We had a very enjoyable stay at the Best Western Citadel Hotel in Istanbul. The staff and breakfast room view of the Marmara Sea are particularly noteworthy. The location is outstanding, right on the Kennedy Cd, at the base of Istanbul's first hill. The area is lively by day but surprisingly quiet at night. Located in the heart of the tourist area of Istanbul, many locals and residents walk along the sea to enjoy the refreshing breezes, so the hotel’s location feels very authentic.
There are good restaurants nearby. We did not try the hotel restaurant but I'm sure food and service is excellent. It's only a short walk up the hill to all the major touristy locations. The hotel is a little difficult to reach by public transport (which is generally pretty convenient), especially from the airport, but cabs are all around and the hotel can always summon one at short notice.
Up the hill from the Citadel Hotel it’s easy to find shops running the whole range from fine rug dealers to souvenir venders, also snack food and drink stalls. Everything you need for a great visit to Istanbul is within 800 feet of the hotel, however venturing a bit little further can be quite rewarding too.
Our room was clean, if a bit small. We had two beds and it was just enough space to fit our luggage. The air was cold and the water was hot. We used the minibar only to keep water cool, but it was nice to have in any case.
A note about the well documented protests: Taksim, across the Golden Horn, is the central flashpoint of these protests. Their intensity and duration very widely but Istanbulers are adaptable, if sometimes sympathetic, to the protests. The part of Istanbul around the Citadel Hotel is a world away from the demonstrations. No disturbances of any kind impacted our stay at this location.
The Citadel Hotel was the first stop in a 17 day trip to Turkey and the region for us. There simply wasn’t enough time to enjoy this hotel as much as we could have, but the amazing views, above-and-beyond staff, and ease with which you can get to and from mean we can confidently recommend this hotel to anyone, but especially to visitors exploring this ancient and beautiful city.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western