Saturday, December 12, 2009

Coming December - Hotel Armada****, Istanbul



During Christmas I'll be moving south to Istanbul, once the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. It will be a completely new, and exciting experience to explore the mysteries of Muslim world.


I will get there by the daily non-stop flights Oslo-Istanbul operated by Turkish Airlines. Stay tuned for a full review of this airline.

See all non-stop flights to Oslo airport here

Where east meets west


Istanbul is one of the worlds megacities, with an estimated population of 12,6 million inhabitants - a giant meeting point between Islam and Christianity, an intriguing melting pot of history, culture and faiths.

Even though the city covers an area of over 1000 square kilometers, we will stay at Hotel Armada, located by Sultanahmet - the historic heart of the city.

I do look forward to a visit to many of the attractions in this ancient city, and to enjoy the Turkish cuisine, known to one of the best of the world. I travel with my friends and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writers Susanne and Per Koch, and they have told me of a few places to enjoy some lavish banquets.

Hotel Armada - four star comfort by Historic landmarks

Hotel Armada is a 4 star Istanbul hotel close to the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and within walking distance of many of the major attractions from the city's rich past.

It is a modern hotel, only 15 years old, and completely renovated in 2009.

I have ordered a superior room, paying only 108 Euros a night, breakfast included. The hotel offers the following facilities, and services to their guests.

Facilities:
  • 108 rooms (2 of which are fully equipped for wheelchair access)
  • 5 meeting rooms
  • 2 restaurants offering organic and gourmet foods
  • Guest Lounge
  • Parking garage.
  • Two rooftop restaurants, one open and one atrium-style, offer magnificent views of the area.

Room facilities:

  • Personal safe-deposit box
  • Hair dryer
  • Pure cotton fabrics and towels, down pillows and comforters
  • Bathrobes
  • Natural beauty soaps
  • LCD TV
  • Direct telephone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air-conditioning
  • Kettle
  • Wireless Internet access.

Services:

  • 24 hours room service
  • Laundry
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Free wireless Internet throughout the hotel
  • Business Center with computers and printers
  • Istanbul Library
  • Luggage room
  • Guest Relations service.

Others:

  • Tango on Monday nights
  • Classical Turkish Baths within walking distance
  • Trekking and jogging at the sea shore along the Marmara Sea for your health.
See hotel website here

Istanbul on Enjoy Food & Travel

Keep track of our visit as it progress. Our map of Istanbul will be continually updated during our stay.

You can see the map here


More hotels on Enjoy Food & Travel


See complete list of hotel reviews here


(Photos: Top and bottom - Hotel website, middle The Imperial Gate at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, by Griffyndor)

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