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Reviewed November 4, 2011

It was the first of many hotels through out our stay around Turkey and it was an auspicious beginning for a wonderful visit. As we entered the hotel, we were impressed by the tastefully decorated lobby. Our room was compact but clean, well equipped and modern. We could actually sleep well on our first night in Istanbul after a long haul flight. We suspect it was partly due to the firm but comfortable bed and also because it was quiet outside. Its location is central to all major Istanbul's attractions and situated near a shopping area although we did not have time to do any due to our packed itinerary. The staff were pleasant, courteous and friendly. It was not a problem for them that we requested for an early breakfast at 6 am. We did not have to wait at all and the choices were not bad.We were just a bit disappointed there was no coffee and tea making facility nor complimentary bottled drinking water provided. But overall, it was still a very pleasant albeit short stay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

Having stayed in a supposed 4 start in Turkey before, and having to book this hotel last minute, I wasn't expecting much. How pleasantly wrong I was. The Amethyst is a really comfortable, well equipped hotel just 10 minutes walk from the Grand Bazaar,and maybe a further 15 mins to the Blue Mosque and other main sites in Sultanahmed. A very good and cheap tram line is just 2 minutes away in Aksaray, so again a well placed hotel. It's a quiet hotel, just off a main road, but right in the hearty of the hustle and bustle of street life in Istanbul, with its street traders, shops, cafes and restaurants.

The reception staff speak good English and are ever helpful. There is also free wifi. For breakfast there is a very decent set of choices and we didn't have to wait during any of the 4 mornings we stayed.

I would deifnitely stay there again on a return trip to this truly unforgettable city. The only downside is the poor exchange rate at reception. This is not a probem since you can shop for money elsewhere,but be aware that if you haven't paid in advance you will proabbly be paying in the local currency.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Were a family of four (two adults and two children), and we were given a beautiful family room, which it exceeded our expectations. The room was of very high standard, very clean, and very quite. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful, especially the manager Mehmet. We would defiantly stay there again and would recommend it to everyone else.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2011

We stayed at Amethyst for 4 nights while on holiday. We arrived at midnight only to be told that our booking not confirmed and that we should find another hotel! Not a great start! The hotel reservation staff did not inform us that the rooms are not available until we arrived at their doorstep!

However, the manager and all other members of the staff were very courteous and helpful, and they somehow managed to give us a room. They were also extremely apologetic and even offered us tea/coffe while the room was being prepared for us.

The front desk staff was very friendly, warm and helpful. In particular, the man at the reception called Mehmet who went out of his way to help us with anything we needed.

The hotel is in a very good location and is only 10 mins away from the main attractions. When we checked out at 3 am, the staff packed breakfast for me and my wife for our onward journey even though our package did not include breakfast.

There may be many other similar hotels in town, but whats makes Amethyst special is the friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: May 2018, traveled solo
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