How often does hotel staff virtually adopt your 87-year-old mother? It’s not just that the staff had cleared our room of obstacles for her walker before our arrival. Or that they always ensured we knew the shortest route with the fewest stairs or hills. The moment I realized the depth of Turkish hospitality was when I returned from a rainy morning excursion, to scout the viability of Topkapi-with-a-walker, and met my Mom returning from the hairdresser. Our hotel manager, Kadir Kilic, had given her directions, walked her there, and waited to walk her back. All the staff were equally as gracious.
This boutique hotel, a former residence with a narrow, easy-to-miss entrance, is a great place to stay in the heart of Sultanahmet. From the breakfast room, it’s one block up a gentle hill to the park bordered by the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. Major Sultanahmet sites are within walking distance. The tram stop is across the park. Our favorite outdoor café was out the front door, a block downhill, bordering the Arasta Bazaar. Soulful melodies from a nearby cafe filled the air.
Accessibility: The Armagrandi Spina is suitable for an elderly person who uses a walker, can manage approximately 10 steps from the reception desk to the elevator, and make the high step into a plexi-glass enclosed jacuzzi/shower. The elevator goes to the 4th floor. Suites and a rooftop terrace are at the end of a spiral staircase. The breakfast room is easily accessible from the elevator.