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Hotel Amira Istanbul
Ranked #8 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cobham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“an absolute gem”
Reviewed 8 February 2011

All the superlative reviews are spot on ; great location in the old town, lovely comfortable room with view from balcony of Bosphoros and sun sets, superb service from the happy smiling staff and great breakfast buffet and room service menu. And they have in room tea/coffee making. There is free internet access using a computer in the lounge. Thoroughly recommend!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2011

Extremely friendly and helpfull staff, perfect location, rich breakfast buffet

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

It's a lovely realtively small family owned hotel, great location, very safe neighborhood, 10 min walk from the Blue Mosque and 15 min from St. Sophia. Everything in this hotel is really thought through, everything looks new, stylish and very good quality. There are reading lights above your bed and Ipod playstation on the night table, there is a complementary bottle of water in your room every day and a tea/coffee tray with a tea kettele and supplies also refilled daily.

The breakfast/cafe area also serves as a cosy livingroom, with a Mac computer, TV, fireplace, books about Turkey, guidebooks, just things to read - also a nice surprise. There is free Wi Fi all over the hotel. There is also complementary tea and cakes served there at 5 pm. The terrace on the roof has nice views, but it was too cold when we were there, must be lovely in the spring or summer...We haven't tried their fitness area, so can't comment on that. The stuff is really helpful and friendly. As soon as we arrived Natali, one of the stuff members, provided us not just with a city map, but also with a detailed orientation in the city, explained to us everything we wanted to know, about transport, sights, weather, excursions, booked us a Bosphorus boat tour (a must), we were really happy with everything she recommended and with the way she took care of us every day, asked if we needed anything, checked schedule of events for us, we always knew we had someone to ask if we needed something...
The people at the reception are also really friendly, always smiling and helpful. You can change money and buy transport tokens from them too. Basically this is a hotel where someone actually thought of what a traveler may need in Istanbul and provided it all.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

This is a great hotel, boutique style, small and personal with great service. In stayed there for 3 nights, we had a large room with two double beds and big bathroom. Room was clean, nicely decorated and very comfortable. Rate included a lovely breakfast buffet, everything was fresh and hand made. In the afternoon, you can pop in for a complimentary tea or coffee and cake, homemade cake, always a winner! In fact on our last day before going to the airport, we did some work in the cafe area and they served us cappuccinos, cake and the Turkish coffee all on the house... Really nice touch! Location is great, very close to the Blue Mosque, Ayasofya and other attractions. On the roof there is a nice terrace with lovely views across Istanbul, would be lovely in Spring and Summer. Neighbourhood is really nice, lots of restaurants and cute shops in the surrounding area. Overall this is a lovely hotel, would recommend and will definitely return...

  • Stayed January 2011
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Bondi, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2011

I read glowing reviews of Amira before deciding to stay and the reviews are pretty accurate.
Excellent location but a few minutes walk to the tram.
Hotel decor is funky, modern and the free wifi is greatly appreciated.
The staff is a delight and other reviews are not exagerated. They are truly warm and friendly.
Highly recommended and I have stayed in a whole range of hotels around the world from the finest 5 star hotels, beautiful boutique hotels to scary hotels in India.
Go enjoy Amira and the richness of the culture and history of Istanbul.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Lisbon
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113 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2011

Very well located hotel, at walking distance from Topkapi and surroundings.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
Rooms are large and well decorated. Sound proof from street noise is quite good.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2011

The staff are amazing!!! The breakfast is amazing!!! The location is amazing!!!

BONUS: For those of you who needs to ship extra stuff back home, UPS is only 10 meters across the street!!! Try to beat that!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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 #8 of 1,149 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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