Very comfortable hotel with many rooms overlooking the sea of Marmara, as this hotel is in a 'U' shape facing the sea.
It is also just down hill from the Grand Bazaar and all the attaractions can be reached easily on foot, should you so wish, or, the tram stops at the top of the road for forays to Kabatas and beyond.
I thought the english pub had a good atmosphere, which quite unusual in my experience, though it was very pricey, but Istanbul is very pricey. In one cafe in the Topkapi, we were charged 48TL for a (small) baclava and filter coffee, about 22UKP. Our fault for misreading the menu.
There is a nice tea area next to reception and a roof top terrace for evening meals with a wonderful view over Istanbul and the sea.
My only gripe was that there appears to be little sound insulation between the rooms. We had a family next to us and we could hear voices, crying, bathing etc quite clearly at midnight. Not what you want after a hard day sight seeing.
Best was the rooftop sun area and pool, which are free to guests. The pool is a large plunge pool in reality, but very welcome in the afternoon. There are also health facilies such as gym and sauna, but we did not use these. After a hot day walking around the streets of Istanbul, the last thing I wanted was to visit the gym.
The staff were very friendly and helpful in assisting with queries regarding sightseeing and did not push the sight seeing tours too much, as I think they were aware that we wanted to prepare our own itinary.
Nice trip and if I was going to go back to Istanbul I would certainly have this hotel at the top of my list, rather that the other large chain hotels which are mainly on the other side of the Golden Horn and away from the cultural centre.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western