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“Iconic hotel in the historic city” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

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The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Ranked #61 of 1,121 Hotels in Istanbul
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“Iconic hotel in the historic city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

recently, i've been writing some reviews about the hotels which i have good memory.... it's my precious life time with happiness, so maybe i'm now recording these time....
Istanbul is one of famouse historic, spiritual and Islam city on the world...
my russian colleague recommended this Ritz Carloton hotel, luxury high-grade onel....she was member of Ritz Carlton in Moscow... so i had good opportunity to get good discounted price from her... first day, we needed baby carriage for my 2-year old daughter....unfortunately there was no one...but one guy kindly informed us where we buy one.... Unexpectedly, this city is very convenient and up-to-date.... we'd find the many big stores easily....
we got standard type room...but the size was enogh large for us...maybe over 30square meters.....and the refined design, brown/black furnitures...........the style was very stylish....
we felt comfortable.... the lobby had good lighting with wide glass windows...........
we didn't have meal during nights.....anyway...the restaurants looked stylish and distinct, we couldn't feel islamic mood at all on this hotel..........there was just Ritzcarlton...
if you have good finance condition, i'd like to recommned this hotel strongly.....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Was in Istanbul with work a conference. Istanbul is a beautiful and friendly city, but what makes the Ritz Carlton superb beyond the obvious luxury of the hotel is the amazing staff. They are amongst the most friendly and helpful staff I've ever seen at a hotel. Nothing is too much trouble. A colleague of mine broke his glasses and didn't have a spare pair. One of the receptionists overheard him talking about it and offered to get it sorted out. By the time we arrived back from dinner that evening, the glasses were in his room, repaired and in a new case! That's service.

The hotel itself is beautiful and is close to a lot of sights. The meeting rooms are large and well stocked, staff are efficient and the rooms are large and clean My room had a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Can't recommend this hotel enough.

Room Tip: Don't bother with taxis for short trips during the day; the roads are jammed.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Orange, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed at the Ritz Carlton a few nights while in Turkey before and after a visit to remote villages where we enjoyed stays at private villas. While I have stayed in more then my share of five star hotels nothing even comes close to the awesome experience my wife and I enjoyed at the Ritz, Istanbul.

I will even go so far as to say that even though we had an upgraded suite, it was still a basic upgrade and not anything special like a Presidential variety and the such. Again, I have enjoyed many special times in such suites in Las Vegas and while all had a "wow" factor none of them compared in terms of class and quality versus the Ritz, Istanbul.

Everything from the location to the greeting at the front door to check in to the room itself was perfection.

The room was incredible with an amazing bed and an amazing view of the river. The bathroom was palatial and the shower with more pressure and more water nozzles then I had ever experienced was the ultimate in pampering.

If in Istanbul and your budget can afford a five star experience ... this is the place ... bar none.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank steve d
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

You get what you would expect from this chain at this Istanbul hotel. Very nice rooms, and restaurants - great central location with great views. Very attentive staff. Not the cheapest place by any stretch of the imagination but very Ritz-Carlton.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Budapest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

The hotel is 5-5mins walk away from Taksim square or Kabatas.
Room was really spacious, telly was about 30 inches wide.The spa is excellent as well as the gym.
Breakfast was also delicious, and the view of Bosporus while starting a day is just priceless.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exmore, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

The RC Istanbul is as close to the perfect hotel as one might imagine. Situated on a hill overlookig the Bosphorus public rooms have a marvelous view. And after 15 hours of travel you want a quiet, comfortable (and clean) room. The RC delivers on all counts with a great bed, comfy linens, a bathroom suited to adults and a variety of amenities. Morning breakfast in the restaurant was superb as was the service of all employees we encountered. The concierge was most helpul. Truly a great place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hal K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

This hotel is fabulous! My husband and I stayed here as part of an Oceania pre-cruise tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia. The hotel was very nice, our suite on the 4th floor very luxurious, the staff was exceptional. We don't usually stay at this type of hotel, often preferring B and B's, Inns and small hotels. No complaints here. Our best experience was dinner in the hotel on our arrival night after a long flight from DC. We were too tired and jet-lagged to venture out into the old district (which would have been quite a walk from the hotel) so we deicded to eat in the dining room. We asked our young waiter if he would bring us small tastes of things that represented the best of Turkey for us to taste. And he did! We ordered a main course off the menu at his direction and then interspersed throught the meal, the wine, etc came serveral other delicasys for us to taste and enjoy, compliments of the chef, him, or the hotel. It was one of the most memorable, delightful and fascinating meals we were to experience on our trip to Turkey. The young waiters efforts to share his country with us resonated deeply with us and exemplified the courtsey and friendliness we were shown throughout this wonderful country.
We will never forget that evening and cannot thank the staff and the Ritz-Carlton enough for their kind generosity.

Room Tip: Some rooms overlook the Bosphorus and had breathtaking views; ours did not but we could see it and t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

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
#22 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#34 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#45 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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