Stayed at the InterContinental for a couple of nights at the conclusion of a cruise. We found the hotel to be quite comfortable, and the staff friendly and accomodating.
We ate breakfast at the breakfast buffet, which was ample and quite varied. We liked the various sections: the Turkish, the Asian, etc. Quite a variety.
Ate lunch in the downstairs cafe (sorry, don't remember name right now) Food very tasty, and servers attentive and friendly.
Dinner upstairs at Safron, with a commanding 270-degree of Istanbul. Wonderful food, with (again) great servers, and live music. It might have seemed pricey based on menu cost, but the overall experience delivered ten times the value, so it was really worthwhile.
Rooms are spacious. We had a view of the city and also the hotel swimming pool, which looked (and was!) quite inviting in the 30-degree C heat.
Enjoyed a Turkish Bath in the hotel's Spa, and would strongly recommend that experience to everyone. My only regret was that it was at the tail end of the sumptuous dinner at Safron - I should have left more time in between the experiences! :-)
Hotel location is very near Taksim Square, and its many connections to Istanbul mass transit. You can easily get from Taksim to just about anywhere you want to go, all by public transport. If you would prefer, though, the hotel will glady arrange for private transport also, of course.
We would stay here again.
- 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