I can't remember the last time I visited a hotel and was pleased with EVERYTHING. Other hotels should take cues from Hotel Amira because this is how a hotel should be run.
Firstly, I arrived at the hotel at 10:30 AM - early for a check in - and the staff let me check in shortly after having breakfast. The complementary breakfast is very good and plentiful and served in a lovely room with free wi-fi. They also have a complementary "tea time" from 4-6 which serves an array of teas and snacks.
The room itself was tastefully decorated, immaculate and spacious. I even had a balcony with a gorgeous view of the Bosphorus. The decor was Eastern meets pre-war decadence. I really liked it and felt at home. The bathroom had a large jacuzzi tub/shower.
I usually avoid Sultanahmet when I visit Istanbul, but since I only stayed one night, I thought it would be best to stay near the sites. It's definitely a touristy neighborhood but very quiet and convenient. It's just a short 10 minute walk to Hagia Sophia and 15 minutes to the Grand Bazaar.
Most of all, I was impressed with how super friendly and hospitable the entire hotel staff was. I would definitely stay at this hotel again and will recommend it to all of my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amira Istanbul is a boutique hotel located at the heart of the centuries old empires' capital. Some remarkable neighbors of the Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the mystic Basilica Cistern, the imperial Topkapi Palace and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Amira Hotel offers you spaciously designed 32 rooms in Sultanahmet area, featuring very comfortable visco mattresses, local touches like ottoman style hand-made ceiling paintings and high-tech amenities such as mobile wireless internet modem that you can use also outside the property while discovering Istanbul . Along with its world famous cordial guest services, Amira Hotel offers a rich , complimentary buffet breakfast and a tasty 5 O'clock tea treats, free Wi-Fi access, a business corner with featuring an iMac, in house ATM machine, a wellness center that includes a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services. Also our concierge would be more than happy to assist you in every aspect of your stay, whether business or pleasure. ... more less
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