From our first day with a run-down of Istandul from A.J. The attention to detail and the personal service fom the staff was exemplary. Nothing was too much trouble from bookings to laundry and the best paces to visit or eat. Breakfast was a trifle predictable and the hot food side a little sparse but still better than the average. Our room was well appointed with a fair size balcony. The bathroom clean and well appointed. Noise level was good and even the call to prayer did not wake us in the early hours. There is a short walk uphill to the major sites i.e Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace etc. but the hotel is ideally situated for the average tourist. There are plenty of restaurants nearby but generally most are the usual touristy kebab joints. There are however quite a number of good places to eat at reasonable prices but I will not adjudicate as we all have different tastes. Of six persons we met with following our stay in Istanbul, three suffered stomach upsets within two days of arrival. Suggest care as to where you eat and do not drink the water even as ice in your Coke.
- 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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