Armada Hotel, Istanbul
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Comfort at the Armadafrom Counselorlady
The Armada was an extremely comfortable hotel with a staff that tried to provide everything that we asked. Our room was EXACTLY as seen in the pictures. There's no "oh gosh" or "where did they take this picture" suprises.
It was very nice that they had two elevators, for when you're exhausted from touring the city. The air conditioning was a blessing. My inlaws explained that this was the hottest summer in years, yet it didn't seem that way at the Armada.
Best of all was the view and breakfast buffet on the terrace. We looked out over the Bosphorus, Ayasophia and Sultanahmet. Breathtaking! The breakfast was delicious and filling. Truly there were over 50 items to choose from and dozens of spices so that you could personalize your dishes.
Even after months, I can see the table vividly. Again, the pictures on the website were truthful but you can't get the smells of the fresh bread and the freshest produce I have ever tasted.
I am very picky about hotels but found that this fit the bill. The only thing that could have made this hotel better would be an inhouse hammam and swimming pool.
Nice room, let down by reception stafffrom HB2007
However, when booking, we had requested a double room, (confirmed in writing by fax), but when we got there we were given a twin room. We were given absolutely no apology by the staff on reception and simply told that we should have requested a double bed in our double room! The impression that we had was that they just didn't care because they already had our booking for that night.
Also, on other occasions when requesting information from reception, the staff would start doing other tasks and taking calls when dealing with our request. All in all it does not add up to being a valued customer.
It was not like this throughout the hotel though - on the first night we ate in the hotel restaurant on the top floor and the staff there were extremely friendly and happy to take the time to talk us through the menu e.t.c.
Finally, a note about the location. Yes, it is walkable to the main sights in Sultanahmet, but that walk is a bit of a climb up through the streets. This isn't really a problem, but we passed loads of other nice looking hotels on the way down from the tram station which were much better placed, especially if you wanted to pop back to your room during the day.
After 3 nights we moved to the Ibrahim Pasha, which had smaller rooms, but a much more friendly atmosphere and a better location.
Summary: Nice rooms, but I would not stay here again.
What a fantastic hotel!from osumom311
excellent locationfrom yvonne58
Modest, friendly, very comfortable, great locationfrom Cassini
Real dealfrom dzanum
Really Enjoyed the Armada!from MoInLondon
The honest opinion...from thatone7
- Good size room
- Good Room service
- Friendly staff
- Walkabale distance to the touristic sites
- Expensive food and minibar
- Not much to do in the hotel
- Breakfast is repatitive
Overall the hotel is recommended.
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Solid as a rockfrom OrbExplorer
You are greeted by a doorman when you arrive. The front desk staff speak good English and are very friendly. During our stay, there were turtles in a pool in the atrium which everyone enjoyed watching.
The rooms are not large, and they generally have two twin beds. Our room on both occasions had a view of the Bosphorus. While certainly not luxurious, I would classify the rooms as accommodating and comfortable, decorated nicely in Ottoman themes. The rooms have soundproof windows which block out any outside noise from the main road. The Four Seasons is really close, but at 3-4 times the price, and with what little time we spent in the rooms, it hardly seemed practical.
The hotel is within walking distance of most of the key sights of Sultanahmet. There is a hike up a hill, so for those less mobile, I would suggest a cab. It is easy to get a cab from the hotel.
There is a small business center consisting of two computers. One has a Turkish keyboard that is not that easy to figure out. They didn’t charge us to use the computers, although the rate is 5 YTL.
Breakfast is included daily and they have a pretty standard array of goods. In the restaurant where you dine, the windows open to allow in the fresh air. As an added bonus, you also get to see and feed the seagulls that stand on the rooftop outside the window. While some may not enjoy this, we did. You can also sit outside on the terrace that overlooks the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus and offers a spectacular view – especially at night. Dinner is available in the restaurant or outside on the terrace. We didn’t have dinner during our stay.
Summary: This is a solid play that is close to the action. It is affordable and offers a great Turkish flavor. I would definitely recommend it.
Top Local Tips for Istanbul
be carefull be careful to taxy drivers they try all the time to cheat you
Use the hotel transfer service We arranged this through the hotel and is definately worth it. The driver was courteous and efficient and even gave us bottles of water
good food around the hotel there is an awarded fisher, the sabehattin and a fix menu restaurant (giritli) around the hotel, you should absolutely try.
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