Istanbul is a great and diverse city with many interesting nooks. The Radisson is located in one of the gems, Ortakoy. In addition to being the only hotel located in the heart of Ortakoy, it sits directly on the Bosphorus and has a great view of Sultanahmet (which is the main tourist destination in Istanbul). The down side is that with traffic, it can take roughly 30 minutes to get to any of the major tourist sites in Sultanahmet.
The hotel itself is a Scandinavian business hotel. Tastefully appointed, but sparse in design, the hotel is clearly purpose built. The rooms are on the small side, but very comfortable and for the business traveler, they are more than adequate. You will not find LCD TVs or iPod hook-ups, but you do get internet and a very comfortable bed. Some of the rooms have partial views of the Bosphorus, but do not count on getting one as they are rare. They do have "Business Class" rooms which will give you a better view and more room, but they are significantly more expensive.
The service is of high quality and very prompted and helpful. The hotel car met me on time and the trip took about 45 minutes. The front desk is very helpful and recommended some great restaurants nearby.
One of the highlights of the hotel is their buffet breakfast. You can sit alongside the Bosphorus and enjoy a choice of traditional turkish and common western choices. All are prepared perfectly!
If you are a business person who is looking to stay out of the chaos of sultanahmet and want a unique experience, this is the perfect hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Radisson Istanbul
- Istanbul Radisson