One word sums up our entire stay at the outstanding Gezi Hotel and beautiful Istanbul: Unforgettable.
My girlfriend and I along with another couple booked here for 4 nights, to celebrate New Year's Eve. We checked in quite late at night, yet the welcome we received was truly warm, genuine and that you would expect from world-renowned Turkish hospitality. Welcome drinks at the bar/restaurant, followed by a magnificent view of the Bosphorus from our 9th-floor room's huge windows. Spacious, modern yet cozy, with wooden touches, warm colors and fabrics. I particularly loved the bathroom; huge, incredibly luxurious and comfortable, spectacular floor-to-ceiling views from the walk-in rain-shower, and MoltonBrown products which do add that 5-star value touch. And even though we did spend most of our time out enjoying Istanbul, it always felt good to return to the elegance and serenity of our room.
The breakfast was delicious, what an incredible start to our day. I recommend the little bowls of pure honeycomb with cream-cheese(?) on top; for any guest who didn't find it on the buffet on one of those mornings: my bad, I probably ate all of them.
The necessary sightseeing was a breeze due to the hotel's location (it doesn't get more central than this), and because of the private tours and transport that the Gezi staff arranged for us, along with some hard-to-get reservations at top-notch restaurants. It is worth mentioning that out of all the fantastic meals we had on this trip, nothing exceeded NYE's dinner at the Gezi Hotel's restaurant. Great food (loved the lamb!!!), good fun and entertainment and overall a fantastic time. We didn't even leave the hotel that night!
Following NYE was the best possible start to the year with our Balinese massage at the Spa the next morning. By far one of the most relaxing spa experiences we've ever had. Thank you Puspa!
Definitely the attention to detail and personal touch you would expect from a boutique hotel, we encountered the little things that really set it apart from the big 5-star chain hotels. And for that we would like to thank everyone at Gezi. Our warmest regards go to Gülcan (thanks for your patience and help, you are amazing!:) and Can (here's to new friends! hope to see you soon buddy).
Finally, I'd like to advise whoever hasn't visited Istanbul or is having second thoughts due to other options: think no more; this place is a gem of history, culture, shopping, culinary treasures and incredible nightlife. We could not have asked for anything more from a destination, it really is a world-class, cosmopolitan city, and we wish we could've stayed for longer. We'll be back (at the Gezi Hotel of course)!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at Taksim Square, right in the heart of Istanbul. Just steps away from the glamorous Bosphorus, Historic old town, shopping and business centers. We are one of the few certified Boutique hotels in Istanbul and a proud member of the DESIGN HOTELS CHAIN. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gezi Hotel Istanbul