From the pick up at the airport to the drop off 5 days later this was a truly memorable stay. We booked a Deluxe Room for 5 nights. On arrival we were treated to a drink in the bar and a briefing of all the sights to see, restaurants, local transport systems (including how to ensure you weren't over charged for taxis) etc. By the time we'd finished and shown to our rooms, our luggage had been deposited in the room.
The room had a small balcony overlooking quie a busy road junction but the double glazing was superb cutting out all noise. Indeed part of our morning ritual was to use the balcony to watch the local driving protocols as 5 small roads converged with no traffic controls.
Throughout the stay all the staff were extremely helpful.
Breakfast was a very good mix of local and international dishes - just right for preparing for a full day sight seeing - suggest you pay the 2TL supplement for freshly squeezed orange juice.
Finally the roof terrace was a great place to relax after a full day of sight seeing. The mix of late afternoon / evening sunshine, view of the Sea of Marmara and the ships queuing to enter the Bosphorus, and the chilled drinks delivered by a very attentive waiter was a perfect interlude before changing for dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants within walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amira Istanbul is a boutique hotel located at the heart of the centuries old empires' capital. Some remarkable neighbors of the Hotel Amira Istanbul are the great Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the mystic Basilica Cistern, the imperial Topkapi Palace and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Amira Hotel offers you spaciously designed 32 rooms in Sultanahmet area, featuring very comfortable visco mattresses, local touches like ottoman style hand-made ceiling paintings and high-tech amenities such as mobile wireless internet modem that you can use also outside the property while discovering Istanbul . Along with its world famous cordial guest services, Amira Hotel offers a rich , complimentary buffet breakfast and a tasty 5 O'clock tea treats, free Wi-Fi access, a business corner with featuring an iMac, in house ATM machine, a wellness center that includes a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and massage services. Also our concierge would be more than happy to assist you in every aspect of your stay, whether business or pleasure. ... more less
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