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“Nice hotel but you'll have to walk A LOT!”

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Armada Istanbul Old City Hotel
Ranked #100 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 January 2014

The location is near the water but it's an uphill climb to the sights and shopping. Very confusing and you may come out a good mile or 2 from where you started. Taxis have a difficult time in this small road so walking is faster, easier and cheaper. The taxi drivers way overcharge so you need to bargain...hard. They'll take you a long way to get a short distance. The hotel is nice and the service is very good. Breakfast is good but it's the same everyday which can be tiresome after 4 or 5 days in a row. Nice rooftop dining at night.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

I stayed here with my wife and 1-yr child in mid-December, and enjoyed my stay a lot. The hotel is located near major old town sightings, and the personnel were very helpful. The price was also good. I would recommend the hotel to others.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Had a great experience at this hotel, was part of a package tour and it was great, we had a room with view of the Bospherus, windows are not completely sound proof, so be sure to bring ear plugs if you are light sleeper (but I recommend that on any trip). Love hearing the morning prayers at 5:30am.

The morning breakfast was great and the service was excellent.

The location is good, but not as central to the old town since it's right on the edge.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

My husband and I just stayed at the beautiful Armada hotel on our first trip to Istanbul. The decoration of the hotel is so authentic and beautiful in the Ottoman style and it is quintessentially Turkish! From the time we arrived to the time we left a week later, every worker at the hotel was very helpful and pleasant and welcoming. We send out a special thank you to Berk at the front reception desk who helped us on several occasions by recommending restaurants, assisting with airport transport and ordering food in for us. The hotel was VERY clean and always spotless. The Radio Lounge downstairs had great jazz music on the weekends and the bartender we had one night, Ali, helped us a lot by answering all of our questions about Istanbul and how to say specific things in Turkish to help us around the city. Housekeeping always greeted us in the hallways with a smile and a hello. The breakfast buffet blew us away - so many delicious and fresh options to choose from and it was so exotic for us! Classical music was always playing in the background, and the view of the Blue Mosque, Haggia Sophia, and the Old City landscape was stunning. The hotel is within easy walking distance to the tram line and all the major sites, including Blue Mosque, Haggia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Roman Cistern, Egyptian Market, and Grand Market. When we come back to visit Istanbul again, there is nowhere else we would think of staying! Thank you to all of the staff for making this visit to your amazing city one we will never forget!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Very nice bedroom with a sea view. Breakfast in the terrace with a seasight view and the sun shining. Good quality food, nice to drink fresh orange juice. The hotel restaurant was nice too, it depends on what you order but mezze as starters were lovely. Very nicely located in the old city 10 min walk from the Topkapi palace, the Blue Mosque and the Ayasofia museum. We'll come back for sure.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

The Armada Hotel is in the old city of Istanbul, right inside the Old City walls. The rich Ottoman type decoration adds to the "old" ambience and it is a charming but comfortable hotel.
The Restaurant on the roof provides wonderful buffet breakfasts and lunches with excellent food reflecting its Turkish heritage but not uncomfortable for Western tourists.

Conference facilities were excellent and I would return for another conference and also for a holiday without doubt.

Room Tip: Standard rooms are very comfortable and kept scrupulously clean.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

This was my third time in the Armada hotel this year. I love to come back to this place. Istanbul is one of my organisation's favourite cities as a venue for conferences and workshops. And the Armada the ideal hotel. The conference rooms are well equiped, spacious and receive daylight. Staff is well trained, friendly and helpful. Especially Baris from hospitality desk is extremely helpful and always goes the extra mile! He organised a dinner on a boat toar for the group and all participants enjoyed it. Breakfast is quite an experience: lovely turkish food and a marvellous view over the Bosphorous. The rooms are cosy, clean and comfortable. The lobby is welcoming and has a beautiful fountain. The hotel is within walking distance from the Old City, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. I truly recommend this place both for business trips and for holidays.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Armada Istanbul Old City Hotel

Address: Ahirkapi Sok. No 24 | Cankurtaran, Fatih, Istanbul 34122, 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #100 of 1,163 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: £36 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Armada Istanbul Old City Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 108
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For Anyone Seeking an Authentic Istanbul Lifestyle in Istanbul!With a spectacular view of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the two colossal monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture in the heart of the historic peninsula, Armada delights anyone searching for true Istanbul culture by resurrecting the lifestyle that makes Istanbul the great city that it is and adapting it to our time. ... more   less 
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