My friend and I spent three nights at the W while on a weekend visit to Istanbul. It is very modern and trendy with lots of neon lights and amazingly comfortable beds. The location was just fine with an easy taxi ride to and from the major sights and the tram that goes all the way to the Sultanahmet is only one block away.
We took the opportunity to walk to several fun neighborhoods in the area to shop and eat. I highly recommend the Chocolate Café on the street to the right of the hotel entrance, back a block or two, for breakfast- especially if eggs and latte is your thing. Also the Nero Coffee Shop to the street on the left of the hotel entrance was a great place to get coffee and pastries from morning to night. The area around the hotel is big name shopping, so if Prada and Jimmy Choo’s are of interest, you will be in heaven. For most of us it is great window shopping.
While the ambience is certainly interesting, the very best part of the W is the staff. Every single person we met had a smile and friendly manner. Coming back in after a day of sightseeing really did feel like coming “home” with all the greetings and requests for a summation of our day’s adventures. I’ve been to many friendly hotels, but the Istanbul W far surpasses anything I’ve experienced before.
One suggestion for visitors; the concierge can arrange reservations to see the Mevlana Sufi Sema Ceremony (whirling dervishes). This is not a glitzy performance but a traditional sacred ceremony in which the mystical dance and spiritual music is presented in a very dignified manner. It was amazing and the highlight of our remarkable trip to Istanbul.
One warning for visitors; the hotel staff will get your taxi and make sure the driver knows where you are going and the meter is running. Be careful coming back via taxi! On one trip back to the hotel the meter was running when we started (I always check) but when we arrived the driver had obviously done something to the meter and it had a line of characters on it instead of the fare. He charged us 40 YTL which was the most expensive taxi trip we had including to/from the airport. So watch out.
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- Also Known As:
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- w Hotels Istanbul
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