The Madison is located centrally right off Taksim and near to Istiklal Street where so much action is. The price is moderately high, but not unusual for this area. Rooms were clean and well appointed, not 4 star by US standards, but much better than other hotels int he area where I have stayed (like the Green Park Hotel). There was no noise other than the largish tour group of Arab guests that checked in on my second night. The hotel is also very convenient to the Haribye Conference Center (military museum complex). The free breakfast in the morning is very good and filling. Everything was always well prepared and the staff waiting on you impeccable. Enes, the bellhop that I spoke with every day, is very friendly and full of information on the area.
I didn't use it, but the hotel has a turkish bath and pool area. They are free to guests. The hotel also has free internet, although the signal drops considerably during the day. Probably fine for cell phone useage, but for computers it really takes a long time to download anything. One big advantage was the AC, which could get the room temp down to 23C easily. Other friends staying in other hotels complained their rooms were hot even with AC. I was sleeping under a cover!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the area of Taksim, a place with different cultures, art & entertainment; 15 minutes to the old City & attractions. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Madison Hotel Istanbul