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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