Well located, some improvements needed!
Posted Aug 6, 2015
We stayed at the Amiral Palace Hotel for 9 nights end of July 2015. Reception staff are polite and for the most part quite helpful (some have only very basic English). Although our room was small, it was very clean, had excellent bedding and the air conditioning worked fine. A bottle of water was given on day one, but none for the following eight days (you can not drink tap water in Istanbul). Why does a guest staying multiple nights get just one bottle?
Buffet style breakfast was ok, but we did'nt have the variety one might expect based on the Expedia photos. Amongst other things, we were hoping for a good selection of fresh fruit but got only apples and melon for nine days. They don't change the menu, so if you're staying just a few days it's fine, but after that it gets dull.
No daily afternoon tea (çay) offered as suggested, and there was some turkish delight (lokum) near the reception the first 3 days, but none after that. The view is excellent from the hotel rooftop restaurant and we really enjoyed being so close to many of the main sights such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Mosaic Museum, etc.