I spent 5 nights at the W Istanbul in April. I stayed in a Studio Suite ( Room 202). If you are looking for a Starwood hotel this is the best option in Istanbul. This is definitely a cool hotel and one of the W's I like most.
Location: The hotel is located in Beskitas, which is part of the newer part of Istanbul. You have to cross the Galata Bridge to get to Old Town where the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and other attractions are. It is a 15 minute walk south to the Kabatas tram station. This is the best way to get to Old Town if you dont want to make the 45-60 minute walk to cross Galata Bridge. Do not take taxis as traffic is horrendous ( And I live in NYC). A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs about 50-55 TL ( $28-$30). The taxi ride from the hotel to the airport is a little more expensive 60-65 TL ($32-$35). Dolmabache Palace is a 7-10 minute walk from the hotel. You can also walk North 2 KM to Ortakoy which has some nice restaurants and lounges on the Bosphorus. Behind the hotel is an area with many restaurants as well.
Room: I stayed in a studio suite ( Room 202). It is approximately 550 sq ft (50 sq m). It isn't overly large for a suite, closer to a regular room. The bed was comfortable. The room has great light controls and electronic shades. There is a nice chase as well and sitting area. The bathroom has a separate toilet. There are two sinks. The shower is very large (room for 2...or 3) with a seat and great rain shower. The Bliss products are provided as well. The one problem with room 202 was its location next to the bar. The noise on Friday was so loud I moved rooms the next day. I thought this situation could have been handled better by hotel management. That is my one complaint.
Internet: It was free for me and was a good strength.
Parking: I was unaware of any parking facilities at the hotel.
Breakfast: I thought the hotel breakfast in the morning was very good. There was a wide selection, turkish tea and even fresh honeycomb! It was free with my room but otherwise was 60 TL ($35) which I think is outrageous.
Service: I thought the hotel staff was very courteous and nice. The concierges were very helpful as were the front desk staff. Everyone also speaks English well. My one complaint was again the noise situaton on Friday night, but they hotel did re-accomondate me on Saturday.
Overall this is a very good hotel. I dont think its the best value ( My room was $545 per nigtht for a studio suite). It is by far the best Starwood option. If you want to stay in the Beskitas area there is also the Four Seasons Bosphorus and Ciragan Palace. I would maybe consider staying in Sultanahmet at the Four Seasons there. This is a great hotel if you like to walk a lot.
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