Last time I stayed at The Divan Hotel was around 15 years ago. It was a dark, dreary, dull hotel similar to the old-fashioned railway hotels one finds next to European stations; the only thing going for it in those days was its excellent pastry shop and its central location. Last week I attended ArtInternational Istanbul and the Divan hotel was the central hub for visitors attending the Fair. What a difference, there is in The Divan; the ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan. The lobby and the rooms as well as the spa were all tastefully decorated, comfortable and elegant. The breakfast was stupendous. And the famous pastry shop is still operating. Unfortunately, having just been newly restored the fine dining restaurant was not open for us until the very last day of our six night stay, when we were able to enjoy an excellent and delicious lunch. The service throughout the hotel was very good and accommodating. It did have a few teething problems which are to be expected in any new management team but I am sure these will be ironed out very soon. Prices are not cheap but the Divan is worth trying if you want a superb and very comfortable stay in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Divan Istanbul has 41 Standard Rooms, 108 Deluxe Rooms, 40 Premiere Rooms and 2 Presidential Suites, totally 191 guest rooms, each with a sense of spacious elegance, tasteful and modern Turkish-style furnishings, comfort, quality service and a cozy, contemporary atmosphere. ... more less
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