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Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Ranked #176 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Summerland, Canada
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“Great hotel in a wonderful location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We ended a very short and hectic trip to Istanbul with a two night stay at the Radisson Blu Bospherus. It was the perfect place to relax. The views of the Bospherus Straight were breath-taking. It was even warm enough when we arrived to enjoy a cocktail on the deck. We were up-graded to a junior corner suite, so had both plenty of room and fabulous views. The staff were excellent. Very helpful and they coped with a middle of the night departure on he same day the clocks went forward, arranging the wake up call and transportation to the airport without a hitch.
Breakfast was well prepared, fresh and comprised a huge selection of different foods. The food in the cruise lounge was equally good and provided a pleasant informal place to relax. I had read reviews that complained of the noise from the attached nightclub Zuma; we had no such complaints. We were aware of the music when we were awake, but it certainly did not prevent us from going to sleep, or wake us up in the night.
The hotel staff booked a Bospherus cruise for us. Muge, the concierge, got us reservations at Zuma (I was curious about a "Japanese" restaurant in Istanbul). I would love to return and think we would be quite comfortable staying here as a base and using the water taxis for transportation to do our sight seeing.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for taking time to share your wonderful comments about Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul. Guest feedback such as yours is of high value. I am delighted to know you enjoyed your two night stay with us and evaluated our hotel and your flawless stay experience as "great" along with our service, ambiance and facilities.

Our hotel is located in the middle of the european bank of magnificent Bosphorus, in Ortaköy Square. With the pleasant and refreshing atmosphere it has, Ortaköy Square welcomes our guests with a variety of best restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife facilities of Istanbul. We are in love with Ortaköy Square and always happy to share the beauty of the area with our guests. Our professional concierge team is alway here to give our guests great tips about our lovely city.

It is refreshing to learn the service we provided has been a memorable one. I will share your kind words with my team, this will be a fantastic motivation for all of them who consistently strive very hard to exceed our guest's expectations.

Our legendary StarBoard Restaurant’s open buffet breakfast with a wide selection of the most delicious tastes from all around Turkey is being prepared every morning to give your day a fresh and enjoyable start. Our guests can savor the splendid view of Bosphorus while having a luscious meal at StarBoard Restaurant or a cocktail at Cruise Lounge Bar with tasty appetizers along the pure sea air.

I trust that you had a pleasant trip home. We all send our best wishes and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gultekin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

this hotel really deserve to be one of Istanbul's best hotels. the staff are amazing specially the night shift girls were soooo kind and friendly. there tips made our trip even better. I would definitely go back to this great hotel. the breakfast was amazing and the location ..... oh my god what a location. I totally recommend the hotel for any kind of a trip. thank you Radisson blu. thank you a million time night shift girls. love ya

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for your valuable comments about Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. We appreciate your kind words and glad to know that our hotel has met your expectations both in terms of culinary offerings, location and hospitality.

As you mentioned, our hotel offers our guests an exceptional experience with it’s location right on the shores of beautiful Bosphorus where the refreshing and delicate atmosphere of Ortaköy welcomes our guests with a stunning view. Ortaköy area is just in 15 minutes distance by taxi to the other popular squares of town and a great place to experience the delicate atmosphere of İstanbul during your stay. We find Ortaköy area quite inspiring and attractive with the unique shops & nice restaurants,coffee shops and nightlife facilities it has and passionate about sharing it with our guests.

As Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul, we offer our guests a spectacular breakfast buffet at our StarBoard Restaurant with a wide selection of traditional & luscious food and beverage items from all around Turkey. While giving a delicate and refreshing start to your day every morning, you can also enjoy the beautiful view of one of the most precious natural wonders of Turkey, the magnificent Bosphorus.

I will pass on your lovely comments to all of our great staff. It is always a pleasure for them working hard to be sure that each of our guests’s stay has been a memorable one.

Thank you so much for choosing Radissons Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. We are looking forward to see you again soon.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gultekin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

This hotel must be among the best located in the world. It is literally right on the bosphorus. Stunning views from the whole hotel. Gym, hammam, hairdresser. Lots of lovely coffee shops, bars, restaurants in the area, which is full of charm and local flavour. Magical. Hotel is wonderful but the rooms are small. I wouldn't let that put you off though. I would definitely come back!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is so nice of you to share your comments about your recent stay at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. We are glad to hear you had a great time in Istanbul, experienced all the hotel facilities and were completely satisfied with the service we offer.

Istanbul has been selected as the 7th top destination in the World by Tripadvisor users and it’s a wonderful city which is generally known as one of the ten most popular tourist destinations with a rich culture, Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman architecture and the history behind.
Our hotel is located in the most elegant area of İstanbul, right on the shores of Bosphorus in Ortaköy Square. Our hotel offers an unforgetable journey to our guests with it’s location; the magnificent view of beautiful Bosphorus, the best restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife facilities of town and an area where you can take a walk and find so many unique shops and breathe the fresh air of Bosphorus.

Our hotel is in 15 minutes distance to Sultanahmet area with Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Topkapi Palace which is the world’s largest palace and was the primary residence of the Ottoman Dynasty for approximately 400 years, Hagia Sophia Museum which has been built on year 360 as church and transformed into a mosque in Sultan Mehmed era and then a museum or Blue Mosque lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles. Also 15 minutes distance by taxi to Taksim Square which is a major tourist district of Istanbul. With the opportunity of easy transportation and the relaxing atmosphere it has, our hotel is the perfect place to experience both historical and modern atmosphere of town and to chill out during your trip far from the crowd of the city.

Thank you for choosing and recommending Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. We would love to welcome you at our hotel again soon.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gultekin
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Muge the concierge was exceptional. She booked everything we needed, she did errands for us, solved problems, and smiled cheerfully throughout.

Most of the staff were terrific.

We were disappointed that our room was not made up when we checked in. We were shown to it with keys, but the housekeeping had not been done. It was after 5pm in the afternoon, so I felt it should have been done. And the front desk should have known that housekeeping had not been in the room yet.

The trip was both business (I booked a reception room and hosted drinks and dinner for clients) and a family trip (wife and two daughters), but your form will not allow me to say both below.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments about your stay experience at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. I appreciate your kind words about our hotel and It is great to know you had a great time during your Istanbul trip.

Our hotel is located in famous Ortaköy Square, on the shores of magnificent Bosphorus with a splendid view. The area is full of unique shops, nice restaurants, stylish coffee shops and the most exclusive nightlife facilities of town. We are always excited to share the beauty & uniqueness of Ortaköy with our guest. Our location is the right place to stay in and experience both the historical beauty and the modern elegance of town during a family trip or a business meeting.

Our hotel offers seven of the finest conference rooms in Istanbul and also our Pupa Terrace with the overlooking Bosphorus view offers beautiful views, indulgent menus and the convenience of a dedicated staff to ensure that each organization is unique.

It is a pleasure to hear you found our hotel staff excellent and It is refreshing to learn our service quality has met your expectations. Our Guest Relations Representative Ms. Muge Agcioglu and hotel team sends their regards to you.
I regret the unfortunate situation you experienced about your room and I’m glad it has been solved quickly.

We are looking forward to welcome you back soon.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gültekin
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

The location is a huge part of the hotel's success. The view is fantastic. Breakfast was amazing all normal choices but also a lot of healthy options as well as local turkish varieties. The staff were courteous and prompt.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your kind comments about Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and had a great time during your Istanbul trip.

Our hotel with the splendid view it has, is located in the middle of European bank of magnificent Bosphorus in Ortaköy Square. Our location offers our guests the most popular restaurants, coffee shops and the best seashore night clubs of town. In 15 minutes distance by taxi to the other top destinations of Istanbul, our hotel is a great place to stay in and experience the elegant atmosphere and fresh air of the city in a pleasant and refreshing area where you can take a walk around anytime of the day and discover many cultural attractions.

Starboard Restaurant offers our guests every morning a luscious selection of high quality food & beverage items with traditional flavors from all around Turkey along the spectacular Bosphorus view at a stylish dining area and an accompanying terrace. I am glad to know you appreciated our culinary offerings as much as our hotel and service.

Our professional hotel staff is always here to make our guests’ stay a memorable one. I will share your nice words with my team, It means so much to them to hear a review like yours.

We are looking forward to welcome you back soon.
Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gultekin
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NYC area, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Pros:
Great views of Bosphorus if in Business class rooms or suites
Fantastic buffet breakfast at Starboard with great riverside tables and positive staff
Very nice bed and bathroom, decent furnishings
A well known nightclub and some decent restaurants along the water in Ortakoy

Cons:
Ortakoy location means it takes 30-40 mins to reach the Sultanahmet tourist section, with traffic jams common in the main road outside, and no tram service in the area
Nightclub next door might be bothersome for sleep if you are on the north side of the building
Reception staff seems kind of cold, and did not get back to us on several service requests, including no distressed rate possible when we were stranded in Istanbul for 3 days due to Hurricane Sandy in NYC, and were reluctant to upgrade us as Club Carlson elite even though there were rooms available and it was my wife's birthday
Wifi is quite weak in several locations

It wasn't a bad experience by any means, but for similar money, the Swissotel is a nice hotel close to Taksim and the tram. The tram is a big deal to get around because in my experience Turkish taxi drivers tend to be scammy and refuse directions.

Room Tip: Get a room on the south side to avoid nightclub noise, upgrade to business class if possible
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience about your stay with us at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul.

Ortaköy Square is one of the most popular squares of İstanbul where you can enjoy the nicest restaurants, famous coffee shops, unique shops and the most exclusive nightlife facilities along the heavenly view of Bosphorus. Our hotel is located on the Ortaköy coastline with the amazing view of Bosphorus Bridge and the refreshing air of the infinite Bosphorus sea. We are located in an area that is not as busy as others in Istanbul however it is very accessible to all hot spots in other parts of town. Our hotel is in 15 minutes distance to Taksim Square or the Old City area by taxi. At rush hour It may take maximum 30 minutes to reach Sultanahmet area. The tram can be taken from Kabataş to Sultanahmet area, which is in 5 minutes distance by bus or taxi from our hotel. As long as Ortaköy is a popular cultural center, on Saturday nights the area is being a bit crowded. Apologies for the noise you may have experienced during the night.

We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and StarBoard Restaurant offers our guests every morning a delicious breakfast buffet with a wide selection of luscious & high quality products from all around Turkey. While you are having a healthy breakfast you can also enjoy the magnificent view of Bosphorus from our stylish restaurant. I will pass on your comments to our Executive Chef & Turkish National Culinary Team Captain Umit Yuksel who is always delighted to hear such wonderful words about our culinary offerings from our valued guests such as yourself.
I am glad you liked the design of our guest rooms and thank you for mentioning it. It is very nice of you. Our hotel is being fully booked during high season. Accordingly to the occupancy, our reception team check the room availability to offer an upgrade for our Club Carlson Silver Elite & Gold Elite and Concierge Member guests. Upgrade can be done if only there is an available room type one level above from the reserved one. Room rates are being updated on a daily basis and are determined according to occupancy level of hotel. Our professional hotel team is always here to assist you within the bounds of possibility. I appreciate your concern regarding the Wi-Fi conncetion of our Hotel.We have forwarded this on to our IT department and we are currently on the process of upgrading the network.

There is so many nice hotels in town but our location, right on the shores of Bosphorus, our direct Bosphorus view and the opportunity of spending a memorable and precious time around beautiful Ortaköy Square is what makes us a right place to stay in during an İstanbul trip. We have one of the most special locations in İstanbul and we are always excited to share the beauty & uniqueness of the area with our guest.

Once again, we appreciate your kind review on TripAdvisor and I look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul soon.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gültekin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

I am not used to travel in luxury hotel, so I don't really have a basis for comparison. For working reasons, I stayed in Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel for a week. It is a very elegant hotel, with fantastic beds and immense showers. Bad point: WiFi in my room wasn't working; nevertheless, I was provided with a LAN cable. It has a lovely cafeteria with a wide terrace, where you can have a drink while admiring the Bosphorus Bridge. I wouldn't normally afford this hotel; nevertheless, if you can and if you look for a high-quality accomodation close to the very fashion district of Istanbul, then there you are!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Mustafa G, Hotel Manager at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Guest,

I appreciate the time you took to share your beautiful comments about Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. It is an honor for us to hear such nice words from you about our hotel and to know you enjoyed your one week stay with us so much.

Our hotel, with the cosy and elegant design it has, is the perfect choice to have a comfortable and a memorable stay in İstanbul. As you mentioned, our hotel has a fantastic location where the refreshing and delicate atmosphere of Ortaköy welcomes our guests with the stunning view of Bosphorus, one of the most precious natural wonders of Turkey. We find Ortaköy area quite inspiring and attractive with the unique shops & nice restaurants,coffee shops and nightlife facilities it has and passionate about sharing it with our guests.

Starboard Restaurant offers our guests a spectacular Bosphorus view and marvellous selection of both turkish cousine and international cousine flavors at a stylish dining area with an accompanying terrace. Cruise Lounge Bar at our lobby floor is a great place to chill out and enjoy the view of Bosphorus Bridge while having a delicious appetizer or a luscious drink.
We regret the unfortunate situation about the wi-fi connection and it is relieving to know the problem you faced has been solved quickly by our professional hotel team. Our guests can inform us about their needs 7/24 by dialing 9 and reaching ‘One Touch Service’ immadiately.
We would be delighted to welcome you back soon again.

Best Regards.

Hotel Manager
Mustafa Gültekin
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Property: Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Address: Ciragan Cad. No:46 Ortakoy, Besiktas 34349, Istanbul 34349, Turkey (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Location: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#67 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#104 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#135 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#197 Family Hotel in Istanbul
#214 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
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Hotel Class:5 star — Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul 5*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy sumptuous lodging and city proximity at this stylish hotel in Istanbul. Its Bosphorus location is near a variety of transport options as well as attractions like Taksim Square and exciting nightlife destinations. The 120 rooms and suites are stylishly decorated and provide thoughtful touches like Free high-speed, wireless Internet. Savour delicious Turkish cuisine at StarBoard Restaurant, and then head to Cruise Lounge Bar for a glamorous evening sipping drinks. Both venues overlook the Bosphorus Strait, giving you a memorable dining experience. Relax at the hotel's on-site wellness centre, which includes a Turkish sauna. For efficient events against the backdrop of the scenic strait, the Pupa Terrace features modern equipment and a great outdoor locale. ... more   less 
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