We chose the hotel based on great reviews on this site. And the Ada is an OK hotel. Nothing fancy, the room slightly on the small side, but the view from the room and roof terrace is stunning. And the place is very clean. We found a guidebook on Istanbul in the hotel´s bookshelf, and were encouraged to keep it for our stay. A very kind gesture!
The room is well equipped with water, coffee making facilities and fridge. And the bottled water is reasonably priced.
We were woken up every morning at 6 am to the prayer call from the minaret - so no need for a wake up call! :-) The location is very quiet during nighttime so you get a good night´s sleep.
The hotel is very close to a lot of the "must sees" and thus a great location for seeing Istanbul. The neighborhood itself does not have a lot of restaurants or places to eat, but this is not a problem. The hotel will recommend restaurants for you - we went with their recommendations for a fish restaurant one night. The fish restaurant was ok - nothing outstanding. But we eat a lot of fish and are probably quite difficult to please. So my recommendation would be to be very explicit in your requirements and budgets when getting the hotel to recommend a place.
When we were checking out, we were asked if we could pay in cash. (We did the check out the evening around 23.00 prior to our departure since we were leaving very early in the morning.) We were offered a free transfer to the airport if we settled the account in cash. I don´t find that appropriate. If the hotel prefers cash payment they should have stated so in advance and not expect us to wander out at night to find an ATM and walk around with huge amounts of cash... Also, withdrawing cash on our credit card abroad is quite costly (more than the free transport...) When we declined the offer, we were able to pay using our credit card. But this should not have been an issue at all.
The hotel staff were attentive and smiling. The breakfast was good - a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, coffee, tea and juice, and fresh fruit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ada Hotel, located in the centre of the historical peninsula, is steps away from world famous Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Mosaic Museums, Islamic & Turkish Art Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar. Ada House brings you comfort with its modern decoration and genuine quality of service. Our rooms have a panoramic view of the Marmara Sea and several historical mosques. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istanbul Ada Hotel