Let me start by saying that I travel all the time for my work and I also have done some backpacking. I have stayed in different type of accommodations, anywhere from hostels to a Five-Diamond hotel. I can make a difference between reality and unrealistic travelers expectations.
It’s not a 4* like they say, it’s more like a 3*.
We were there on a short stop, 20h. We had already visited old Istanbul so we just wanted a place that was easy access to the airport but with stuff to do around (shopping). We were very happy with the location as it met our needs. We took the metro and it took 25 minutes. Its direct line and hotel is at the last stop. It cost 2 Liras per person. It’s easy to purchase a token. All you do is put in your 2 TL, press okay and the token comes out. No need to put in a location like most European cities. Hotel is right across subway station.
All we wanted to do is shop and we were very happy to have the biggest mall in Europe only 5 stops away from the hotel. There was lots of American and European store. Also there was IKEA. Lots of family activities to do there besides shopping. If you want to look it up, it’s called Forum mall (http://www.forumistanbul.com.tr/Default.aspx). We ate dinner over there as they had lots to choose from.
Okay. Seemed clean and was also was modern. The shower is small and water goes all over the place but it okay because there is a drain on the bathroom floor. The water was hot and pressure was good. Internet was also pretty fast.
Nice, nothing special about them but not rude either. They are average, I had worse, I had better.
Lots of variety just not what I usually eat (no toaster for bread, no yogurt). Lots to choose from though.
Basically, I think we paid a bit too much for what we got ($110 Canadian for 1 night). I would recommend this hotel but only if its cheaper. It’s worth about $75/night no more. I don’t regret booking this hotel but if I knew, I would have paid a bit more and booked the airport hotel at $140/night (it was a 5* I think) and took the train to the mall.
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