This is a wonderful hotel. The location, just below the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, could not be better. The staff were warm, welcoming and helpful. The hotel has tons of charm -- the bedrooms have wonderfully painted panels, the entrance to the restaurant has a couple of old birdcages with colorful finches, the lobby is full of old memorabilia, and is at the same time comfortable, efficient and well functioning. The breakfast was one of the best I've had in any hotel anywhere, and the dinner was delicious. The view from the restaurant of the Sea of Marmara on one side and the aforementioned mosques on the other was fantastic. For someone who avoids modern hotel chains, it had all the qualities I look for in a hotel. A very happy stay.
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- For Anyone Seeking an Authentic Istanbul Lifestyle in Istanbul!With a spectacular view of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the two colossal monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture in the heart of the historic peninsula, Armada delights anyone searching for true Istanbul culture by resurrecting the lifestyle that makes Istanbul the great city that it is and adapting it to our time. ... more less
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