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The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Ranked #57 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
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Mannheim, Germany
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“Good Hotel - location lacks - small room”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Stayed in the hotel for about a month. At checking I asked for a nice room since I stay for a month and actually got the best room (as mentioned by frontdesk and bellboy) just to find out it was the "broom"chamber. Small room with a good view to the pool - but that was it.
The location is not really attractive cause the main points are always far away. There are nicer hotels for that price with a better location and rooms available in Istanbul therefore - just average.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel was booked in conjunction with a cruise. We stayed three nights in a Club Front Bosphorus View room with access to their executive lounge. The service was first rate starting with check in, lounge and room service. We did not eat in their restaurants or bar; but did have breakfast and snacks in the executive lounge. Also, we had excellent room service one night. Would recommend getting a front room with the view and the back views are not interesting. If we were not connected to our cruise stationed out of this hotel, we would have preferred to have stayed more downtown for restaurants and goods walks. However, we were kept very busy with our cruise people for the two days and just did not have any time left over for other adventures.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and get a good view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cincinnati OH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul as part of a Cruise extension, after staying 6 days at the Crown Plaza Old City on our own. (1) the R-C was way out of the public transportation flow and even cabs had a hard time getting to it; (2) the R-C was next to a park that was the venue for loud concerts late into the night; and (3) Istanbul is in the process of building a major soccer stadium next to the hotel, which will not help the traffic or noise issues. Unlike airport hotels that build for sound-control, the R-C did not. The hotel is nice enough though short on morning breakfast tables the 3 days we stayed there. By contrast the Crowne Plaza Old City was in the center of things, had tons of food and shopping alternatives nearby and little outside noise.

Room Tip: Lots of luck selecting rooms. People on the park/concert side moved to the opposite side, but the ne...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

The choice of nice hotels in Istanbul is overwhelming and knowing which area to be in became my key focus which was the reason I settled on the Ritz Carlton even though I thought it may be a little 'international' in decore and ambience rather than the more localised furnishing and appearance you'd get in a Four Seasons or similar.

The location ended up being OK, fairly central to get into the old City but also good to wander to shopping districts or take a taxi to various restaurants in the evening but it wasn't the real star asset to this hotel.

From outside is a ghastly tower block but a good geographical focus as you can see it from most of the rest of the city. inside however is a beautiful, tranquil and welcoming lobby where the staff couldn't be more helpful or knowledgable. There's a traditional Ritz feel to the atmosphere but somehow you still know you're somewhere exotic.

The rooms are well equipped and the bed's were so comfortable that we had breakfast in the room one morning just to delay getting up for as long as possible.

The bar (trendy blue bar and more traditional lobby / piano bar) and food and even the buffet breakfast were priced as you'd expect in a top quality international hotel but I don't think this was necessarily value for money.

Our only real dissapointment was that the outdoor pool (one of the reasons for not being in the old part of the City as a base) was closed simply because it was October but the glorious weather meant we really didn't want to spend the few precious hours of down time in the fantastic indoor pool and spa area but nobody would let us outside!

Istanbul is a great City and the experience was only enhanced by having a haven to return to at the end of a dusty day or sightseeing and by having excellent restaurants recommended by the hotel concierge.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Had a 2 day layover end of last year.

Got a great IATA deal and the staff were super attentive.

Food was excellent, staff were exceptional and the facilities were very well maintained.

They made a huge effort to make us feel welcome and came armed with advice on where to go to eat/drink and be merry.

Exceptional stay- hope to be able to stay longer next time.

Room Tip: Great location, try for a room on a higher floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a fantastic hotel. Although only staying one night, we were greeted with a soft drink, someone to take our luggage and escorted to comfy seating whilst a member of staff arranged our registration. The room exceeded our expectations and the meals were extremely good. If we visit Istanbul again, we will certainly use this hotel. I would recommend it without reservation.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room with sea view and overlooking outdoor pool.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Unbeatable views of the Bosphorous, excellent rooms, great bar and some minor annoyances!. Try to avoid rooms overlooking the park (facing the Swissotel) as there is an open concert hall and was extremely loud during weekend nights. Breakfast was ok, but the young chef who makes the omelets needs some training. While it is a minor thing, a 5-star hotel should be able to make a descent omelet. This guy messed it up 4 mornings in a row, and other guests who ordered omelets were just as annoyed as I was when their food was either burned or undercooked! The outdoor bar is exceptional and has great staff. The hotel is centrally located and within walking distance from Taksim Square and other attractions. Overall, an outstanding hotel and would readily recommend it to tourists as well as business travelers.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Address: Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6 | Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul 34367, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#19 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#34 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#41 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#55 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul 5*
Number of rooms: 243
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is an authentic luxury hotel offering breathtaking Bosphorus views for its high-end business and leisure guests, continuously providing genuine care and unique service delivered by its empowered Ladies and Gentlemen. Guests enjoy their stay in one of the 243 guest rooms, ranging from 38-sqm park view rooms to 64-sqm suites with panoramas of the Bosphorus or the city of Istanbul, offering a wide array of amenities as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of the city overlooking the Bosphorus, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is just 15 minutes from the famous historical old town attractions of Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. The vibrant nightlife districts of Beyoğlu and Karaköy as well as the famous Galata Tower are a 25-minute stroll from the hotel. Istanbul's sophisticated shopping neighborhood of Nişantaşi is located within walking distance from the hotel, while the luxurious shopping centers of Zorlu Center and İstinye Park can be reached in less than 30 minutes. Guests at 'Bleu Lounge' can enjoy Bosphorus views alongside Mediterranean inspired snacks and innovative signature lab-cocktails in imaginative laboratory glasses. As the night continues, vibrant live musicians start their performance, performing the latest hits and raising the tempo to suit guests' mood and the night's feeling. With sunshine warming the city of Istanbul, the venue's retractable glass roof slides back, opening up 'Bleu Lounge' to delicious cool air. At The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, the passionate pursuit of simple delicious food has been elevated to a fine art form at the hotel's new restaurant, 'Atelier Real Food'. Guests are welcomed by glittering views of the Bosphorus while the open kitchen entices with its French Rotisserie. Here, all dishes use fresh local seasonal ingredients and culinary excellence is celebrated by delicious 'farm-to-table' flavors created uniquely in the chefs' 'atelier'. The restaurant enjoys an indulgent winter garden terrace 'Atelier Terrace' for social celebrations and lovers of alfresco dining, as well as a private chef's table for those seeking dining exclusivity and a showcase cellar with 150 local and international wines. The lobby lounge 'Atelier Lounge' is a specially designed place to meet, eat and drink, offering Mediterranean-inspired Turkish dishes, along with breathtaking Bosphorus views. The spacious 'Club Lounge', reserved for 'Club Level' guests, provides complimentary culinary presentations throughout the day and a comfortable space to unwind with colleagues, friends or family, with a dedicated Concierge to attend to guests' every need. The views are extraordinary, of the Bosphorus and the timeless city of Istanbul. Two Smart Fortwo cars are also exclusively at the disposal of 'Club Level' guests offering a uniquely stylish way for urban explorers to enjoy the city or for corporate guests to get to their next appointment. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers eight treatment rooms, a unique 17-metre indoor pool and authentic Turkish Hammam, spread over an area of 1,500 sqm. It also features a unique 'Couples Hammam Suite' which enables its guests to share an authentic memory of Turkey. The hotel also boasts the first 'Open Air Spa' terrace in the city with three contemporary Jacuzzis, a stylish sleek sunbathing terrace, two massage rooms and a pool. More than 2,403 square meters of meeting and conference space, highlighted by a magnificent Bosphorus view, are available for memorable events. Superb catering and entertainment services, high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms and public areas, plus state-of-the-art audio-visual services and technicians all combine for our guest requirements. The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul was recognized 'Best Luxury Hotel Turkey, 2014' by Business Destinations Travel Awards and 'Central Eastern Europe's Best Employer of The Year 2013' by Aon Hewitt as well as 'Best International Business Hotel' 2009 and was recently recognized as one of the 'Best International Overseas Business Hotels' 2015 by Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Award. ... more   less 
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