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Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera
Ranked #106 of 1,140 Hotels in Istanbul
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“Great location and staff”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The radisson blu pera is well located, a short 5 min walk to istiklal street and that was the main reason for staying here.
The staff is warm and welcoming. Trying to be helpful at all times, from reservation to concierge taking care of restaurant bookings. Breakfast staff was also helpful and requested to serve breakfast in our room since the breakfast area was full at peak hour (10 am).
The rooms are standard sized and not too big, but i guess thats what you can expect from this category of hotel in Pera, nothing to complain about though. Neat and clean and convenient with all modern amenities. The only thing was we requested for a smoking room in our reservation however that was not provided to us while check in.
The pool and the massage area in the basement is nice and would strongly recommend.
Overall a comfortable stay, we got a fair rate of about euro 160 per night for a double and were happy. I would recommend primarily based on location!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking time to place your reviews about us.

I totally agree with you about our location, staff, breakfast and spa services.
We are proud with our concierge services since we host too many leisure visit guests and we aim for our guests to maket he most of their time in Istanbul.
This can only be maintained through knowledgable and attentive personnel.
I am happy to hear that our breakfast staff offered you a quick solution when there was peak operation at breakfast room.
Hope you enjoyed it.
We have only 1 floor assigned for smoking guests and from time to time we may have trouble with handling smoking room requests as they are only %17 of our entire room inventory.
Next time, we will be more careful with your preferances.

All in all, you are happy; we are happy. This is what we strive for.

Wish to have you back with us at your next visit to Istanbul.

Kind Regards

Okan Karadag
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our three day stay at the Radisson Pera very much. The room was beautiful,the staff was extremely friendly and helpful,the breakfast buffet was grand and there was nothing to complain about. We give our warmest recommendations.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so very much for your recommendations in such a wording.
Well, I would not have much to say on top your words.
We are very happy to have received your compliments.

Would you ever travel to Istanbul, we will be glad to host you.

Kind Regards

Okan Karadag
Hotel Manager
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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

Stayed here for one night in October while transiting through Istanbul. I chose to stay in Taksim area for the night life but despite this the old town is easily walkable from this hotel. I didnt eat or drink in the hotel but did use the SPA which was very nice, jacuzzi, saunas, pool all very clean and staff helpful.
My room was pretty small but as i was checking in at 7am this adjoining room was is all that was available so i wont complain !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Pera, Istanbul.

I would like to thank you for taking time to place your rewievs at Trip Advisor.

In regards of our location, Taksim Square, Istiklal Avenue and old town ( Sultanahmet Square ) are just few minutes from our hotel. Our Botanica Fitness & Spa offers great therapies with our Balinese therapists. I also strongly recommend you to try our roof top Hamdi Restaurant which will serve traditional Turkish cuisine with a wonderful Golden Horn view for your next visit.

We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel.

Kind Regards,
Okan Karadag
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dubai
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

This was our 1st trip to Istanbul. Picked Radisson Blu on the basis of price, location and brand. Radisson far exceeded my expectations:

Pros:
- Newly built hotel
- Clean
- Standard room was of adequate size. Rooms had brilliant art-work from a local artist.
- Super friendly Concierge (Merv and her team) and the rest of the staff
- Breakfast was excellent with so many choices. Book breakfast a night before for their special rate (EUR10 per person)
- Location was in center of Istanbul (new area/Taksim/Istiqlal). 4-5 mins walk to Istiqlal street and on the way you will see beautiful shops, bars and restaurants.
- Bathroom was nice
- Free usage of sauna/spa/gym
- Allowed check-out at 7:30pm with a smile.

Cons:
- Room doors should be sound-proof.

Room Tip: - Try the breakfast and book a night before. - Spa/sauna/gym on weekend gets really busy - Pay sli...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Asim B
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Pera and thank you for sharing your own experience with other travelers.

Your kind words have motivated me and my team to keep the ball up.
I see that our team has once more went beyond guest expectations. I am proud with them.

We will soon open a roof-top Turkish cuisine restaurant, Hamdi, with a great view of the Golden Horn, soon in January.
I hope you may have chance to visit Istanbul again and give a feast to yourself with wonderful dishes at Hamdi.

Kindest Regards

Okan Karadag
Hotel Manager
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

+ location, the best area to get to know a true Istanbul
very attentive receptionists
comfortable beds
nice choice for room service menu, very quick delivery

+the rooftop restaurant is still under construction
the view from my room was not nice
the spa is open till 11 pm but the cleaning starts at 10.30

Room Tip: Didn't have breakfast at the hotel, but there are a lot of nice places around
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Pera, Istanbul.

I would like to thank you for taking time to place your rewievs at Trip Advisor.

Being situated in the middle of the city center, our location is convenient for both leisure and business travelers.
It was a pleasure to know that you enjoyed our hospitality, service and staff.

Our roof top restaurant, Hamdi which is one of the most famous authentic turkish restaurant will be opened by the beginning of the new year.
I hope you will get a chance to try its delicious foods for your next visit.

We are looking forward to having you back.

Kind Regards,
Okan Karadag
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

The hotel's location is what made us choose this, even though it costed us 50k Club Carlson points (which by standards is quite high as we paid 20k in California). However, the service was poor:
1. On arriving in Turkey, we reached the hotel at 4pm but still had to wait for an hour to get our rooms!!! (check- in time is 2pm)
2. We went to Cappadoccia and had asked the hotel for a early check- in on our return. However, 8am at the hotel, the receptionist tells us that while there are free rooms, the cleaning staff comes at 9am and then they will take 2 hrs to clean the room (somethign I am hearing for the first time from a hotel, leave alone a 5- star hotel)! They let us use their spa to get ready, we went out for breakfast and got back at 11:30am. However, our rooms were still not ready and we had to again wait for 30- 45 mins before getting our rooms
3. On our last day of the trip, we were told that breakfast was not included in our package and we will have to pay for it (even though we are paying a high number of points for this!!!) We had to show them a confirmation mail stating that the breakfast was included to let us have it without paying

Having said the above, the location on the European side of the island is still amazing so if you don't mind spending points, go ahead. Just be careful with room check- in times.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Pera Istanbul and thank you for taking time tos hare your own experience.

First of all please accept my apologies as we failed at check in time for this particular reservation.
We should made all the rooms ready as promised check in time is 2pm.

On the other side about points redemption; Radisson Blu as a brand at EMEA sits on a different- higher market segment than Radisson brand at the America’s.
Depending on hotel tiers, different amount of points are required to be redeemed from guests’ accounts.
In our case, it is a minimum 50K points with a Room Only basis of accommodation.
I hope you enjoyed our complimentary breakfast.

Thank you for your compliment on our location.
I hope you will have a chance to visit us again and see improvements on your own.

Kind Regards

Okan Karadag
Hotel Manager
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

From arrival to departure, the service was excellent and nothing proved too much trouble. Room service was quick and efficient, which made a nice change. A modern hotel with first class facilities and a great breakfast. Worth the upgrade to a business room for the views and the nespresso machine. The location was within easy walking distance of great nightlife but also had easy access to all the major tourist areas. I look forward to returning!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Okan_Karadag, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from Pera, Istanbul.

I would like to thank you for taking time to share your comments at Trip Advisor.

We are delighted that you enjoyed our hospitality and complimentary Business Class upgrade.
Finally, to hearing that you would come back is one of our source of motivation.

We are looking forward to have you here soon.

Kind Regards,
Okan Karadag
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Property: Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera
Address: Evliya Celebi Mah. | Refik Saydam Cad No 19 Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #106 of 1,140 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera 5*
Number of rooms: 130
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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