The hotel itself and all of the staff - from the concierge to the front desk staff and everyone in between - is great, and everyone speaks English well. While it's very close to Taksim square, you can't really walk there unless you are in superb shape as it is all at a VERY steep uphill (and I am used to walking a lot). The area itself industrial and there is nothing here in the area, so while the price is great for a four star hotel, you must take a taxi to get anywhere. They do have a shuttle to Taksim (not back), which is very helpful, and the drivers are very nice (and slightly less insane than the taxi drivers). The restaurant is pretty good, personally I didn't love the breakfast, but there is a big selection for everyone, so you won't leave hungry. I would definitely recommend it if you have no problems taking a cab anywhere you need to go. Just make sure to tell taxi drivers to turn on the meter, otherwise you will pay 20 lira for a 5 lira ride. I came for business, but would have no problem staying here with my family, but it's definitely not a place to walk around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located, Istanbul Dora Hotel is only a 10-minutes’ walk away from the vibrant Taksim Square of Istanbul. It offers air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises.The anti-allergic accommodation at Istanbul Hotel Dora features an LCD TV with satellite channels, a fully stocked minibar free of charge and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. A laptop safety box is also available. Each unit offers city views.A rich daily breakfast is served buffet style and the a-la-carte restaurant offers meals from Turkish and international cuisine. Listening to soothing live music, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the lobby bar. Room service is also provided.Guests can benefit from the tour desk and concierge service on site. The 24-hour front desk arranges airport shuttle services at a surcharge.The popular shopping district Nisantasi is 1.2 km from the property. Osmanbey Metro Station is a 10-minutes’ walk away, offering easy access to other cites of the city. ... more less
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