The rooms are very modern, spotless clean and everything works.
They are a generous size.
The TV has a decnt pictuire and selction of international channels.
The jacuzzii is a luxury addition.
The free wi-fi is good, when it works.
The swimming pool is clean warm and underused and a surprisingly large size given the location. They even put on a lifeguard just for me.
The minibar is well stocked and a reasonable cost for a hotel.
The staff are helpful even printing booking card but need a bit more English training on standard conversation.
A short walk to the metro.
A security guard outside the hotel, essential see later.
The big negatives
The rooms are not soundproof as described but are poorer than average.
This seems to be between rooms not between floors so is something that could be fixed sacrificing some of the space for extra insulation plus shutters on the windows, plus midnight noise curfew for TVs. The next room had the TV loud till 1:30am, the thin walls between the rooms did not help. The hotel is ~100yards from a very busy road like London's Westway so there is some traffic noise too. People in the street tend to shout and can be heard.
The area is currently undergoing drain works so you have to walk across a building site to get to the Metro.
The Metro currently doesnt go straight to the historic sites so you have to pay for 4 journeys instead of 1 a day adding about £5 per person to your costs and taking 3/4hr to get to the historic town. This will be put right next year when the line is completed though.
The hotel is undergoing building work with drilling going beyond eleven o'clock. Hopefully this will end soon.
The building opposte is also having building work done.
All of the above can be fixed and my rating would go to Average.
The problem they would have difficultly is the area. The hotel is either accessed from the side streets that get very dark and scary after the shops close at 9pm and have guys in cars with blue neons crawling around. Otherwise the hotel is accessed down an unlit side street from the main road. The hotel. could improve this by demanding decent street lighting plus encouraging a cafe/restaurant to open at the end of the street.
This hotel would suit people used to city living or who like clubbing.
I think there would be cheaper hotels closer and quieter to the historic sites.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Elegance Residence Hotel brings a new artistic perpective of Levent - Maslak zone from the side of Sapphire Shopping Center. This impressive 8 story hotel places you in one of the city's most exciting and busy neighborhoods. Elegant choice for smart travelers to Istanbul; the hotel gives unparalleled taste of modern - smart - spacious concept in the King - Deluxe and Comfort guest rooms and suites. The intimate lobby combines rich and raw design elements that welcome you in the first shot. The relaxed and welcoming spirit suggests an intimate neighborhood hideaway. Hotel has this unique character that sets it apart from other uninspiring Levent-Maslak zone boutique hotels. Just outside your door; all of Istanbul awaits. It is only 100 metres away from 4 Levent Metro Station which offers easy access to many historical and exotic areas of the city including Sultanahmet - Blue Mosque - Grand Bazaar - Taksim Square area. Being located in the lively neighborhood of Levent on the European side of the city; Elegance Residence is next to the citys financial center - outstanding luxury malls such as Kanyon/ Metrocity/ Istinye Park/ Akmerkez furthermore the Bosphorus and Fatih bridges linking the continents of Europe and Asia.Whether you are a business traveler - touristic adventurer or budget short-term accommodation seeker; Elegance Residence Hotel provides you with an unmatched option with friendly and bilingual staff. There is a jacuzzi in all suites to take away your stress from a busy environment." ... more less
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