I have to admit, i was a little skeptical when i made my reservation via booking.com. there are so many hotels to choose from in Istanbul and I was overwhelmed with the choices - but this hotel kept coming up so i bit the bullet and made the reservation for 10 nights. Within 15 minutes of my reservation, i got an email from the hotel requesting for my airline arrival information so that they good arrange for a pick up. from the airport - so I was impressed because usually I have to call the hotel to make arrangements.
When i got to Istanbul, the driver was waiting and there was no hassle. We went to the hotel - I was happy to see that the hotel was located very close to all the main sites - Sofya, Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, Spice Market! In addition, it is very close to the tram in case you want to head to Beyoglu. The staff is small - but very efficient - Kadir - the Manager - is probably one of the best managers in the hotel industry! They had a bottle of wine for me in the room - free of charge! What a nice way to start my vacation!
The rooms are updated and nice - typical European style in size - but the nice thing is the rooms are very clean and maitained well! the terrace is really nice along with the other amenities. Needless to say the facilities are probably one of the best in the boutique hotels in Istanbul - Sultanhamet!
But what makes this hotel so nice - is the Staff -including the owner! they were available and prompt in thier assistance - that goes without saying. But they did more - it was my birthday - and they were very kind and generous - they arranged for a cake and gave me a gift! we had a little birthday celebration with the staff - honestly, it was one of the best times I have ever had in any hotel!
I am planning to go back to istanbul and will stay there again!
- 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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