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Aziyade Hotel
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

I experienced excitement, anticipation, and relief (it had been a very long journey) as our mini bus entered the outskirts of Istanbul, a destination that I had longed to visit for many years.
As the freeways of the outskirts gave way to streets that became narrower and more chaotic those emotions were tempered with some anxiety as to the nature of the hotel we were likely to discover in this collection of crowded, ancient buildings on streets so narrow that passing vehicles manoeuvred with only inches to spare.
My concerns were soon allayed as we spyed the welcoming entrance to the Aziyade Hotel, flanked by planters of well tended flowers. We were greeted by a group of young men (Koptur Tours employees) impecably dressed in business suits and highly polished dress shoes who directed traffic ( a necessity as cars were parked in the curb lane - no parking meters in Istanbul) and delivered our luggage from van to hotel lobby.
The reception area is not overly large, but certainly adequate; the adjoining lobby, with high ceilings, marble floors, a small cocktal lounge and bar, as well as a small gift shop, cozy and appealing. Free wifi is available on the mezzanine.
Our room on the 7th floor was small and awkwardly designed, but featured windows facing the
street through which we could watch the fascinating street life below. Better yet, we could actually open the windows and enjoy some fresh air, a possibility that one never enjoys in North American hotels. The room was clean, the furniture modest but adequate, the queen size bed extremely comfortable. There was no traffic noise at night, although we were drowsily aware of the early morning call to prayer.
The dining room is on the top floor where there is a panoramic view of the Sea of Marmora and the surrounding city. Sadly, it was a little cool to eat on the balcony, but one can enjoy the view from the tables indoors.
Morning and evening meals were included and were served cafeteria style. There was lots of variety, but as with any restaurant, became a little monotonous after three or four days.
We found dozens of open restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel, all of whom had greeters anxious for us to join them for dinner. Everyone was welcoming and good natured, even when we declined their wares, and after our first foray on our own, we felt completely
at east walking in the area in the evenings.
I visited the Hammam hoping to get a last minute appointment for a shampoo, but was told that
the stylist had gone home to have dinner with his family. The receptionist offered to call him
back to accomodate me. I assured her that my need was not sufficient to interrupt a family dinner, but appreciated her offer. We did do a little tour of the spa, which appeared to be a recent addition to the hotel, and was quite beautifully appointed.
Staff was friendly and helpful.
Our stay in Istanbul was absolutely the highlight of Transat's Charms of Greece and Turkey Tour and the hotel proved the perfect location for exploring the iconic sites of the city...within easy walking distance of the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sophia Church one of the major markets, and the Haglia Irene Church, where we attended a concert by the Yale Schola Cantorium which happened to be in the city during our stay. I would return in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the front street and higher than the third floor so that you can enjoy viewing the street life below.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Linda L
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayedatn this hotel for three nights in august and had a pleasant stay.

Staff was polite and helpful. Room was tiny but look exactly like on the pictures. It was clean and confortable.

The best thing about this hotel is the magnificient roof-top terrasse where you can eat your breakfast or have a drinf while looking at the splendid panorama offered by the Marmara sea.

**Note : if you are experimenting difficulties to walk, the hotel is located downhill in Sultanhamet on Pierre Loti's street. That means it easy to walk to reach the hotel but can be more difficult when you go out. For people like me with no disabilities, this was really easy... I'm thinking of older people here.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank OlivierYUL
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We lucked out in our stay at the Aziyade. We were given a room on the 6th floor looking out over the Sea of Marmora. The view was great!!! Had we been any lower and it would have been blocked by the adjacent building, and the other side just would not have been the same. (Note,, though, that all other guests have the chance to enjoy the same from the rooftop restaurant - so this is not
meant to dissuade folks from staying there.) Our room and the hotel were clean, the staff was generally helpful, though not always conversant in English (or French). The location was great - just far enough from the tourist strip in Sultanahmet to give a sense of local flavour, but close enough to go visiting or to catch the tram. The hotel breakfast buffet (on the roof!) was delicious and would meet all tastes. We were very happy - our 1 beef: we had laundry done and diligently completed the hotel list without requesting pressing. Our clothes came back beautifully pressed... at an extra cost of $60!!! I tried to dispute this on checkout, but our cab to the airport. Was waiting and the Poor guy at reception wasn't understanding our complaint.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We had a nice experience at the Aziyade and found it to be great value for your money. The rooftop views from the restaurant were beautiful. Our rate also included a huge breakfast buffet (the best of all hotels I stayed in Turkey) and free wifi. Our room was also the largest of hotel rooms I stayed in and close to all major sights (Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, etc.). I would definitely recommend this hotel for your stay in Istanbul.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Colleen C
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Stayed at the Aziyade for first visit to Istanbul. Fantastic location for all of the sights of Sultanahmet area and tram line. It is at the bottom of a hilly street, so expect a very short hike each day to reach main street. Room used was a partial water view, although older in style and very compact it was perfectly comfortable and clean for a short stay. Bedding was a twin that could be pushed together, not sure if standard for this room type or maybe there is double/queen bed configuration also. Service was friendly and welcoming. Restaurant on the roof top terrace is fantastic, you really get the impression you are staying in the heart of old town (looking across the roof tops of other buildings out to the Bosphorus). Suggest to wake up early and enjoy as the sun is coming up. Very nice breakfast selection to compliment the view.

Room Tip: Enjoyed partial sea view room, lovely view to wake up to. Suggest higher floor as you are surrounded by other building (more privacy if you want to keep the curtains open to enjoy view).
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TravelerSPK
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