We were moved to the Amethyst Hotel by Virgin Vacations at the last minute...with no option from Virgin to cancel the trip (even after purchasing their 'for any reason' trip insurance!). Uggh. Our original hotel was located in the very convenient and desireable Sultanhamet area of Istanbul, and they let us know just a few days prior to our departure that our new hotel, the Amethyst, would be over two miles away from the historic sights of Sultanhamet. I have no complaints about the Amethyst, though it's a different story for Virgin Vacations! The hotel itself is lovely...clean and modern, with a friendly and efficient staff. I especially recommend the hammam and gorgeous grotto-like swimming pool. I'm a huge fan of Turkish massages, and had two unforgettable ones by a masseuse named Vienna. I highly recommend her, even if you aren't staying at the Amethyst! The downside of the Amethyst is that it's located in a down-scale commercial area, with few restaurants nearby and no tourist sights for miles. Unfortunately, we did not feel especially safe walking in this area at night, even from the nearby Aksary tram station. Be prepared to take a taxi at US$10-$30 per ride into the historic Sultanhamet area of town. Again, I loved the Amethyst...if only it could be dropped into a different neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the heart of historical peninsula and the shopping center of Istanbul, Amethyst Hotel provides top quality 4 stars hospitality with walking distance to Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern which are among the world's most important historical and cultural places. Everything you could possibly need is right on the doorstep of Amethyst Hotel - shopping and dining options, nightlife, bars, cafes and much more. ... more less
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