Located in the heart of Istanbul's historic peninsula, an area whose identity over the centuries absorbed the character of its rulers and population as Byzantium, New Rome, Constantinople, Konstantinopolis, Āsitāne, Dersaadet and Istanbul, with views of two of the great masterpieces of world architecture, the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, the Armada Hotel offers a unique experience to its guests. Situated at the heart of the Old City, it is within walking distance of many of the major attractions: the Archaeology Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Church of St. Irene, Sultanahmet Square, the Cisterns, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.
One of the larger renovated 19th century hotels, this place continuously offers high quality. Not only are the rooms designed in strong Turkish hues and well maintained, but the owners set out a changing display of wonderful Turkish antiques in the stylish lobby and restaurants. The atmosphere is extremely warm and active, and the staff are friendly and helpful. The hotel's restaurants attract loyal Turkish clientele as well as tourists, providing both authentic cuisine and ambience. The roof top terrace presents a fabulous view of Aya Sophia, and the collection of water pipes and many other local trinkets make the setting romantic and exotic.
The rooms are a graceful blend of past and present, designed in the Ottoman style with the traditional decoratively-painted wood paneling known as Edirnekari, yet offering all the modern amenities: central heating and air conditioning, direct-dial telephone service, mini-bar, cable television, hairdryers, free wireless internet connection and private safe-deposit boxes. Goose-down pillows and comforters ensure a comfortable sleep. There are 110 rooms, 16 of which are interconnected and two of which are fully equipped for wheelchair access.