I would like to preface my review with some background of myself. I have been a travel agent for 20 years and I have been lucky to have traveled to many places in my life. I have stayed at many fine hotels, five star resorts like Ritz and Four Seasons and some boutique hotels as well. This was my first trip to Turkey, and my first solo trip in ten years since having four children.
Choosing a hotel in Istanbul could be a daunting task. There are so many choices. I am so glad that I did not go with my "safe" brands like Hyatt, Intercontinental or paid the price for a luxury brand like Four Seasons. I was so happy that I chose HOTEL AMIRA.
I fell in love with the city of Istanbul, and this hotel and it's staff are half the reason. A boutique hotel is the perfect choice for Istanbul. The location cannot be beat. You are steps away from the fascinating sights, yet once you step back through the front door (as it is being held for you by the most charming door man), you feel like you are coming back to a good friend's home. This was quite a good feeling, especially for a female solo traveler. They always greeted me by my name with a smile.
There is not much more I can say that has not already been said. You can read other reviews that explain the rooms, the breakfast, etc in more detail. I did love my room, and even though there was some minor traffic noise, I just used the air conditioner fan (the controls are great and customizable) to help get a great nights sleep. I actually loved opening the french windows and hearing the call to prayer….it was fascinating. Everything in the room is very clean, new, modern, and of a high quality standard.
As others have mentioned, the best asset of the hotel is the staff. Everyone is lovely and accommodating. I don't remember all the names, but I was very impressed with AJ. He is so knowledgeable, very smart on many topics and also speaks perfect English. I never had any problems with translation with any of the staff. AJ set up everything for me, and I loved the many things I did in Istanbul. My only regret is not spending more time here. I loved the amazing restaurants chosen by AJ too! We had a great time taking photos at sunset on the rooftop terrace at the hotel! Simply beautiful.
The airlines misplaced my luggage (horror for a lady in a foreign city!) and the staff were as concerned as I was. AJ called the airline many times, even on his time off, to check and see where the luggage was. He called my cell phone while I was on a tour the next day to let me know it arrived (thank goodness…and I was able to enjoy the rest of my day). They let me borrow an apple charger for my iPhone 5. They really went out of their way to make me comfortable.
While one can spend much more money to be just a few steps closer to the famous Mosques and stay at the Four Seasons, I am so glad I chose to save a lot of money by staying at Hotel Amira. I felt it was the perfect choice. I spend that kind of money if going to a resort location or if the hotel is the destination, but in Istanbul, a boutique hotel is the perfect choice. I toured all over Istanbul and felt this was the best location to call "home".
Istanbul was a magical place, and I literally cried when I left the hotel to continue my journey through Turkey. I felt I was leaving good friends and was afraid that I would never see them again. Well, after being home and thinking how the trip to Turkey was the best thing I had done for myself in ten years, I know I will be back someday. I will make it happen and I will return to Hotel Amira. Yes, the trip was that good!! Do not hesitate to visit Istanbul!
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