An experience must be judged in its entirety. At first glance, the Marmara was so glitzy/tacky that I instantly wondered what my husband was thinking when he booked it for our 5 night/6 day stay in Istanbul. But, he did the work of booking, sparing me the trouble, so I kept quiet. And I am glad I did. Although the amenities were probably just of 3 star quality, we actually had a 5 star time.
The room was small, but comfy and clean - always made up properly and discreetly. No one knocked to wake us up even though we slept in one morning. Service staff appeared as soon as we sat our butts down in one of the cozy seating areas in the lobby overlooking Taksim Square. For 6 days, it was Mr. James this and Mr. James that - very hard not to like that kind of personal touch. The concierge recommendations were excellent, and the location at the head of Istiklal Caddesi is ideal. We spend a full day walking down Istiklal to Galata Tower, just exploring, shopping and eating the whole way. The location is also central all transportation - honest taxis, buses, the tram and the Metro.
My husband used an internet hotel booking site to get a good rate which I would recommend. The Marmara experience is really about convenience and the warm and friendly people that work there, not luxury amenities.
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- Also Known As:
- The Marmara Taksim Hotel Istanbul