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Hotel Amira Istanbul
Ranked #7 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Weekend Stay/Special Birthday”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I cannot praise this Hotel any more highly. It is well presented, rooms are decorated to a high standard and the staff offer excellent service. So what you may think, thousands of Hotels are like this. So, the reasons:

1. when we arrived the manager gave us a drink and spent 45 minutes explaining the sites and benefits of Istanbul

2. i gave my partner a birthday card and upon seeing this, when we returned to our room, we ad chocolate fondue and strawberries

3. afternoon tea is served on a complimentary basis daily

these small items enhance this Hotel experience and when added to my opening comments and the fact it is 400m from the Blue Mosque, why would you not stary here?

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

We had a very enjoyable 8 nights in the Hotel Amira.

This family owned hotel, which is just four years old, is actually two former residential buildings which have been cleverly joined together under one roof with a spiral staircase linking the two buildings. There is a lift, but only in one building, so to get from the lift on one floor to the same floor in the other building you have to go up and down a short flight of reasonably steep stairs. If you have any mobility issues make sure you ask for a room in the building which houses the lift. We were originally placed in the other wing, but were able to be moved once we realised the problem.

We ended up in Room 403, which is a corner room with a great balcony (big enough for a table and two chairs) looking out to the west over the Kucuk Ayasofya to the Sea of Mamara.

Our room was stylishly decorated, with a very comfortable bed and excellent bathroom with a choice of showers over a spa bath. There is plenty of bottled water provided in the room, with top ups freely handed out at breakfast if required.

On arrival we were given a very handy map and a briefing. There is complimentary afternoon tea each day from 4pm to 6pm, and an excellent roof terrace for sundowners. You can also buy tram tokens at reception, and cash in what you don’t use.

Like many other reviewers, what made our stay here memorable was the great attitude of the entire staff - from the guys on the front door, the reception staff, the breakfast and cleaning staff - all friendly and very helpful. It would be unfair to single any individual out, as they were all terrific, with a customer service ethic that sets them apart. Nothing was too much trouble.

For example, the usually solid Wi-Fi connection in our room was playing up one evening. We had two visits from the Duty Manager, and when he couldn’t get it working he reappeared with a mobile Wi-Fi router for our use.

It’s difficult to find much amiss with this hotel. It is on a corner which is reasonably busy during the day, with a bit of car tooting, and the tour buses turning to make their way up to the Blue Mosque, but the sound insulation is very good and the road is mostly quiet at night. You might need earplugs though if you are a light sleeper who wants to sleep through the early morning call to prayer. There are some pavement works going on outside the hotel at present that makes the front area a bit untidy but they will hopefully be completed soon now that the municipal elections are over.

We didn’t use their laundry service, which was very expensive (e.g. 2 Euro for a pair of socks) or their airport transfer, which at 35 Euro was 15 Euro more than the standard rate for other private transfers to Ataturk Airport (there’s also a 5 Euro per person airport shuttle available in the streets nearby).

While the breakfast had a wide choice of scrambled eggs, hardboiled eggs, sausage, fruit, cereals and pastries even it might become a bit repetitious for long stay guests. The Turkish salad options, which change daily, and the good range of jams are worth exploring.

Overall we’d highly recommend this hotel. They truly deserve their high ranking on Trip Advisor.

Room Tip: Get a room in the building with the lift, and ask for a balcony
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

The proximity of this hotel for general sightseeing can hardly be bettered. From the time of arrival the immediate welcome and induction session truly set us off on a magnificant short break. A very comfortable and clean room with regular supply of fresh towels and toiletries and bottled water was much appreciated. An excellent and varied inclusive breakfast was plentiful and of high quality. There was nothing that we found lacking and the cheerfulness of all the staff was absolutely superb. Private transfers were well worth the price.

Room Tip: We were at ground, front level and enjoyed undisturbed sleep on all 4 nights
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Nice boutique hotel located 500m behind the Blue Mosque and close to many other attractions. My room was on the ground floor and was tastefuly decorated although I found the bathroom quite small with little room to put your toilettries bag and to plug in a toothbrush. While there was no traffic noise at night the walls are quite thin and you can hear your next door neighbour. I could also hear gushing water running through the pipes behind the bathroom wall which was quite loud. When I mentioned this to reception I was offered an alternate room which was inferior so I declined and just kept the bathroom door shut. There is a safe in the room and free wi-fi although I found the signal wasn't strong enough to watch videos.
What gives this hotel an excellent rating is the friendly service and the free extras they offer. I received a welcome drink on arrival and there is free afternoon tea served daily which is excellent. You also get a free 1ltr bottle of water daily in your room. Breakfast is also plentiful with a very good selection on offer. You can also buy tram tokens from reception which is handy. Storing luggage was also not a problem.
One word of warning about the taxis in Istanbul...they will try to rip you off. Make sure the meter is on and when you get to your destination check the meter. My driver immediately turned the meter off and then told me the fare was TL15 more hoping I hadn't seen it.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Guildford UK
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Our city break to Istanbul started with a cancelled flight due to fog, so when we eventually arrived at the Amira 5 hours late, we were pretty tired. So, a very warm welcome at the hotel by the manager, concierge and receptionist made such a difference. A lovely cosy, personal feel extended to our rooms. I was in #502, a spacious and tastefully decorated room with ensuite shower and bath (a good relaxing way to end after such a hectic day). All luxuries were at hand, including bathrobes, slippers, toiletries, refreshments and a very comfortable large bed! Very clean throughout.

Next morning after a quiet night, we met in the breakfast room where a wonderful spread greeted us. The staff were very helpful and excellent breakfast.

Nothing was too much trouble at the Amira, including bringing our complimentary afternoon tea up to the roof garden! I have never stayed in such a perfect hotel such as this before, where it's individual and bijou with the feel of a 5* hotel.

My only slight niggle, which may be of interest to the management, is that the walls are too thin between the rooms. First night I clearly heard a child crying and second night a bit of a row between 2 adults. Luckily, it became mostly quiet whilst I was sleeping.

The location is great, with a few interesting small shops and a bazaar just up the road, before arriving at the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque etc.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

This hotel is a small boutique hotel located in sultanahmet down the hill from the blue mosque. It is in a great location to all the tourist attractions. The water is a three minute walk. The light rail is a 5 minute walk and all the main tourist places (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Cisterns, Hippodrome, Archeological Museum) are less than 10 minutes away.

The Service is second to none. The wait staff were terrific during morning breakfast and afternoon tea time. The concierge was fantastic, offering a complimentary beverage and going over everything when you first arrive. The cleaning staff were friendly and thorough when cleaning your room.

The food was terrific, serving pastries, fruit, eggs, and turkish dishes for breakfast. Though there were a lot of things that I have to say did not appeal to me early in the morning, the taste was great. Surprisingly the coffee was good too. Afternoon tea consisted of wonderful dessert type meals with turkish delight.

The hotel is close to really good restaurants and the view from the roof is pretty (not the best but pretty). You can see the top of the blue mosque and the bosphorus.

My only complaint about the place and it could have been particular to my room, but the walls were pretty thin. I could hear next door and when the room above me took a shower or flushed the toilet it sounded like water was coming into my bathroom. It never affected my sleep though and even though my room was also on street level, it was very quiet at night.

I would certainly go back to this hotel again. Thanks to all the staff for a great visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Cardiff
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2014

A gem of a hotel - well appointed in the Sultanahmet district, within easy walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Palace, metro, tram and a selection of restaurants.

Lovely deluxe rooms - spacious, well decorated, good views with balcony and nice little touches like complimentary tea/coffee, water (including bottles to take out with you each day), toiletries, dressing gowns etc.

Afternoon tea and breakfast both a delight. Great selection of foods. Nothing too much trouble. Complimentary cappucino on request.

Had a warm welcome from all staff and without exception, everyone wonderful and could not do enough to help. Fahit on reception especially great - spent an hour with us showing us the sights on a map and giving us advice on where to go and where to eat.

Tried local restaurant Babylon. Had the Teste Kebab dish. Very tasty but disappointed with the portion size. Also tried Cheers Soul Restaurant literally just round the corner from the hotel. Exceptional service, lovely food and a view over the river.

No hesitation in recommending this hotel - top class!

One tip - don't take the hotel's airport transfer for 108TL or take a private transfer offered at the kiosks on your way out of the airport (they will ask for 80 - 100TL). Yellow cabs easy to get and charge 45TL max (that was off meter so suspect it would be less on meter!).

Visit Ortakoy area under the Bosphorus bridge that goes over to Asian side. Lovely craft markets, waterfront boardwalk area and restaurants/bars. Catch tram to Kabatas then taxi (max 15TL) or a pleasant 45 minute walk past the palaces.

Found Taksim Square area disappointing - extremely busy. Upmarket chain stores you can find anywhere in the world and poor choice of restaurants. Ortakoy a much better experience.

Room Tip: 4th Floor Deluxe rooms lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Amira Istanbul
Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Mustafapasa Sok. No 43, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #7 of 1,135 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Amira Istanbul 4*
Number of rooms: 32
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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