I stayed at the Le Meridien Istanbul Etilier for 2 nights and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to unwind in style in Istanbul. The hotel is quite new and it shows. Not only does the decor look new, it smells new (in a fresh way) and the attention to detail in the design is evident. For example, the playlist in the hotel's public areas changes 4 times a day according to the time of day. The unmistakable architecture is stunning from the outside and the interior matches this high standard.
The hotel's public areas are spacious and well planned, with colours and interior design that impresses but does not overwhelm. The amenities are fantastic, with both an indoor lap pool and jacuzzi and an outdoor pool surrounded by mediterranean furniture and decor. The pool area sits conveniently outside the al fresco restaurant but you can also order and eat poolside. The gym is well maintained and includes gym staples, and a studio area equipped for boxing and a pliates reformer machine. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in the public areas, including the pool, gym and meeting/business areas.
I stayed in a Delxue room, which was spacious for 1 or 2 people. The room was spotless and the lighting well thought out, with a Turkish touch. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom has a separate shower stall and toilet. There is also a generous bathtub and sink area. There is a pin encoded safe in wadrobe of a good size and an iPod dock sound system. The only minor disappointment was that some of the universal channels that are supposed to be available in multiple languages (such as National Geographic) was only in Turkish, but this did not effect my impression of the hotel.
The menu at the hotel is reasonably extensive and the food quality is good, but a little on the pricey side. The availability of different menus throughout the day makes a difference if you do not spend part (or all) of the day in the tourist or more populated areas. The buffet breakfast is worth its price and there is a wide range of spreads on offer. Etiler, where the hotel is located, is an exclusive residential part of the city so there are not many eateries in the area. Taxis are plentiful and the hotel is not far from a number of local attractions and places, or even just to the closest Metro train line, which is Levent. However, if you want to stay in the thick of action such as the Taksim or Sultanamet area, this hotel may not be for you.
The service at the hotel was great, from check in to the restaurant and the staff exemplifies the friendly Turkish service. I would definitely return to this hotel and highly recommend it for people who enjoy an urban chic getaway in a quieter part of a city that is brimming with action.
- 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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