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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Ranked #84 of 1,141 Hotels in Istanbul
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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35 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Stay Here Only if You Want Generic”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Yes, you get a nice bed, a good view and service you can get in any other nice hotel but it is sterile and the location is horrible! You go in and you have no idea what country you are in. As for location, there is nothing close by and you can't walk to anything. You need a taxi to the old area, the Blue Mosque, or anything else worth interest and even going somewhere else to eat is impossible.

It isn't there fault, it is a Conrad. They are meant to be the same. So, if you want generic--go for it. If you want something with a better location and a touch of Istanbul, go closer to the Old quarter, Blue Mosque where you can walk everywhere, see the sites, and experience more of Istanbul.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

I am sad to learn that your stay at the Conrad did not fulfil your expectations. I would like to thank you for taking the time to share your feedback as we always look for ways to improve in our services and standards.

Although our hotel is not located immediately next to the main attractions, it is not too far from them – a taxi drive to old town will take around 10 – 15 minutes (depending on traffic conditions) and the tramway station which brings to the core of the old town is within walking distance; the trip to the old town takes around 15 minutes. Moreover, we are located within walking distance to the more and more popular Ortakoy area, located below the Bosphorus bridge; an ideal escape for a drink, dinner, shopping, or simple walk away.

Thank you once more for your comments and we hope we will be able to welcome you back in not too distant future.

Kindest Regards,

Iñigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
Conrad Istanbul
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We stayed here for two days prior to our cruise in the Med. this past September 2012. We normally wouldn't have stayed in such luxury but the hotel was chosen for us by the Cunard Cruise Line and was included in our cruise price. The room was beautiful and the hotels exudes decadence and luxury. The dining experience was over the top! This is when you get a taste of what the rich and famous are use to. The staff are friendly and helpful as you might expect in high end hotels. Everything seemed a pleasure to them and we enjoyed some true relaxation with drinks during our pre-diner indulgence. We felt safe and were soon in the midst of the " happening" areas. For shopping , dining and entertainment visit Istikal Caddesi by taking a short taxi ride to the funicular which will take you up to Taksim and you can walk the 3km long pedestrianized street. A night visit is best. It's almost Disneysque but for real!

Finally if there is a better bed than the one we had in our room I have yet to find it. Just gorgeous comfort. Didn't want to leave for the cruise! Tried to put the mattress in my suitcase but the darn thing wouldn't fit!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback and please rest assured that positive comments have been shared with all team members.

I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and we have met your expectations.

I look forward to welcome you back in not a too distant future to the Conrad Istanbul

Regards,

Inigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
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missoula mt
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We spent eight days here. It was heavenly. A fabulous facility, great food (the Sunday Brunch was an unbelievable spread). They are in the process of updating and expanding the hotel but we were not inconvenienced in the slightest. One of my best hotel experiences.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback and please rest assured that positive comments have been shared with all team members.

I am delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your stay and we have met your expectations.

I look forward to welcome you back in not a too distant future to the Conrad Istanbul

Regards,

Inigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
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Edinburgh
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Lovely hotel, friendly, efficient staff and the most amazing views over the Bosphorous River. Excellent selection of food for breakfast - everything from miso to bread pudding to the fantastic selection of pastries.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to publish your comments.

I have already shared them with our team and this will motivate us to keep working to seek service excellence for our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you in the near future,

Sincerely,
Iňigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
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Scottsdale AZ USA
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed one night prior to a cruise on Oceania Cruise Lines and the service and accomodations could not be improved upon. The staff was very attentive and helpful. The room was very nice and we understand that many improvements were underway. The dinner at the top of the hotel was excellent and the breakfast buffet off of the lobby was outstanding with a wide choice of breakfast items. Again, the waitstaff was attentive and friendly. We would definitely stay here again when we are in Istanbul. The hotel was conveniently located and the view from the top of the hotel was outstanding.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

I want to thank you for having taken the time to share your kind comments,
As you mention, some of the most impacting views of the city can be enjoyed at our hotel, and we are happy to see that you enjoy our services,

We look forward to welcoming you soon

Sincerely,


Inigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
Conrad Istanbul
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ankara
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Hotel has a good location, lots of things to do around. If there is not a heavy traffic, 10 minutes to taksim and 20 minutes to Sultan Ahmed area.Down the hotel, by a couple minutes walk, you arrive Besiktas area by the sea side. Nice small fish restaurants by fish market.

My UK based agency made a mistake and sent me a voucher good for 2 nights, unfortunately there was a mistake and there was no reservations made for me for the dates I had requested.
The front desk made their best to check in for the night I arrived. Next day , I was kept updated almost every half an hour about the availibilty for the coming days that I needed.
Finally I spent all my time at Conrad with the great effort of the front desk manager and the staff.
Thanks to all for the great effort and hospitality.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

We are thankful for your comments and the time taken to post them. I am delighted to hear that our services met your expectations. I will ensure that your feedback is shared with the team, this will motivate us to keep working for our ultimate goal, service excellence indeed.

I look forward to welcome you back in not a too distant future to the Conrad Istanbul

Regards,

Inigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Unfortunately, I felt the room was a bit run down. The gym had lots of machines but was a bit crowded and dowdy. I didn't eat the breakfast buffett but saw it, and it had plenty of options.

On the plus side, close by and down the street towards the water are many restaurants and several little groceries. With a ten minute walk you can reach the ferries, and a sizable bus stop area.

I would rather give the review a three and a half, but that's not possible.

This place is close to my office, so if I go to Istanbul again I would be happy to stay there.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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inigoarruti, Manager at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback and thank you for having chosen Conrad.
I would kindly like to inform you that, we have started renovation of our rooms and suites, during this period the hotel will remain open and continue offering its services. We sincerely hope that this will enhance the comfort and appeal of our rooms and ensures that our valuable guests such as yourself have a perfect stay with us.

We are looking forward to welcome you back to the Conrad Istanbul.

Sincerely,

Inigo Arruti
Hotel Manager
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Property: Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Address: Cihannuma Mah Saray Cd No 5, Istanbul 34353, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#63 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#63 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#77 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#119 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus 5*
Number of rooms: 553
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Boasting a perfect location between 2 continents, indulge in a stay at Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus and discover yourself at one of the world's most alluring destinations. At the very centre of the city, yet far away from the hustle and bustle, Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus's totally new rooms and suites allow for the highest standard of relaxation, complete with personalised comfort and services. Savor Mediterranean cuisine at Manzara, take in the view of the Bosphorus while lounging at the Summit Bar. Relax with Spa treatments, enjoy a revitalizing workout in the brand-new health club and clay tennis courts. ... more   less 
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