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“An events hotel, not restful hotel”
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Ajia Hotel
Ranked #457 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An events hotel, not restful hotel”
Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

I booked this hotel for 24th June for 4 nights, 72 hours before departure I was email by the managed to say they had a wedding the night we arrived and another during the week, as it was late to rebook elsewhere I emailed back to say we would stay and review when we got there. First night it wasn't too noisy and music went off around 12 at night, however we kept windows closed but we had no air conditioning, temps where around 27oC, next night samething with a party, still no air conditioning so we slept with windows open, we had red lights flashed into bedroom lots of noise from road and party, in the morning we where eaten alive with mosquito bites! So we contacted the manager only to find that all week there where parties/weddings and so after a chat relocated to another hotel. This was a trip I organised for my husbands 50th birthday surprise. Conclusion, staff very friendly and helpful, hotel not for those who go to sight see and then relax by the Bospherus with a drink. Defiantly a hotel for events! Not what we consider a 5* hotel more 3rd rate!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harmondsworth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Great location and lovely setting on the Bosphorus - free speed boat picks and drops you off if you are on the other side of the water. Very romantic.
Very nice staff - attentive and very helpful.
Only went there for dinner so cannot comment on the hotel, but was disappointed that the menu was lacking in any Turkish cuisine - didn't go there to eat risotto or samosas!
Nicely presented food, interesting bread basket and delicious puddings.
The menu could be so much more interesting for tourists. Is it because the local guests would find Turkish cuisine boring ... ? If so how about a mixture! Something Turkish at least!! Please!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank AA747
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had a great stay at this hotel; the setting is beautiful on the banks of the Bosphorus, making for wonderful sundowners, breakfasts and dinners. Our room was very lovely and the staff were very helpful. I will remember our "speed" boat trip to Sultanhamet for a long time to come and given how expensive the cities hotels are, this one was (relatively) good value for money.

With the terrible Istanbul traffic and the distance to the main sights, it takes a long time to get from the hotel to the main sights. Also, I was surprised by the lack of amenities, like a pool or a spa (given the distance from the centre).

All in all, I would thoroughly recommend but note the distance to the centre.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 849Lee
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Beirut
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was supposed to be a nice, calm retreat in a residential area on the Asian side of Istambul... But they missed it big time!
Although situated in an old mansion, A'jia hotel has absolutly no charm. The decoration is impersonal, with no character at all, more like a hospital than a hotel. At the reception, in the rooms, nothing invites you to feel at home like what these places are supposed to be.

Most of all you don't get the calm you are looking for: in fact the void open space of the reception makes the noise come straight to your room. We were shocked how much our room in the second floor is noisy! We heard all the conversations coming from the reception!

The service is just ok, but with a lack of warmth. The staff need to improve their language skills. We had just 1 person at the reception with good English!!!

The food at the restaurant has nothing exceptional. An entrecote meat is a lamb gigot!!!!! That means taking the poeple for stupid fools!
Parts of the restaurant are dusty. I told the service that the bar chairs are covered with dust, he told me that they WILL clean them! The black midfle table is dusty.

The rooms need some refurbishment, they are starting to look old. Which is not a bad thing if that will force them to make a big re looking for that place, and ameliorate how they disposed the beds to get you to face the view instead of facing the wall.

I think this hotel doesn't deliver what it was meant to be.

Anyway, if you are looking at discovering Istambul, you surely don't go there, it is so far away from anything. And if you are looking for a nice romantic trip, you will be disappointed.

You don't get what you paid for or what you expect.

Big disappointment. It should be AVOID

  • Stayed May 2013
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1 Thank LBeirut
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Beirut
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was supposed to be a nice, calm retreat in a residential area on the Asian side of Istambul... But they missed it big time!
Although situated in an old mansion, A'jia hotel has absolutly no charm. The decoration is impersonal, with no character at all, more like a hospital than a hotel. At the reception, in the rooms, nothing invites you to feel at home like what these places are supposed to be.

Most of all you don't get the calm you are looking for: in fact the void open space of the reception makes the noise come straight to your room. We were shocked how much our room in the second floor is noisy! We heard all the conversations coming from the reception!

The service is just ok, but with a lack of warmth. The staff need to improve their language skills. We had just 1 person at the reception with good English!!!

The food at the restaurant has nothing exceptional.

The rooms need some refurbishment, they are starting to look old. Which is not a bad thing if that will force them to make a big re looking for that place, and ameliorate how they disposed the beds to get you to face the view instead of facing the wall.

I think this hotel doesn't deliver what it was meant to be.

Anyway, if you are looking at discovering Istambul, you surely don't go there, it is so far away from anything. And if you are looking for a nice romantic trip, you will be disappointed.

You don't get what you paid for or what you expect.

Big disappointment.

  • Stayed May 2013
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1 Thank LBeirut
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2013

cons of the hotel was a bit tired furniture in the room, but everything else was superb!
the view of the Bosphorus, aqua di parma toileteries, location and especially restaurant was superb! we had the best lunch in Istambul down there. The room with a bosphorus view is a must!
the hotel also offers free shutlle-boat to european part of Istambul.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank ravau
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

After staying in a flat in the Beyoglu area for a week, we holed up at the Ajia for the last three days of our honeymoon. There was a slight mix-up with our room and the staff happily upgraded us to a large suite with high ceilings and a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus. I would recommend springing for a room with a view - that's the whole point of this location.

The Ajia has tasteful decor, luxurious bath products, friendly staff, on-demand boat service to Emirgan on the European side where taxis and buses can be taken to the Old City and tourist attractions, and an excellent restaurant.

Fair warning: the hotel is NOT close to the tourist sites of Istanbul, and it will take either time or money to get there, but if, like us, you have already seen the Sultanahmet/Taksim areas, it's a great choice for two or three days.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a terrace or a view of the Bosphorus.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank EKArcher28970
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Property: Ajia Hotel
Address: Cubuklu Cad. Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi No:27 Kanlica, Beykoz, Istanbul 34812, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #457 of 1,156 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ajia Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A’jia Hotel awarded by the 2009 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence as “Most Excellent Charming Hotel” in Europe.A distinguished boutique Hotel, a’jia is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. ... more   less 
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