We had one night at the Hilton booked as a package prior to our cruise. The journey from the airport was prolonged by demonstrations at the nearby Taksim Square and surrounding streets. We came across 2 wrecked buses and a minibus overturned in the road so had to take a detour.
The hotel was welcoming and we were upgraded thanks to our Hilton H Honours Card to a room with a balcony overlooking the Bosphorus. The room was spacious with a large, comfortable double bed: TV: writing desk: tea/coffee maker: a large balcony with table and 2 chairs.and a spacious bathroom. Overall a very good quality room.
Because of the demonstrators, we did not arrive at the hotel until 4 pm so we decided to stay in the hotel and avoid any possible troublespots. We had drinks in the Terrace Bar overlooking the Bosphorus and ate there as well. Service was good and the atmosphere was very relaxing, just the place to unwind after getting up at 3 am to catch a 7am flight. We had a good night's sleep.
Breakfast was included in our package and they offered a comprehensive buffet including fruit, cereal, breads and hot dishes. After breakfast we took a walk in the grounds and had a look at the large pool area, which looked very inviting. The hotel has a lot to offer but unfortunately we couldn't try all it has to offer in our one night stay.
The trip to the cruise terminal took about 20 minutes. The hotel is in a beautiful location but is the other side of the Golden Horn from the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Our original intention had been to take the hoho bus, which stops nearby to view the main tourist attractions but our late arrival meant that we changed our plans.
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