This is a delightful, charming boutique hotel in a fabulous location. However, what truly sets it apart from many such small hotels is the level of personal service given by its staff. When we first arrived, we were brought upstairs by a gentleman (whose name escapes me), to the lovely rooftop sitting area overlooking the Sea of Marmara. We were offered our choice of drinks (including alcohol), while he spent about 20 minutes with us, going over a map of Istanbul, indicating the days each site was closed, and basically formulating a sightseeing plan for the 5 days we were visiting. He talked about good shopping areas and even provided his cell phone number in case we needed any assitance while we were out. This personal attention was lovely. Our room (one level up) was spacious and comfortable. While we were close to the street level, I never found it overly noisy and I did not hear the early morning (4:45 a.m.) calls to prayer. My only gripe was the there was not enough counter space in the bathroom for two people's cosmetic/shaving bags. Breakfast was extensive and good, with slight varitions every day. We also enjoyed the afternoon tea spread provided by the hotel and often brought our tea and nibbles up to the rooftop. There are many decent restaurants within walking distance and the walk to the Hippodrome/Blue Mosque/Hagia Sofia was easy (although uphill). We enjoyed ever minute in the Hotel Amira and hearily recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Amira Istanbul offers you the most spacious design rooms in the old city , with very comfortable visco mattresses, high-tech amenities like i-pod docking stations and local touches like hand-made ceiling paintings .These rooms are tailor made for your contentment . ... more less
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