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“Noisy and scary to get to at night”
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Elegance Residence
Ranked #665 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
Bracknell, UK
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25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Noisy and scary to get to at night”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

The positives:-
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.

Room Tip: Asking for a quite room didn't sem to help. Maybe the higher floors might have been better.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

I came to the city with a couple of friends for a bit of sightseeing of historical places. This hotel was very close to the main metro station with the walking distance and we were able to go to see every major historical museum and palace around the city. The hotel was very comfortable and sensational with its arthistic design; the room service and breakfast were very good organized. I had the opportunity to swim at the closed swimming pool as well; I liked the neat and tidy structure with the nice internal design.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

I found it very comfortable and relaxing to stay at this super luxury hotel. After my business meeting, I felt like home with high quality internal design of the room. For my business visit to Istanbul, this hotel was perfectly situated at one of the centers of the city.With the hotel's proximity to metro station, I was able to go to major parts of the city with no need of a car. I liked the variety of local food, served at breakfast. The room service was good and Hotel staff was kind to do any request of of what I asked for. Within the sincere atmosphere of the lobby, I made quite a few friends as well.

Room Tip: Suites on the avenue side are much more charming.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

I liked the architecture and traditional design of the hotel very much; the room was decorated with really good quality material and the service from the hotel staff was really good. I liked the neatly organized restaurant and the food was fairly good. The cute swimming pool was really a lot fun during my stay. The hotel is located fairly close to the fancy shopping center of Istanbul and I bought a lot of nice presents for the family. I guess because the hotel is just recently opened; everything was brand new and clean; I appreciated very much.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The outside and inner design with its West-Eastern mixed elements was very nice and I enjoyed the ambiance of the room with a lot of lights and chic- comfortable sofa. In the blue room, I felt like I am flying through the clouds. Hotel staff was very sincere and professional. I had a chance to swim a bit also at the nicely designed compact swimming pool. In addition to this, I had a chance to shop at the best places in Istanbul, which are very close to the hotel. I appreciated this new hotel much, very sympathetic.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Elegance Residence
Address: Eski Buyukdere Cad Yamac Sk No:9, Istanbul 34330, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #665 of 1,134 Hotels in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Elegance Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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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