Hotel Avicenna

, Istanbul, Turkey
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Hotel Avicenna

, Istanbul
3 star

Rooms: 49

31 Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey | 212-517 05 50
314 Traveller

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OK Hotel

from seasonedtavel
Stayed at this hotel for several nights. The location is perfect -very close to the sights but not part of the hubbub. The room was fine but showed no signs of a caring owner. The bathroom had new plumbing that was very nice but they put sloppy patches where the old plumbing was. The TV was useless. We had a reasonably sized room with a balcony facing the sea but there was some noise from the railroad right below. Beware of this hotel if you have any difficulty with a winding staircase. The rooms are up a steep flight and breakfast was down two steep flights from the room.
Management Response from avicennahotel
Dear Sir / Madam

Greetings from Avicenna Hotel, Istanbul

Many thanks for your kindly comments and also we would like to say you sorry about this misfortune.
We are looking forward to welcome you in better conditions.

Kindly Regards

Sahra ACUNGUC

GR Executive

Clean and friendly, good location

from debrigard
We had only 3 days in Istanbul so we wanted an hotel that would be conveniently located and nice. Hotel Avicenna did not disappoint us. While not a luxury hotel by any means (e.g. you lug your own suitcases to the desk...no one waiting at the door, the staff is helpful, the rooms while not large are clean, the beds comfortable, the view (in the right rooms) is memorable, for breakfast food and dining accomodations are good, and what is especially helpful is that, if you ask, they will meet you at the airport for free. We were concerned about the fast rail line that runs close to the hotel on the same side as the view, but that turned out not to be a problem, at least for us (a "swishing" sound every once in a while). We got the room we asked for, on the second floor facing out towards the Bosphorus, which is what we would recommend to others (on the 3rd floor there is a suite also facing out) Delightful veranda! From the hotel you can walk to the Blue Mosque, and thence to Haghia Sophia and Topkaki. There are also plenty of small shops, rug shops from very fancy to not-so-fancy, a jewelry store, restaurants of all levels, travel shops, small food market, etc. .A small, easy to inspect bazaar next to the mosque has lots of merchandise as well. Taxis can be had at the corner, at least in the morning. So, what are the drawbacks? The upstairs restaurant (lunch, dinner) has a very nice view but service, food, and atmosphere is very dissappointing (go elsewhere). Departure from the airport is more complicated than arrival. They will call a taxi for you, but figure on $30.00 or more. There is a van service which you can buy tickets for at any of the travel shops but it won't do if you have an early plane. TV is limited (we don't watch it). There is wireless access for those who bring their own computer, otherwise you can't do email. There is good same-day laundry service but not over the weekend.
Management Response from avicennahotel
Dear Sir / Madam

Greetings from Avicenna Hotel, Istanbul

Many thanks for your kindly comments and also we would like to say you sorry about this misfortune.
We are looking forward to welcome you in better conditions.

Kindly Regards

Sahra ACUNGUC

GR Executive

Great value, very central

from bentdavid
My wife and I stayed here as part of our honeymoon. They gave us the best room: from our balcony we could look over the Marmara Sea and look at the local colour. Great. (They also gave us a free bottle of wine - great!) The hotel is 5 mins from the main square. You can hear the call to prayers for the Blue Mosque. Friendly staff with excellent English. Definitely recommend.
Management Response from avicennahotel
Dear sir/madam,

Greetings from Avicenna Hotel Istanbul

We would like to thank you for your encouraging compliments about our hotel. And looking forward to welcome you again among us.

Kind Regards

Sahra ACUNGUC

GR Executive

We like the Avicenna

from LondonKaren
We had a three-night stay at the Avicenna in August 2006. The hotel fully lived up to our expectations, especially in comparison with what you can see on their website.

It's a few minutes walk from the Blue Mosque and other major sites, but is in a quiet road near to a number of cafes, restaurants, travel agents, etc.

We stayed in room 201, which is very large with a view of the Bosphorus, although it does not have a balcony. We liked the simple decor, it was very clean, and it compared very favourably with the nine other hotels we stayed in during our time in Turkey.

The breakfast was typical Turkish fare - eggs, cold meats, cheese, cereals, olives, etc - but the option to sit in the garden was welcome.

The reception staff were helpful and reasonably friendly, although we didn't actually require much in the way of assistance.

There is a train line which runs behind the hotel, and the noise from this may disturb some people, although it didn't bother us.

There is a small terrace bar, which does have a pleasant view of the Bosphorus (but not the Blue Mosque),and also a restaurant, though we didn't use it.

We would certainly stay here again.
Management Response from avicennahotel
Dear sir/madam,

Greetings from Avicenna Hotel Istanbul

We would like to thank you for your encouraging compliments about our hotel. And looking forward to welcome you again among us.

Kind Regards

Sahra ACUNGUC

GR Executive

A real find in Sultanahmet

from CANEWBIE
Stayed at the Hotel Avicenna for 4 nights at the end of May. At first, a little dismayed at small size of room, but staff very accommodating in arranging switch to something more spacious. Hotel has super location--short walk to all major sites--Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Aya Sophia. The bonus is the Avicenna is in its own nice little neighbourhood--near the "Egyptian Bazaar", and other small shops with affordable items. The best part are the great bunch of friendly little restaurants with varied menus and reasonable prices just a block away as well as a bunch of small grocery stores where you can purchase fresh fruit, water, and yummy ice cream.

After dinner, a must is a night-cap on the rooftop terrace of the Seven Hills Restaurant. From there you get a panoramic view of the waterways and iconic buildings of Istanbul. If you time it right, you can hear the many calls to prayer of the muezzins from the minarets of the nearby Mosques, which are lit up at night. It is a truly magical experience.

After a short walk it is back to the Avicenna, where unlike other hotels, you can use their computer gratis to check your e-mail. The breakfasts, which are included, are fine--similar fare to most hotels in Greece and Turkey, but with the bonus of great coffee. Also, there is a lovely area where one can have their breakfast outside, if they choose.

One last commendation. The night before I was leaving for a very early flight back to North America, the air-conditioning in my room broke. There was no way I could get any sleep in that sweltering room. I went to the desk, and with no fuss they gave me a room with functioning air so I could get in a few hours before my long trip. I left my suitcases in the "hot room" and slept in a cool room on another floor. I really appreciated their helpfulness throughout my stay there and would do so again in a heartbeat.

loved this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here April27- May 4 2006. Kind of stumbled onto it while searching for a hostel. Motor GP was in town, and the Avicenna was the only place that could accomidate us for the week. We had 4 rooms. One for us ( married) 2 for 2 singles and 1 for our sons.( 18 & 21 ) The location is great. Within walking distance from Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Cistern, Hamams, short walk from Cankurtaran train stop,The Grand Bazaar, and if you're up for a walk, 30 minutes from the Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus tours . It is set off the main "drag" by only one block, by it is just far enough away from the hostels and more touristy places to make it nice and quiet. The Hotel is very clean, safe and staff very friendly and helpful. The manager, Aylin, is an absolute gem. The restaurant has a fantastic panoramic view of the Sea of Mamara and excellent food.They run a daily dinner special which consists of Entree, salad, dessert and wine all for one price. All you can eat breakfast ( buffet) is included in price and consisted of eggs,meats, cereal, yogurt,fruits, homemade breads and sweets, coffee and tea. There is a beautiful lounge area furnished with traditional furniture and carpets, and leads out to a nice outside sitting area. Some of the rooms have balconies, which overlook the water. Trains go through close by, but we were never bothered by them, and it sounded like they did not run through the night. The staff is very informative and can help you with directions, sightseeing, do's and don'ts, calling for taxis or shuttles to airport, and can provide safe deposit box if you do not wish to carry all your cash or passports while you are out. There are numerous restaurants and outdoor cafes only a block or 2 away ( I highly recommend the Family Kabab House.. ask for Victor) and the Arasta Bazaar is 2 blocks away and well worth walking through in search of treasures.
Overall... and A ++++++ and would definately stay here again if we ever get a chance to revisit this beautiful city.

enjoyed the Avicenna

from A TripAdvisor Member
cat tried to get into room through window, filthy under bed ;-) got twin instead of double :-( but cleaner in resturant was perfectionist. Resturant food OK , but more fun and better in the street up the road.

Pleasant Stay, Value for Money

from beckyTelAviv
We stayed at the Avicenna for 3 nights in February 2006 in a room on the top floor (kind of like an attick room with slanted roof). The room was adequate in size, plenty of natural light, very clean. Bathrooms in good shape - very clean and new. The hotel was clean, breakfast was fine, staff helpful and polite. The location was very convenient to tourist sites and public transit. The immediate area seemed to be undergoing renewal and was touristy in a quaint, unannoying way. Nearby there were local shops, restaurants, small bazaar. The only draw back was its proximity to the mainline railway. After the Muezzin woke us up in the morning, it was hard to fall back asleep as the morning train came by and could be heard in the room.

I Love this hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I love this hotel - and I have stayed here 5 times (first time 1994, last time May 2005) so am able to review not just on one visit but on several visits over the last decade. I have stayed in every class of room from the tiny shoebox (which was at least near the bar!) to the better and larger rooms with balconies, and it is constantly good. The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful, the location could not be better (close to all the main sights but still in a quiet street), and the hotel is immaculately clean. For the price, you can not do better. If you are visiting Istanbul without breaking the bank, this is the perfect hotel. It is excellent for the price. TIP. If you are a light sleeper, forget the sea view! It looks out over the railway line which is pretty noisy.
Carolyn

facilities

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I went to Istambul in the last days of August for just 3 days. We stayed at the Avicenna Hotel, which thanks to other opinions (at TripAdvisor) we decided to stay at.

I can say that the Hotel has a good service for a low rate you can pay. The place is ALWAYS clean, the intendence people are always cleaning the most small and hideden places in the Hotel, the rooms are very clean and comfortable. During morning and nights you can have Sat-TV and hot water all the time to take 100's of showers after those long walking days. The shower is as small as a phone booth, is a little bit difficult to move inside the shower, but you don't need anything else, I think. It includes a buffet breakfast which is a standard breakfast, the 3 days were exactly the same food, but fresh. (More than you need to survive half day)

The Hotel is located 2 blocks from the Blue Mosque, wich is something great, in just 5 minutes walking you get there and allmost all the touristic attractions. Obviously there are a lot of things that requires a Taxi to move on.

Like some other people that posted here once, we didn't have any trouble with taxis, almost every time we required one, we asked the front desk to get it for us. At street the best thing to do is to have the address of the destination and negotiate before entering the taxi, so this way they cannot steal your money. (Ask 2 or 3 taxis for the same destination and make them compete. Believe me, they can lower their rates more than 50%)

Be careful with the sellers in the street, I payed finally after 5 minutes negotiation 2.5 YTL for a keychain that originally was 15 YTL. A box a Turkish candy, orginal price 10 YTL, final price 3 YTL.

IMPORTANT - It's better to negotiate with the sellers in the street than the people in the Grand Bazaar, THEY ARE CRAZY with prices, you will see 100's of tourists throwing Euros in every corner inside the Grand Bazaar, so they are used to recieve money like that. It worths the visit, but it's better to buy in little shops outside the touristic attractions. (Move a little bit outside the city, you will find everything 50% lower)

Don't get surprised with carpets... one guy tryied to sell a silk carpet of 70cm x 40cm in 650 Euro!!!!! With the argument of the hand made work and the time invested (1 year) Those carpets are beautiful, but outside the city you can find 100's of them cheaper (100 euro)

Well I think is all for our experience in Istanbul. Hope you can find this info helpful to your trip.

aahh Dont LEAVE Istanbul without trying the water pipe (Nargile) apple flavour!!

Top Local Tips for Istanbul

Be assertive in the Bazaar! Remember the smiling charming man who invites you in to look at the carpets etc can quickly be replaced by the hard sell agent who closes the door and uses more aggressive sales techniques. We had to be very assertive, say NO and walk out quickly. But we also had fun in many shops, drank the tea on offer and had some enjoyable conversations. We also bought more than we meant to - but the prices were reduced and there was so much that we liked! I would say stick to a budget, hide the credit cards - we used all currency euros pounds and lire- and if in doubt smile and keep walking.

Avicenna Try the restaurnat/ bar with a view of the city

Getting about Use the Tramway system . Cheap 1.40 L per trip regardless of length. Can be rather crowded but having its on track is not held up by other traffic. The ferries are very frequent and cheap. Recommend the Bosphorus River Cruise by public ferry 17.50 L for round trip. Only problem is it takes 6 hours due to a three hour break at the far end.

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  • Address: 31 Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad - Istanbul - 34400 - Turkey
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