The Richmond is excellently located in Istiklal very close to the Tunel and all public transport links therefore. Our room was rather narrow and an odd configuration but clean and comfortable. Unfortunately the window could not be opened as we overlooked the main street. We did not wish to pay an extra £40 each night to upgrade to a room overlooking the Bosphorus and never discovered the 'music system' that the literature says each room has!. The hotel's 'facilities' are basic i.e. a ground floor lounge area and small bar and that's it. It is very popular with Turkish business people so expect a lot of slamming doors and loud corridor conversations in the early mornings. Oh and piped music on a loop until about midnight. The theme tune to Dr Zhivago went round about 100 times during our stay !!
We ate in the restaurant on 6th floor one night (not run by the hotel) and the food was delicious. It has stunning views at dusk across the water but you need to pre book as it is very popular.
I wouldn't say it was great value but nice accommodation in Istanbul is getting very pricey so in that regard it was a good choice.
- 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:
- Istanbul Richmond Hotel