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Hotel Avicenna Hotel 4 star
Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad. Amiral Tafdil Sokak 31/33 - Sultanahmet Istanbul, Turkey -
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The Avicenna is a very Francophile hotel that loves to welcome travellers seeking authenticity. This former Ottoman residence from the 19th century, entirely renovated, has the great advantage of being located right next to the main historical sites of Istanbul.

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    Location 4.62 /10

    The Hotel Avicenna is located right in the heart of the popular and historical area of Sultanahmet, half way between the sea of Marmara and the Blue Mosque. The airport is 11 miles from there (allow between 20 and 25 minutes for the transfer).

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    The rooms are all simple and with no superfluous decor. In some of them, the wood-flooring is covered with Turkish rugs, while others have carpets. They have direct telephone with international line, and satellite television. Some of them have air-conditioning. For the other you will have to request a fan at the reception. The bathrooms with toilet have a shower or a bathtub and a hair-dryer. To enjoy a view over the sea, request rooms 200 to 208 or 306. There is a slight downside to this location: several times per day a train will pass right under your window!

    Overview 6.95 /10

    Entirely restored in 1990 and then renovated in 1995 and 2001, the Avicenna is a replica of a 19th century Ottoman house. Its wooden façade is painted in white and pale green. Behind the hotel there is a small annexe which you can access by a wooden footbridge spaning a small yard. The interior decor is vaguely inspired by Ottoman style, like the lobby and the tea room. The 36 rooms of the central building and the 13 rooms of the annexe are set within two floors with no lift.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    A restaurant, which is unfortunately very dark and charmless, welcomes you for a breakfast buffet. If you wish to have lunch or dinner there, you will be offered an a la carte menu. It offers some local specialities for you to taste including a choice of 8 starters, 7 grills, 12 fish dishes and 3 desserts. As long as the weather permits, you can have your meal in the hotel's courtyard, while awaiting the impending opening of the panoramic room.

    To know

    On the top floor the hotel has a bar under a glass roof that dominates all the rooftops of the popular area in Sultanahmet, facing the sea of Marmara. Unfortunately the huge parabolic satellite dish hides part of the view.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, spa, Turkish bath, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment


    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • The undeniable charm and tranquillity of the hotel.
    • The proximity to the tourist places.
    • A warm welcome.


    • The communal areas do not seem to be well maintained.
    • Some rooms lack comfort.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 8.00/10
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