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“Very small rooms for a family and be careful of the rollerbeds.” 3 of 5 stars
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Almina Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Akbiyik Degirmeni Sok. No:27 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #268 of 901 hotels in Istanbul
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Very small rooms for a family and be careful of the rollerbeds.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pros: The hotel is well located. The breakfest is wonderful. The dayshift staff are very nice and helpful, special thanks to Nuri :)
Cons: The rooms are very small, can't accomodate 2 adults and 2 kids. The rollerbeds are a catastrofy and durty. The nightshift receptionists were not the best, basically almost saying please don't disturb me. Becareful from any restaurant that they will recommend to you, there is plenty of restaurants in the city that you may choose from, always go through the menu.

Room Tip: This hotel is for a max of 3 people rooms. 4th floor are kinda larger.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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halifax
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a nice quiet hotel in a very good location for most attractions.Our room was good.The breakfast was very good,lots of choice although a little crowded.The rooftop terrace was nice but drinks expensive.Staff polite and helpful albeit slightly subdued.Overall good experience.

Room Tip: We were on 1st floor (but called 3rd floor) had a room next to railway lines, although not used by t...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This small hotel is in a great location, sited in the old town and near to all the fantastic sights that Istanbul has to offer. We were in walking distance of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Cisterns and lots of restaurants. The nearest tram station is Sultanahmet which was easily walkable. The tram system took us around the town across the river and up to Kabatas where we got the funicular to Taxsim square and all the modern shops which included some rather chic designer shops.

Our hotel gave us extensive information on arrival and were able to book tours or just give advice. We booked a tour with Senkron and although there could have been up to 8 people on the tour, we had the tour minibus to ourselves and had a wonderful tour. The only downside was the visit to Dolmmabahce Palace where we had to join a group which had about 50 people and it was impossible to hear the guide or even see her sometimes. When we visited the Blue Mosque we hired an official tour guide and he was well worth the cost, we even hired him to take us around the Hagia Sophia as well.

We walked miles around the city and thoroughly enjoyed all the little alleyways and steps where each step is pained a different pastel colour.

Make sure you take flat shoes you can walk in as the city has hills laid in cobbles.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel offers clean rooms, mostly kind staff, a decent breakfast and proximity to the Sultanahmet District. The terrace over looks the convergence of 3 waterways- Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Strait. I could sit for hours in the nice patio furnishing watching ferries and cargo ships. I found it truly mesmerizing.

It was a 10 minute walk to the heart of Sultanahmet. I discovered many unusual shops and eateries along the way. Since I stayed there five days, some shopkeepers came to recognize me and chat although I never went into their shops. They were just kind, friendly people.

My only negative experience had to do the the blue eyed man who works the front desk during the day shift. Before my arrival his answers to my email questions were curt, not helpful and he ignored 2 of the 4 questions asked. It really made me not want to stay there but I had nonrefundable reservations. When I was checking in, he made some remarks to a female employee standing beside him immediately after I asked a question. The other person burst out in a big laugh. It was pretty obvious the blue-eyed man had made a derogatory remark about me. I am not easily offended and seldom complain. But this hotel would be much improved if this man were sent to a class on how to provide service.

A train runs alongside the hotel. Although it ran under my window, the disturbance was minimal.

Go for the Terrace-- Just ignore the blue-eyed man.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the side away from the train...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at the Almina Hotel for five nights and it was perfect. The staff is extremely professional and friendly. Everyone speaks very good English and the service is one of the best we've ever experienced. All requests are fulfilled promptly and with a marvellous attitude. The rooms were handsome and bright, and everything from the beds to the cupboards was kept very neat and clean. The same applies to the bathroom: shower, toilet etc. where all in a superb condition and perfectly maintained. Almina has a rooftop terrace with a wonderful view on the Bosphorus. We had breakfast there every morning, and we sat in soft golden morning light, a fresh breeze and sea gulls circling over our heads – it's like a dream! Breakfast is served until 10.30am, so that even night owls will get something to eat before they head out again to explore the city. The hotel is in a great location, just a 5-minutes walk from the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Small shops that sell bottled water, snacks etc. and many (affordable) restaurants are closeby. Despite its central location, the place is very quiet because it is tucked away in a little side street. The neighborhood is absolutely safe, even at night. We attended a friends' wedding in Istanbul and came home around 3am in the morning after a celebratory night, but the reception staff was still awake (it is staffed 24 hours) and immediately opened the door for us. We felt completely safe walking around the neighborhood at such an uncivil hour. On the last day of our stay, the staff booked a taxi to the airport for us. However, once we arrived, we realized that one of our wallets was missing. We called the hotel reception and asked the staff to check our room. They immediately recovered it and offered to drive it to the airport. However, our flight was leaving soon and there was a long queue at the check-in, so we unfortunately didn't have time to wait. Instead, we asked a friend in Istanbul to go to the hotel and pick up the wallet on our behalf. The hotel staff was extremely helpful in recovering the wallet and organizing its delivery to us in its original condition, without a single thing missing. We highly recommend the Almina Hotel and will definitely chose it for our next trip to Istanbul!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rooms are tiny and the beds are very soft. We had to change a room because the double bed was just sinking when we laid down to check it. Single beds were barely okay - they should really change the beds in the hotel. Staff is okay, although they offered to do our laundry (14 pieces) for $60 and claimed that this is a good price. Around the corner there is a laundry that charges per kilogram and cost $28 - even less expensive laundries are around Sultanahmet if you look. Breakfast is okay, but very repetitive - we stayed 5 days and the food was all the same with maybe one dish change. It is enough though to get you going until the latte lunch or even dinner. The location is excellent - not too busy and noisy and just as close to all tourist attractions. Overall, I would say shop around for a good deal. This hotel is okay, but definitely not 4-star as advertized on the web sites. 2-star at most.

Room Tip: Avoid basement rooms
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Its my First visit in Istanbul and i am positive suprized !!

The Rooms Are always cleaned up and the prices are economic !!

The personal is always polite and competent, like Nuri Gülmez from the reception who managed many things for me !

The breakfast is Great and the terrace gives you a great view to the coast.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. Akbiyik Degirmeni Sok. No:27 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#65 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#159 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#201 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Almina Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Convenient located new hotel in - Sultanahmet - the heart of historic Istanbul. Almina Hotel has recently been completely renewed and started to serve high quality service and accommodation comfort. Hotel offers 29 modern and comfortable guest rooms, Turkish bath, sauna, steam bath, free wireless internet access. Excellent Turkish breakfast in lovely restaurant with views over the Marmara sea. Also lovely roof terrace with magnificent views of Blue Mosque, Marmara Sea and the Asian side of Istanbul . ... more   less 
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