My partner and I have just returned from an amazing city break to Istanbul and we chose Antis for our hotel for 3 nights and took of advantage of the free transfer from airport to hotel, thankfully as I don't think we would have found it, however, once you know where you are, its very easy to find, its just a matter of getting your bearings!
The hotel is a small hotel on a hill, which is a steep hill, so you do need to be aware of this, however, what a FABULOUS little hotel! A 5 minute walk up hill and to the left and you arrive in the tourist area, a further 5 minute walk and you are at The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, not far from these are also the Basillica Cisterns, the tram stops, taxi ranks, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, everything you could possibly need right on your doorstep!
This hotel is truly in a fabulous location and the service from ALL staff was brilliant, they couldn't do enough for you! We were even told of a LOCAL place to go for Shisha which truly was an experience away from the touristy areas and most likely half the price! Also staff arranged for a taxi for us to take us to a local shopping mall on the Sunday evening and made sure we weren't ripped off as it were! Again, nothing was to much hassle!
Oakan was amazing, always smiling and wishing you good morning and again nothing was too much trouble for Oakan, all you had to do was ask!
The one thing they could improve on is service on the roof top terrace, as the views up here are breathtaking and amazing and we often sat here before we started our day and when we finished our day and if someone had come up we probably would have ordered a drink or something to enjoy with our view.
The room was clean and did what it needed to for us as we were only sleeping in it!
Breakfast was a selection of croissants, eggs, very much continental and none the less for me very yummy and did what it needed to do!
If you choose Antis as your hotel choice PLEASE take a moment to go up to the Mesale Restaurant, this was probably our favourite restaurant, cheap, delicious and with entertainment and the staff are incredibly friendly!
Istanbul is an amazingly beautiful city which is very much overlooked by many, my partner and I WILL be returning and it WILL BE to Antis!
I can't rave enough about the location of this hotel, the staff and city itself! It is a clean hotel with great staff, however, it is small and by no means a Hilton of the world, but I would NOT hesitate in staying here again!
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- Located in the heart of historic district of Sultanahmet just steps from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace; beautiful views of the Marmara Sea and the Asian side. ... more less
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