The Hotel Ajia actually is on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and, it is worth saying, has a rather tortuous access route by road. The best approach is by the hotel's own boat from Emirgan Quay on the European side. This also applies to reaching the old town of Istanbul - much easier, even though very expensive, by water. The tangled traffic in this entire area greatly extends the time required to move around. Once you have reached Old Istanbul walking is more efficient.
This hotel has a magnificent position right on the edge of the Bosphorus and the water and shipping views are spectacular. The staff all are friendly and welcoming although the majority have limited command of English which can lead to misunderstandings. On one evening my requested "lobster" was understood as "lamb shanks" which caused a significant delay in our dinner!
The room we were given on the third floor was large, well appointed and very clean. We found it somewhat low on lighting but were soon supplied with extra lamps on request. The large, marbled bathroom with both bath and spacious shower had Acqua di Parma products for guest use. The hotel ambience is simplicity with style, clean lines and lots of marble.
The food is outstandingly good. For me the excellent cuisine outshone other aspects of our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A’jia Hotel awarded by the 2009 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence as “Most Excellent Charming Hotel” in Europe.A distinguished boutique Hotel, a’jia is a traditional Ottoman mansion that jewels the Asian shores of the Bosphorus. ... more less
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