Stayed here on business for two nights in October. Perfect home away from home for business. A quiet and comfortable night's sleep (good beds and sound-proof windows. Not a good idea to keep the window open to let in the air from the Golden Horn to waft into your room if it's facing the front entrance of the hotel which means the road. But with the window closed it's quiet)
Service is fast and friendly, breakfast is fresh and plentiful (try the Turkish scones with cream cheese and fresh honey that you have to pry off a real honey-comb). Good rain shower that I discovered only on my second night. Was using the hand-held and accidentally looked up and noticed it. I guess I'm just not tall enough!
The only little strange thing is that there was no soap in the bathroom for the entire stay. Three colleagues of mine were staying here too and they had no soap as well. We all used the little bottles of shower gel to wash our hands. One friend did get bar of soap in her bathroom on her last night, though.
Overall I'd stay here again. Something tells me the soap issue is very easily resolved here. And I'd make sure I'd use the indoor pool too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera brings modern comfort into the ancient glory of Istanbul's legendary Pera district. As the only international five-star hotel in Pera, the Radisson Blu offers a dreamlike view of the famed Golden Horn and comfortable rooms decorated in bohemian style. Guests enjoy a variety of delicious dining options, both indoors and on the covered terrace. The hotel's fully-equipped conference facilities and spa centre provide guests with flexibility, relaxation and successful events in Istanbul. This is slated to become one of the best hotels in Istanbul and is the perfect place for those who wish to experience a magical taste of this historic city.Located in the heart of the Pera, Taksim, Beyoglu district, Istanbul's hub for culture and the arts, fine dining and enthralling nightlife, the hotel is situated near a variety of exciting attractions and convenient transportation options.Guests can relax in plush, comfortable rooms decorated in Old Istanbul Bohemian fashion equipped with Free high-speed, wireless Internet connection.Delectable dining choices include the Super Breakfast Buffet, open terrace a la carte dining with stunning views of the Golden Horn and old city Istanbul, as well as the lobby bistro for snacks and drinks.The hotel's attentive services and amenities include an on-site wellness centre, extensive concierge services, a car park and indoor pool.Flexible meeting facilities equipped with modern audiovisual and sound technology ensure that every event held here is a resounding success. ... more less
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