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Amisos Hotel
Ranked #597 of 1,140 Hotels in Istanbul
Moscow
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

The rooms are adorable, and immaculate and even the little shampoo and soap things are wrapped in cute packaging. The location is stellar, and the price is fairly reasonable. The downside - it's very noisy - especially if you have a room that faces the road where there is a major intersection, and apparently if you are on the 1st or 2nd floor where you can hear the noise/music from the pub right below the hotel which lasts until the wee hours. I don't know if it's any quieter on the other side of the hotel but with trams dinging, and cars honking right outside the window, it must be better than this. Having read a few reviews in (AFTER I booked the hotel - duh!), I called ahead and asked for a quiet room (and would have paid more for a quieter room), but ended up with a room right overlooking the intersection - maybe they thought they were being funny? Can't say I'm laughing, or maybe I'm just getting spoiled by other hotels by now.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Thank dragonflygirl74
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Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

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San Francisco
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2009

The Amisos Hotel is a true gem. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms, while small, are clean, quiet and nicely appointed. The trolley stop out front is so convenient, yet the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Spice Market, the Cistern and other major sites are all a short walk away. The daily breakfast in the fourth floor Terrace Room is excellent. Free wi-fi worked great on the 3rd floor; had a weak signal the first night on the second floor. We booked two rooms; stayed one night, went to Cappadocia for a few days, then returned to the Amisos for five more nights. The team at the front desk became friends as they provided useful tips and recommendations, even sharing personal photos of their own trip to Buyukada, one of the Princess Islands, as encouragement to take a day trip there. (They were right!)

We selected this hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews and the hotel's website. All were accurate and on-the-mark. Thanks to previous reviewers.

The only negative was a front desk recommendation to have dinner at New Galata Restaurant. The meal was shockingly expensive when the waiter failed to report the price of the whole fish we had chosen. The New Galata manager, Mr. Yunes, later explained that it was a mistake that the waiter had not told us the price of the fish after it had been weighed in the back. We hope others do not encounter the same problem. The Amisos might want to reconsider its enthusiastic endorsement of New Galata.

Despite that one disappointment, which was not the hotel's fault, the Amisos is perfect for anyone looking for a convenient, safe and delightful boutique hotel in Sultanahmet.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank millionmileflyer
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Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

Tula/Amisos Hotel
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2009

We stayed one night at Amisos Boutique Hotel at the recommendation of its sister, the Garden Hotel, which was unable to accommodate us on the first night of our holiday.

The Amisos hotel is centrally located, very close to the Aya Sophia and the Yerebatan cistern. Unfortunately it is situated just above a very busy tram stop, although the combination of double glazing and air-conditioning makes this bearable. More serious is the sound of pounding Europop from the Irish bar downstairs.

We arrived with our baby, and had been promised a cot by the manager when we booked. We were shown to our first floor room, which was large with a good sized bathroom, although the dark decoration made it look a little dingy. Nevertheless, all seemed well until we tried to put the baby to sleep in the cot, which promptly collapsed (without the baby in it, luckily). The key part must have been broken when the hotel had put it up, but the person who had done this had just bodged it together in the vain hope that we would not notice.

After some delay and several vociferous protests to reception, we were given a mattress for the baby to sleep on. However, she did not sleep for long because of the noise coming from downstairs. By two o'clock in the morning, the complaints from other residents about our baby's screaming persuaded the general manager to upgrade us to the Topkapi Suite on the top floor. This was spacious and quiet, and, inexplicably, had its own sauna. It seemed the kind of place where an "international businessman" might entertain a female friend he had met at the nearby ferry terminal. Moreover, there is no way that it was worth the rack rate of well over €300.

The breakfast, I have to say, was truly excellent, and, bleary eyed, we enjoyed the lovely views of the Topkapi gardens. When we checked out with relief I told the receptionist that for the price Amisos charges, even if we were in London we would not expect to be kept awake by the music from an Irish pub. "But, sir" he explained, "we are a boutique hotel."

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Rog2006
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Southeast US
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 24, 2009

From the moment we walked into the lobby till the sad time to leave, Genie and I were treated royally. A complementary breakfast is served on the top floor with a wonderful view of Topkapi Gardens and St. Sophia. We arrived late, about 11:30am, but the staff (Naz) was still in attendance and without hesitation she put together a Turkish breakfast that sufficed for the whole day. Love 'ya Naz! The General Manager, Baycan Boyu, is a Grand Sultan in his own right....He knows just how to make a guest feel at home. We shared many stories over tea; he has a great sense of humor with an eye always on how to make you feel important. Just to make a personal note, Baycan's English is perfect. Turkish born, he's lived in New Jersey for several years and knows the American way and this fact made the stay all the more comfortable. As to location, well it's between the Major Sites and the Golden Horn docks and the Tram stops directly in "front" of the Amisos. A better location would be very hard to find.
Being in the hospitalty industry myself, my standards are high and the Amisos passes the bar. You will not be disapointed.....

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank nobagsallowed
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Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

Tula/Amisos Hotel
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Tirana
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

The Amisos location is perfect. It's close to the major sights and the tram. The hotel is quaint and clean. The real plus is the staff who went above and beyond the call of duty to see that we were well taken care of. I highly recommend this jewel in Istanbul.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank boyzigloo
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Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

Tula/Amisos Hotel
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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309 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2009

Well what can i say. This is an amazing hotel run by one of the friendliest and hospitable managers I have ever met.

It is like being part of the hotel's family when you are there. All of the staff, especially "room service" make you so welcome you do not want to leave.

I stayed in one of the suites on the top floor of the hotel. Wow, what a great experience.

This hotel also has a fantastic English Pub Bar which is run by very friendly and lively bar staff.

I would thoroughly recommend the food at this hotel and the breakfast on the top floor is one of the best for a boutique hotel. Great service.

I will be visiting again as soon as I have time to get back to Istanbul.

It is in a perfect location in the old town, on a tram line that takes you right past all of the major attractions, Including the famous Blue Mosque.

A must for anyone appreciates the hospitality that comes with this hotel.

Excellent

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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Helpful?
Thank cygnetboy69
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

Tula/Amisos Hotel
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Southeast US
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 22, 2009

From the moment we walked in till the sad time to leave, Genie and I were treated royally.
A complementary breakfast is served on the top floor with a wonderful view of Topkapi Gardens and St. Sophia. We arrived about 11:30am, but the staff (Naz) was still in attendance for the breakfast and without hesitation she put together a Turkish breakfast that sufficed for the whole day. Love 'ya Naz! The General Manager, Baycan Boyu, is a Grand Sultan in his own right....He knows just how to make a guest feel at home. We shared many stories over tea, he has a great sense of humor with his eye always on how to make you feel important. Just to make a personal note, Baycan's English is perfect. Turkish born, he's lived in New Jersey for several years and knows the American way and this fact made the stay all the more comfortable. As to location, well it's between the major sites and the Golden Horn docks and the Tram stops directly in "front" of the Amisos.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank nobagsallowed
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amisos_Management, General Manager at Amisos Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2014
Dear Guest;

Thank you very much for sharing your good commands and reviews about us with all other vistors.
It is very valuable for us to hear your satisfaction.

You are always welcomed to Amisos Hotel which is your home in Istanbul...

Kind Regards;

Tula/Amisos Hotel
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Property: Amisos Hotel
Address: Ebusuud Cad. No:2 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#367 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Amisos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The special category hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Old-town, Istanbul.Amisos Hotel offers an exquisite stay in an elegant and stylish environment with excellent views over Istanbul.Most of the magnificent sites in Istanbul are located exactly in Sultanahmet – the “the Old City”. Here you will find the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Hagia Sophia. Other historical landmarks are the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and the unique Underground Cistern.The hotel is in an ancient townhouse which was tastefully renovated in March 2007. It offers beautifully decorated 15 Deluxe Rooms, 6 Superior Rooms, 3 Corner Rooms and 2 Suites. Each room has a different colour theme and is tastefully decorated with a classic style and is a delight to come to home to at the end of a long day sightseeing. Street around the hotel are full of outdoor restaurants and colorful cafes as part of the neighborhood.The public transportation tram, stops just across the hotel. ... more   less 
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