I flew in from Athens (staying at the Athenaeum, another Intercontinental hotel) to stay at the Intercontinental, just off Taksim Square. I had stayed in a Deluxe room in Athens with breakfast included, but for around 20% more I could only get a basic room with no breakfast in the hotel in Istanbul. While the Athenaeum is in a relatively quiet business area, I thought the hotel was very good and deserved a 5 star status. The Intercontinental Istanbul looks impressive from the lobby but I found it lacking, compared to their Athens hotel. The basic room was ok with a decent bed and free basic wifi (which was welcomed) but it felt a bit tired and dated. I was staying in the club floor (17th I think). On the 3rd night, the aircon started leaking badly to the point where I had to go down to the lobby around 2am to report it. Thankfully the staff were excellent and the duty manager, along with an engineer and another member of staff were up in my room within 10 minutes to fix the leak. It was fixed within 15 minutes. Top marks there.
On the first night I went up to the 19th floor to try the restaurant. The meal (steak with a glass of red wine) wasn't cheap (around 50 euros) but while the wine was good, the steak was average. I felt the restaurant was more about impressions than actually good food.
Around Taksim square, there were quite a lot of police (I stayed at the end of August/Start of September) and the park was closed off at one point. The staff were very good and perhaps the key aspect of this hotel. I felt my room was a bit tired, and expensive compared to the Athens Intercontinental.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-star ambiance at Istanbul's one of the best address and in the heart of the city. InterContinental Istanbul is the ideal base from which to explore this Ottoman capital city's endless historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs and shops. Located in Taksim,commanding stunning views of the Bosphorus,Taksim,Skyline of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque,the hotel is in a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall. Our attentive staff will also point out your desired places. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Travelocity, Expedia, Hotels.com, IHG, Agoda, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Hotwire, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your InterContinental Istanbul reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Istanbul Ceylan Hotel Istanbul