My girlfriend and I took a two-week vacation through Europe and the Middle East that included an extended stay in Istanbul. We stayed at a number of places during the trip, but none measured up to The Palazzo Donizetti in terms of service, value, location, and amenities.
I could go on about the ways that this hotel distinguished itself from others-- for instance, the small on-site spa is a very nice perk-- but it really was the staff that made our stay so enjoyable. From the moment we first walked through the door we were greeted with friendly smiles and hearty welcomes. Despite not having a reservation, we were treated like welcome guests. During our stay, the staff expressed a genuine interest in making sure that our time in Istanbul was a pleasant as possible. No detail was spared. From the bell captain who asked us every day about our most recent exploits to the doorman who secured for us only the most trusted taxi drivers.
If you are going to Istanbul, you should stay at Palazzo Donizetti. Unlike the sleepy confines of Sultanahmet where good restaurants and bars are tough to find after dark, the neighborhood around this hotel is alive until the wee hours of the morning. And yet it is close enough to the major tourist attractions (e.g. Ayasofya, the Spice Bazaar, etc...) that you could get to them in a matter of minutes. And, it is luxurious enough that you will get a good night's rest before traipsing back out into the busy streets of Istanbul. In short, the Palazzo Donizetti should be your first and last choice when looking for a place to stay in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palazzo Donizetti is a 5 star boutique Hotel, named after the musician Giuseppe Donizetti who lived in Beyoglu, Istanbul in the times of the Ottoman Empire, opens an era for your accommodation rituals in Istanbul. Palazzo Donizetti Istanbul is a specially designed, Special Certificate Hotel near Istiklal Street, suitable for business and leisure travelers. The luxurious hotel building that was traditionally used as a guesthouse carries footsteps throughout the years, and lives today combining elegance, luxury and comfort. Glorious Italian Carrera marbles, antique Italian Venetian colors, stained glass lighting in addition to high ceilings with classic motifs and golden foils were used in this historical Special Certificate Hotel in Istanbul. Palazzo Donizetti's 105 year old antique elevator also presents a nostalgic Beyoglu experience as one of the most important 5 star hotels in Taksim. ... more less
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