This hotel is not for tourists. It took us 2 hours on a taxi to get from the airport to the hotel. The ride cost us TL 120 (about USD60). On reaching the hotel, we found that the room was small & and that there were limited dining options within walking distance. Despite the limited menu, we decided to eat at the Core, coffee shop. Though the staff was enthusiastic and friendly, the food was bland. By early evening, my husband developed food poisoning symptoms which we suspect was caused by unhygenic vegetables in the grilled chicken salad. He was sick all evening and we were lucky to have carried necessary medication.
The next morning when we informed the manager that we would like to check out and move to another hotel for the rest of our stay (2 nights), she informed us that no refund would be possible. We were left with no choice but to stay on.
Major tourist attractions like Taksim Square, Egyptian Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace etc are at least an hour away by taxi and will cost you USD 30-60 one way.
So if you are a tourist and decide to stay at this hotel, make sure to budget at least USD100 a day towards taxi fare. You would need to take a taxi even to have a bite.
One friendly trip that the hotel did not give us - You can take a taxi from the hotel to Kadikoy and a shared taxi (Dolmus) to Taksim square. This will slightly reduce your financial woes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the world's only city built on two continents while staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia. Designed by the acclaimed architects; Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia soars high above the upscale residential area of Atasehir, wtih breathtaking views across the amazing city Istanbul. The hotel's 195 guest accomodations feature desirable amenities and free internet access. On site, guests are treated to the marvellous delicacies of Turkish cuisine alongside international delights at the Core Grill & Bar restaurant. Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia offers Fitness facilities, Turkish Hammam experience and various massage treatments at its SPA. ... more less
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