The hotel is at a perfect location, right there on the Istiklal street, one of the busiest streets of Istanbul, loads of small good restaurants around there. Grand bazaar and the other historical attractions are walking distance, just across the bridge. And if they tell you at the hotel you cannot get there by foot don't listen cos it is really just a few minutes away, if you take a taxi you will be stuck in traffic for hours and will never make it.
You go left as you come out of the hotel and just keep walking until you see the bridge, walk the bridge, it is a beautiful walk, when you get to the other end look for an underground passage to get to the other side where the Grand Bazaar is.
It is a very steep downhill from the hotel to the bridge and then uphill on the way back but I think it is worth walking it. You can take a break half way thru at the tower, have a coffee or something at one of the charming little cafes and enjoy just sitting around watching people or reading a book.
A downside of the hotel for me is the size of the rooms and the non fitness center.
The rooms are very very tiny, the lights are truly very dim, but all amenities are available including toothbrush , toothpaste, razor and cream etc etc the beds are a 5* comfort beds which is good.
Breakfast is average.
May be I would recommend this hotel for its location but not for anything else. They need to work on their rooms and breakfast and reception staff quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Richmond Istanbul is the only hotel on the Istiklal Street, the center of entertainment, culture and shopping in Istanbul. Located in the historical Pera area, the hotel has a unique Bosphorus and Istiklal Street view. Situated close to the business centers, Richmond İstanbul is 30 minutes away from Ataturk International Airport. Just a few steps away from the hotel lie the historical Saint Antoine Church, Galata Tower, the lively street full of art and taste; French Street, the first contemporary art museum of Turkey: Istanbul Modern, and the second oldest subway in Europe: The Tunnel.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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