We stayed at the Blue Regency on our way in and out of Istanbul due to it's proximity to the airport (we stayed near Taksim square the other nights). The hotel was clean and modern, loved the design of the lobby and the guest room. Our first night on the way out we had a street view room, it was perfect to open the window and hear the sounds of the city at night and hear the faint sound of the morning call to prayer (had to be up early for the flight). With the window closed it was quiet but I really enjoyed the windows open during the morning :). Breakfast was great and included in our rate when we booked online.
The area was a nice way to relax after walking around Istanbul for the majority of our trip. The hotel is located on a nice walking street with grocery stores across the street and restaurants and shopping further down. Taxis were constantly stationed across the street from the hotel or within eyesight, so any time of day we were able to grab a taxi to the airport or to the tourist areas.
The only negative of our stay (and not the hotel's fault) was on our return trip we booked this hotel again as we returned from Cappadoccia and were flying the next day back home to the US. Upon grabbing a taxi from the airport our driver was really upset that he was only going to Bakirkoy (a short and cheap fare) as opposed to a further destination like Taksim. After waiting in the long taxi long it was understandable so we have him a larger tip fare as an apology. I'm not sure if their was a bus or something we could have taken instead, we were just tired from flying and grabbed a taxi :). On our return stay we had a hallway room (not street view like our first night) which was pleasant and looked out on the courtyard area with some greenery. Room was also clean and spacious our second night with a great breakfast selection once again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Regency Hotel is a modern city hotel in walking distance to Bakirkoy Square. The hotel provides easement of access to museums, congress, trade fair, convention and shopping center through its location. The Ataturk Airport and CNR International Trade Fair Centre are five miles away. Carousel and Capasity Shoping Malls are a few steps from the hotel. Public transport to various places is a few steps from the hotel. Through the metro station in five minutes walking distance from the hotel, one can reach in 10 minutes to the Historical Peninsula, Sultanahmet and Eminonu districts, where Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Spice Market and various monuments from Ottoman and Byzantian era are located. ... more less
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