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“Had my Camera stolen from my room on Oct 14th, 2010”

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Amethyst Hotel Istanbul
Ranked #532 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed January 5, 2012

Do not stay here. Had my camera stolen out of my room and the manager did nothing, and neither did the Police. I was there with Gate 1 Guided Tour of Turkey Days Oct. 2011

Room Tip: My bed was TINY..........do not stay here.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Can walk to Sultan Ahmet Square and Grand Bazaar, but plan for at least a 20-30 minute jaunt. Room small but tidy, modern and clean. A GREAT baklava place just a couple of blocks away - who knew baklava came in 20 different varieties. Terrific breakfast. Be sure to secure valuables. Very nice looking spa in basement. Lots of good restaurants nearby - especially if you are willing to go where the locals go.

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Reviewed November 13, 2011

nice hotel in a central location to all major attraction, good customer service , beautiful and tasty food( went half board) rich breakfast , free internet use and wifi

Room Tip: ask for the highest floor
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

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.

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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.

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Additional Information about Amethyst Hotel Istanbul

Address: Mesihpasa Mah., Aksaray Cad., No 6 | Laleli, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #532 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $70 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Amethyst Hotel Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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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