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“Barely passable - if you're in an Executive Level room”
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Madison Hotel
Ranked #769 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed September 29, 2009

We won this trip through Orbitz.com, so you would think that they'd have picked a hotel that would make them proud. However, we were put in a Standard Room for Night 1 of 6. The hotel recently went non-smoking but this room still smelled like an ashtray. Drab, little room to walk past the bed on the way to the bathroom. We were able to get upgraded to an Exec level room for the rest of the stay -- it was far better-appointed, didn't reak but held a constant 25-27 degrees C (= 77-81F!) despite our repeated requests for repair. Staff was hardly service-oriented and could offer no recommendations on restaurants, etc. The best things I can say are that they had a very plentiful and tasty breakfast buffet (included) and the area is convenient with shops, eateries and transportation from nearby Taksim Square. This place would likely meet the standards of European travelers seeking comfortable Tourist Class accomodation, but would not please more finicky Americans (like me).

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

We were a group of six who booked the Madison Hotel through a package. We paid extra in the package for a "four star hotel". Be aware that there are two floors of rooms that would pass as four star rooms, and then several floors of rooms above those that would barely pass as a two star room. This hotel seems to see if they can get away with putting you in the two star room, no matter how much you paid. The six of us were put into three rooms in the two star type rooms. They were miserable rooms, with bed covers so faded and worn they looked like they were from the 70's, they reeked of smoke, the A/C didn't work in one and the toilet didn't work in another, and the small TVs barely worked either. We thought maybe we got screwed by the travel agent, but instead we went to the front desk to say things were not working, and these were not four star rooms and that we paid extra money for a four star room. The management obliged and changed all of our rooms to the much better, newer rooms just a few floors lower.
Everything else was fine except for trying to put us in awful rooms. I would not recommend the hotel based on this because it just seems downright sneaky to say that a place is a four star hotel and then try to get away with putting people in sub-standard rooms, with the actual four star rooms acting as the "model rooms".

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank shigglediggle
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Reviewed July 15, 2009

Put off a bit by negative reviews which proved entirely unfounded. Perhaps the hotel has been fully refurbished since they were written. Rooms are a bit small and furnished less than luxuriously, but it was all clean, the service was good, the location was great, the spa was fine - though only open from 2 till 10pm - breakfast more than sufficient with good choice. Rooms had minibar, safe, armchair and table, dressing table, stool, sufficient tolietries, air con and 24/7 room service. No view to speak of, though!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2009

Just back from Istanbul...a bit put off by the reviews on the Madison I looked at before travelling, which proved to be unfounded..
I found the Madison very good.... clean rooms, beds and room cleaned thoroughly every day, any requests seen to immediately and cheerfully. The location is excellent, just a 5 minute walk from chaotic Taksim Square in a quiet side street. Bus and taxis and Metro just around the corner. Little shops for the extras we forgot to bring just nearby. 24 hr. room service, which was important after exploring such a huge city when all we wanted
was to crash out in our room and have our meals brought to us. The room service meals were brought promptly and were lovely, with fresh food and salads...(definely recommend the chips, not frozen and delicious.) The staff were English speaking and very helpful with ideas for places to go and thing to do on our free day as we were on a package tour. Have a look at the little art gallery down the stairs from the main lobby !
And say "Hello" to the grey parrot and budgies in the lobby.
One problem for those of us who are not too steady on our feet, they do NOT have a handle to aid getting in and out of the bath..we mentioned that to the management and they said they will improve. On TV, we had a few English language channels, ie. BBC1, CNN, to keep up with the weather forecast, etc. and two English language movie channels and the Disney Channel for kids,(caught up with "Hannah Montana" that my grandaughter is always on about.) I didn't visit the pool but other friends did and loved it, I forgot to bring my swimsuit and I was sorry.

We were leaving at 4 am to catch our flight and they put on a light breakfast for us, something that not all hotels do.

I would definitely recomment "The Madison". I enjoyed my stay there and was very comfortable.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled solo
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Thank marnia
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Reviewed October 29, 2008

Sub standard hotel. - the photos on the website are not an accurate representation of the hotel.

The lobby was packed with different sofas which make it look like a furniture shop. Unlike the website photos, the rooms are actually pink, green, yellow and red

Breakfast is below par. Would especially not advise having dinner there. Even the TV in the room was very badly positioned. Would not advise staying at the Madison Hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank veralynnuk
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

This hotel is located in Taksim square, north of the old town, therefore a taxi ride away (rates vary from 25-40 lira) depending on the driver! Hotel staff are friendly,amenites are standard, nice pool but very small. Negatives are the noise if your room is next to the lift, also walls are paper thin so you hear people in the next room talking so not ideal.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed June 19, 2008

I booked this hotel through easyjet and i thought that they might have been reviewing the hotel properly. This is the most horrible hotel I ever slept in. If you like cartoon walls this is your hotel. I was sleeping next to turkish people that used to keep the tv at maximum valume at 4 o'clock at night. Although I tried several times to discuss the issue with the manager there was no luck. Walls are thin layers of toilet paper and you can hear people breathing next door. Staff is not even able to say thank you in English. I had the room with the best view wich was on a flake of dry plasters. You don't realize that they have cleaned the room since the same rubbish from the day before is in the bin when you come back at night. Swimming pool is like a dirty bath. I'd prefer to sleep under a bridge my next time in Istanbul.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled on business
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Address: Recep Pasa Cad. No:15 Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #769 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $97 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 110
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Located in the area of Taksim, a place with different cultures, art & entertainment; 15 minutes to the old City & attractions. ... more   less 
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