Reality can fall short of ones expectations when so many people rave about something. Not with Hotel Amira and their staff. We stayed seven nights starting October 20, 2011. From the moment we arrived, it was obvious that this is a staff that goes the extra mile to take care of you. We arrived later than planned the first evening, tired. We were greeted warmly by Ferhat who invited us to sit with him as he went over all the pertinent details of the hotel and city while we enjoyed very good complimentary Turkish wine. Kartal (The Eagle!), Arthur, Ferit and the other staff all had a great sense of humor, always greated us warmly and paid close attention to what we were looking for, giving us guidance accordingly. They have excellent suggestions, are great at listening. As one review said, it is not the Four Seasons nor is the price, but the staff are of the same quality. The hotel is in a good location, very clean, well appointed, roomy and provides a stellar roof top terrace to enjoy a drink as you look out to the sea. Aiziz the bartender is an absolute pleasure. The complimentary breakfast was very good, generous and set us up for the day. Be sure to visit the store across the street, Little St. Sophia Style Home, where Mehmet will do his best to find that special item to buy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amira Istanbul is a boutique hotel located at the heart of the centuries old empires' capital. Some remarkable neighbors of the Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the mystic Basilica Cistern, the imperial Topkapi Palace and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Amira Hotel offers you spaciously designed 32 rooms in Sultanahmet area, featuring very comfortable visco mattresses, local touches like ottoman style hand-made ceiling paintings and high-tech amenities such as mobile wireless internet modem that you can use also outside the property while discovering Istanbul . Along with its world famous cordial guest services, Amira Hotel offers a rich , complimentary buffet breakfast and a tasty 5 O'clock tea treats, free Wi-Fi access, a business corner with featuring an iMac, in house ATM machine, a wellness center that includes a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services. Also our concierge would be more than happy to assist you in every aspect of your stay, whether business or pleasure. ... more less
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