We spent 3 days in Istanbul before a cruise and one day upon our return 12 days later. We booked the Adamar based on Tripadvisor reviews and were pleased that it was even better than we expected. Took advantage of the airport pickup that is complementary with a 3-night stay. Ataturk Airport has one of the best arrangements I have seen for being met by a driver; the driver was stationed with probably a hundred other drivers behind a cordon directly outside the baggage collection area, but with a good-sized sign bearing our name, he was easy to spot immediately. The drive to the hotel in early evening rush-hour traffic took about an hour. Check-in was quick, and assistance with any sort of tourist request was offered. We'd been traveling for 16 hours, so all we wanted to do was have dinner and get to bed, but first we went up to the roof to take in the view. Unbelievable! It's everything other reviewers have said and more! As one of the tallest buildings in the Sultanahmet section, the Adamar roof terrace has a 360 degree view...Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, New Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, Golden Horn, the "new" city, the cruise port, and more. Typically each night we would start with drinks and mezes on the roof terrace and then move to the restaurant one floor down for dinner, where we found an excellent menu, great presentation, and equally magnificant view. I have several pesky food issues, including gluten intolerance. Our server went to great lengths to ensure that my issues would be accommodated, and took care to see that my husband would love his meal as well. I especially enjoyed the lamb skewer with eggplant ganoush. Food allergies can be hard to manage when traveling abroad, so it was a great relief to find a server and chef so knowledgeable. Consequently, we ate at the Adamar every morning and all but one evening, and found this attention to detail to be the case regardless of who served us. The Turkish wines recommended by the servers were always excellent. Loved the tiny star-like lights in the deep blue ceiling after dark, and the light show on the Bosphorus bridge. The major tourist sites are beautifully spotlighted for a magical evening tableau. And, oh yes, about our room (#501)... It may have been the smallest hotel room we've ever stayed in but was more than adequate: bright-hued Euro-modern decor with a comfy queen-size bed, free wi-fi, mini-fridge, safe, and a great bathroom with good bath amenities (as with all European hotels, if you want a washcloth, you need to bring your own). The drawer space was minimal but the closet was ample. We found the operation of the AC unit rather tricky but eventually got the hang of it. The -01 room on each floor is the smallest, -02 has a little more space, but we were fine where we were. The complementary breakfast in the dining room was superb: fresh and dried fruits, cheeses, meats, boiled eggs, yogurt, breads, spreads, juices, coffee, tea. Kudos to Selda who kept our cups full and encouraged us to try new and interesting Turkish delicacies each morning. Absolutely everything you want to see on the historic side of the city is within easy walking distance, including the Yerebatan Cistern, Hippodrome, Sirkeci Train Station, Grand Bazaar and Egyptian/Spice Bazaar. One block down at the bottom of the hill you can catch the tram (buy your token for 2 TL at the machine on the platform for each one-way trip) to go virtually anywhere. We took it a couple of times but walked almost everywhere, including over the Galata Bridge to the new city, where we also took the funicular for 2 TL up to the Galata Tower and Istiklal Street, and then took the other funicular down to the Kabatas stop and walked back along the Bosphorus. FYI, the Dolmahbace Palace is just beyond the Kabatas stop. We also used the city bus from the central bus stop near the Spice Market to go to the Chora Church and walked back through historic neighborhoods along the city walls, and along the Golden Horn. The hotel clerk would be happy to book tours for guests, but we found the city very easy to tour on our own with guide books and map in hand. Many street signs are missing, but residents are quick to offer help. The location of the Adamar really cannot be beat, but the best thing was the exceptional customer service attitude of the staff. From the desk personnel to the dining room staff to the housekeeping staff, there was no limit to how far they would go to satisfy our needs.
Because our return flight was at 6:30 a.m. on the day following the return of the cruise ship, we had booked for the last night in Istanbul at an airport hotel. Would have preferred to stay in the city at the Adamar but the flight was just too darn early to be that far from the airport. We thought we had an all-day tour for the day of our return, but during the cruise we learned via email that those plans had fallen through. The ship's concierge communicated with the Adamar to arrange to make the hotel our base for the last day in the city. The hotel stored our luggage while we finished up our touring, let us use the lobby computer to do our airline check-in, reserved a table at their restaurant for dinner, and arranged transportation to the airport at a very reasonable price. They did all that because they "remembered" us from our initial 3 day stay. In our opinion, they went way beyond what would normally be done for people who were not staying the night.
I just can't say enough about what a terrific experience we had at the Adamar. If you are going to be in Istanbul,do yourself a favor and stay there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic Istanbul and surrounded by many of the most famous attractions, this luxury 4-star hotel combines quality service with modern comforts. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from our top-floor restaurant, where the city lights create a romantic glow in the evenings, adding to the atmosphere and attractive ambiance. In addition to the warm decor, all 25 rooms are fully-equipped with a private bathroom and adjustable air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adamar Hotel Istanbul