Met expectations, would recommend, would stay again.
Location: This hotel is off the normally beaten path, but that comes with some advantages: the local restaurants are more 'local' and less touristy. Neighborhood felt safe, especially with a sizeable contingent of Polis a block away- at the local HQ of the AK Party. Miniaturk is a 5 minute walk, and there is greenspace along the river with playgrounds and concrete walking paths; during our evening strolls we saw many families enjoying bbqs and playing there.
-For getting to/from the touristy areas, we used taksis as the shuttle wasn't operating due to Taksim square goings-on. Average cost was $15 each way. The front desk has a handy card with the address and map that you can hand to the cabbies.
Hotel common areas and decor: Smart, clean, everything you'd expect from a Garden Inn.
Room: We booked connecting rooms, one king and one with two twin beds, using HHonors points; we splurged for balcony rooms overlooking the Horn and felt glad we did. 8th floor views were great; small balcony but then again how much time are you going to spend out there? HVAC was strong enough to cool room down within a half-hour of returning each day. Bathroom was clean and well laid-out, shower was hot n' powerful.
Service: Overall great, one minor glitch with housekeeping- forgot one room one day only.
Breakfast: We have HHonors Gold, and were provided with the breakfast buffet, which I would say was a notch above fine- standard European cold buffet with warm items from the kitchen... though we experienced three different versions of 'waffle'; all of them good, mind you, so don't take this the wrong way- but if you're looking for a perfect American waffle in Istanbul, well, remember that you're in ISTANBUL. Yes, this is directed to the rather rude guest from Ohio, who berated the kitchen staff for cold waffles that didn't taste "normal". Anywhoo, breakfast was fine from our point of view.
Bar/dinner food: Didn't use either. Great restaurants within a 5 minute walk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Garden Inn Golden Horn is located close to touristic spots such as the historic peninsula, Beyoglu and Pierre Loti. It is 30 minutes away from the Ataturk Airport. Our tastefully designed hotel features modern conveniences suited to the savvy business traveler, along with a great location to leisure guests. Tailor made and ergonomically organized guest rooms boast a long list of guest amenities, generous work surfaces, adjustable bed and complimentary high speed internet access. ... more less
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