The Titanic Port hotel is situated in Bakirkoy near Ataturk airport, which is great if your on business but a bit of a challenge if your on vacation. It is probably about 15km from the old town and the railway that use to run close to the hotel has been removed, so getting from Titanic to the tourist attractions can be somewhat of a challenge. Nonetheless, the hotel is reasonably priced and has all the facilities that you will need. The rooms are spacious and the WiFi is super fast. The service ranged from great to rather average at times, depending on the concierge on duty. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the airport; very useful on your way out.
If you are on vacation I would suggest that you try to get a hotel closer to the city, preferably along one of the train lines. However if the Titanic is your choice then here are a few tips: There is a bus station about 500m away from the hotel. The 94A bus takes you to Beyazit (next to the Grand Bazaar) and the 71T bus takes you to Taksim square. At both Taksim square and Beyazit, you can interchange onto a train to take you further on. Avoid the yellow taxis, especially as a foreigner, you will be overcharged. Take some time to get your head around the public transport system and stick to that. The biggest drawback of the busses is the traffic. The busses run very regularly but it will take between 45mins and an hour to get to the old city.
Titanic is also close to close to a major business centre so there are plenty of eating and shopping places close by. You must visit the Pelit restaurant right next to the Titanic, they have the best deserts in all of Istanbul.
All in all my stay at the Titanic was reasonable but I did find it to be slightly overpriced and its location made getting around pretty tough. Great for business, less so for vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Titanic Port Hotel in Bakirkoy and experience one of the premier Istanbul hotels close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. This sophisticated, urban retreat is surrounded by unique shopping, fine dining and numerous public transport options of central Bakirkoy district.Ideally located at the heart of Istanbul’s business, cultural and retail hub, Titanic Port Bakirkoy offers superb and distinctive guest services and accommodations in a luxury setting.With breathtaking views of Marmara Sea and of Istanbul´s skyline, our hotel guests have the immediate feeling of truly being in the center of it all. From shopping to sports and sightseeing, there is a lot to do in and around of Port Bakirkoy. With public transport connections providing direct links to all parts of city, this is the perfect spot for business and pleasure pursuits. ... more less
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