Hotel Amira Istanbul
19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I stayed at Hotel Amira recently when I was in Istanbul for a conference. It was the perfect home base from which to reach all destinations and I was able to walk to all of the wondrous sites in Sultanhamet. The hotel was recently renovated with lovely decor. It was not my usual personal style but every detail was so consistent that you have to admire the vision in which it was all created. My room was so spotless that i felt as if I was the first person to ever stay there. The bathroom had an incredible spa shower with prettily packaged toiletries. The bed was comfortable, the air conditioner and internet connection were consistent and reliable. The staff was attentive and yet discreet - always available to service any need but in no way over solicitous. The breakfast buffet was stellar and enables one to try many of the treats that Turkish cuisine boasts. The rooftop terrace was chic and stylish with a beautiful view of the Bosphorous. I was able to sit up there with my laptop and order a cold beer before heading out to dinner. They also set up a huge TV screen so guests could watch the World Cup opening game. Just the kind of thing they do to keep guests happy. Another highlight is that Hotel Amira is located in a wonderful, safe, and friendly neighborhood with everything you need - easy shops, good restaurants, grocery stores and steps away from the Arasta Bazaar, a small bazaar behind the Blue Mosque with many traditional items. It was an easier alternative to the bustle of the Grand Bazaar and great for last minute gift shopping on Sunday when the Grand Bazaar was closed.
I will absolutely stay at the Hotel Amira again when i return to Istanbul, which i hope will be soon, and highly recommend this hotel to others."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of June 2010
If we go back to Istanbul we will only stay here!
"I am so grateful that my husband and I chose to stay at Hotel Amira for our recent trip to Istanbul. Our room was clean, comfortable, and attractive, stocked with lovely little amenities like specialty soaps, slippers and bathrobe. The location could absolutely not have been beat, as we were able to stroll to every single attraction worth seeing in a matter of minutes. The breakfast in the morning was generous and delicious. What impressed us the most was the kindness, helpfulness and competency of the staff. I particularly appreciated how happy everyone seemed to be working there. My husband particularly appreciated the patience the staff showed us, their non-Turkish-speaking American guests. (The staff all speaks English.) TeÅekkÃ¼r ederim! Thank you Amira Hotel for making our trip so wonderful. If we come back to Istanbul we will only stay with you."
- Travel date: Thu 24th of June 2010
great little find
"This small hotel has all the amenities one would expect from a 5 star.
Breakfasts were great - an enormous variety of food.
ALL staff we encountered were helpful and charming
Everywhere spotlesssly clean - nice bed linen, towels etc.
Lovely roof terrace
Free internet very useful"
- Travel date: Thu 24th of June 2010
What a Gem
"My wife and I stayed for 7 nights in this Hotel from June 12th to June 19th. We had booked a deluxe double room having read reveiws describing rooms in this area as small.
We received a very welcome welcome- pack by mail describing attractions in Istanbul.
On checking in, we were surprised to see a roomy, clean and comfortable room with clean linen and comfortable mattresses. A very clean bathroom with a jacuzzi, powerful showers - even one simulating a rainfall. The drains functioned.
A very nice terrace on the top floor for smokers ( I am one) or other guests with a beautiful view of Sea of Marmara to SouthEast and of the Blue Mosque to the NorthWest.
The best thing about the hotel was the staff.
Everybody and I mean everybody made us feel welcome. It is a family run hotel and the management personally supervise it. All of them speak English fluently. We wish to thank Arthur - who was our advisor on Turkey and it's culture, Ferhet Sahin, Kamer Toker and his father Mr. Toker who manage the hotel, the very pretty Merveh who served us breakfast and all those others whose names we did not get, for making our stay an extremely comforable one.
We will return!!"
- Travel date: Tue 22nd of June 2010
Stay here if you want to stay in Sultanahmet area!
"Amazing new hotel, personalized service, polite, friendly and helpful staff. Location can be good or bad depending on your preference. If you want to stay in sultanahmet and visit the blue mosque and ayia sophia then this hotel is perfectly located. But if you want to shop and be near nightlife then stay at the bosphorus. Breakfast could have had little more choices. Thanks Ferhat for a wonderful stay."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of June 2010
"What a great place, especially considering it is a very new hotel. The staff are extremely helpful, accomodating and kind. Beautiful rooms and fantastic location."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of June 2010
"We found ourselves at this hotel for a night when the hotel we had booked had 'key issues' and relocated us for a night.
Even though we started being frustrated because of the unexpected move it was a very pleasant stay.
The hotel staff were really helpful and friendly and the room was lovely, large and very modern, the only thing that cold have made it better would have been a kingsize bed. Good location though quite close to a busy road and intersection which made it quite noisy if you opened the window. Perhaps other rooms faced away from the road which would aleveate this.
In hindsight we preffered this hotel to the one we had booked."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of June 2010
Stunning location, immaculate room and very helpful staff
"The hotel is in a perfect location for visiting the old city, everything is within walking distance! The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. Nothing is too much to ask and the fresh limonade on arrival was very welcome after a long journey and the scorching 30 degrees heat!
Our room was very spacious and immaculate. The bathroom was a good size with a huge powerful shower. Breakfast was the standard continental affair....was a bit disappointing as real coffee (outside of the awful instant nescafe) had to be paid for! Choice of hot food was limited to scrambled or boiled eggs, sauteed potatoes and some strange sausages (that did not look appetising). Anything outside of these hot choices had to be paid for (e.g omlettes). There was a good choice of cheeses and cold meats but overall, breakfast wasn't really worth waking up for! The fruit salad didn't even look fresh!
The bed was very comfortable and the room had a good choice of satelite TV channels. Ample storage and a nice sofa to relax on.
One downside is that although the hotel has a small jacuzzi and spa, there is an extra charge of 5 EURO per person per day for usage. In addition to this, the hotel shuttle service at 30 EURO each way is also a bit steep. Would recommend a taxi as the journey is only 25 mins (if no traffic) or one of the many airport shuttle services that cost 5 EURO per person.
Would stay in the same location again but would probably try another hotel."
- Travel date: Fri 4th of June 2010
Oasis of modern comfort
"Excellent anecdote of modern comfort to days immersed in old Istanbul. Conveniently located a short 10-15 min walk (downhill) from Sultanahmet. 5-star quality rooms, best sleep I've had in Turkey. Healthy breakfast spread that goes well with the culinary adventure the rest of the day in the city! Pleasant and helpful staff - little hitches quickly and courteously resolved."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of June 2010
Do Yourself a Favour - GREAT NEW HOTEL!
"What a great hotel! FABULOUS value for money, great rooms, fantastic location, excellent breakfast, clean and stylish....a wonderfull roof terrace. Well done to ARTHUR and team - they saved the day for us in Istanbul. We booked and stayed for ( an unfortunate 2 nights) across the street at the Harmony Hotel - it was SO BAD and for the SAME RATE! Harmony was HORRID but all hotels were full, and only managed to get the last night at Amira. The Amira is a first class luxury hotel - attention to detail and service....you will not regret a stay here - dont make the same mistake we did and book elsewhere for a dollar or 2 less ! WELL DONE AMIRA - you deserve 5 stars and have given us excellent service!
The Stoltzings from South Africa"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of May 2010
Almost perfect. Exceptional value. Terrific staff.
"I have almost never known a hotel go so out of its way to make your stay perfect. Amira is remarkable for that. The staff and particularl manager Ferhat, simply could not try harder. Remarkable. The hotel is quite exceptional value. The one negative, and this may be true for most hotels in Istanbul, is that the street outside can be quite noisy at times (mornings, not evenings) and one can hear neighbouring rooms plumbing etc. So sleep was not always heavy. Normally that's a deal-breaker for us, but the rooms were great and the staff made Istanbul an easy and pleasurable stay, closer to being with friends."
- Travel date: Sun 16th of May 2010
"We stayed one dismal night at a hotel across the road from the Amira, and came upon it by chance when we were desperately looking for something better. We stayed there the following nine nights - our room was spacious and impeccably clean with air conditioning and double glazing that effectively kept out any traffic noise and the bed was large and comfortable with good quality bedlinen. The bathroom had a large shower enclosure with two large shower heads, there was a plentiful supply of toiletries and fluffy towels, dressing gowns and slippers. We had a kettle with a supply of teas and coffee, a large flat screen TV with a selection of channels in different languages and an MP3 player into which our phones fitted. The staff were obviously proud of their hotel and were always keen to help. It felt like an oasis of calm in a very busy hustling city.
The hotel has a lovely roof terrace with terrific views over the Bosphorus, a small gym and sauna, and free WiFi. Breakfast catered to most European tastes, although a toaster and real orange juice would have been welcome. We enjoyed the range of savoury and sweet breads and pastries, the fruit salad, cereals and nuts, the honeycomb, and the scrambled eggs."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of May 2010