The staff are courteous and helpful, but there are numerous design and operational problems that one should consider before booking. The first problem to encountered is that the hotel is not accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. The entrance involves three steep steps. Once inside, access to the elevators involves more stairs or a ramp at a 35 degree angle. Two of the three elevators can accommodate only two people (three if they are very small or friendly) or one person and luggage. The third can handle two people and a medium-sized suitcase. The halls are narrow, with many turns. The cleaning carts, when the staff are making up the rooms, take up so much space that one has to turn sideways and sidestep to get past them. The room numbering is idiosyncratic – every room begins with “1”, as in what another hotel would label Room 301, on the third floor (which may vary depending on how the host country numbers floors) is “1301”. Not a problem – just odd.
The bar in the restaurant, when open, plays music very loudly – so loudly one cannot have a quiet conversation. It is not surprise, therefore, that I never saw anyone, during my one-week stay, to be sitting in the lounge. Those who did come in quickly moved to an outside “patio” (loosely defined) where one could enjoy the tray cats that infest Istanbul. The bartender decline two requests to reduce the volume. There is also a lobby bar that is more quiet but with no menu other than drinks. Both facilities close their doors early.
My room was tiny with inadequate storage for clothes or other items. Like many hotels in non-North American countries, no face cloths are provided. I presume this is to save costs. As a result, one is force to use a hand towel, which seems – to this reviewer – to actually increase laundry costs.
The air conditioning in my room was inadequate, even though outdoor temperatures were only in the mid-high 20s during the day. The fact that power to the air conditioning is cut off during the day (if one is not in the room) allows heat to build up and the air conditioning is inadequate to reduce the temperature to a reasonable level until 4 or 5 am, which makes for a very hot, unpleasant night. Bed covers consisted of a heavy duvet and an ornamental pseudo-satin coverlet. The pillows are thick and overly firm, which makes for a stiff neck in the morning. No pillow choices are offered.
Opening the window, which is physical possible, doesn’t offer any relief because the neighboring bars play live music until 2:00 am, followed by loud record music for another couple of hours. I was there for a week and had only two nights of relative quiet.
Some plumbing lines in the ceiling of a colleague leaked; he spent his first night with water dripping on to his bed. He changed rooms the next day but I learned later another guest was moved into the same room with the same leaking plumbing and wet bed.
There is a convenience store next door with some fresh fruit, vegetables, and snacks, and a “bottle store”, with beer and wine next to that. Very convenient and much more affordable than the over-priced mini-bar
In brief: if you can afford alternative hotel – do so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Beyoglu district, this designer hotel has a luxurious, marble pool area with a hot tub, and an in-house restaurant. The lively Istiklal Avenue is a few minutes away. Pera Tulip Hotel's rooms are elegantly furnished and feature brocade headboards and silky bed covers. They include interactive 32'' flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and stereo sound systems. The breakfast hall, Deb Lounge, provides a rich breakfast. Bertucci's Ristorante Italiana serves a variety of pizzas, antipasti, salads, and main dishes and desserts. Along with the lap pool and the hot tub, the spa area features fitness equipment, a Finnish sauna and a steam bath. You can also enjoy exotic and classic massages, or watch TV in the relaxation lounge. Pera Tulip Hotel is just steps from Sishane Metro Station, allowing easy access to Sultanahmet district and the rest of Istanbul. The tour desk's staff can help guests plan their visit to the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pera Tulip Istanbul
- Hotel Pera Tulip