We stayed here two nights the middle of June before boarding our cruise ship. The Hotel Amira is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the Sultanhamet District. It was a 5-10 minute walk to both mosques and a 15 minute walk to the Topkapi Palace. The front desk was staffed 24 hours a day with very friendly employees who spoke excellent English. A doorman was always on hand to open the front door for us. The small elevator had just enough room for one person and several pieces of luggage, but was not a problem.
When we arrived (after traveling for almost 23 hours) we were greeted by name and taken upstairs to an outdoor lounge terrace where we were offered wine, beer or other beverages while one of the staff marked points of interest on the city map and answered any questions we had. We were then escorted to our room where our luggage awaited our arrival.
We had booked a "deluxe double room" which was large and had a very comfortable king bed, a small reclining sofa, iPod Dock and free Wi-fi. The bathroom was nice size with a tub/shower and good water pressure. The A/C worked like a dream and kept our room cool. Even though our room looked out onto a busy street, there was no street noise.
The breakfast room was very large with more then enough seating for everyone both mornings. The food selection was excellent with lots of choices from cereals, breads, fruit, eggs and sausage. Several flavors of juice were offered as well as coffee. Service by the hotel staff was very good as well.
We enjoyed sitting in the outdoor lounge with a glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing. There was a great view of the city and the Sea of Marmara. The hotel also hosted a free tea buffet each afternoon in the breakfast room. Dinner was available in the dining room, but we chose to eat at one of the many sidewalk cafés close to the hotel.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Istanbul! I can't say enough good things about the staff! We look forward to our next stay with them.
- 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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