General points first. The rooms are excellent, spacious and well laid out. Nice bathroom too. The pool and spa are excellent; the pool is fairly large and very pleasant, as too is the sauna and steam room. The spa treatments are good, I had a very thorough and relaxing massage in a nice environment. Good gym. The whole leisure area is up-market, pleasant and well put together.
The top floor bar is great - interesting layout and lighting, a balcony for when the weather is nice and interesting food. The food is only small dishes. I had a modern version of mezze which was seven small portions, all delicious. Can't comment on the restaurant as I did not eat there but it looked fine. I did not feel the menu was particularly Turkish/Mediterranean even though that is the claimed style.
The building is rather brutal architecturally, in a style reminisent of new brutalism prevailant in the late 1960s. The furniture and style in the lobby and adjoining areas did not fit together; can't quite put my finger on it but seemed to be a variety of things thrown together rather than a coherent approach.
It is an excellent hotel for someone travelling on business assuming the locations suits where you will be visiting. However, for the tourist, particularly for the first few times in Istambul when you are still soaking up the historic centre, it is poorly located. You could walk to the metro station but it is along uninteresting streets and up and down hills. By metro I would have to allow about an hour to the centre and probably the same by taxi.
One evening I asked where I could find some bars and restaurants and was directed to an area where I was told there would be lots. It was a selection of grim cafes and tacky looking restaurants and not where I, or most people staying at such a hotel, would willingly choose to eat dinner. Maybe I missed the good places but I had walked for over 20 minutes and there were no sign of any. Contrast this to a city centre hotel where there would be many interesting places to select from.
So, for business in the surrounding area a excellent choice but for holiday tourism avoid even if like me you got a very cheap promotional rate - the location is isolated and poor for the tourist.
- 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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