobe and slippers and a work desk.Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is just 10 minutes' walk away. There are also excellent public transport links close to Agora Life, providing easy access to the rest of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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