I decided to stay at Neorion hotel after researching on the net and TripAdvisor. I would say it deserves its rating. However there is still some room for improvement.
I booked a 4 night stay and received a complimentary transfer to the hotel. I believe this transfer is the weakest point at Neorion. Our driver wasn't at the meeting counter and we spent 1 hour to find him after several calls to the hotel. I already wanted to get a regular taxi to avoid our transfer search. Anyhow at the hotel check in was fast and pleasant. They wisely offer welcome drink upon arrival that softens even an angry guest. Guest relations girl was very helpful and friendly providing all necessary information about places of interest in the city. Her advise was really helpful since it saved us lot of time: instead of waiting in the line to Topkapi kassa we went to the entrance directly and use our electronic hotel printed tickets.
Room was quite nice with everything a traveler needs. The hotel is not cheap, but you pay for good service and a lot of different extras like afternoon meze buffet, welcome drink, rooftop bar sunset drink, free sauna and hammam, free Internet, lukum sweets in the room, etc.
Spa is located in the basement and very nice with plenty of towels and drinking water. Soap massage was so-so, nothing special. However it was quite relaxing.
The hotel has no dinner restaurant, but restaurant Imbat in the sister hotel is above any expectation: perfect service, mouthwatering food with marvelous presentation, great wine list. The restaurant was booked by Neorion guest relation in advance, and I said them that we would like to celebrate a birthday. And as a nice surprise Imbat presented us with a birthday cake! We were very pleased with such personalized touch. By the way the hotel made the same: upon getting back to the room we found a cake!
Definitely Neorion deserves its high rating, you won't regret staying there. Thanks for magnificent Bosphorus vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neorion Hotel is at the very center of Istanbul's history and culture, ancient and modern. Named for Byzantium's grand port (see the map) on the Golden Horn, it welcomes visitors from around the world just as the port did in the great days of Constantinople. Neorion is more than a comfortable travelers' refuge in the heart of the city. It was conceived and designed to honor and reflect all of the cultures who have enriched the city and its empires. To stay here is to learn and enjoy the cultures, cuisines, arts and traditions of all the travelers who have come before you.The hotel's 58 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life, with all modern comforts. The swimming pool, Turkish bath, massage spa, cultural library, and museum-quality decorative arts are supplemented with complimentary fine arts musical performances, cuisine demonstrations and cultural events exclusively for hotel guests. Stay with us! Experience all of Istanbul, ancient and modern, right where you live, and just outside our door. ... more less
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