We just returned last night (to our home in Ohio) from staying 5 nights at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul. We stayed on the 12th floor, which was the Club Level. The Club Level had an eating area where snacks and drinks were provided all day. Continental breakfasts were served each morning. We are picky eaters and the food was not all Turkish; they incorporated American food as well. The majority of the time, we had the same two concierges: Deniz and Mesut. They called us by name each time we saw them. They were fantastic! Whatever we wanted or needed, they handled it for us. They spoke English very well. Most all of the Ritz Carlton Istanbul employees spoke English, in addition to their native tongue. It seemed that when the Ritz Carlton reserved a restaurant or activity for you, their name carried clout and you were most likely to get a great table or a great seat. They arranged a 4 hour tour for us with an English speaking tour guide for the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. We thought the price was fair and the tour guide was worth every penny. Security at the Ritz Carlton was also top notch. They made every taxi open their trunk and they looked underneath each taxi with a mirror. Once inside, you had to go through a security scan. We felt very safe there. It was wonderful to come "home" to the hotel staff and the hotel's opulence each night after being hot and sweaty all day. The hotel was air conditioned, smelled like rose Turkish delight, and was kept squeaky clean (literally...our sandals squeaked as we walked across the marble floors). If you stay here, request the concierge reserve seats for you at the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony (Whirling Dervishes) at the Hocapasa (HodjaPasha) Culture Center. If we ever come back to Istanbul, we will only stay at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is located in the heart of Istanbul overlooking the Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Palace. It is approximately 30 minutes from Istanbul Atatark International Airport and is within walking distance of the Old Pera/Beyoglu district, which has many of the city's cultural attractions as well as Turkish designer shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Istanbul
- Ritz-Carlton Istanbul