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Ortakoy Princess Hotel
Ranked #1,065 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Much has been said about this hotel. I was booked here for a meeting and here goes the verdict.
The rooms are OK, probably recently refurbished, but the windows must be made of the thinner aluminium and glass available. I have stayed in the 1st floor overlooking the (busy) street. Since being constantly banging the horn of the cars seems to be a national sport, it was impossible to fall sleep before 2 am (the banging doors of neighbouring rooms laking any insulation and the paper-thin door did not help), just to be awaken by the calling of the muezzin of the nearby mosque (nice, exotic touch, but 3 hours of sleep before a day of meetings is just ridiculous). On the positive side, the room was spotless clean and free water and kettle for making coffee (brits, 3 stars more just for this!!) were provided.
Located in a nice area of the city, but away from the centre and main attractions.
Disappointing breakfast and the view over the Bosphorus is non-existing. The pool was empty (maintenance before the high season), but the space around the pool seemed quite limited and I imagine it will get easily crowded and unbearable in the summer.
The staff is generally very friendly but always seeming a bit lost...
Charged for minibar drinks that I did not have, but after insisting I did not take anything they easily realised the maid mixed up the room numbers (apparently happens quite frequently).
Definitely an experience not to be repeated since many better places exist in this fantastic city.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

There is not much I can add to the reviews here, so I will be quick...

We stayed in this hotel with a large group for business, about 2 weeks. It is so noisy that is hard to sleep. We stayed in room 116, wish is a decent one compared to others that we saw from our group, big bathroom, decent room. But it is in the 1st floor, facing the street and that was terrible. You can hear the neighbors talking, the street outside is noisy all the time, there is a nightclub somewhere close by that you can hear the music inside the room and feel the bass on the bed. It doesn't get worst than that.

The air conditioning didn't work, only heating was available, the A/C starts working only after May or something. When it was hot inside, we wanted to open the windows, but than the street noise becomes intolerable. It is bad enough with the windows closed.

The staff apologized, sent letters informing us they were working on the issues, sent some fruits to the room. It was a nice gesture, sadly it doesn't make up for sleeping as if you were inside a nightclub.

As for the good things, the gym is really nice, modern with plenty of machines. Breakfast is also good, good variety. And the hotel is in a nice area, many restaurants close by, next to the bridge.

But overall, hard to recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our weekend trip to Istanbul did not start well thanks to this hotel. We changed our room three times in desperation till we found a place where we could sleep. The walls are so thin you can hear the neighbours TV and phone conversations. Our first room was beside the generator and the noise was impossible. Otherwise Istanbul was fun as always, thanks to the wonderful tulip festival
and the humour of Eddie Izzard live.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I agree with a lot of the other reviewers, that this hotel is nowhere near a 5 star as advertised. I would give a 2 star rating. The only good thing I found were the location and staff were friendly. But the hotel needs a very serious update. We had a non-smoking room, that stunk of cigarette smoke, one day when coming back to the room, I found a cigarette butt in the toilet from the maid I would assume! So no wonder why it smelled like smoke. The hotel is very noisy, they have a lot of weddings/parties and the music verberates throughout the hotel. There is a nightclub on one side of the hotel, and if you have a room on the street side, good luck in getting much sleep. The cars blow their horns all night long. The windows are not soundproofed. I would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I stayed here for ten days with several others for work. I read the negative reviews and, in advance, thought that the main problem was the 5 star expectation. However, this hotel was so noisy that I thought about moving out and I can't recommend it to anyone.

It is on a narrow and busy road so, for many rooms, traffic noise is high and constant until late at night/early morning. However, when the traffic noise reduces, the bass thump from the adjacent nightclub takes over. In addition, the walls are very thin and the doors have gaps underneath. This means that corridor noise is intrusive and you can clearly hear loud conversations in adjacent rooms. Our group all had problems with noise from loud parties or guests.

The noise meant keeping the window shut but, unfortunately the air conditioning was set only to heating (we were told that it is centrally controlled) which meant it had to be turned off and the rooms were stuffy.

The rooms on the front and side are generally dark and the condition is only average at best. The strange layout means that, for breakfast you have to go down the lift to the ground floor and get another set of lifts at the back of the hotel up the the restaurant. However, the breakfast was good - a wide selection and they will do an omelette to order.

Ortakoy is an interesting area that includes some waterfront and lots of cafes and restaurants. However, it is well east of the tourist areas and not on the tram or metrobus. You need to get a regular bus to Kabatas and then the tram. If you are on holiday, I would look for somewhere on the tram line if possible.

I would rate the standard/quality of the hotel as two star, perhaps three star if you got a quiet room.

PS if you want an iron, book in advance or, as we did, buy your own. The hotel has only one and it was never available in the 10 days I was there. They will of course press your clothes for a fee.

Room Tip: This hotel has an unusual layout where the rooms are mainly different on each floor. However, the r...
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The only good thing is the location, but if your room is on the road side, it's unlikely you could fall asleep before 2am. Drivers are constantly horning and the windows are not isolated at all. I am happy I only stay here for one night.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

I've stayed in worse, and I've stayed in a lot better, and it was not as bad as some of the reviews make out, however, it really is not 5 star. The hotel in general is tired, probably good in it's day but could do with a complete fit out. The rooms were clean and a reasonable size, but as I said, old, tired and yes the AC is noisy. There is free WIFI in the rooms and it worked fine for me. There is a bar in the hotel, but finding someone to serve you a drink is a job, and then as soon as he's served you he disappears so if you want a second drink.... don't bother, just a 100m away is the Bosphorus and there are some excellent cafes, bars and restaurants. Traffic is a nightmare - but that's not the hotel fault!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Dereboyu Cad. No:10 Ortakoy, Besiktas, Istanbul 80840, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1,065 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range: $57 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ortakoy Princess Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 85
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