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“Outstanding location and excellent staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Agora Life Hotel
Ranked #49 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Outstanding location and excellent staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

My wife and I booked this hotel for a two day stop over. We arrived late at night using the transfer service which was very convienient and only slightly more expensive than the return taxi without the hassel of having to find a cab in a strange city.
Our welcome at the reception area was first class with the young man (Evan I think) going out of his way to set the tone for our vist to the city of which he was obviously so proud.
The location of this clean and well decorated hotel is its greatest strength. Only a few minutes walk from the major historic sites of the city and a range of restaurants it is nonetheless quite and peacful away from busy roads and noise.
The manager/owner of the hotel also welcomed us warmly the next morning and answered the few questions we had.
As has been said by previous reviewers, the view from the roof terrace is fantastic especially at night , don't miss it!!
This is a good place to stay for a short or long visit giving a great welcome and great value for money.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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agoralife, Manager at Agora Life Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

First all of we thank you so much for kind feedback. We, as Agora Life Hotel team appreciate encouraging review which adapts us to improve given services even better.

Sincere regards,

Kadir Cikan
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

I book this hotel as last minute,
As I arrived I was a bit disapointed how small and the lobby is but as I entered my room I was surprised how nice and clean is and the best was the view over the roofs of Istanbul all the way to bosphorus and the bridge with all those nice colourful perfect, nicer couldn't be.
All people working in the hotel were very friendly, helpful and polite.
The breakfast is more than enough and you can have everything fresh. almost:-)
I will definitly stay next time hopefuly very soon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank homit99
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agoralife, Manager at Agora Life Hotel, responded to this review, December 7, 2012
Dear Valude Guest,

Thank you for your encouraging comments. I am so glad to know that Agora Life met your expectations.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you again.

All the best,

Kadir Cikan
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Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

I travel to Istanbul frequently and I often stay at this hotel. It is located in the heart of the historical center and very conveniently situated for my business as well. I like the way the (quiet) rooms are decorated and some of them have an amazing view of the Bosphorus or/and Hagia Sophia. Staff is hands on and when you stay three nights or more you get a free ride back to the airport.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Christophe D
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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

Good choice of hotel. next to the main tourist sites. however, the room is extremely small for the tariff charged. moreover, was charged with the airport transfer. only the transfer from airport to hotel is not charged. around twice the cost of a taxi normal. also lacked promptness reception with directions and restaurant recommendations. anyway, is a good option to visit Istanbul, due to the proximity (very close to it) of the main sights.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

the hotel is centrally situated close to hagia sofia and grand bazaar. the service is very good at the reception. we got a nice and comprehensive introduction about istanbul together with a cold drink when we arrived. this was very nice.
the rooms are not very large but sufficicent for a city trip where you spend most of the time outside. the bathroom was small but beautiful.
the breakfast was not so nice and there is almost no service. the breakfast room during the winter months is in the basement in a room with no windows. in summer this seems to be different on top of the hotel with a nice view.

Room Tip: we have been in room 304 which is next to the elevator. can be noisy but not too much.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank mike s
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agoralife, Manager at Agora Life Hotel, responded to this review, December 8, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

Greetings from Istanbul. Thank you so much for taking time to review Agora Life. We value your comments and it directed us to improve services.

Sincere regards,

Kadir Cikan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Had a great experience checking in to Agora Life Hotel. The man that welcomed us at a desk provided a map of the city and pointed out "must sees." Very personable experience. They also included a free bottle of wine, bottled water and a fruit plate in the room. Would highly recommend if you want to just settle in to the Old City without having to hassle with hotel worries, etc.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CHARLIEWROBERTS
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

You really cannot get a better place for the money in this area. You are a 3 minute walk from the likes of Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. There are so many wonderful restaurants in the area too, so the need to look further afield for some good eats is not necessary.

All staff at the hotel are fantastic and really go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The provided breakfast is ample and the fresh breads laid out daily were a massive carb-filled treat.

The only potential down-sides to the hotel are the firm mattresses (matter of personal taste), and the somewhat thin walls that allow you to hear more of what's going on in the hallways and other rooms than you might like, but that is to be expected with a hotel with so few rooms.

All in all, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends and family, or to stay here again.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a view - there are some amazing ones to be had, overlooking Hagia Sofia.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank elliottaz
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Property: Agora Life Hotel
Address: Cagaloglu Hamam Sokak No:6, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Agora Life Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a 5-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access, free breakfast and a lovely rooftop terrace. In the heart of Sultanahmet, Agora Life Hotel offers an ideal location for guests who want easy access to Istanbul's most historic sites. Each of the rooms is tastefully decorated and has contemporary wooden floors. They feature LCD TV and laptop-size safeboxes. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobe, slippers and a work desk. Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is just 10 minutes' walk away. There are also excellent public transport links close to Agora Life Hotel, providing easy access to the rest of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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