Armada Hotel

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Armada Hotel

, Istanbul
4 star

Rooms: 110

Ahirkapi Sok. No:24 - Istanbul - 34122 - Turkey Hotel Website | | +90 (0212) 455 44 55
561 Traveller

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Comfort at the Armada

from Counselorlady
This summer I researched several properties for my first trip to Istanbul, actually my first time to leave the US. I wanted to make sure that the hotel that we chose would be comfortable and close to major attractions.

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 staff

from HB2007
We chose this hotel based on the reviews on TripAdvisor which all seemed very positive. The hotel was pretty much how it appeared on their website and the breakfast on the terrace was a great start to the day.

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
We just returned from 14 days in Istanbul and absolutely loved the Armada. The hotel was immaculately clean and the staff excellent. Although larger than many of the hotels in Sultanahmet, it possessed the charm and friendliness of a much smaller hotel. We had a sea view room which was large by Istanbul standards and which had a spectacular view of the Marmaris. It was beautifully yet simply decorated in an Ottoman theme. There was a small divan with throw pillows by the window where you could sit and read while watching the never ending stream of sailboats and freighters gliding through the sea plus a vanity table/desk where you could apply makeup or work on a computer. There was also a ton of space for storing clothing and a bathroom with a large marble countertop with room for all of our toiletries, both of which are sometimes lacking in Istanbul hotel rooms. The terrace restaurant was excellent (try their sea bass baked in parchment) and provided a breathtaking 360 degree view of all the sites such as Haghia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and the Marmaris. The breakfast was really good, with fresh fruit, olives, numerous cheeses, scrambled eggs with tomatoes, fresh breads, jams, pastries, a real honeycomb and too many other good things to mention. There is a cute little fountain in the lobby with several red-eared turtles that were fun to watch while waiting for a taxi. There is also a business center with two computers…one with a Turkish keyboard and one with an English keyboard. Be aware that the Armada is at the bottom of an extremely steep hill which leads up to Sultanahmet Square, so if you have mobility issues it is best to grab a taxi which will only cost you about 3 Turkish lira. We had a great stay at the Armada and highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting Istanbul.

excellent location

from yvonne58
this is a very nice hotel in an excellent location .the rooms are comfortable with little extras such as slippers,dressing gowns and natural soap products provided.The breakfast was excellent but the real treat is the view from the terrace particulary at night .It is breathtaking.The only disappointment was the cost of drinks on the terrace at night which was extortionate!I would recommend this hotel.Yvonne

Modest, friendly, very comfortable, great location

from Cassini
We stayed here between flights on the way back from a holiday in Cappadocia and I wish we had booked more than one night. The hotel is basically a large and beautiful old Turkish house, just inside the city wall, with the coast of the Marmara Sea 50 metres away, we could see the Bosphorus sea traffic from the room window, its window seat well placed to do so. Breakfast and dinner on the terrace roof has magnificent views to the sea and coastal islands and to the mosques on the hill nearby. Breakfast included - well, it must have been more than 100 possible tasty things, including a honeycomb, fruit, cheese pastries, cheeses, sweet pastries, olives, jams and preserves ... I could scarcely stop sampling the different things! Dinner - I had a simple grilled sea bass, wonderful. The room was clean and comfortable, if smallish, the bathroom had abundant hot water and a toilet that worked! The double glazing kept the city noise unnoticeable. The main sights are an uphill walk away which I found dusty, steep and hot (I have mobility problems) but nonetheless possible, and I took a taxi uphill the second time (5 lire - $4) and walked downhill back. I liked visiting the impressive sights near the hotel but I also liked the simple pleasure of sitting on the sea front outside the hotel watching the dropping of the Bosphorus pilots from the ships, and the fishermen and the Turkish women walking by on the promenade with their Sunday-best headscarves, this was just as fascinating. We were cheerfully allowed a late check out at 3 pm without extra charge to suit our departure flight, which made our morning sightseeing much more of a pleasure since we could come back and take a bath and get changed for the journey home. I unreservedly recommend the hotel.

Real deal

from dzanum
Just returned form a 5 day trip to Istanbul. Hotel is simply magnificant. Rooms are not that big but very clean and functional. Location is great (walking distance to everything that we were interesting to see and visit). We have booked superior double room with view to Maramar sea and it was absolutely worth while!!! Breakfast is descent though I have seen better ones. All in all, it is definitely our Istanbul base from now on.

Really Enjoyed the Armada!

from MoInLondon
Excellent location, great breakfast with an amazing view, good rooms. We spent our last night in Istanbul at this hotel and we were amazed by the views! The only disappointment was the desk staff. We had booked a double, but they didn't have any left for us which was frustrating. Overall a good hotel though - I would stay there again! And thankfully the taxi drivers actually knew the name - nice quick and cheap taxi ride down to the markets from this hotel (although it IS walkable:)

The honest opinion...

from thatone7
Armada is a clean, tidy and neat hotel. You are entranced with friendly staff and clean atmosphere. Below are some pros' and con's to teh hotel.

Hotel Pro's

- Good size room
- Good Room service
- Friendly staff
- Walkabale distance to the touristic sites

Hotels Con's

- Expensive food and minibar
- Not much to do in the hotel
- Breakfast is repatitive

Overall the hotel is recommended.

Tidy

from ABUHAMDANAH
ARMADA is a nice clean well located hotel with good staff & delicious breakfast & a very reasonable price, also the call for taxi was very quick. their doorman was a very helpful gentelman too.In sha ALLAH I will be back again
(((( VERY SOON ))))......

Solid as a rock

from OrbExplorer
We stayed at the Armada in 1998 and decided to stay there again for our recent 4 night stay in Istanbul. The hotel is ideally situated within the old city walls.

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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