We just completed 9 nights at the Amira. From the start, the entire staff was pleasant and went out of their way to be accommodating and helpful in any way possible. From questions about the area to last-minute laundry to streetcar tokens they made sure we had what we needed. The initial sit-down with wine and a thorough walk-through of the map of the area was wonderful in getting us acclimated to the area.
Our first room had just gone through significant insulation upgrade and we found it to be rather warm for our liking. They quickly suggested we move to a different room which made a big difference. We tend to like a cooler room which was challenging because, due to the cooler weather during our stay, the A/C is turned off at night at the hotel (and numerous others in the area). It was only a real issue for us when the heat was turned on because you get the heat even if you just want to leave the fan running for circulation. Other than that, the rooms were comfortable for 2 and the bathrooms were small but very functional.
One BIG advantage we had here over people at other nearby hotels was that we did *not* hear the early morning call-to-prayer blasted from the nearby minarets. I can not stress how nice this was as it helped ensure uninterrupted sleep.
The breakfast and tea were both delightful. The foods were rotated around enough during our stay to keep the variety interesting. We did not eat dinner there but other guests commented on how much they enjoyed it.
The mix of guests was interesting. Not many families with small kids that we encountered but a mix of couples/groups from mid-20's up to their 70's or so. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves suggesting that the services are sensitive to all age groups.
Bravo, Amira! You really helped to make our first trip to Istanbul a comfortable and enjoyable one.
- 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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