Armada

Ahirkapi Street 24, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
(4 star hotel)
#36
Rank 36 of 798 hotels
in Istanbul
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 reviews
Write a Review

Value Score

Average Value

Price and Rating Equal to similar hotels

See Hotels with Better Ratings

Tags

Historical Travel Architecture Luxury Travel
See Amenities
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo

Pretty, wee rooms

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 7, 2012

Photos:
1. Such a pretty room
2. Armada Hotel
3. View from our room
4. View from the terrace


Our time in Easter Anatolia at an end, it was time to return to Istanbul for a last few days, to yet another hotel - the Armada. Any misgivings we had about the location - in Sultanhamet but near the water between the railway line and the city walls - were soon dispelled. Tucked away as it is, the hotel is very quiet but only an extra couple of minute's walk from the heart of Sultanhamet than our favourite Sebnem Hotel. It's also considerably bigger and rather more expensive than the Sebnem but, within its class, we felt it offered good value.

Our room was on the small side, and the bed a little hard for some folk perhaps, though the pillows and duvets were positively downy - but city space is expensive, and what it lacked in space it more than made up for in details such as the immaculate white bed linen with its simple green trim and the pretty Ottoman-style painted panelling - both a long, long way from the more usual predictable hotel decor. Both bed- and bathroom were spotless and the bed linen beautifully laundered and as fresh as white has to be.

The desk staff were obliging and helpful, the breakfast crew upstairs not always quite so, but breakfast time was always very busy and some people can be very pushy and picky! The breakfast buffet, served up on the roof terrace came with a fabulous 360 degree view that took in the Blue Mosque, Ayasofya and the Sea of Mamara. Squeezing our own orange juice involved queuing and sticky fingers but it ensured the freshest of juice as opposed to the dreadful ersatz stuff so many hotels have the temerity to call fresh. There was plenty of choice but, knowing what the gold standard of Istanbul breakfasts is, this one probably rated silver. With all the choice of restaurants Istanbul has to offer we saw no need to eat in the hotel at night.

Unique Quality: The walk from the Armada to the centre of Sultanhamet is uphill going and down hill coming back - just as well at the end of a day sightseeing. I really grew to like that walk, past the silk weaver's shop - the last in Istanbul the young man working there told me - and under the railway line, it had the feel of a place people live rather than simply come to to service the need of tourists. The location was a real advantage in fact when using taxis as it so easily accessed without having to deal with the traffic snarls in some of the area's narrow streets.

Our room faced the sea. The building across the way blocked some of the view but, between the buildings, there was the constant sight of ships plying the busy waterway and a view of the city walls.

We really appreciated the thoughtful touches provided (cool cotton bathrobes, slippers, a complimentary copy of the current Istanbul Time Out, natural oil soaps, tea and coffee making facilities) along with all the more usual hotel room amenities.

Directions: An excellent sketch map - http://www.armadahotel.com.tr/i/main/Kroki_buyuk.gif

bill32's Profile Photo

Great hotel and location

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 28, 2009

Spent 4 days at this hotel in Istanbul in 2007. First class service, good food. Location is just one block off the Bosphoris. Staff speaks English and other languages. Has a great bar off the lobby. Has a roof top restaurant with good views. All the old world tourist sites are within 5 -10 minute walk, just up the hill. The Grand Bizzari is about 15 minute walk or short taxi ride. Hotel staff can arrange tours, including private guides (which is did, cost about $100 for the day). Great, small eating places nearby. HOtel is only about 15 minutes from the airport

Unique Quality: Hotel inside is beautiful. Staff is very helpful (I needed a back and neck massage after 15 hours on the plane, and they had someone to my room within an hour). Hotel bar always has people from all over the world in it to talk to.

greenfarmer's Profile Photo

Stay in Istanbul

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 7, 2006

Good stay. Good restaurant.
Ideal for tourists as you can see the marmara sea from the room itself.
You can also see the blue mosque from the roof restaurant.
Service is highly appreciated.
Oriental style rooms are quite comfortable.

Unique Quality: Not too far from the Metro station.
Not too far from Aksaray also which is another metro station and hub for a lot of activities.
Good market around aksaray.
The hotel is not too far from taksim.
Next to the sea.

Nearby Armada

6 Photos of Armada

View Professional Photos

Amenities at Armada

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Suites
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

Istanbul Travel Forum

Need advice about Istanbul, Turkey? Visit the Travel Forum for Istanbul and ask our Answer Gurus.

Latest Istanbul hotel reviews

Yasmak Sultan Hotel Istanbul
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Sude Konak Hotel
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Akgun Istanbul
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 5 Reviews
Maywood Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Hotel Peninsula
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Orsep Royal Hotel
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Grand Anka Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Feronya Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
 
Explore Deeper into Istanbul
Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi
Things to Do
Basilica Cistern - Yerebatan Saray
Things to Do
Dolmabahce Palace
Things to Do
Galata Tower
Things to Do
Istiklal Caddesi
Things to Do
Taksim Square
Things to Do
ceramics
Shopping
shoe polishers
Warnings and Dangers
pickpockets
Warnings and Dangers
road traffic
Warnings and Dangers
Ataturk Airport
Transportation
Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Transportation
water
Warnings and Dangers
Ferry
Transportation
old houses
Off The Beaten Path
turkish words
Local Customs
jewellery
Shopping
theodosian (city) wall
Off The Beaten Path
clothes
Local Customs
Hamdi
Restaurants
Ortakoy
Off The Beaten Path
Chora church Museum (Kariye )
Off The Beaten Path
Rumeli Hisari
Off The Beaten Path
Haci Abdullah
Restaurants
Doy Doy
Restaurants
raki (drink)
Local Customs
Local Bus
Transportation
Akbil Transit Pass
Transportation
Cable Car - Teleferik
Transportation
nargileh
Local Customs
Haci Baba
Restaurants
Bosphorus zoo
Off The Beaten Path
Kumkapi District
Restaurants
Ciya
Restaurants
phone numbers
Local Customs
hospitality
Local Customs
blue mosque
Favorites
various mosques
Favorites
Museums
Favorites
Topkapi palace
Favorites