We stayed at the Ada twice, once at the beginning and again at the end of our trip to Turkey. The hosts, Dr. Dogan and his wife, truly made us feel at home. They were attentive and courteous in all ways. In a city where so many people are always trying to sell you something, you have no idea how good this can feel after a day of dealing with endless "business men" trying to sell you carpets, and waiters trying to lure you into their restaurants. The low key relaxed friendliness of Dr. Dogan and his wife is a wonderful relief at the end of a long day.
The hotel has an excellent location close to most major sites in Istanbul. In addition, it borders an interesting neighborhood (in the opposite direction from all the tourist sites) where artisans work and live and you can get a glimpse of the real Istanbul while climbing the city's hills and enjoying the views. To my surprise there were several beautiful Armenian (I think) churches in the same area that don't get mentioned in the tourist brochures but that provide an interesting contrast to the world of Islam.
The breakfast is on the rooftop and the food and views are superb. Our room was a little small but the space was excellently laid out with room to put all of our belongings -- something that I often miss in smaller hotels. Everything is spotless.
I've noted that some reviewers complain of rooms in the basement, etc. Well, you can check the web site and request a room with a view (as I did) if this is a concern. We had exactly the room and the view that we requested. In fact, when we returned to the hotel at the end of our trip, Dr. Dogan thoughtfully gave us the same room again -- it was like coming home. The other complaint I've seen from some reviews concerns noise. It is true that there is a mosque near the hotel and the call to prayer is very early in the morning. I wasn't bothered by this, but if it's an issue for you, you should bring earplugs. And, by the way, if you're visiting other places in Turkey, you should be aware that there's almost always a mosque nearby. It is a Moslem country after all. You get used to it and for me it became part of the charm of the place. It shouldn't detract from your experience at the Ada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ada Hotel, located in the centre of the historical peninsula, is steps away from world famous Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern, Mosaic Museums, Islamic & Turkish Art Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar. Ada House brings you comfort with its modern decoration and genuine quality of service. Our rooms have a panoramic view of the Marmara Sea and several historical mosques. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istanbul Ada Hotel