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“Updated hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet”
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Agora Life Hotel
Ranked #56 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Hong Kong, China
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76 reviews
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“Updated hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet”
Reviewed 27 April 2011

We had a fantastic stay in Agora Life hotel last week:

Pros:
1) The whole hotel is newly renovated - so all the furnishing and fixtures are updated and clean
2) Front desk service is very helpful and available all hours. We got into a taxi scam and the front desk really helped us to resolve it
3) Breakfast is plentiful and has a very large selection of fresh fruits/veg, plus omelette made to order
4) Right around the corner of Sultanahmet tram station
5) 100 yards away from Cagaloglu Hamami - if you are looking for a turkish bath/scrub, it's very convenient. I didn't even bother to clean up myself completely in the bathhouse. Just put on my clothes and walked 100 yards back to my hotel room to clean up in peace and privacy

Cons:
1) Like almost all hotel rooms in the Sultanahmet area, the rooms are very small. Don't try to fit more than 2 people inside! Walls are also a little thin so if you stay on the lobby floor room you will hear some coming and going of the other guests
2) Breakfast is not served on the terrace but in the basement (they do have an terrace bar though)

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brno, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 20 April 2011

Agora Life hotel is simply perfect choice and I would recommend it to everyone, who is looking for good location in the city center. There I´ve got more then expected.
It is very pleasant place with friendly atmosphere, which I really appreciate.
Friendly and helpful staff, stylish rooms with perfect cleanness and tasty breakfast.
I can say only positives!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Campina, Romania
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Reviewed 18 April 2011

I spent time in Istanbul before, both on business and for holidays, but this hotel offered the best you can get from the city: great room (also with a sea view!), with the most relaxing bed one can imagine, wonderful view from the terrace on top, most friendly and helpful staff. The main tourist attractions are just round the corner, but one is somehow spared the permanent hum and buzz of a busy and big city due to the fortunate location on a quiet alley. Water, tea, coffee and fruit in the room are not just a promise, but a promise kept. I would return any time and recommend it to anyone!

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 April 2011

Easy to tram,located in old Istanbul (Sultanhamet), near to all of Istanbul's must see sites. Staff is very interested in helping make sure you see what you want to see. Also good value for business travelers (free wireless),easy access to tram that will get you to the subway for getting all over Istanbul. Will stay here for next visit...staff won me over :)

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 11 April 2011

Agora Life Hotel is centrally located in old Istanbul (Sultanahmed), small, clean, reasably priced and with a very nice staff. We stayed three nights, and were picked up by the hotel at the airport (which can be smart for a first-time visitor). Most key tourist sites can be easily reached by foot, and Istanbul's excellent public transportation system passes nearby. The veranda on top of the building has a fabulous view of the city and its waterways. Lots of good eating places near by the hotel (we preferred the more local to the more tourist-like). The hotel neighbourhood also feels surprisingly safe being in such a big city. We higly recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

A beautiful hotel located in the heart of Sultan Ahmet, clean rooms, nice price, and gr8 interior design by the owner of the hotel. I recommend this hotel to all kind of families.nice breakfast, really friendly stuff.
About the minuses - there is only 2 -
They promise to put tea, bottle of water, and fruits every day in your room - but the situation is different, they do it only when you call to reception, and other problem - cups was disappeared everyday from apt.
And some noise at night - because the doors are really thin, and without sound protective panels.
Total: i reccomend this hotel! and next time when i go to Istambul - i book it.
Thanx for the charter!

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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Baku, Azerbaijan
1 review
Reviewed 2 April 2011

Very nice,helpful and friendly staff. Good location,close to Blue Moscue,Aya Sophia,Bacilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. A lot of fish and other restaurands around. Clean rooms with all needed stuff.Daily changing of towels.Breakfast is much better and various than in other hotels which i was before in Sultanahmet district. My next visit i'll definately stay in Agora life!

  • Stayed March 2011
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Property: Agora Life Hotel
Address: Cagaloglu Hamam Sokak No:6, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Agora Life Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a 5-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this boutique hotel offers modern accommodation with free wireless internet access, free breakfast and a lovely rooftop terrace. In the heart of Sultanahmet, Agora Life Hotel offers an ideal location for guests who want easy access to Istanbul's most historic sites. Each of the rooms is tastefully decorated and has contemporary wooden floors. They feature LCD TV and laptop-size safeboxes. Thoughtful touches also include bathrobe, slippers and a work desk. Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is just 10 minutes' walk away. There are also excellent public transport links close to Agora Life Hotel, providing easy access to the rest of Istanbul. ... more   less 
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