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Best Western Plus The President Hotel
Ranked #119 of 1,171 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 4, 2012

i have to say this hotel is in a great spot for sightseeing.hotel staff very good breakfast ok a bit basic.rooms were adequate.what let it down was the cost of alcoholic beverages there is no way you could chill out on the terrace all night at those prices. the pool a little on the small size and you get charged 10euros each for use of jacuzzi and steam room.i would recommend using the hotel transfer as it was 40 euros each way for 8 people.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

The BW Plus President Hotel is situated within walking distance to all the major sights, we even walked to the Spice Bazaar and over the Galatea Bridge to Taksim. As mentioned it is very hilly in both the Sultanahmet and Galatea areas. We did not use the trams but they ran frequently and definitely worthwhile if you don't want to walk. The hotel staff were excellent and always available to answer questions or assist you. The rooms were spacious and clean; we found the bed firm but comfortable . The buffet breakfast is served on the 6th floor and has a wide selection of choices. The dinner restaurant on the 7th floor has wonderful views of Istanbul and a good selection on the menu. The sundeck and open lounge area on the 7th floor are a great place to relax after visiting the sights and again the views are amazing. The pool is round and not large but was ideal to relax in after a day's walking. Would definitely stay at this hotel again when we visit Istanbul. The staff and the amenities of the hotel definitely made our 4 night stay memorable.

Room Tip: Our room faced onto the street and we had no issue with noise; we only opened the windows to watch...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Friendly staff.. nothing too much trouble. Everywhere clean. Bed slightly hard for my liking but thats the only thing I could grumble about !Use the trams to get about they are cheap and run every few minutes.Watch out for the shoe shine scam when out and about. Don't ask the way or pick up a dropped brush from these guys. They will offer to clean your shoes for nothing then ask huge amounts of money. They will run after you but just mention the police and they will vanish.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The BW President Hotel in Istanbul is in an excellent location in the Sultanahmet area (Old Town). We were two very short blocks from the tram line, only a few more blocks from the Grand Bazaar, a quick walk to The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and a few more blocks to Topkapi Palace. Very hilly. The tram is almost always packed. The traffic in the Sultanahmet tends to be extremely congested. Any trip to the New Town (Beyaglou) is best done taking the tram or walking if you are a walker. The President Hotel was a more than adequate Hotel. Staff we found to be helpful and friendly. The day time concierge (Tulay) is a charming and knowledgeable young woman. We found that the evening manager was especially helpful about where to eat. The room are very comfortable, clean. Morning breakfast was amazing in the variety and quality. The hotel caters to Europeans, North Americans and Middle Easterners. All with different tastes. Coffee was the one point-adequate but nothing special. I would definitely go back to this hotel again. The staff were all a delight. Street food and little "fast food" places are safe to eat at. I would love to return to Istanbul-Turkey.

Room Tip: Court yard rooms are very quiet . West side rooms (mine) were full of afternoon sun, and with the wi...
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Very well run hotel with staff who treated guests very well. Location prefect for exploration of city, the room we stayed in was quiet and well cleaned each day. Everything worked and we were understood by staff when we made enquiries. The roof restaurant served us good food on our arrival and the cost was acceptable.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.
We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Totally disorganised at reception. Some of our party had to wait over an hour before being given the keys to their rooms which were still being cleaned, in the middle of the afternoon! After this bad start the hotel turned out to be rather good. Nice clean rooms, friendly staff. A good breakfast buffet, we didn't partake of the vegetable mixture that included sprouts. There is a nice little pool with available sun loungers and towels on the top floor and a separate bar and restaurant up there as well. The views are terrific. A short walk up the hill brings you to the tram, shops and bazaars. The blue mosque is a fifteen minute walk away. Go to the bottom of the hill and across the crossroads to find an expensive set of restaurants around a fountain. Another few minutes walk further on brings you to the waterfront and some fish restaurants. There are cheaper places to eat than any of these. Watch where you are walking otherwise you might end up falling several feet in to a cellar.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank WanderingGazza
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This hotel is in a great location, though the street/area is very hilly. Hotel is walking distance from The Grand Bazaar, The Cistern.
The concierge and sales office arranged fantastic city tours for us, we were picked up and returned to the hotel.
Speaking only English was a challenge for us, the staff did their collective best but there were some communication gaps. Breakfast (included) was the best meal of the day.

Room Tip: Go for a higher room and keep the windows closed. The 5 "calls to prayer" and street activ...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Claudesta
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BWThePresidentHotel, General Manager at Best Western Plus The President Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

On behalf of the hotel management and all the hotel staff, I would like to say that we are always honored to welcome you to “ BEST WESTERN PLUS THE PRESIDENT HOTEL”. I would like to say that our highest priority is to provide you with a memorable and pleasant experience each time you stay in our hotel. We will do our best in order to serve your needs in the way that will meet and exceed your expectations. Being a PLUS Hotel which is a part of the BEST WESTERN Hotels’ chain, in order to maintain our quality of service and products, our guests’ satisfaction is taken into consideration immediately.

We appreciate for giving us an opportunity of hosting you again. We look forward your next arrival, we are pleased & honored serving you.

Kindest Regards,

Gülseren Vatansever

General Manager
BEST WESTERN PLUS
THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
ISTANBUL

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Additional Information about Best Western Plus The President Hotel

Address: Tiyatro Caddesi 25 | Beyazit, Istanbul 34126, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#55 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#80 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#84 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#93 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#126 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: $60 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Plus The President Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This full-service Istanbul, Turkey hotel provides easy access to nearby attractions such as the Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia and the Bosphorus Seaway. Located in the heart of Istanbul's historic city center, the BEST WESTERN PLUS The President Hotel offers all of the amenities to make both business and leisure travelers feel like at home. Istanbul, Turkey's most famous museums and historical sites are within walking distance of the hotel including St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Karakoy Pier. The hotel offers 201 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites to fit any taste. Each room features cable satellite television and high-speed Internet access. Hotel amenities include a complimentary full breakfast buffet, an indoor swimming pool overlooking the Marmara Sea, an exercise facility, sauna, a full business center and meeting/banquet space to accommodate up to 450 guests. The hotel also offers complimentary cocktails at the on-site cocktail lounge. The BEST WESTERN PLUS The President Hotel is located a short distance from the Underground Cistern, the Blue Mosque, the Golden Horn and Taksim Square. Guests will enjoy spending an afternoon at the Kariye Museum or taking in an evening performance at the AKM Opera House & Symphony. The CNR World Trade Center is located less than four kilometers from the hotel, perfect for guests traveling on business. Make a reservation today and save at the BEST WESTERN PLUS The President Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey! Free welcome cocktail on arrival! ... more   less 
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