I stayed together with my wife, for bussiness in this hotel in march 2011. The hotel is located far enough from the old city with main attractions. Taksim square is conveniently located. The most close attraction is Dolmabahce Palace.
The rooms are big, correct for a five star hotel with all the features needed. The hotel does not have a swimming pool but a great sauna and a gym. The restaurant is OK and breakfast is perfect. The people from main desk or concierge/ breakfast are well trained. They could arrange for hotel taxis, important thing because in Istanbul you can be easily fooled by dishonest taxi drivers who speak only Turkish.
The beautiful lady manager ressponsible for client service is always there in the morning asking people about service quality.
The only bad thing happend (first time for us in so many countries visited) a hotel employee entered our room and stole from my wallet which was into a backpack and not the room safe but only for a short time. I reported the situation and I got surprised the staff solved the situation very quickly and discreet. They apologized telling us the guy was newly employed and not sufficiently verified. They gave our money back together with a fruit basket and a wine bottle, the manager wanted to assure that we are pleased, in a word they acted as they should: quietly, discreet and efficiently.
If you need a five star convention center and you are not so interested in city attraction this hotel is perfect but if you are a tourist first time in this beautiful and different city maybe you could choose a hotel near the Bosphorus in the old city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Center is just walking distance away from Taksim Square, Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center and Nisantasi, the most in vogue district of Istanbul. It is also very nearby the Osmanbey Metro Exit and 23 km away from Ataturk Airport. 162 luxurious guest room and 14 suites of "Ramada Plaza Istanbul Hotel" are special residences where comfort and aesthetic meet. Cozy ambiance of these spaces in which the guests will feel at home are fully equipped with high-tech facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Istanbul
- Istanbul Ramada