I booked I'zaz in part on the strength of reviews listed here and also because the rooms are strictly non-smoking - which was very important to us. But the air was not so clear....
The rooms are beautifully designed and decorated - European and modern. We stayed on the first floor (it was all that was available) and it was a bit too small for my husband and I. Granted, he is 2 meters (6'4") tall. I can't blame I'zaz for that - I did know that the rooms were small.
What was bothersome was the smoking. The policy is to allow smoking on the roof terrace - a covered roof area which opens to a spiral staircase that runs through the whole building. From the night we arrived until the morning we checked out - we had strong cigarette smoke to contend with. I complained and the staff said they would have the building aired and try to make sure no one was smoking in their room - but it didn't help. At one point it was so strong that it gave me a headache. I don't know why it was so smoky - but it was a disappointment.
Also, the location is quite far from the sites - if this is your first time in Istanbul I would recommend staying in the Sultanhamet area and coming over to Beyoglu to see the sites. I'zaz Lofts is located on a little side street near many restaurants - some are traditional goat head specialties - which was a bit gruesome. But it is close to lots of restaurants and bars. We didn't have a problem with the noise as some other reviewers mentioned.
I have given it 3 stars for service because it is not a "full-service" place, but it is not advertised as such. Rooms got 3 stars because ours was smoky and quite small (I live in Tokyo - so I am used to small, but this was too tiny for two!). Location was not as great as I had hoped, so 3 stars for that. It was faithfully cleaned every day - and so 4 stars for Cleanliness - but the smoke takes a star away from 5 stars. And Value they get a 3 star because it was not what I had expected. Understand that Turkey is a smoking country and you will contend with it everywhere - but I had sincerely hoped that I could escape to my non-smoking room.
The owner contacted me to discuss my problems and was very responsive - I think that I'zaz would be a nice place to stay if they could truly solve this smoke problem. And if you don't mind being far away from all the historic sites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- i'zaz lofts is a collection of trendy, yet intimate, lofts that truly reflect the boldness and the diversity of the city itself that are located in a street near the old fish market at Taksim, two blocks away from Istiklal Avenue and one block away from British consulate; one of Istanbul's most colorful urban neighborhood with art galleries, shops, restaurants, clubs, theaters and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- i`Zaz Lofts Hotel Istanbul