On a recent visit to Turkey, I had the pleasure of staying in both the Hilton Istanbul and the 4 Seasons. I enjoyed my stay here at the Hilton far better. Here are the reasons why:
1. Location! While the 4 Seasons is located in the heart of the Old City, this Hilton is located in a more genuine section of Istanbul, walking distance to Taksim Square and Istikial, a great pedestrian shopping and eating area. We liked this area a lot better than the Old City. Nobody chased after us while in Taksim Square and there are so many great authentic restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.
2. Executive Lounge! With a view to die for - of the Bosphorous and very generous perks, such as an ample breakfast, snacks all day long and beer and local Turkish wine (and possibly even more alcoholic beverages..I don't recall) in the evening with tasty canapes. The lounge was large, comfortable and relaxing and the staff went above and beyond to meet my needs. I'm an iced tea drinker and after explaining how I like it only once, they served me my tea each morning to perfection! The only thing I did not like about the lounge was my inability to use wireless internet on my own laptop (for Skypes). In order to do so, you must purchase internet from the room. That seemed to contrast the other lounge perks.
3. Service: They were every bit as accommodating and welcoming as the staff at the 4 Seasons. I would rate them both top notch.
4. Room rate: I paid half the cost for staying here than I did at the 4 Seasons. Granted, my room at the Hilton was a bit outdated compared to the fantastic room at the 4 Seasons but it was fine.
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Hilton International Istanbul
- Istanbul Hilton International