We arrived in Istanbul following ten nights honeymooning on the stunning mediteranean coast of Turkey...we wanted to end our special holiday in style, and the Amira Hotel was exactly that! After several days spent trawling the internet for the perfect hotel in the historic district of Sultanhamet, we stumbled across the fantastic tripadvisor reviews of the Amira. The reviews could not have been more accurate! We booked directly with the hotel and from the first email we received from Spencer, the service was impeccable. Our transfer, arranged by the hotel, was effortless, and we were met by the beautiful Tina, who welcomed us with refreshments and a guide to the best places to visit and how best to do this within our 3 day stay. We ate at a local recommended restaurant that evening, which was fantastic. Authentic, Ottoman cuisne and extremely good value with views of the Haghia Sofia. What more could we ask for....
We were upgraded to a suite, for our honeymoon stay, and once we entered the room we were greeted by a chocolate and strawberry fondue with a 'happy honeymoon' note for us. The rooms are elegant, spacious, spotlessly clean with robes, slippers and a well-stocked mini-bar - at reasonable prices. Even though we were on the second floor, overlooking the busy street below, once the windows are closed it's a beautiful haven of peace and quiet. In the day, we loved to open the windows wide, and watch the hustle and bustle below. The location is second to none for exploring the old centre of Istanbul; literally 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Haghia Sofia. The 'call for prayer' is just a dream to listen to from here. Easy access to trams, but we even found Istanbul easily accesible by foot.
The service at this hotel is second to none; all of the team without exception, were superb. Friendly, genuinely pleased to help, and eager to ensure you enjoy your holiday. Both my husband and I commented that hotels in the UK could learn much from the team at the Amira. One evening, we chose to stay at the hotel for the evening. We ordered a bottle of red and were fetched a complimentary cheese and fruit board...which we enjoyed on the roof terrace, overlooking the spectacular views of the Blue Mosque, Bosphorous and Little Haghia Sofia. It is such a romantic spot. The staff were so lovely, we cannot say enough positive things about them. They are professional, without being 'stuffy', and how they create the ambience at the Amira, is quite oustanding! Both I and my husband are well travelled, but this hotel is a little gem in a spectacular city.
If you want a relaxing, beautiful, special, memorable holiday with a hint of style, then the Amira in Istanbul fits the bill perfectly. We cannot thank the team enough for helping us to end our honeymoon on a high! Istanbul...Turkey...Amira...we will be back!!!
Many kindest regards,
Karen & Mark Adams
- 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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