I don’t usually review large chain hotels as the services are adequate and expectable, but I’m making an exception due to the overall excellence of the Hilton Istanbul. You first sense that you have arrived somewhere special when you see the historic photos on the entry hall walls of the famous visitors who have stayed here and the special opening in 1955 attended by Conrad Hilton himself. At the time it was the largest hotel in the Middle East. The property is really large and beautiful and the view of the Bosphorus from one side of the hotel is breathtaking.
We were travelling with an adult daughter and were given an excellent “executive floor” room with space for a roll away. Room 301 was a corner with city and sea views and served the three of us perfectly for the duration of our stay. The staff is impeccably trained and performs their duties with enthusiasm and good cheer. Our executive room and Hilton Honors status afforded us the use of a ninth floor lounge that provided light meals and drinks during the entire day.
The location of the hotel, vis-à-vis the majority of the top tourist sites, required the use of taxis but as they are plentiful and cheap it wasn’t a hardship. The greatest surprise came after having roamed the city to the point of exhaustion we had no choice but to eat in the hotel. We chose their Lebanese restaurant, Al Bushra and were so impressed with the quality of the service and how delicious the food was that when we returned to this property four nights later we returned from travelling other parts of Turkey. All of the other facilities that we used measured up in the same excellent way.
There are definitely newer and maybe better located hotels in Istanbul but we will always go back to the Hilton Istanbul, as we can’t imagine a better overall experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Hilton International Istanbul
- Istanbul Hilton International