Spent 7 nights at the Agora Life Hotel in Istanbul.
The location is excellent - just a few minutes walk from all the major sites such as Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. Of course the price you pay for such a central location is very small room sizes but you probably won't spend that much time in your room.
The buffet breakfast is very good and cooked eggs are available on request at no extra charge. The roof terrace is lovely for breakfast or watching the sun go down over a glass of wine and some turkish tea.
The staff were all excellent - friendly, helpful and always willing to help.
One tip - we were told that the only difference between regular and deluxe rooms is the view. We had a deluxe room with a view of Aya Sofya but we were only on the second floor so I wouldn't describe the view as spectacular and, as we spent the vast majority of daylight hours out and about we probably would have been better advised to save some money and book a regular room.
- 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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