It's a lovely realtively small family owned hotel, great location, very safe neighborhood, 10 min walk from the Blue Mosque and 15 min from St. Sophia. Everything in this hotel is really thought through, everything looks new, stylish and very good quality. There are reading lights above your bed and Ipod playstation on the night table, there is a complementary bottle of water in your room every day and a tea/coffee tray with a tea kettele and supplies also refilled daily.
The breakfast/cafe area also serves as a cosy livingroom, with a Mac computer, TV, fireplace, books about Turkey, guidebooks, just things to read - also a nice surprise. There is free Wi Fi all over the hotel. There is also complementary tea and cakes served there at 5 pm. The terrace on the roof has nice views, but it was too cold when we were there, must be lovely in the spring or summer...We haven't tried their fitness area, so can't comment on that. The stuff is really helpful and friendly. As soon as we arrived Natali, one of the stuff members, provided us not just with a city map, but also with a detailed orientation in the city, explained to us everything we wanted to know, about transport, sights, weather, excursions, booked us a Bosphorus boat tour (a must), we were really happy with everything she recommended and with the way she took care of us every day, asked if we needed anything, checked schedule of events for us, we always knew we had someone to ask if we needed something...
The people at the reception are also really friendly, always smiling and helpful. You can change money and buy transport tokens from them too. Basically this is a hotel where someone actually thought of what a traveler may need in Istanbul and provided it all.
- 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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