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“Standard Western Hotel in an amazing city” 3 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Barbaros Bulvari No: 145 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #207 of 944 Hotels in Istanbul
Marlow, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Standard Western Hotel in an amazing city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrived late after working into dinner so did not expect too much.

Check in was fast and attentive
WiFi was easy to set up with minimal fuss and the room was a delight!
Modern, clean and very smart.
A good business hotel bit not one I would bring my wife to stay at!
On a busy road which was noisy but then thats any big thriving city an not the fault of the hotel.
Have stayed at both Four Seasons hotels in IST as well as W and would always have preference to stay there.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 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 1 week ago

I have stayed at Renaissance Bosphorus for the small convention. Never seen anything like this in my life what a great view, Roof top Bar, I can't remember the name but it was exceptional, one of the best view in the world. The staff members were very friendly and went above and beyond. Navigator Aniel was very helpful and made my stay very memorable. I loved the breakfast, overall service was exceptional. Club Lounge can be bigger but service was good and food selection was adequate. Perfect location, close anywhere in the city but traffic is little bit challenging sometimes. This hotel will be my only choice when I come back to Istanbul in May. By the way, rooms are awesome, very trendy, clean and perfectly furnished. Thanks for making my stay excellent.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stockton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two nights at the hotel and were amazed at the service and beauty of the hotel. The food was excellent and the lobby is very spacious. The rooftop bar has a wonderful view of the Bosphorus Straits and of the city. It is located on the Asian side of the city and faces the European side. I can not say enough about the quality of the staff, they were excellent. The rooms were large, well designed, comfortable and quiet.

Room Tip: Facing the street gives the best views.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed in Renaissance hotel two times in 2014, firstly location and panaromic wiew gained ggod points. Breakfast was very good enough and very welcoming staff. When I wasn't feeling good, They served me very nice herbal teas and honeys to make me feel better. Very professional concierge "Navigator" and reception staff, Check in and check out went smooth. Unfortunately no outdoor pool but endless pool experience at the indoor pool was great. Again same situation with wi-fi. No free wi-fi service as most of the Istanbul Hotels however you can buy it with reasonable fee. Not very close to airport 30 mnts. by driving. Located in the centre of Istanbul, almost between Asian and Europenean side. So easy accesable..

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ultramodern with very nice room and comfortable bed. Located in the embassy section of Istanbul, it is far from the old city but there are lots of restaurants and shops about 2 blocks down the hill. Breakfast is included and is very good although no hot items; I recommend to try the the honey-honeycomb and all! Delicious! Wifi was not free but we were able to get wifi somehow.

Room Tip: Get a room facing the Bosporus strait
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winter Park, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fabulous hotel but a little too far from the old city and requires a cab to see the old city where all of the history and shopping are located. It is also a way from the airport but the rooms and food and service and beds were fabulous.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Renaissance Ist... B, Genel Müdür at Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing your valuable comments on TripAdvisor regarding to your stay. I'm delighted to read that had an enjoyable time with us and we exceeded your expectations with the level of service we provided during your stay.

As Renaissance Brand we believe; “no matter where or why you travel, there is always something wonderfully new to discover”.

We look forward to being your host again during your future trips to Istanbul.
Best Regards,
Anil Boydas Tinaz – General Manager
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rooms are smallish but clean. The staff are friendly and vey helpful with getting taxis etc.

Food is decent but not 5* Just ok. The Bar is expensive

I had problems with the lights turning on by themselves in the middle of night. Sometimes three or four times. Eventually it seemed to get fixed but took a few times. My guess is dodgy electrics rather than ghosts..

Would use it again as it's close to office but is inconvenient for tourist attractions.

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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Renaissance Ist... B, General Manager at Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your opinion on TripAdvisor.

We were concerned to read that you encountered a challenge while staying at the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. We treat all responses very seriously and apologize for any inconvenience that we caused.I would like to inform you that I shared your valuable comment with the Engineering Manager to make sure that this kind of challenges will not be repeated in future.

We would like to restore your faith in the hotel and hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back at the Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in the near future.

General Manager
Anıl Boydas Tınaz
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Address: Barbaros Bulvari No: 145 | Besiktas, Istanbul 34349, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #207 of 944 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 214
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are delighted to welcome you here at stylish Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. Discover international excellence blended with local passion.''No matter where or why you travel, there's always something wonderfully new to be found.'' Is the integrated philosophy of Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. Offering stunning views over the Bosphorus, the magnificent towering Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel is reflecting the modern life style norms with its architectural design. The hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, in Besiktas, midway between the areas of Taksim and Levent, and in a walking distance to key shopping malls and Bosphorus' main boat harbor. This luxury newest addition to Istanbul hotels is designed to meet most demanding requirements of today's modern traveler, whether the trip is for business or holiday in Istanbul, Turkey. Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel offers you a comfortable accommodation with its 212 rooms accompanied by a breathtaking Bosphorus view. You can organize your successful and unforgettable events with the hotel's 11 meeting rooms which are mostly daylighted and a unique Ballroom.You can enjoy extensive food and beverage alternatives of our hotel such as Arts Restaurant with its modern cuisine and stunning design, Bar 212 where international excellence meets local passion accompanied by spectacular Bosphorus view and Living Room&Terrace with its pop in atmosphere and smells of coffee. Both fitness and spa are together at R Fitness & Spa. You can refresh your body as well as your soul. ... more   less 
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