We stayed at the Antis for 4 days, out of season (late Nov 13). From the moment we walked through the front door the service was excellent. All of the staff were extremely helpful. We had a bit of an issue with the shower but the cleaner noticed it while we were having breakfast and by the time we got back to the room it was being fixed. We didn't even ask! All of the staff spoke excellent english (which was a real help to us), they kept the roof terrace open for us so we could have a few G&T's before bed. Recommended bars and clubs to go to, booked us taxis, even called ahead to one place to make sure we got great service there. On the last night the owner gave me a free drink and asked me all about my stay, whether we liked the hotel, would we come back etc. It was really lovely to get that kind of service and we would definitely go back and would recommend the Antis. It's a beautiful city and Sultan Ahmet is the most beautiful part. For nightlife beyoglu is the place to go but taxi's only cost about £7 each way. If you do stay i'd avoid the tourist trap restaurants round the corner and eat at the blue mosque bazaar.
The rooms were functional and some of the views would have been spectacular, we were on the second floor facing the city which, but the 3rd & 4th probably had the best views, i'll ask for a sea view when i go back. The shower was great as well, it was like standing under a waterfall.
It is in a prime spot. great views across the coastline on one side and superb views of the blue mosque on the other side. It is within 2 minutes walk of the blue mosque, mosaic museum (which we didn't go to) and blue mosque bazaar where there are two very affordable, friendly cafe/restaurants. The Hagia Sofia is right next to the blue mosque as is the basillica cistern, the topkapi palace and archaeological museum are five minutes from there. You are also in easy walking distance of the grand bazaar and the spice bazaar. The fish market is ten minutes walk in the other direction. You can do most of the 'cultural & historical stuff' is within ten minutes walk of the hotel and the nightlife is on the other side of the water yet easy to get to.
Great location, great service, lovely people, good room, great price. I'd heartily recommend the Antis Hotel and Sultanahmet, Istanbul
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- 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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