Last time I was Istanbul, I left wondering if the hoteliers got the memo that non-smoking rooms shouldn't smell of smoke at all. This time around, the Hotel Vicenza proved at least they got the message. No sign of smoke in the rooms nor lobby to my relief. Dare I say it's a totally "non-smoking" hotel? I may be premature. But after walking around the property I didn't detect a thing.
The property as a whole is clean and well appointed. They have a small Turkish bath, and spa, and in the summer they offer a cool looking roof-top pool and bar (it was closed during our recent stay though). There is a pretty good breakfast and dinner buffet in the lower restaurant and a pleasant bar-restaurant on the lobby floor. I liked the fact that they didn't see the need to send someone outside to try and drag people into the place (at least not during our stay). This seems to be a common practice with the other hotels in the area, so beware.
The rooms were of average size with large modern bathrooms that offered good water pressure. We were upgraded to a room with a private steam room and double sinks. Although it was pretty cool to have it, the novelty wore off when the whole room steamed up when you entered or exited the shower area.
Free wifi is offered throughout the hotel, but seems to be faster in the lobby. TV service is also good, offering CNN international and CNBC.
The staff were quite friendly and accommodating with us so no complaints there. Local banks and shops abound in the area and the hotel is within walking distance to the Grand Bazaar.
So overall a good stay. Judging soley on the property, honestly four stars is a bit of a stretch. A good three I would say. The place itself is clean and comfortable. Our staff experience helped me push my rating to a 4 out of five.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a new four-star Hotel Vicenza in Istanbul, our aim is to make your stay more comfortable and relaxing, accompanied with perfect service, than you ever have experienced before. Hotel Vicenza is located in the center of Istanbul Sehzadebasi, leaving the highlights of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and many other historical attractions in walking distance. All rooms are equipped with direct dial phone, bathroom with bathtub, hairdryer, safebox, air conditioner, minibar and TV with satellite channels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vicenza Hotel Istanbul