The hotel is located in Taksim, an area full of hotels, restaurants and heavily used by foreign tourists. The hotel has a good position being located just 5 minutes walk from the Sishane subway station and 15 minutes to Taksim Square which offers also a starting point for city bus tours.
The entire hotel is decorated in neoclassical style and has 79 rooms divided into three categories: deluxe rooms, corner suites and suites pasha. The hotel was named after Guiseppe Donizetti, Italian musician who has lived in the area during the Ottoman Empire.
We had a deluxe room. The room is L-shaped and generous like space with a double bed (as they said), but, by chance, we found that in fact there were two beds but perfectly matched each other in such way that you cannot observe this fact. In front of the bed there is a small working desk, the minibar on top of which were waiting quietly the kettle, the cups and glasses and sachets of tea (on the house). The minibar, of course, extra cost and prices ... pfff! ... high. The usual 5 cl bottle of whiskey costs no more and no less than 37 turkish pounds (2, 13 turkish pound / euro).
Above the table is a LCD TV that offers programs in all major languages.
On the left side there is a very spacious wardrobe that is built into the wall and inside you can find a safe (laptop size), free of charge.
The bathroom is also spacious, beautifully decorated with a large shower space. Local production cosmetics available on the sink and other stuff like sewing kit, shower cap, trash bag, etc.
The room itself is beautifully decorated and equipped with interesting furniture that provides a pleasant feeling of comfort and relaxation. Unfortunately, all their work was overshadowed by the carpet from the floor which was not very clean. They had the poor inspiration to choose a pale carpet that retains many traces of stains. Also, the walls are covered with wallpaper in tune with carpet (well, at first maybe they were in tune ... not much longer now). Some small problems arise here: a piece of wallpaper was separated from the wall and started showing its edges on a distance of about one meter, a few centimeters away someone made a black stripe on the carpet (probably with the sole of the shoes) and it was left unpeeled. Of course, there are simple things that can be solved in 20 to 30 minutes with the cleaning solutions from today, but for what, as long as tourists come and say nothing (probably). Barring those issues, the room is clean and pleasant with an immaculate linen and plenty of towels available in the bathroom.
Rooms are connected to a central heating system. The first night I was surprised to see that all the air that comes in the room is cold. After 2 discussions lined up directly with the receptionist , he decided to call "the central heating worker" and told me happy that he will increase the pressure and we will have more heat. What has already happened after about 30 minutes.
Network free wireless internet is available throughout the hotel.
Breakfast is included and is served at Café de Paris restaurant that is attached to the hotel. Access is directly from the hotel and only hotel guests can enter in the morning in the restaurant. Their menu is not very large, but there is everything for everyone: three kinds of cheese, some salami, boiled/ fried eggs, sausages, yogurt, cereals, jam and compotes. Instead, it offers a big variety of pastries. Unfortunately, Turkish coffee and fresh fruit juice were missing. Instant coffee and 2 types of juice concentrate plus several kinds of tea are provided.
The hotel has 2 lifts, one modern and one of old style. The latter can be very old, i do not know exactly, but it operates more slowly. A nice bar with pretty varied assortment of drinks awaits guests in the entrance hall. The seats are not too many maybe because not too many people hanging out there.
The hotel has an indoor pool, spa and sauna free of charge and offers massage and Turkish bath service fee.
All staff deserve to be appreciated for the way they approach and treat all the tourists.
As I said, if you ignore (which I did) the small drawbacks of the camera, I can say that we had a pleasantly weekend in this hotel.
Guidance:Taksim area or the hotel can be reached by metro or by taxi from Ataturk airport . From Sabiha Gokcen Airport (approx. 50 km) only by taxi or bus (not recommended). Here, there is a shuttle belonging Nord Travel Company that provides transportation throughout the city with relatively decent prices. Watch out if you wanna get a round trip with them: they do not issue bills and the might forget about you when the pick-up time is coming ( as it happened to us). Call in advance in the last day just to be sure everything is OK.
The hotel is only 5 minutes walk to Istiklal street, famous walking and shopping street in Taksim. It is the busiest street I could ever seen. Here you can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants on the street, but do not neglected the perpendicular streets that are full of culinary surprises that are more than enjoyable.
- 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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