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Agora Life Hotel
Ranked #52 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 February 2012

This hotel was absolutely fabulous. The rooms are smallish, but clean and modern. The beds are super comfy and the bathroom is beautiful. It is on a small street so not a lot of traffic below. The breakfast is enough to get you through the day, but who wants to do that in Istanbul with so much awesome food. The owner, manager, and staff have been incredibly helpful and accommodating. The owner even gave me and my girlfriends pashminas for the cold weather outside. Love, love, love this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

this is not only hotel for me it's my 2nd house in Istanbul , this is the 2nd time i stay in this wonderful hotel
it's relaxing the staff are very helpful and very very kind
the room is clean and contain every think you may need
the wireless is very strong and fast
the location is great Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmad (blue Mosque ) are very near
finally what i can say is it's Excellent hotel

Room Tip: the suits in the 4th floor are more than excellent
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mohammed R
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

We would recommend this hotel to anyone. It was relly clean, modern, pretty and convienient. Very helpful and friendly staff. We have stayed in many Istanbul hotels since I have worked for two years in Turkey. This was the best in this price category.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank antero v
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

When I choose a hotel, my first priority is the location and the price. When I arrived to Agora Life, it is more than my expectations. The staff was helpful and really nice. The rooms are clean and it is decorated simple and chic at the same time. The location was perfect, really close to the historical places and yet still silent in the evening. I definately recommend this hotel to all my friends. thanks for everything

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Daria k
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Excellent Hotel to stay in Istanbul. The staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and well equipped, breakfast on hight standard. In summertime it is served on the roof terrace with breathtaking view on the city and the sea. Location for sightseeing and public transport is fabulous. We can recommend it warmly.

Room Tip: Ask for room with view on higher floors.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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1  Thank daniel m
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We're two tourists from China,it's our second time to stay in Agoralife Hotel.
The hotel owner is a great guy,very caring,everyone works in this hotel is so kind,
The breakfast is awesome,and the room service is incomparable.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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2  Thank xianfeng l
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Agora Life is a marvelous little hotel in comfortable walking distance of most of the main attractions in the old city - and not so much of a hike to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque (our favorite in Istanbul). Close to a couple of tram stops, too, and they are excellent and inexpensive.
Istanbul really is one of the world's most remarkable cities and we loved it...
In the coldest week in the city for 30 years, the hotel was a toasty, warm haven (excellent heating and a heated towel rail in the bathroom). Some top restaurants very close, as well, so not far to go for a good feed on a cold winter's night.
Our room was small but the bed was really comfy and a king size. Boutique-style facilities and very clean.
Lovely staff and the information provided and help with bookings was excellent. And the breakfasts included in the room cost were plentiful and delicious: a good mix too, including beautiful yoghurt and muesli, excellent breads, salads, boiled eggs, wonderful sausage rolls using spicy Turkish sauces etc. Best b'nb in 9 months of travel in Europe and USA.
The room also had a safe, something that a lot of hoteliers really underestimate the value of. Leaving passports, laptops etc in safety is a real asset (no reflection on the hotel staff, by the way)...Too few have had the in our travels (advice to hoteliers: add this high up in your list of resources!).
So why not a 5? Well, we realized this was a place in the heart of town, but the last couple of nights we needed ear plugs to cancel out the horrendous door-doof music coming from nearby. Not the hotel's fault but up till then we had opened a window for some fresh air.
Hard to say if this is a regular thing - but in summer you'd really need an open window, it'd be hard to tolerate.
However...would I stay at the Agora Life again? You bet!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #52 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £49 - £113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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