The Le Meridien Etiler is quite new about 2 years old and is located in a quaint, upmarket residential area. There are a handful of chic restaurants just behind the hotel, although do note that you will have to make an uphill trek (10mins) up a very steep slope to get there. The shopping mall Akmerkez is also just 15mins away which has stores like Zara (Zara Home), Massimo Dutti, GAP, Bath & Bodyworks. If you are taking a taxi back to the hotel, it shouldn't cost you more than 8 TL.
We stayed here for only 1 night and was also upgraded to a Creative room facing the Bhosphorus River. The room indeed had a wonderful view of the review as well as the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The room was very clean and furnished with modern amenities like iPod player which doubles up as an alarm clock, and a coffee machine. The bathroom was amazingly large with a fantastic standing shower and a bathtub in the middle. The standing shower area came equipped with a large rain shower head, with good water pressure and temperature.
Service staff were very warm and friendly, and I must give full compliments to the concierge staff who gave us very good lunch & dinner recommendations. Eszki (concierge) recommended us to Mira Balik which was a great fish restaurant and made sure we had a good table with a great sunset view. We also went to this eatery Big Chefs which is more like a bistro bar serving modern fusion Turkish, Italian fare amidst a very chic setting. Fantastic place for drinks as they played good jazz music.
We did not have breakfast at the hotel as we had to leave for an early morning flight to Cappadocia. The hotel is not near to the usual tourist sights and thus offers a quaint and quiet retreat.
- 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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