Let's get past the one flaw and on to the raves. The bathtub is very high and tricky to get in and out of. Since it's a shower over tub it's the only option. Slippery when wet and a bit intimidating even with the grip bars.
Otherwise this was a real find!
Location: had us stymied for a while as we tried to figure out how to get there. The hotel's site gave convoluted directions which sounded like a taxi fare would've been off the charts. Thanks to TA we finally read about the easier, cheaper and very picturesque route: the ferry! Worked like a charm and we were there about 40 minutes after walking out the airport doors. Take a taxi to the docks and the boat to Kadikoy. Very much a commuter boat and therefore very cheap and scenic as well. And avoided all the traffic. Once we got to Kadikoy we realized, our third time in Istanbul, that this was an area definitely worthy of exploring and very very lively.
The welcome at the hotel was nothing short of familial. We were greeted like long lost relatives.............so much so that I assumed we were entering an empty hotel (it was Sunday) but that wasn't the case. Lots of other guests, mostly business or meeting related. Well dressed and refined. Very nice crowd. But the one unforgettable aspect of the greeting was that there was no need, according to reception, to swipe our credit card. If we incurred extra charges (we didn't) we'd settle on check out. Wow! Never happened before. They trusted us. They actually liked us!!!! Very nice indeed.
In minutes after arrival we met with the concierge who couldn't have been more helpful, including putting additional information in an envelope and sliding it under the door to our room. Superb service.
The room itself was not huge but certainly big enough. Elegant decor, supremely comfortable beds and immaculate fine linens and towels. Everything was new, fresh and clean and in perfect working order. And the view of the Sea of Marmara was unforgettable.
Breakfast was superb! An amazing spread of delicious options including many vegetarian items. Outstanding fresh breads. Omelettes, french toast, pancakes. Wonderful prompt friendly service. Couldn't be beat.
Before leaving we took the elevator up to the 12th floor pool area. Not to swim but to admire the incredible view of Istanbul from every angle. Fabulous indeed.
The Doubletree Hilton in Istanbul: recommended highly! Unbeatable.
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