Not much endears this hotel 'except' is location. It is right on Taksim Square and only seconds from the night life of Istanbul. I arrived to a cool reception and that was about all the service that was supplied over the four days that I stayed there. Previously I had stayed at the great Dersaadet Hotel on the southern side of the Golden Horn and the difference between the two hotels could not have been greater. Being right on Taksim Square is certainly advantageous and the views, if you are on the upper floors, are good. However, on my return from a tour about ten days later I had a room on the opposite side to my original room, down low, and I had a spectacular view of the Air Conditioning plant (as AC plants go, I've seen better). The Taksim Square was clean and tidy I admit but it was also rather noisy as well. I was awoken quite often by noise coming up from the Square in the early hours. Overall, I wouldn't stay there again, especially when there is the Dersaadet on the other side of town. It is a 'Tourist Hotel' and that's all one should expect.
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