I spent two nights at this hotel while on business, in a club level room. Let's eliminate the one con: The hotel does sit by itself on a hill--there's nothing to see or do in the immediate area (though I'd have no problem simply lounging around the hotel and looking at the Bosporus). However, it's not a tremendous walking distance away from Dolmabahçe Palace. You could also take an invigorating stroll to Taksim Square or Nişantaşı.
There are many pros: Nicely appointed rooms, spacious tile-and-marble bathrooms, and helpful staff. If you have access to the club lounge, you'll enjoy a very nice breakfast buffet (cold meats, smoked fish, olives, cheese, fruit, breads, pastries, hot items, cereal, and--my favorite--fresh honeycomb, straight from the bees!), and the space is great to sit witha drink and wind the day down. In addition to the breakfast buffet are several other buffets through the day with all kinds of treats.
The building seems quite secure. Taxis seemed to be always available, and the hotel staff made sure I got where I was going and didn't pay more than I needed to.
If you want to be closer to the action, choose a hotel closer to Taksim Square or in Sultanahmet. If you'd like a very pleasant place to stay and aren't put off by having to take taxis, consider the Ritz--I don't think you'll be disappointed.
- 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