Firstly I would like to point out there are a few things this hotel could do to dramatically improve its ranking on here as its sometimes the little touches that make all the difference.
We stayed twice in the this hotel on our way to and from Eskisehir for a European football game. The first night was only for a one night stay and our room on the 7th floor was very warm when we got in but the air conditioning did eventually cool the place down. The room was clean but the view was not the best. We had to get an early check out and despite telling reception of our need to get a bus in 20 minutes it took around 10 minutes to check out as reception used a 1 finger typing technique and then the printer on the visa terminal ran out of paper.
On our return the following evening we were given a room on the 6th floor, which had a far better view and in which at first the air conditioning was not working at all to start with. It was however fixed within 5 minutes of it being reported. Rooms 613, 612 and 611 must all be able to be converted into a big family room as we had interconnecting doors. The walls in this part of the hotel did not seem to be very thick as we heard every movement from the family next door, especially when their children got up early in the morning.
This room however did also have a dirty shower and what ever had been used to clean the flush on the toilet could still be seen two days later.
On the plus side our sheets and towels were changed after one night, the breakfast was good and the views from the restaurant are awesome. If you want a great view of the coast and over to Asia you can go onto the roof, where there was an empty hot tub and some sun chairs. Parts of the hotel are very smart, the large PC at street level is excellent and useful as the wifi in the hotel is not very strong at all and sometimes just did not work at all.
Another positive is the hotel can arrange a transfer service for you which is half the price of a taxi if you are flying from Sabiha Gokeen. You just need to give them 12 hours notice and the service was very efficient on this.
If your looking for a place in the old town of Istanbul this hotel is in a good location. we walked everywhere and did not need to use the tram system.
Our check out the second time was just as slow but we had allowed for this. The hotel also keeps your passports so you should take copies as you are supposed to have ID at all times in Turkey.
The whole place could just be so much better with a little work hence only 3 out of 5
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Istanbul is the city where Asia meets Europe, with cultural heritage and natural beauty. Ikbal Deluxe Hotel Istanbul is your four star hotel in the city and located next to the impressing historical city walls of Istanbul reflects the spirit of this very special city. It creates the ideal atmosphere for relaxing stay no matter whether you are traveling on business or on holiday ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ikbal Deluxe Istanbul