We stayed here for 5 nights. The positives: -
- Location: literally 2 minutes' walk from the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia, with the Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar nearby. Lots of restaurants nearby. We were able to walk to most of the places
- Staff: very helpful and friendly, and saw to any problems we had quickly
- Breakfast: a good selection of food, although you have to pay extra for fruit juice and eggs that aren't boiled
Now the negatives: -
- The double room was quite small and cramped, as was the bathroom which was smaller than those encountered on cruise ships!
- Some stains on the cushions in the room
- Lots of noise at night in the corridors from people coming back late
- If you have a ground room floor facing towards the sea then your view is not of the sea but of what appears to be a derelict wooden building. There is a small balcony but with that view you wouldn't really want to sit there. In addition you'll be kept awake by the train line which runs right by the hotel. You'll probably have these problems even if you're on a higher floor. You do get a very good view from the restaurant on the top floor though.
Overall what made our stay enjoyable was the staff and location. Would I stay here again though? Maybe not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Throughout your stay you will discover the cultural riches of Istanbul while indulging in the wellknown Turkish hospitality. That's our aim: to include the perfect service touches in a wonderful setting that take and ordinary vacation to extraordinary memories. Avicenna Hotel Istanbul is a 19th century traditional ottoman style wooden house, converted and opened 1990 with charming 48 rooms, total beds 106. 3 single, 19 twin, 25 double, 1 triple. Avicenna Hotel is very convenient for business or tourist purposes accomodation due to the location and quality of service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avicenna Hotel Istanbul