Had a very good five night stay recently. As other reviews point out it is some distance from the old town, but the area is not without its attractions and the views from the higher rooms are as good as any in the city. From our room the view stretched across the Bosphorus, with the bridge, wonderfully illuminated at night, to the left and both glorious mosques to the right. The best way into town is to take one of the frequent buses from outside the hotel to the Kabatas waterfront tram stop. It's then an easy ride into the old town. There are some good local restaurants a short walk from the hotel and I would recommend Kebabi (see separate review).
We found the service friendly and efficient. There is a small executive lounge on the third floor for evening drinks and snacks. The excellent buffet breakfast is taken in the main dining room.
One of the highlights of the hotel is the wonderful spa. It's not cheap, but it's good. Would stay again when next in Istanbul.
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- We are delighted to welcome you here at stylish Renaissance Polat Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel. Discover international excellence blended with local passion.''No matter where or why you travel, there's always something wonderfully new to be found.'' Is the integrated philosophy of Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel. Offering stunning views over the Bosphorus, the magnificent towering Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel is reflecting the modern life style norms with its architectural design. The hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, in Besiktas, midway between the areas of Taksim and Levent, and in a walking distance to key shopping malls and Bosphorus' main boat harbor. This luxury newest addition to Istanbul hotels is designed to meet most demanding requirements of today's modern traveler, whether the trip is for business or holiday in Istanbul, Turkey. Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel offers you a comfortable accommodation with its 213 rooms accompanied by a breathtaking Bosphorus view. You can organize your successful and unforgettable events with the hotel's 11 meeting rooms which are mostly daylighted and a unique Ballroom.You can enjoy extensive food and beverage alternatives of our hotel such as Arts Restaurant with its modern cuisine and stunning design, Bar 212 where international excellence meets local passion accompanied by spectacular Bosphorus view and Living Room&Terrace with its pop in atmosphere and smells of coffee. Both fitness and spa are together at R Fitness & Spa. You can refresh your body as well as your soul. ... more less
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