We chose this hotel because it was far less expensive than the Istanbul Hilton, the conference headquarters for our meetings. We are glad we stayed at this hotel. The decor (Oriental plush with a streamlined, modern simplicity), the comfort of the room, and the location are all wonderful. The Intercontinental is10 meters just across the street, and the walk to the Conference Center was under 10 minutes. It is extremely convenient public transportation. The breakfast buffet was excellent and varied with both local specialties and other fare such as smokes salmon, scrambled eggs an assortment of cheeses, fruits, etc.
The small-looking room I was initially shown would have been fine if traveling alone. However, since I was sharing with a friend, I was very relieved that, with some effort, the hotel staff found a slightly bigger room with a huge bathroom (no tub, alas, but a seat in the big marble shower). If you are itchy about small bathrooms you might want to check in with them in advance and/or book a slightly more expensive room. The room was so nicely laid out and the beds so comfortable that we never felt cramped in any way. The Molton Brown toiletries were very nice and replenished as needed.
Finally, I left a dress when packing. In less than as week it was found, packaged and has arrived at my home. This suggests a highly honest service staff.
In short, I would stay there again in a flash.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at Taksim Square, right in the heart of Istanbul. Just steps away from the glamorous Bosphorus, Historic old town, shopping and business centers. We are one of the few certified Boutique hotels in Istanbul and a proud member of the DESIGN HOTELS CHAIN. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gezi Hotel Istanbul