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Hello from Istanbul! We arrived on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 pm after a 10 hour flight from Chicago. Our guide met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel which is a block from the Marmara Sea. After a very interesting breakfast of many things we couldn't identify or have never eaten before (but all very good), we left for a full day tour …
... both the Byzantine and the Ottoman empire. This is where the emperors and sultans built their palaces, major public buildings and grand places of worship.
Like heat-sensing missiles, we headed directly to Aya Sofia next morning. We can confidently assert that everything that you have read about the grandeur of the architecture is true. Stepping under the enormous dome that bears the weight of two millennia of history, you cannot but be in awe. Completed in 537 ...
... state-licensed propaganda guide who is with you at all times. I was able to find an English couple who had already booked and paid for a private tour. I befriended them in Özbekistan and they invited me to join them. Somehow, it worked, and I became the 48th American to visit Türkmenistan on a tourist visa. (The number was indicated on the visa paperwork and the guards told me at the border.)
We met out guide, ...
... a bit of a dump. It seemed to have the right name and I felt very crestfallen. The young fellow who greeted us had no idea who we were and clearly did not expect us. I told him the name of the Travel agent and he rang them. We were at the wrong hotel which had almost the same name. It was only 100 metres away so the nice young man walked us there and helped us with our luggage. Boy was I relieved. The hotel is quite old and delightful with all mod ...
... it was the most glorious day. The army band started us off and again they were really good. Despite the context of the day there was more of a sense of celebration rather than mourning, it was a really nice feeling to be there and be a part of it all.
Luckily for us Henry was covering the service from right near us, so as soon as it was finished we jumped in the ABC bus and got a lift all the way back to camp. We had ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Armada Hotel Istanbul
Il était une fois à Istanbul...
Nous avons passé 5 nuits à l'Armada Hotel et nous avons goûté au mode de vie d'Istanbul à l'ancienne. Il est situé au coeur de la vieille ville, et il y a une vue superbe des mosquées de SultanAhmet et de l'Hagia Sophia.
Très bon hôtel
J'ai passé quatre nuits là-bas. J'étais enchanté. Le personnel était sympathique et serviable. La situation est aussi géniale.
Dies ist ein relativ bescheidenes, aber ausgezeichnetes Hotel mit wunderbarem Ausblick auf das Marmara Meer, den Bosphorus, die Blaue Moschee und die Hagia Sophia. Über einen kurzen, wenn auch steilen Weg gelangt man zum Topkapi Palast. Der Zug hält ganz in der Nähe, es gibt jedoch keinerlei Lärmbelästigung. Das Restaurant im Hotel ist ausgesprochen gut, die Betten sind bequem, die Leitungen modern und die Klimaanlage funktioniert einwandfrei. Nur das Four Seasons Hotel, das ganz in der Nähe liegt, scheint noch eine Klasse besser zu sein, allerdings ist es auch um einiges teurer. Dieses Hotel ist ein toller Ausgangspunkt um das alte Istanbul zu erkunden.
Ich habe das Armada Hotel durch den Reiseveranstalter Marmara gebucht, um hier Sylvester 2006 zu feiern. Das Hotel befindet sich in der Altstadt, einige Zimmer haben einen tollen Ausblick auf die Blaue Moschee und die Hagia Sophia. Es sind nur einige Minuten zu Fuß zu vielen Museen und Sehenswürdigkeiten wie dem Großen Bazar und dem Topkapi Palast. Wenn auch das Hotel Veranstaltungsräume, Restaurants und Bars hat, so bekommte man nicht das Gefühl in einem sterilen, ernsten 4-Sterne Hotel zu sein, sondern ganz im Gegenteil, eher in einem schmucken Boutique Hotel mit freundlichen Angestellten und der Schildkrötenfamilie, die einem in der herrlichen Eingangshalle (Ottoman Ecke, Spiele, Wireless Internet, Bilder, Dekorationen) begrüßt. Das beeindruckendste war der Sylvesterabend mit 500 Gästen, Zigeunermusik, Bauchtänzerinnen, einer Musikband und einem vorzüglichen Truthahn. Wir waren Mitternacht auf der Terrasse und haben so das neue Jahr mit Champagner und Feuerwerk begrüßt, eine herrliche Nacht dank dem Armada.
I've been to Istanbul several times and have stayed in different hotels each time. So far, the Armada Hotel in Sultanahmet is my favorite. While many of the Sultanahmet hotels bill themselves as "traditional Turkish" in my experience that is code for "tiny rooms lacking certain comforts"... The Armada Hotel does have elements of traditional Turkish flair but the rooms are modernly comfortable. It is a fairly large hotel so if you are seeking an intimate, near bed&breakfast experience then this may not be your best choice.
The room was an adequate size with ample storage space to stow luggage. The bathroom was nice -- mostly marble and had a tub with shower. Overall, the room was very clean and comfortable; mind you I paid extra for the "sea side" view and was not disappointed. The Hotel is situated very near the shore of the Sea of Marmara which does make it a bit of a hike from hotel to the sights of Sultanahmet but also makes for a relatively quiet oasis. And, because of this close proximity to the sea-side ring road, it was also very fast (aside from the horrific Istanbul traffic) to visit other areas of the city via taxi.
There is a large rooftop restaurant that serves a lovely Turkish-style buffet breakfast (as well as evening drinks and food) and offers incredible views; the Sea of Marmara on one side and Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia on the other. (I can't believe I forgot to take a photo!)
Perhaps the best part of the Armada Hotel experience was the very friendly and helpful staff. They went out of their way to accommodate this guest's needs... including complaining (on my behalf) to the manager of a popular restaurant where I had a bad experience with a rude and surly waitperson (since the hotel was displaying the business card of the restaurant as a suggestion) but that's a story for a different review.
It is not the cheapest hotel you can find in Istanbul but I think that the Armada Hotel earns its price. I will definitely stay there again on my next visit to Istanbul.
Once upon a time in Istanbul...
We stayed at Armada Hotel for 5 nights and experienced Istanbul lifestyle from years ago. Located on heart of the Old City. excellent wiew of SultanAhmet and Hagia Sophia.
This is a relatively modest but immaculate hotel with astonishing views of the Sea of Marmora, the Bosphorus, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. A short albeit steep hike uphill brings you to the entrance of Topkapi Palace. The train stops close by but the noise levels in the rooms are minimal. The in house restaurant is extremely good, beds are comfortable, the plumbing is modern and the air conditioner works well. Only the nearby Four Seasons struck us as more attractive and the price differential is substantial. Great base for the "old" section of Istanbul.
Very Good Hotel
Spent four nights here. Delighted. Good value. Friendly and helpful staff. The location is great too.
Great new year eve
I came to Armada with marmara tour operator for celebrating the new year 2006. The hotel is in the old city, some rooms has a great views of sea or Blue Mosque and St. Sophia and only a few minutes walk to major museums and monuments like Grand Bazar and Topkapi Palace.
Although the meeting rooms, the restaurants and its bar you don't feel to be in a cold, serious 4* hotel but on the contrary, you are like in a boutique hotel with his friendly personnel and of course the turtle family which welcomes you in the great lobby (Ottoman corner, games, wireless internet, paintings, decoration)...
The most amazing thing was the new year eve with 500 persons, gipsy musicians, belly dancers, bands and a delicous turkey :) We were on the terrace at midnight and welcome the new year with champagnes and fireworks.. it was a wonderful night, thanks to Armada.
Good hotel, fantastic location
Breakfast is fabulous, staff very friendly, only thing is with turkey being such a cheap country don't drink anything in the hotel (including tea and coffee) apart from breakfast as it is a lot cheaper outside. Generally turkish people very friendly as long as you are sympathetic to their culture.
Istanbul is a fantastic city and this hotel is within walking distance of aya sofia and the topkapi serai which takes at least two visits to appreciate. The harem is definitely worthwile however it is closed in the afternoon so go early. Also the aquaduct is just off the main square between the two mosques and worth visiting. Other site worth seing is dolmabahce which is a bus ride away and over the river to another palace and various sites.
The hotel is very good for organising taxis etc and the driver there Emin who drives the minibus is great if you see him say hello from Joanne.
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