I stayed here for 2 nights. The hotel is about 1 mile from the Attaturk airport- don't discount it because its not in the centre- its right next to the railway into the centre.
Its 5* hotel (Ok maybe not UK 5* but still very nice).
Check-in was efficient & pleasant.
My twin room was nicely appointed. I could hear noise from the airport but it didn't keep me awake as the planes don't fly overhead.
Breakfast buffet was self-service, but the food was good & there was a wide variety of things to choose from. There was plenty of room in the restaurant area when I was there.
The gym was pretty reasonable- not massive but the equipment worked. The pool was nice, although there is no shallow end- its just deep!
The bar staff were efficient & generally everyone seemed pleasant.
Getting into the centre of Istanbul: Its a 3 minute walk to the train station which goes right into the centre (with a stop right at the Topkapi Palace)and takes about 30 mins max and costs 4TL (£1). From there you can take a tram for another 4TL and about 10min ride to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque.
Alternatively take a taxi, but some taxi drivers are pretty unscrupulous & will try to charge you double what the meter says (cost me 46TL to the Blue Mosque).
My only gripe was the hotel courtesy bus at the airport- trying to find it was a nightmare & as there is no official stop that I could see its just a question of keeping your eyes peeled. I've uploaded a photo of it so you can spot it!
Going back to the airport though was great using that & saved the 10TL taxi fare.
Would I stay here again. Yes definitely, it was well-priced, clean & comfortable, but I would suggest if you don't want long taxi rides into the centre (45 minutes) or you aren't prepared to take the excellent train/tram, it might not be for you.
The only other thing was the metal detector in reception & checking the taxi for explosives, but this may be normal for western hotels in Turkey & I guess is good they are looking after guests' security.
Its worth noting the WOW Airport hotel is right next door but is 4* not 5*
PS they could do with cleaning the outside of the bedroom windows
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WOW Istanbul Hotel is located at 1 km distance from the most important airport of Istanbul, Ataturk Airport, and at 200 m walking distance from Istanbul Exhibition Center and CNR Expo Center where the important exhibitions are organized. And the metro station which will allow you to go to historical places such as Topkapi, Sultanahmet is in the garden of the facility. Renovated in 2014, WOW Istanbul Hotel features all luxury of a 5-star hotel with its specially decorated 56 executive, 3 suit and 216 standard rooms. Restaurant Mezzanine and Choppers Point, where the most exclusive examples of Turkish and world cuisine are served, create different with skillful kitchen team of Istanbul. Everything for a healthy life has been considered in WOW Istanbul Hotel with swimming pool in the top floor covered by glass ceiling, fitness center, Turkish bath, sauna, massage saloon and Vitamin Bar. 'Executive' floor having rich service range with areas for special receptions and special catering buffets has been specially designed for our guests who would like to receive exclusive service. ... more less
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