Family of three stayed 5 nights at the Radisson SAS Bosphorus in December 2007.
The hotel is first class,very new and the staff are efficient and friendly.
The major problem with this hotel ,if you are a tourist to Istranbul,is it's location.It is in Ortakoy and in normal Istanbul traffic,which is pretty horrendous,can take you anything up to 45 minutes by taxi to Taxim square or Sultanahmet.
We normally like to take a mid day break from siteseeing around 2-3 PM and go back out for another round in town in the early evening.With the hotel being so far away it just wasn't practical.
The Metro/Light Rail of Istanbul also doesn't help much as it ends in Kabatas and from there you need a cab anyway.
The neighbourhood of Ortakoy is very nice,with cafes and restaurants on the pier,right by the bosphurus bridge and the Oratkoy Mosque.A small handicrafts market is always on hand as well.
Another down side of the Radisson SAS is the pricing for the extra's.
We paid 210 Euro per night for a triple room which is reasonable nowadays for a 5 star in Istanbul.But this price did not include breakfast - they charged us 20 Euro per person for the buffet breakfast - which we indulged in once.Other mornings we either went straight to town or went down to a cafe in Ortakoy where u can get a Turkish Breakfast platter for around 12.50 YTL per person.
The Hotel has a Hamam - They charged me 140 YTL for a 40 min's Turkish massage and use of the sauna and spa.Comparable rates in first class Hamam's in town,albeit NOT in a 5 star hotel,run for c 60 YTL for a similar experience.
The hotel also has a hair dresser and we made the mistake of bringing our 9 year old daughter for a hair cut.I have very little hair left but I was convinced to also have a shave,manicure,head massage etc.
Before we knew what was going on they charged us 225 YTL (c $200) for the pleasure.When we contacted the reception to complain they checked with the salon and returned to us explaining that the prices we were charged were actually quite reasonable for a 5 star hotel in Istanbul.
Just for futur reference anyone who go's to Istanbul will notice that they have more hair salons per capita than any other place in the world I have seen! Just stop into any decent looking one and you will get spoiled rotten at 1/3 the price we paid.
All in all the Radisson SAS is not the place for tourists - there is no shortage of 5 star hotels in the Taxim area or the Sultanahemet tourist area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy sumptuous lodging and city proximity at this stylish hotel in Istanbul. Its Bosphorus location is near a variety of transport options as well as attractions like Taksim Square and exciting nightlife destinations. The 120 rooms and suites are stylishly decorated and provide thoughtful touches like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Savour delicious Turkish cuisine at StarBoard Restaurant, and then head to Cruise Lounge Bar for a glamorous evening sipping drinks. Both venues overlook the Bosphorus Strait, giving you a memorable dining experience. Relax at the hotel's on-site wellness centre, which includes a Turkish sauna. For efficient events against the backdrop of the scenic strait, the Pupa Terrace features modern equipment and a great outdoor locale. ... more less
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