I just returned from Istanbul several days ago and thought I'd write the review while fresh in my mind. While planning for this trip to Istanbul I needed a low-cost but comfortable accommodation in old Istanbul. Here are the factors that led me to book with Adora Hotel: First, the cost was the biggest attraction in booking here versus other boutique hotels in the area (self-defined as within approximate 1/2 mile area centered around the Hagia Sophia).
The Arrival: I stayed four nights, which was one day above the minimum requirement to qualify for a free shuttle transport from Ataturk International Airport. Without the shuttle, I would have taken the two train systems in if it were daylight (which, incidentally, I used from the Adora Hotel back to Ataturk International Airport, and it was painless, cost a total of 4TL, and took only 45 minutes with one transfer). The van shuttle arranged by the Adora Hotel had a lot of value since my arrival was in the evening and the shuttle dropped me off right at the front of the hotel. Finding this property on foot or at night may be challenging without a map of old Istanbul/Sultanahmet. However, this property is located only about 150 feet from the north platform entrance of the Gulhane rail station, just northeast up Hudavendigar Cadessi (where the street bends sharply to the northwest) towards Eminonu whart, but actually sits on a narrow connector street that joins Hudavendigar Cadessi with Ebussuut Cadessi. The hotel's very close proximity to the Gulhane rail station is another major benefit of staying here.
Check in: It was very fast and friendly, and my room, 101, was on the second floor (considered the 1st floor in Europe). The front desk staff seemed to be knowledgeable about the major tourist attractions and even some not so popular. They reminded me that the breakfast buffet is open from 7 am to 10:30am
About the Room: I had a single room and it was tiny, maybe 9' x 9', so if you have a lot of luggage, it will be cramped. There is a double bed just barely big enough for two (and unclear if you can book a single room for two) but can comfortably sleep one person. The mattress could use a replacement as it dipped slightly near the edge of the bed but still very firm in the middle of the bed. The bed itself was clean and the sheets were slightly crisp, which felt very good to the touch. There was an in-room split a/c unit and a radiator heater, so comfort can be maintained throughout the seasons. I was not sure how to actually control the a/c or heat, but the heater was on in my room periodically that kept it around 70 degrees. There is a small nightstand with a small reading lamp.
A small wardrobe closet was available but it was narrow in space but adequate for my needs. The wardrobe closet also contained a room safe, which I could not figure out how to operate as its instructions were a little different than safes I've used at US hotels.
There is a small writing desk with mirror. Above the desk is small flat screen television. I only found programming in everything but English, but then I did not go through every channel seeking English channels. The room rate allowed free access to the wifi, which was fast for my business email needs.
The bathroom is not terribly large but it's efficient and clean with a lavatory, small glass shelf for toiletries (where small bar soap and shampoo are provided, a toilet and shower. I'm usually afraid of dirty and mildew-infested bathrooms in little boutique hotels in countries outside the U.S., but this bathroom was very clean. My bathroom had nice blue tile and the water pressure was very good with an abundance of hot water.
The Drawbacks: Let me start by saying this is a non-smoking hotel, so it had great appeal. Yet, it was the cigarette smoke that creeped into the lobby from the outside that was a small annoyance; and this smoke was caused by some of the front desk staff and others outside when the front door is left open. I believe updrafts going up the stairway draws cigarette smoke through the front entrance, and ultimately made its way into my bedroom under the door or the door frame. I remedied this buy putting a bathtowel at the bottom of the door and slightly opening the bedroom double-paned window to keep the smoke from creeping in. I’m very sensitive to smoke but for many this would not be too noticeable or a deal breaker. There was evidence that guests smoked at the window with it open and then threw their spent cigarette butts in the planters outside the windows, but the room itself did not have any smell of cigarettes other than what I cited above.
The window in my room (and presumably in the rooms at least in the front of the hotel) are double paned and do a good job at muting outside noise inside the room. Nonetheless, with the windows kept open, another drawback to some might be the sound of people eating at restaurants late at night, and the light rail line that runs about every 5 minutes for each direction. Also the call to prayer starts at sunrise which was intriguing and not the least bit loud or offensive. The light rail line does pass every five minutes. In sum, if you keep the wiindows closed you probaby won't hear much from the outside inside the room.
Breakfast Buffet: A nice Turkish style breakfast is provided in the rate. It contained several hot egg dishes including hard boiled, cut weiners in a tomato sauce, cold cuts, delicious cheeses, fresh cut vegetables, fresh fruit, yogurt, honey, cereals, and three kinds of bread including the famous sesame bread rings. There is coffee, varieties of teas, and a juice machine that dispensed four varieties including apple, orange, pineapple. I advise getting to the buffett close to 7 am to get the widest selection.
Miscellaneous: There are a number of little markets to buy bottled water with five litre bottles going for 2TL. There is an elevator if the stairway is not to your liking. There are plenty of shops and restaurants within a five minute walk or less from the Adora Hotel. Don’t forget that the light rail is available at your doorstep.
I normally wouldn't rate this hotel above a three star rating in the US but for Istanbul I gave it four stars because it is a three star property (based on standards outside the United States) and it left a really good impression. My expectations on service, comfort, and location were exceed relative to its proximity to the major tourist attractions and accessbility. If you’re seeking a place to spend your sleeping hours in modest but clean comfort, this is one of several hotels you’ll want to consider.
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