17 August 2001

Istanbul And Armada At The "Traveler"

"...Gulls were swirling like moths in the illuminations around Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, two of the world´s perfect buildings. The air smelled of jasmine and of the spices in the dinner I was eating. I was in the terrace garden of the Armada Hotel, in the old quarter, Sultanahmet. The food was of course Turkish, a suave cuisine with a wisdom about condiments and sauces equals the French and a faith greater than the Italian in the clean virtue of fresh things..."

G.Y. Dryansky mentions Istanbul and the Armada Hotel at the August 2001 edition of the well-known Condé Naste TRAVELER Magazine on page 70 and next. Wonderful photograps by Brigitte Lacombe...

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We would like our dear American guests to know that our heart felt sorrow to those that perished in the latest attacks in the US... and -hoping none of their beloved ones living in the disaster areas injured psychically- we deeply share their feelings...

The ARMADA HOTEL Management & Personnel
September 11, 2001
Istanbul- TURKEY

05 August 2001

Armada Couples Web Community

Armada started an online community for the couples whose wedding ceremonies took place at the hotel and announced a surprise: "One night free stay at their wedding anniversary"!

Most of the couples whose wedding ceremony was held at the Armada Hotel explain their preferance as: "Well, we chose the Armada because we would like to celebrate our anniversaries at the same place we married and we believe that this place will remain same even years after..."

Keeping in mind this fact, a web Community was started at address: http://communities.msn.com/ArmadadaEvlenenler in Microsoft Communities. Therefore the people who is common in the same object will be able to know and communicate each other, may create a sub-culture group and events in order to help the historical peninsula of Istanbul will be better saved... They may also upload their wedding photographs to the albums divided into years from 1994 to this day and share their common souvenirs.

There is a surprise promotion as well: One night free stay at the Armada for the wedding anniversaries. In order to benefit this offer, the only thing to do is to call and make a reservation 3 weeks before the celebration day..

06 July 2001

8th International Jazz Festival Starts...

Armada kuruluşundan bu yana İstanbul Festivallerinin candan bir destekleyicisi olmuştur... İşte 6 Temmuz 2001 günü başlayacak 8. Uluslararası İstanbul Caz Festivali'nin Esma Sultan Yalısı'nda yapılan açılış resepsiyonunda Armada da İstanbul Kültür ve Sanat Vakfı'nın herzamanki hatırnazlığıyla elini sıktığı kurumlardan biriydi... Armada'ya verilen plaketi Kasım Zoto aldı. Resim bu anı gösteriyor...

Armada, being one of the sponsors and sincere supporters of the Istanbul Festivals was given a "thank-you" plate at a reception that was held in Esma Sultan -Traditional Sea-shore- Residence in 5th July, 2001.

For the complete program of the Festival pls visit :

İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts

08 June 2001

Traditional Nargile At Terrace

This summer guests on the Armada Terrace may experience new aspects of Istanbul life such as the specially prepared water pipes, while they enjoy splendid views of the old city.

The Armada Hotel is making new features of old traditions for summer 2001, along with the well known beauty of the Terrace, admired by foreign visitors and locals alike. One new opportunity is to sample the traditional water-pipes that were largely used during Ottoman times. The best water-pipes with the best quality tobacco (tombeki) used to be found in Istanbul. Originally used for relaxation water-pipes are again becoming popular not only in Turkey but also in European citiesç The "tombeki" used in the Armada water-pipes will be flavored in the Ottoman style with spices and their pleasing aroma will not offend even non-smokers...

A resource about "Nargile" (water-pipe) on the Internet:
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web Site

02 May 2001

Mother's Day Forest

CEKUL Foundation and Armada organized a "Mother´s Day Brunch" which will start the first plants of "MOTHER´S DAY FOREST"...

Date: May 13th, 2001, Sunday
Venue: Armada Sera
Price: 9.5 million TL / pp - (4,5 for children)
Time: 10.30-14.00
Rezervation required! Call: 212-638 13 70 Armada Sales Team

Some shots during the event.

(Please click on the thumbnails)

29 April 2001

World Dance Day at Armada

Since its establishment (1994) every sunday evening there is "Tango Night" at Armada... It´s time for the Tango-lovers come to celebrate, dance, and recapture the spirit of the 1930´s, a time when the tango was much loved by Istanbul citizens. Tonight´s event will start with the traditional opening dance by Umit Iris and Seval Ugur and before that Mr. Iris will read the "World Dance Day" message written by Murat Sikel...

Year 2001 International Dance Day Message

19 April 2001

Happy "Earth Day"!

Who says you can´t change the world?
One person can change the world!

This slogan belongs to Denis Hayes, the founder of the Earth Day that was started in 1970 for the first time. Armada celebrated the Earth Day 2000, with the theme "Clean Energy" by distributing a specially designed cartoon, designed by Tan Oral and underlined what could be done in its own sector. Below, the Earth Day 2000 Cartoon:

Happy Earth Day!

16 April 2001

Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne will tango at ARMADA !

The "COLOR TANGO" orchestra will accompany to the world-renowned Argentine Tango Master Teacher Gustavo Naveira and his partner Giselle Anne during the performance which will be held on next Saturday (21/04/01) evening at Armada...

Gustavo is known to tango aficionados in many countries as a true Maestro of the Argentine Tango. Students around the world are drawn to Gustavo´s original style of dancing and teaching. His numerous professional accomplishments include the choreography of the opera "Marathon", which has played at the world-famous "Colon" theater in Buenos Aires. Gustavo is also one of the stars in the motion picture "The Tango Lesson".

Maestro, dancer and choreographer of outstanding reputation, Gustavo Naveira is the precursor of a teaching system that has great repercussion on all five continents. President of the COSMOTANGO® association, he travels around the world delivering clarity and conceptual technical richness. Researcher and analyst of great caliber, his knowledge has revolutionized the dance at the end of the

Naveira and Anne have been to the Armada Hotel last year and their show was greatly appreciated by the lucky audience...

* For further information: Baila Tango / Serdar Sungar, GSM: 0532-664 8836 e-mail: Sunum

* About Naveira : Cosmotango

* "Tango in Turkey" and detailed information about the program:Küresel.com / Tango and Baila Tango
* About “Color Tango” orchestra: Tango Catalogue (Bridge to the Tango)

Reservation: Tel: 212-638 13 70 Faks: 518 50 60- e-mail: ARMADA

You may download the *jpg files of Color Tango ve Gustavo Naveira - Giselle Anne by clicking the thumbnails below:

12 April 2001

Our President Zoto in IH&RA Board

Kasim Zoto, Board Member of TUROB (Turkish Hotel Association), has been elected as member of the board of IH&RA (International Hotel & Restaurant Association) at a NACE (National Assocaition of Chief Executives) meeting that was held in Amsterdam in April 10, 2001...

Who is Kasim ZOTO?

Born in 1950, Istanbul

1966 - 1975 - Worked as manager in the Tourism Dept. of TMGT (Turkish National Youth Organisation)

1970 – 1974 – Board Member at the “Federation Of International Youth Travel Organization” (FYTO)

1975 – Started professional tourism agency business

1981 - 1994 – Tourism agency in France.

During the 13 years he lived in France, he worked to organize the
congresses, seminars and similar activities of various companies to take
place in Turkey.
He spent his efforts to make tourism an "incentive" in Turkey.

He stepped into the hotel business for the first time by opening Kalkan Han Hotel in Kalkan with a group of friends in 1981.

In 1988, he started work on converting a piece of land in Sultanahmet from a car park into a hotel. This historical piece of land was once occupied by buildings which were built for the marine soldiers of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha back in the 16th century. Unfortunately, the buildings were completely demolished during the devastating Istanbul fire and were left in ruins.

The efforts that were started in 1988 continued until 1993 due to bureaucratic obstacles. At the end of these 5 years, the home of Barbaros marines was rented from the Vakiflar for 49 years and turned into Armada Hotel, which succeeds to re-create the Istanbul way of life in an area of 2,300 sqm.

Alafranga Restaurant

"Alafranga" Restaurant (pls. see "Restaurants" Page) is more and more attracting the Istanbul citizens´ and foreign visitor´s attention...
Below is a newsclip about it through the Internet media:

NTVMSNBC / Yasam-Lezzet

You may also find news in English in this portal which is Turkey version of the well known MSNBC as well...

Bonne appettite!