I travelled solo as an independant traveller to Istanbul which was a long time calling. Made my own arrangements with flight and hotel via one of the online facilitators and selected the hotel just by the sound of its name. Hadn't a clue where the Ipak Palas Hotel was since it was my first time to Istanbul, but the features appealed to me and really wasn't disappointed with what I experirnced.
Can't honestly say it is in the most accessible location but ideally located to get to most toursist sites, and even the yellow taxi that took me to the old part of the city from Taskim onthe otherside of this dynamic city in really what is a hussle and bussle in an overcrowded city in more ways than one. I nonetheless had problems finding it, but negotiated my own way to the Ipak after I handed over my Turkish Lire to the cab driver.
My arrival at the Ipak was a warm experience and that was made possible because of the welcome one received at the reception from the concierges to the reception desk, but most of all the personal customer service from Funus and I was no exception. From the effort to get you to book activities that is so abundant in and around the area and Istanbul in general to advising on where to eat and the main attractions. She was especially courteous and kind.
The hotel features were not a disappointment and is well kept and clean 82 rooms. There were lots to choose from the mainly cold buffet. The one evening meal that I had in the reastaurant was nothing to write home about, but you can't beat the spetacular view of Mosques that dominate the Istanbulat night sky 9and day) and the flickering lights of the Bosphorous bridge from the rooftop restaurant.
My only disappointment apart from the dinner was the location of my room, directly overlooking the building works for the subway and most of the time it was noisy, but this was made up by the courtesy of the maids and others mentioned above and easy access to eat and drink a cold Turkish beer round the corner from the hotel.
My understanding from speaking to Funus, an exceptional Customer Relations Officer at the front desk is that the Ipak has a long history and undoubtedly will be for a long time and with the development of the subway literary right on its doorstep will surely extend its life; one for the future I'd predict.
When I return to Istanbul and that would be soon, I would and it certainly deserve its stars' rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ipek Palace is located in the old city section of Istanbul. The airport is 15 km from the hotel. Topkapi palace museum, orient express railway station, Blue Mosque and St. Sophia are only 15 minutes away by walking. The entrance of the hotel was decorated with Italian marble. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ipek Palas Hotel
- Ipek Palas Istanbul