I've had wonderful experiences with Istanbul hotels since my first visit about 25 years ago. There are some truly amazing options and I had no reason to break from habit. However, I am a devoted SPG member for my business travel, had points aplenty, and opted to cash in a few on this visit. The Meridien seemed the most intriguing SPG option in the city and the tripadvisor reviews were positive. I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We found ourselves on the 18th floor with a fantastic view of the water. Decor throughout the hotel is modern and demonstrates careful attention to detail. Why can't we have nice things (i.e., some of the same nice things) out here in western Canada? I don't get the repetitive cloud pictures, but the nifty elevators cancel out that criticism. The club lounge is particularly attractive, offering a varied (and healthy) selection of foods and beverages. Relaxing on the balcony adds to the experience. The staff couldn't have been more cordial or helpful. I definitely will book at the Meriden on my next trip to Istanbul - whether or not I'm cashing in points for the stay.
Dr C Braun ~ Calgary
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising 34 stories in Istanbul’s prestigious Etiler district, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler will be one of the city’s most impressive contemporary landmarks. Featuring a modern design with panoramic views of the Bosphorous and the city, the hotel is conveniently located along the TEM Motorway and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. 259 rooms including 18 Residential Suites of sophistication and elegance with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame breathtaking views of the cityscape and Bosphorus. A club lounge on the 14th floor provides comfort and luxury. Hotel's restaurant promises the ultimate dining and the Roof Bar puts you on top of Istanbul. Seven stylish meeting rooms, two VIP boardrooms and a Ballroom with private foyer feature among Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler's more than 2000 square metres of conference space. For contemplation and vitalization the Explore SPA & Fitness with Steam Rooms, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam and 8 treatment rooms as well as an Indoor & Heated Outdoor pool are available. ... more less
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