Our stay at the Antis hotel was an overall positive experience. Staff were courteous, helpful and friendly and the room was clean. As an experienced traveller, I could never describe it as being a four star hotel and would probably award 2.5 stars if asked to judge it in contrast with other hotels across the world.
Some plus and minus points to consider:
The hotel's location in the scenic old town is excellent and within easy walking distance of Istanbul's major tourist attractions and close to many other similar boutique hotels.
Wireless internet access in the hotel is good across all floors and for a business traveller, who needs to keep in touch with the office and the outside world, is a big plus point.
Rooms are small and the hotel as other guests have commented, is opposite the railway on the sea facing side. Trains are intermittent but noisy and if you are a light sleeper then ask for a room facing the Blue Mosque and then only the loudspeaker calls of the Muezzin to prayer will wake you.
The breakfast buffet was one of the saddest I have yet seen and in my case,I simply went looking for one of the local bars for a decent cup of coffee and fresh bread. This was a real disappointment and needs attention from the management.
If you are elderly or infirm and the hotel lift should fail, then the narrow and steep spiral marble stairs present a health and safety issue.
Before you travel, take the advice of other guests and reconfirm your room and stay by email. I had asked for an airport transfer but we were not met at the airport. However, Taxis are easy to find and 35 euros will get you to the hotel. The reception staff were very apologetic and arranged a free transfer back to the airport on leaving, which went perfectly.
Overall, I can recommend the hotel but do not expect a **** star palace when you arrive, I would describe it as equivalent to a standard European Travellodge. If you are courteous to local people they will be courteous in response and it's important to recognize the cultural dimensions where complaints. May be involved.
Finally, if you are from England and the EU, Turkey requires a Visa. You can get one at the airport on arrival but be prepared for a disorganised zoo trying to get through passport control. Not a good first impression for any visitor!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic district of Sultanahmet just steps from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace; beautiful views of the Marmara Sea and the Asian side. ... more less
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