We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in August as part of a wedding party, with the wedding dinner hotel held on the roof of the hotel. This is a very popular hotel for locals and travellers from within turkey along with budget travellers from Arab countries. The predominant language of the staff is Turkish and communication may be a problem for English speakers over the room phone, but face to face it isn't much of a challenge.
Located in the sultanahmet area, it is ideal for tourists who want to be near and around the major tourist spots in istanbul without having to worry about traffic. However, sultanahmet is the original golden horn area and is conservative in terms of local population as well as dated in terms of infrastructure. Hotels here are mostly basic, where even the four seasons on this side of the bosphorus doesn't have a pool. But
This is the kind of hotel where they let you eat your breakfast in the morning before casually asking some of you whether you are guests at the hotel just to make sure they don't need to bill you.
Great breakfast on the roof with a view of the blue mosque, comfortable air conditioned basic room. Friendly waiter staff and housekeeping, counter staff was quite inflexible but that was expected because the hotel was completely full. We were in a standard room and our view wasn't great and there wasn't too much privacy using the bathroom that was separated from the room with a thin frosted glass partition. But the price was 55 dollars a night, for which it was fantastic.
The restaurant is pricey when compared to the hotel and does not hold a candle to other better restaurants a short walk away.
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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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