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“Great hotel just a bit decentralized” 4 of 5 stars
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Swissotel The Bosphorus
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bayildim Cad No 2 | Macka Besiktas, Istanbul 34357, Turkey (Beşiktaş)   |  
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Ranked #124 of 944 Hotels in Istanbul
Geneva, Switzerland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great hotel just a bit decentralized”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights at the beginning of July for a business trip and I liked it very much
Room was huge with great view of the Bosphorus, staff extremely efficient and very kind and the breakfast more than excellent so it was a very relaxing stay!
It's true that the hotel is a bit decentralized , anyway at 15/20 minutes walking distance there is a very trendy district with very nice shops and bars and anyhow the Galata district and the more central area are only a short (and inexpensive) taxi ride away.
I really enjoyed my stay there!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in Tripadvisor, we are pleased to learn that you have enjoyed your stay in our hotel. Your comments are a big motivation for the entire Swissôtel team.
Thank you again for choosing Swissôtel The Bosphorus for your business stay in Istanbul and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best Regards
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Swissotel was a lovely place to stay, near to all the places to visit and with magnificient views of the bosphorus. Price-quality one of the best hotels I have ever visited and the staff was awsome in everything.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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ElifAktas, Director of Guesr Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
We are very pleased to learn you had enjoyed your stay in our hotel. Your comments are a big motivation for the entire Swissôtel team.
Thank you for choosing Swissôtel The Bosphorus for your stay in Istanbul and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Awesome location, super friendly staff, brilliant breakfast buffet spread, customized services, wide pillow menu, You name it they have it! They converted my strenuous business trip into an absolute luxury! I have stayed here for 6 days and I can say this would be my best hotel stay so far! Bosphorous view from my balcony is the icing on the cake! Will be waiting for one more trip! Thx a lot guys for making my first istanbul trip more memorable

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
We are delighted to learn you had enjoyed your stay in our hotel. Your comments are a big motivation for the entire Swissôtel team.
Thank you for choosing Swissôtel The Bosphorus for your stay in Istanbul and look forward to welcoming you back many more times.
Best Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was a special weekend trip for my daughters 21 birthday. On finding that the main swimming pool was closed for refurbishment ( and we had chosen this hotel because it had a pool) we were upgraded to a suite. The luxury of this defies description !!! The views of the Bosphorus were breathtaking and the infinity pool was amazing.

All if the staff without exception, were polite, friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much hassle ( we mentioned at breakfast one morning that we had yet had Baklava on our trip and a delicious plate was delivered free of charge to our room ) such touches made our trip very memorable

So a HUGE thank you to everyone at Swisshotel. We hope to come back soon

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
We are so happy to hear you had chosen our hotel for your daughters special occasion and to learn that we could contribute to making this weekend even more special.
We thank you for your visit and look forward to welcoming you many more years to come.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Really disappointed that all the Hotel Restaurants are closed for refurbishment. Unfortunately only found that out after checking in. The Hotel were not forthcoming in informing potential guests at the booking stage.

The rooms are very well appointed and spacious, however the issue with the restaurants took the shine off the stay.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
We are deeply sorry to read your disappointment in reference to the temporary closure of our certain restaurants. To avoid such disappointment we are continuously updating the advance information regarding our renovation project in our Swissôtel web page, reservation confirmation letter as well as sharing all related information with agencies/companies as well all third party web booking sites.
Thank you again for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to try our new facilities starting with our west wing scheduled to be completed end of 2014.
Best Regards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We spent our summer vacation at the Swissotel The Bosphorus. The standard room was quite spacious and well appointed. We had the buffet breakfast each morning and it was easily among the best we had ever encountered. Our son has severe food allergies and these we well accommodated by the attentive staff.

The only thing to watch are the add-on charges for use of the facilities whether this is WiFi or the tennis courts. We also had a challenge with a heavy smoker in the adjacent room, while we were on a non-smoking floor. Rather than deal with the smoker, we were offered a move to another part of the hotel; not a useful option after having unpacked for a long stay (and with two young children).

The hotel location means that you will have easy access to Nişantaşı, a fashionable high-end district of Istanbul. This means that shopping, groceries and restaurants are within easy reach. However, it is a distinct type of holiday than if one would choose to stay in the Taksim Square area, closer to other tourist attractions and city bustle.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in Tripadvisor, we are pleased to learn that you have generally enjoyed your stay with us. I am pleased to inform that we are offering Business internet on complimentary basis which is recommended for ınternet browsing, emailing, messaging & social networking. Only for large file uploads/download, videos, games & entertainment we can recommend our Premium internet at a daily fee of 15€ .
In reference to your comment about our tennis facilities - only our closed court in the winter months or private lessons/ partner is subject to a fee, otherwıse our open air courts are free of charge.
We were sorry to hear about the disturbance caused as a result of smoking by another guest on the floor, to avoid such inconveniences please be assured that at check in / reservation stage stage we are checking preferences and always offering room change to our guests who wish to continue smoking in their rooms.
Thank you again for choosing Swissôtel The Bosphorus for your stay in Istanbul and look forward to welcoming you back when your travels bring you back to Istanbul.
Best Regards
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Skaramagas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Excellent hotel !!!!!!
Nice executive rooms , outstanding view of Bosporus .....................:::::::::::.....................……….........................,,...........................................

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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ElifAktas, Director of Guest Services at Swissotel The Bosphorus, responded to this review, August 23, 2014
Dear Swissôtel Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in Tripadvisor, we are pleased to learn that you have enjoyed your stay in our Swiss Executive rooms. Your comments are a big motivation for the entire Swissôtel team.
Thank you again for choosing Swissôtel The Bosphorus for your stay in Istanbul and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best Regards
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Additional Information about Swissotel The Bosphorus

Address: Bayildim Cad No 2 | Macka Besiktas, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beşiktaş , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#30 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#37 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#67 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#69 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#81 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Swissotel The Bosphorus 5*
Number of rooms: 497
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World and awarded Europe Luxury Hotel 2013 by World Luxury Hotel Awards, Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul is a five-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. Nestled within 65 acres of historical gardens with world-class shopping and vibrant nightlife nearby, it offers 497 guest rooms and suites, featuring state-of-the-art technology and exclusive amenities. For guest staying in Executive rooms, the Swiss Executive Club lounge provides additional luxury and exclusivity.In addition to various meeting space with the capacity of 5 to 1200 people, including function rooms and a ballroom, a team of event planners is on hand to help you hold the perfect wedding at Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul.The award-winning Purovel Spa & Sport offers luxurious holistic spa treatments from all over the world.Secure hotel parking is also available for your vehicle during your stay.Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul provides you with an exclusive new lifestyle experience thanks to Swissotel Living: 63 elegant suites in a variety of sizes, from studio to one to three-bedroom, offer the ultimate in style and luxury, and allow guests to enjoy the full range of hotel services – which includes an exclusive rooftop pool – within the comfort of their own four walls. We are upgrading our rooms and suites on the West Wing. Outdoor pool and Gaja Roof will be closed in 2014. Also Cafe Swiss Restaurant is closed as of August 1st for renewal process. Regular buffet breakfast is being serviced at our Lobby Lounge. In order to prevent any visual and noise disturbance to our guests, panoramic view from Lobby Lounge will be blocked during the renovation. ... more   less 
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