Since I used trip advisor to make my booking, I think it is only fair to comment on my recent experience. We had a 3 night stay at the ceylan intercontinental in Nov. Lovely hotel feels very grand though a bit dated in terms of rooms. That minor point is easily overcome when you see the contemporary facilities like multi channel TV, coffee / tea maker and iron in room. Also the free wireless internet in the room is a life saver.
Word of praise for the house keeping staff who left no stone unturned in making the stay very comfortable. Since we were travelling with a 18month old, we had wierd requests at all sorts of time like ear buds at midnight :) to which they very promptly responded. The best part however are the club lounge people who are always ensuring a wonderful experience for the guests. Particular mention of the the guest relations team (especially Victoria) who sorted out our room requests prior to arrival so that we had a smooth arrival.
The other point worthy of note is the location near taksim square and close to istikal cadessi (main shopping street). Compared to the other 5* - ciragan kempinski or 4seasons bosphorous this is one of the best located 5* in beyoglu. when you enter the reception, it feels as if you have entered an ocean of calm.
Also, try the spa - very luxurious and soothing. The turkish hammam is very good (if you do not have the time or patience to try out the ayasofiya hamami in old city). had a turkish bath experience and my therapist - Suleiman was fabulous. Do try out his special massages...
Lastly, the pleasant and friendly atttitude of the staff is very refreshing and in particular for families with small children they go out of the way to help, whether with table bookings, transport options or use of club louge during happy hours.
All in all a fantastic hotel compared to various intercontientals worldwide and you will be pleased to make this as your choice for a future stay to this wonderful city. Enjoy !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-star ambiance at Istanbul's one of the best address and in the heart of the city. InterContinental Istanbul is the ideal base from which to explore this Ottoman capital city's endless historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs and shops. Located in Taksim,commanding stunning views of the Bosphorus,Taksim,Skyline of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque,the hotel is in a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall. Our attentive staff will also point out your desired places. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Istanbul Ceylan Hotel Istanbul