I just completed my first stay at The Istanbul Edition and I can wholeheartely follow the mostly exceptional reviews here.
Istanbul is a large, hectic and busy city but upon entering the stylish lobby of this small boutique hotel it feels like time is slowing down just a bit. I will not say anything about the location. For my purpose it was perfect and I prefer this part of town over the old city. The waterfront in Bebek as well as shopping, restaurants and night life are close by.
The check-in procedure was personal and quick, a few minutes later we were escorted to our room on the 11th floor. There was also an introduction to the room's features such as the various curtains and drapes that could be opened and closed with a touch of a bed side button.
The overall design of the hotel is very modern, stylish yet comfortable and livable. The wood finish of the room resonated really well with the style of the hotel. The layout of the room was intelligent and comfortable. The room featues such as walk in rainforest shower, marble bathroom, Bang & Olufson flat screen tv, comfortable king size bed are certainly up to the standard one would expect from such a hotel.
The hotel staff was very well trained and extremely friendly. A big thanks goes to the concierge staff (especially Cenk) who were very helpful and gave some great tips for restaurants, bars, etc.
The spa and pool are a further hightlight of the hotel. Beautifully appointed, very well maintained, very quiet and relaxing. The pool is big enough to swim some small laps. The hot tub is also spacious and features various bubble mechanisms such as an underwater bubble bench. There is also a sauna, steam room as well as a snow room - which is basically a walk in freezer with snow - very cool indeed. There are various treatments and the massage I got was very professional and relaxing.
Yet even a hotel like this has a few areas where improvement would be welcomed. Firstly, I don't think it's necessary to vacuum clean the floor in the hallways outside the rooms at 8:00 in the morning, especially on the weekend. Others mentioned already that breakfast is quite pricey at about 75 Turkish Lira per person. The selection is good but nothing to write home about and I'm a bit disappointed that my wish for eggs benedict could not be fulfilled. At this price level that's something I do expect however. The atmosphere in the drawing room, where breakfast is served, is almost like in an executive lounge. Due to the fact that the hotel is rather small.
Overall however I found this an exceptional property with stylish rooms, great features and very friendly staff. Certainly, room and food and beverage prices are on the higher end of the scale and a few things such as the lack of benefits for Marriott Rewards Platinum card holders are unfortunate (but not a real surprise once one has read program benefits on the Marriott homepage). If I come back to Istanbul in the future, I would certainly select this hotel again.
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