We typically stay at Starwood properties when traveling abroad -- makes life a lot easier (clean/modern hotels, great customer service, people can communicate in English). The Le Meridien hotels we've stayed at previously (abroad) have all been excellent; Istanbul is no exception.
The Istanbul property is brand spanking new; its a small luxury to be able to come back to a *modern* hotel (with larger rooms/bathrooms) that's not situated in the middle of the tourist "mosh pit". Given that its' location is well off the tourists' "beaten path"' (located in a more upscale residential district), we saw/experienced many parts of Istanbul (life) that we would not have normally seen. We felt this provided us with a good understanding of the primary parts of the city.
Internet connection worked well. Convenient gift shop in the lobby with a nice selection -- gift shop worked well for us because the Grand Bazaar vendors can be exhausting to deal with. Restaurant/bar food was good.
Very knowledgeable concierge - who helped us get around the city and did a great job of meeting our somewhat random requests. We stayed here 4 nights @ the end of Feb. 2012.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising 34 stories in Istanbul’s prestigious Etiler district, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler will be one of the city’s most impressive contemporary landmarks. Featuring a modern design with panoramic views of the Bosphorous and the city, the hotel is conveniently located along the TEM Motorway and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. 259 rooms including 18 Residential Suites of sophistication and elegance with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame breathtaking views of the cityscape and Bosphorus. A club lounge on the 14th floor provides comfort and luxury. Hotel's restaurant promises the ultimate dining and the Roof Bar puts you on top of Istanbul. Seven stylish meeting rooms, two VIP boardrooms and a Ballroom with private foyer feature among Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler's more than 2000 square metres of conference space. For contemplation and vitalization the Explore SPA & Fitness with Steam Rooms, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam and 8 treatment rooms as well as an Indoor & Heated Outdoor pool are available. ... more less
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