My room was clean, modern and comfortable. I had a single room and it was compact but efficient. Note: this is a hotel where you do have to put the key in by the door to get the lights to work, but it means you won’t misplace the key once inside!
There is a dip into the elevator, it’s the floor, not the floor of the elevator and is only on the floor that the lobby is on.
The first night I took a shower, I was concerned I was going to flood the bathroom and it would soak into the carpet of the room. Unlike other Turkish bathrooms, the shower it at floor level here… The drain didn’t want to drain, and I soaked two towels taking a quick shower. The drain can be rigged- pull off the cover and wedge the package for the q-tips (cotton swabs) and a sea won’t be created at your feet. It’s a drain that theoretically should open when there is water by the weight alone, but it doesn’t work… or rather it did not in my room.
At the elevator there is a sign stating not to bring in outside food or drink. It’s not enforced, I walked by blatantly with a Starbucks cup in my hand and on day one I had a bag of groceries. The mini fridge is RADICALLY over-priced. It was two EURO for a bottle of water, nothing fancy. There is a shop in Taksim, right by Bambi’s (on the side with all the fast food venders) that is cheap, it should be half a lira for a bottle of water, and it’s not the same brand as the hotel so it should not be confused.
Skip the hotel café unless you are hungry beyond all get out and need some convenience. It is also loud, but the food is reasonably priced and not bad (ten Lira for a Coke, hamburger and fries). Taksim is an EASY walk up the street, it’s a block if you go up, or you can turn right at the door and go up a side street. The hotel reception tried to tell me it was a half-hour… the guy on the first day was also trying to sell me on sight-seeing, telling me he could give me ten percent off because he had a friend, it was priced in Euros, not Lira.
The wi-fi was an issue when staying at the hotel. There are only a couple of English speaking staff. There was a young man at the desk, in black (the English speakers wore white) who tried to blame me for the wireless not working on my computer. He then got another staff member to help but was very rude.
To use the Turkish Bath/sauna/gym downstairs you must have a reservation but no one was using it when I was there.
The breakfast spread is good- nothing too fancy but the service is good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taksim Line Hotel conveniently located in Taksim Square. Safe and comfort hotel with a very friendly staff. Taksim Line Hotel is freshly designed and renovated in an art deco style. 30 seconds to Istiklal Street(Istiklal Avenue) most famous avenue of Istanbul. Visited by millions of people daily. 45 seconds to subway/metro and transportation hub. ... more less
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