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“Top location and staff but a few let-downs”
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Avicenna Hotel
Ranked #235 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 1 April 2012

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.

Room Tip: Try and get a room above the ground floor and facing the sea; these will cost more though, and you...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

This hotel is in a really convenient area for the Arasta Bazaar and Blue Mosque, covered bazaar etc. The rooms are not large but quite sufficient and very clean and comfortable. The staff could not be more helpful. The area is full of charm and cobbled streets with great value restaurants. The food in the hotel itself is very good. There is no lift so if you are not able to do stairs it would not be for you as the breakfast buffet room is downstairs and the lunch & evening restaurant is on the second floor and the rooms are spread over 3 floors,

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Stayed here five nights. Staff good very helpful. had an excellent Room with great views room very clean and kept that way throughout our stay. Charging for tea and coffee in the room poor, take your own.
Juice is charged for at breakfast but is of high quality. No lifts so be prepared to climb. Location good but beware of some of the surrounding restaurants as many serve poor quality food but some are great. Did not eat in the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Thank Viscon
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Negatives: very small rooms, no independent way to manage heating, paper thin walls so noisy, the train (I managed to 'learn' the timetable!) hurtles by but a stone's throw from the window, challenging to enter 'shower' (very high), charging for sachets of Nescafe.
Breakfast: awful beyond words. No fruit, extra charge for juice, eggs. Rubbish coffee.

Positives: one redeeming feature was the brutal torrent from the shower (accidental, I presume), location is useful.

Istanbul: hard-sell hassle which is annoying.The roads are challenging too.

Overall impression of Avicenna Hotel: ludicrous to label this as a 4 star. I would give it no more than a single star. Not a pleasant please at all. Best avoided.

Room Tip: Avoid at all costs
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend for 2 nights. I loved it!
The location is great, only 3mins walk from blue mosque and some of great attractions of Istanbul. It is not overly priced or rated like some of the hotels in the area. The staff was lovely and very helpful.
I definitely recommend this hotel to everyone! I sure will stay here again!
Loved it!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Avicenna Hotel

Address: Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad. Amiral Tafdil Sok. D:19-58, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Sultanahmet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#171 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#222 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: ₹ 2,008 - ₹ 20,932 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Avicenna Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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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