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“Nothing more than average”
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Avicenna Hotel
Ranked #237 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We booked this with a package via BA (2 couples) and really thought from the reviews that this would be a decent 4* hotel, but its not. The location is great - fantastic actually. Walking distance to all the main sights and there are plenty of restaurants nearby to choose from. But the hotel is just average. Upon arrival they had cleared messed up the room allocations and tried to book us out to crappy hotel, a bit of arguing later - room change the next day etc, then we got set. The rooms are average, massive problems with damp in bathrooms and they are tiny. A/c is pretty good when you finally get the remote control. Deco is nice, slightly odd having a mirror around the TV (so you keep seeing yourself?!). Staff are generally nice at the hotel and try to help when they can. The breakfast is also only average and gets boring after a few days being the same. If deal is good, then I would stay again due to the location (and as lets face it - you don't go to Istanbul to sit in a hotel room!). Istanbul is fantastic, love the Asian side and the spice market.

Room Tip: Higher floor & balcony
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

The location was brilliant - a five minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia et al and with some brilliant restaurants nearby too and you could easily walk to the Grand Baazar, Spice Market and the river tours too.

The hotel itself was nice and the staff were really helpful but there were just some little things that means the hotel isn't great - our room was tiny, you had to ask for the AC control (we got ours but our friends in another room didn't) and the breakfast (while OK) was the same every day we were there (five days) and you had to pay extra for proper juice rather than the squash on offer.

Would we go back? Probably but only for a couple of days and not the five days we were there for.

Room Tip: Go for a room at the back with a balcony.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your nice comment.We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and hope to be your host again in your future trips to Istanbul.We want to tell you that our staff get very encouraged with your comment.

We are so close to everywhere ıt ıs true Aya Sofıa ıs just 5 mınutes Blue mosque ıs 3 mınutes far from here


Best and Warm Regards
Zeynep Koyalan

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Avicenna is ideally located, friendly, clean. Can't ask for anything more.
Don't go to the Akbiyik Fish House round the corner - unless you like being ripped off.
There's a really good one further along the street, the Babylonia..

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear guest,

We are very glad to hear that you liked our hotel. We would like to thank you for sharing your opinions through the Trip Advisor..For us the most important thing is to give you the best experience of Istanbul.
We will be happy to host you again in our Hotel.

Best regards
Zeynep Koyalan

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We stayed on the ground floor and we were given 3 single beds joined which is not at all comfortable , ac close down every 2-3 hours and they had to restart again from the main which takes 30 mins to start and with kids its difficult to manage in summer , breakfast was ok..no lift also
Overall stay was good , staff was good and heloful and great.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

Dear guest,

We would lıke to thank you for sharing your sincere opinions through the Trip Advisor.We had a lıttle problem about a A.C ın your room on that dates but now everythıng ıs ok. Our staff are very honored by your nıce comment.You will always be welcomed here whenever you come to Istanbul.

Best and Warm Regards,
Zeynep Köyalan

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

During my visit to Istanbul, Avicenna provided a very good location to see the Sultan Ahmet District. The staff were very cordial and helpful. Breakfast was quite nice, too. Recommend for travellers who want a reasonably priced good value hotel in a prime location.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your nice comment.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and hope to be your host again in your future trips to Istanbul.


Best and Warm Regards
Zeynep Koyalan

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

booked through british airways as a package and we were not disappointed we had a room on the upper level with a balcony overlooking the water it was very quiet and spacious however the bathroom is small but has all the amenities.the one problem we had was closing the door/large window onto the balcony...think it was warped as my husband could not shut it properly,but actually we didn't feel unsafe I must say.
the staff were helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
the breakfast was satisfactory just cereal.bread,cheese,meat,salad,but fine as we eat far too much whilst out and about.
the locations is superb for exploring the old city we walked to all the sights and down to the water each day.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for your nice comments.Our goal, as the Avicenna Hotel staff, is to make you comfortable and give you the best experience of Istanbul. We are happy to hear from you that we achieved our goal.Our staff are very honored by your comment.

We will be happy to host you again in our Hotel.

Best regards
Zeynep Koyalan

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

After a hairy journey through the (very narrow) streets of Sultanahmet, we arrived at the hotel, which is located in a very pleasant, quiet district of the city. Whilst our room was small, it was well designed for the size, and we had our own small terrace area. The hotel is very near to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, as well as a fantastic upmarket bazaar. It is also moments away from lots of good and friendly restaurants and boutiques.
The hotel staff were very attentive and keen to converse with us. Breakfast was great, served in a lovely room with a garden for when the weather is warmer. The hotel also has a fantastic terrace bar with beautiful views of the Marmara sea. I would commend this hotel to young couples who are planning to spend most of their time out and about, as the size of the room might be a little confining. We loved this hotel as a base for long days of walking in the city - it was a very calm and peaceful place to relax.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Avicenna, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Avicenna Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Dear guest,

We are very glad to hear that you liked our hotel. We would like to thank you for sharing your opinions through the Trip Advisor..For us the most important thing is to give you the best experience of Istanbul.We want to tell you that our staff get very encouraged with your comment.

We are so close to everywhere ıt ıs true Aya Sofıa ıs just 5 mınutes Blue mosque ıs 3 mınutes far from here

We will be happy to host you again in our Hotel.Hope to see you soon

Best regards
Zeynep Koyalan

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Additional Information about Avicenna Hotel

Address: Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad. Amiral Tafdil Sok. D:19-58, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#173 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#221 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £24 - £219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Avicenna Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Throughout your stay you will discover the cultural riches of Istanbul while indulging in the wellknown Turkish hospitality. That's our aim: to include the perfect service touches in a wonderful setting that take and ordinary vacation to extraordinary memories. Avicenna Hotel Istanbul is a 19th century traditional ottoman style wooden house, converted and opened 1990 with charming 48 rooms, total beds 106. 3 single, 19 twin, 25 double, 1 triple. Avicenna Hotel is very convenient for business or tourist purposes accomodation due to the location and quality of service. ... more   less 
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