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The Marmara Taksim
Ranked #98 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
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Moscow, Russia
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“Below expectations”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Marmara Taksim on April 30-May 5th. Overall, the hotel did meet our expectations of a 5* hotel in one of the most important cultural capitals of Europe.

Location - the Taksim area is a convenient base for exploring Istanbul. The Taksim area is more civilized then the area in the old town of Sultanahmet, so everything else being equal we suggest you stay in modern part of the town. One should note that Taksim-Besiktas-Kabatas areas represent some sort of cluster of first-rate hotels, such as Four seasons, Shanri-la, Swisshotel, etc. However, while the Taksim location is good, the Kabatas-Besiktas location is even better. The reason is that you can take a boat from Kabatas-Besiktas port, and go almost everywhere - across the Golden Horn to Eminonu, from where you can further go explore Sultanahmet, or to Uskudas-Kadykoy on Asian part of Istanbul. On the contrary, if you stay in Taksim, you should either walk to Sultanahmet (and it's a fairly long walk, and you should cross Galata bridge to get to the old town), or take taxi (and you will most likely spend good part of your journey in taffic jam), or take a funiculer from Taxim to Kabatas, and then take a boat. To be short - stay in Besiktas-Kabatas area, if you are up to a good hotel and want a convenient spingboard to explore the town.
Room - the hotel lobby looks good, but the rooms look fairly shabby. In our room in the bathroom the sink was clogged. If you opt to book the room looking at pictures of the hotel on web-site, you'll be unpleasantly surprised after you check in and look at the rooms in reality. The furniture is old and worn out, the rooms are dusty, etc. The nice thing about the rooms though is the view - take a high floor, either city view, or Bosphorus view. And bring the binoculars with you (I am serious), it's a bliss to watch in binoculars at the large ships passing by thru Bosphorus, or the hisstling little boats. The hotel with the room at high floor (and many of an Istanbul restaurants located at Bosphous) provide such an oppotunity.
Breakfast -during our first day o May 1st the breakfast was not served in the main restarant. And the selection was terrible. We asked to remove the breakfast from our rate. Indeed, there are many good places for breakfast in Istanbul - try The White Mill in Cihangir, or Mangerie in Bebek, or the restaurant in the Modern Art Museum in Karakoy. The latter two have nice Bosphus view. Note that nice view is more important for breakfast then for dinner, as at night you won't see anything on Bosphous anyway, and it may be cold to sit outside on the terrace in April.
A few other advice for travellers: we liked going for Bosphous tour, but not the one that is advertised by hotel staff, but the long one that you can buy at port in Eminonu. Buy ticket an hour or two in advance, as the line may be long. The boat leaves at 10-35 and 13-35. Use the lotion or special creme to protect you from sun burnt - it may be violent. We burned ou faces completely in a few hours at Bosphorus tour.
We also liked to travel to Kadykoy on Asian part of the town - there are some decent cafes along Bosphorus, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of minarets of the old town. We also enjoyed a boat from from Kadykoy to Kabatas, it costs 3 lyra and it's very nice.
Do not go to the Western Part of Istanbul, especially the area between Fener, Fatih and the city wall. It's a very poor area, and I am afraid it may not be safe to walk there.
Restaurants - we went to 1) Kalamar in KumKapi area (fish), it was ok, nothing special; 2) Restaurant 360 - it was disappointment, very pricy, but I did not get it why. The ambiance was mediocre, the mezes (startes) - too. The kabap and sis kebap were well cooked though, I liked them; 3) Hamdi in Eminonu (kebap house) - very much advertised, touristy and trashy, we did not like it; 4) the Zubeiyr kebap house in Beyglu - very, very nice restaurant, cozy and meat was vey well prepared, recommended. However, book in advnce, especially on Satuday nites. And finally - Turkish wines were supisingly good.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

first of all, thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review about Istanbul. I am sure many travelers will benefit from the tips provided by you. As you rightly noted, The Marmara Taksim is located in the heart of the city and within steps away from all the means of the public transportation. We are glad you were able to take advantage of it!
I am pleased to inform you that by the end of this year we are taking on a big project of renovating the rooms completely and will be happy to host you again in our newly decorated rooms.
Once again, thank you for such an explanatory note about what to do in Istanbul and we wish you safe and happy travels!

Sincerely,

Minay Masimova
Guest Relations Manager
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Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Marmara Taksim was an excellent hotel to stay. Excellent view, excellent location and excellent service and breakfast :) Next autumn when I go back to Istanbul, I will invite my mother to The Marmara. Easy access to all sightseeing points. We had dinner on the 20th floor of this hotel at Raiwa.Great Dinner with great view.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

it is very kind of you to take time to write a review about your stay at The Marmara Taksim Hotel. I am very happy to hear that we lived up to your expectations and made your time in Istanbul special.
Autumn is a great time to visit Istanbul and we look forward to welcoming you back with your mother this time!

Sincerely,
Minay Masimova
Guest Relations Manager
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

A beautiful property offering guests a view of the Bosphorus or the city, depends on what you get. The Hotel is in the heart of the city vibrant centre, Taksim.
For commuting within the city is no problem by metro or tram or bus. However for the airport its recommended to pre arrange a taxi.

Hotel has rooftop pool, gym facing the square, Turkish bath. Room are quite spacious and cozy. We loved our stay at Marmara!
Staff is quite friendly and smiling thou English was a bit problem.

There are many restaurants nearby to relish the delicacy.
If you get best price go in for it, you will not regret.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear Guest,

We are thankful for the time taken to post a review about your experience at The Marmara Taksim Hotel. It is gratifying to receive such heartwarming feedback as we do our best to show our guests genuine Turkish hospitality. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and I will certainly share this with the rest of the team.
Our swimming pool and the gym area have recently been renovated, so if you wish to take advantage of the sunny days of Istanbul, we will be very glad to welcome you back at The Marmara Taksim this summer!

Sincerely,

Minay Masimova
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Excellent location, clean rooms, excellent service. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. I stayed in this hotel twice and will always stay in the same hotel if visiting Taksim. Whether visiting Istanbul for business or vacation, you can enjoy staying at this hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is wonderful to receive such wonderful comments from such wonderful guests like you and thank you for taking the time to post it on Trip Advisor. We strive to make our guests feel at home and we are happy that you keep coming back to us, which makes our work worthwhile.

We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Istanbul!

Sincerely,
Minay Masimova
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Sharm el-Sheikh, Janub Sina', Egypt
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We enjoyed staying at the Marmara Taksim very much. The location is central , and given the livelihood of this city, it makes it suitable for different people traveling tog. To find something they want to do within close range.. The sea view rooms (overlooking the Bosphorous) are THE rooms to book, city view rooms while there is a lot of construction are not so great. Food is good, the main rest. Is lovely. In general we had good experience with the staff, some difficulty at check in, but it passed. The hotel design is impressive and obviously recently redone.. Next visit I would like to stay somewhere else , but just out of curiosity to discover more about this beautiful city Istanbul ...

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the Bosphorus are THE rooms to book.. Go for rooms above the 13 floor..
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review about your stay at The Marmara Taksim Hotel. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and were able to take advantage of our services. I will gladly pass on your compliments to our staff and all of us will be very happy to welcome you back in our hotel should you choose to stay in this part of the town again.

Sincerely,

Minay Masimova
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Was here for 3 nights on business.

Expensive hotel, but its quality does match. Very comfortable place to stay, excellent breakfasts and scattered with a nice bit of Turkish charm. the bathrooms were a bit old and low-spec for a hotel of this price. But can't really fault it otherwise.

When choosing a hotel in Istanbul, location is everything. Work out where you need to go and get a hotel near that. The traffic in Istanbul makes central London roads look desolate.

I actually wished I stayed nearer the airport - but thats no fault of the hotel.

Room Tip: Go as high as you can, and get a view over Taksim square - Bospherous on your right and the miles an...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

we are grateful that you have taken the time to share your thoughts with us and we are very glad that you picked The Marmara Taksim Hotel for your stay in Istanbul. As you have noted, the traffic in this wonderful city can be tiresome, but thanks to our central location, all the means of public transportation are within few steps of the hotel, which makes it convenient for the guests to reach us from anywhere.
We hope you choose to stay with us again on your next trip to Istanbul, since we wouldn't want you to miss out on what Istanbul has to offer, than if you were near the airport.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back in not too distant future...

Minay Masimova
Guest Relations Manager
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and was quite impressed. The room itself was very clean and we had a great city and Bosphorus view. The staff were all very friendly and helpful as well. We had stayed in the old city for the first couple nights and then decided to stay in Taksim to get a feel for this part of the city. There are tons of restaurants nearby and it's right by the top shopping district with all sorts of shops, restaurants and bars. The hotel is very modern and there's even a Starbucks on the street level of the hotel. If you are simply in Instanbul to see the tourist sites in the old part of the city, I would probably suggest you stay in that area. We ended up walking to some of the old city sites from this hotel, but it was quite the hike. If you book at this hotel, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheMarmaraTaksim, Guest Relations Manager at The Marmara Taksim, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for taking the time to submit such a kind review about your experience at The Marmara Taksim Hotel. We are very glad that you chose our hotel for your stay in this dynamic and life bustling part of the city after what must have been a quiet time in the Old City. As you rightly noted, we are in the middle of everything, whether it's the shops, restaurants or the most popular vernues.
We will be happy to welcome you back in our hotel when your travels bring you to Istanbul again.

Sincerely,
Minay Masimova
Guest Relations Manager
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Property: The Marmara Taksim
Address: Taksim Square, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#71 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#92 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#104 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#110 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
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Hotel Class:5 star — The Marmara Taksim 5*
Number of rooms: 376
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