It's a decent but a bit soulless business hotel. They try to soften their "corporate" functional image by adding nice and quirky touches - elegant sweets in the reception area, an elevator video, in-room CD with lullabies. You get pretty much everything you need (for example, an adapter for a laptop charger.) The bed was comfortable, and Wi-Fi smooth. With an executive suite, they offer to launder 3 pieces of clothing for free. A buffet breakfast is pretty good although a choice of fresh fruit is quite limited. Service is good except for waiting staff. At breakfast you have to chase after a waiter to get coffee and and chase again if you want a refill. (In room there is only instant coffee, which I consider an abomination; even some budget hotels offer filtered in-room coffee these days.) It is even worse when you have a private breakfast with a group of people. The choice is extremely limited compared to the buffet breakfast and waiters panic. In my case, in a group of about two dozen people, some got plates with cheese but little or no bread and rolls, and others bread but no cheese. When I asked for more cheese, the waiter moved it from other part of the table instead of bringing more. Coffee ran out almost immediately and we have to wait for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Point Hotel Barbaros is a 5 star business hotel, located in the financial district of Istanbul, close to many corporate headquarters and shopping malls. Being the first art-tech hotel of Istanbul, our hotel combines the latest technology with art displays, curated by Beral Madra. With 202 rooms, 16 meeting rooms and its experienced staff, Point Hotel Barbaros is more than capable of hosting big events with pleasure. Wireless internet is free of charge throughout the hotel. Our guests staying in Executive Rooms have access to our Executive Lounge with a magnificent Bosphorus view. Our accomodating guests also have access to Point Sport Center, which has all the necessary fitness equipments and also an indoor pool. For the admirers of the Italian cuisine, our Italian restaurant Piola is at your service. For big kids, we have a gaming floor named The Game for Big Kids, consisting of Playstations, Darts, conceptual gaming rooms and racing kits. The floor also has a bar and a kitchenette so our guests can enjoy their food or beverages while playing their favorite games and socialize. ... more less
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