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Ajia Hotel
Ranked #483 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
London
2 reviews
“Amazing Hotel”
Reviewed September 18, 2009

Wow, what a fantastic boutique hotel this is. A beautiful old exterior and totally modern inside. We were upgraded to a mezzanine suite with a Bosphorous view, so had a living room and shower room downstairs, then a bed and stand alone bath upstairs - very luxurious. It's position on the Bosphorous at Kanlica was perfect, with great views from most of the rooms, and of course from the lovely terrace. The included Turkish breakfast was a revelation with lots of pots of goodies (five different cheeses, olives, honey comb, dried apricots, cherries, clotted cream, borek etc) served on a tray - very generous portions.

This hotel is quite far out of town on the Asian side near the second Bosphorous bridge, which I knew as I'd lived in the city in the past. However, the journey from Ataturk airport only took about 50 minutes, even in rush hour and despite floods in the previous couple of days, because of the new motorway which bypasses the city centre. It shouldn't be too difficult to get back from town by taxi either though we didn't end up doing this. The hotel offers a boat across the Bosphorous if you want to go to the European side of the Bosphorous which was great, but most days we just took the dolmus to Uskudar for about 2.5 YTL and then got the public ferry to Eminonu for Sultan Ahmet or to Karakoy for Taksim. The area of Kanlica has a few restaurants, cafes serving yoghurt (Kanlica is famous for it's yoghurt) with honey, jam or icing sugar, and a small supermarket.

The reception staff were helpful and recommended a good, upmarket fish restaurant nearby. We also went to Hidiv Kasri, an old house which serves food and drink, which was about a 15 minute walk up a very steep hill from the hotel. The service was a bit patchy when we wanted anything out of the ordinary - long waits without much communication - but overall this is definitely a hotel worth staying at, especially if you are undaunted by having to get round on your own initiative.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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muskudarli, Manager ( Mr.Mete Uskudarli) at Ajia Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2010
Thank you for your sincere greetings to A'jia Hotel.We will be glad to welcome you back at A'jia to make your Istanbul visit comfortable and memorable.

Best wishes
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

After a dozen+ times in Istanbul, this was my first stay on the Asian side and I much appreciated the quietness and elegance of the place, as well as proximity of the Bosphorus and its fleet. If you are looking for a quiet stay at a luxury boutique hotel right by the Bosphorus, you won't find a better place. Elegant and exclusive setting, spacious rooms, extremely helpful and friendly staff (Thanks, Mete!). Commuting to the European side more than once a day might be a little taxing, but then if you need to shuttle between the city and the hotel (e.g., if you are a shopaholic) all day you stay in the city center. A'jia is out there for a different kind of traveller and get-away leisure. Recommended most enthusiastically if you can cope with leaving your hotel in the morning and coming back in the evening for a soft breezy night away from big city noise. Ah, and travelling to the Prince's Islands (again, if you are in the get-away mood) is a lot more convenient and faster from the Asian side.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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muskudarli, Manager ( Mr.Mete Uskudarli) at Ajia Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2010
Thank you for your sincere greetings to A'jia Hotel.We will be glad to welcome you back at A'jia to make your Istanbul visit comfortable and memorable.

Best wishes
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Reviewed May 20, 2009

My Istanbul-based friend warned me about staying on the Asian side prior to my visit(there's nothing there!) but the ride(traffic aside) was scenic and revealed another side to Istanbul that I otherwise would not have seen- chic neighbourhoods, families having a picnic in parks after a workday and dogs being walked by the Bosphorus...
The shuttle boat to A'jia itself is charmingly decked in heart-shaped balloons(more chic than corny) and the view of the Bosphorus alone from the rooms is reason alone to come to A'jia and dining on the Bosphorus in the evening in the A'jia restaurant surely makes for one of the better moments in Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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muskudarli, Manager ( Mr.Mete Uskudarli) at Ajia Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2010
Thank you for your sincere greetings to A'jia Hotel.We will be glad to welcome you back at A'jia to make your Istanbul visit comfortable and memorable.

Best wishes
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istanbul
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

Spectacular panorama, extra-ordinary location ( like on the sea ) and excellent hospitality..

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
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mall13
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Reviewed May 17, 2009

It would have been nice, if there were some relaxing chairs outside in the sun to stay during the day-I missed that.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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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 #483 of 1,149 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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