The Istanbul Ritz is wonderful! The staff remember your name and treat you like family. We were on a 3 week vacation and spent 5 days here. There are plenty of things to do in Istanbul and the Ritz is a great base for exploring. The Concierge was very helpful. They booked a dance show at Hodjapasha Cultural Center (stop by Hafiz Mustafa 1864 for sweets after) provided maps, restaurant recommendations, directed us to the Bosphorus Ferry (we did the 6 hour Eminonu to Anadolu route), helped us find the Galata Mevlevinanesi or Whirling Dervish House, the Dervish Sema Service is at 5:30 on Sunday but tickets can sell out so get them early.
We walked everywhere and there is alot of walking to be done. We also used the metro everyday. It was 2 TL or $1 per ride. To get to it there is a small elevator off the Ritz lobby, take this down and go out the front of the hotel, head down the hill and turn right, walk 2 blocks and you will see the metro on your left. Turkey seemed very safe to us. We had no problems and walked everywhere. It is very hilly with small winding roads, I highly recommend tennis shoes. We even walked to the walls of Constantine from Chora Church (we took a cab to Chora from Ritz) and then walked down to the Grand Bazaar. We loved Sultanahmet and Istikal Avenue. The street food is wonderful. Lots of carts selling watermelon, melon, roasted chestnuts, corn on the cob. We walked over the Galata bridge several times. On the top level are fishermen and on the lower level are restaurants. The palaces were beautiful. One thing I wish had done was to have the Ritz book us on a group tour of Dolmabahce Palace. The line to buy individual tickets is very long! There are no private tours. All other sites Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace were easy to get into. We enjoyed the harems of both palaces too. One warning: everyone will want to sell you a carpet. If you are not interested you must be very firm because they try their best to persuade you to come to their shops for just a look.
Our room did not have a Bosphorus view but it was spacious and on the quiet side of the hotel, away from the stadium. The bathroom is wonderful - large, all marble, great shower water pressure and drinkable water. There is turndown service with chocolates on your pillow every night. The outdoor pool is very relaxing with 3 hot (actually more warm) tubs to soak in. There is a great view of the city from the outdoor pools. The spa is wonderful! The staff will show you around. There are lockers with checked wraps, robes, slippers, etc. to use while enjoying the Hamam. You can sign up for a service or just enjoy the Hamam on your own. There is also a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi in the locker rooms. The locker rooms lead out to a large indoor pool w/jacuzzi.
There is always complimentary Turkish Delight in the lobby and in the morning coffee and cherry juice. The computers are in the bar which also has a pool table and more great views of Istanbul.
We were celebrating our anniversary and were treated to champaign, chocolate covered strawberries and red heart balloons in our room. The Ritz is a premium property that goes the extra mile to make you feel valued and at home. You will enjoy a wonderful stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is an authentic luxury hotel in Istanbul, Turkey offering breathtaking Bosphorus views for its high-end business and leisure guests, continuously providing genuine care and unique service delivered by its empowered Ladies and Gentlemen. Guests enjoy their stay in one of the 243 guest rooms, ranging from 38-sqm park view rooms to 64-sqm suites with panoramas of the Bosphorus or the city of Istanbul, offering a wide array of amenities as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of the city overlooking the Bosphorus, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is just 15 minutes from the famous historical old town attractions of Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Istanbul
- Ritz-Carlton Istanbul