I found the Hotel Ipek Palas on Lastminute.com where I got a flight and hotel package for just £244. With such a low price, I wasn't expecting much but was delighted with the hotel. Arriving flustered and tired from our journey, we were greeted warmly by the hotel staff with a complementary cold drink brought to us at reception. The porters there are available around the clock and dressed in tradition and smart uniforms giving the hotel a classic and expensive feel.
The hotel is beautifully decorated with plush fabrics, chairs and chesterfields offset with glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Our room was clean, tidy and comfortable. We opted for the standard room since it was the cheapest and it was more enough for our needs. If you were going for a more romantic break, I would suggest upgrading to a concept room, of which there are several in the hotel.
The hotel restaurant was probably my least favourite aspect of the hotel although it was still very competitive. The view form the restaurant is stunning over the Bosphorus, especially at night. the hotel holds regular Turkish nights too. My only disappointment was the food in the hotel which while good for the price wasn't that nice.
What the hotel lacked in culinary delights, it more than made up for in the friendliness of the staff. Reception staff were always on hand to help and greeted me regularly with a 'how are you?' They made our trip very memorable and treated us as though we were special even though there were lots of people staying that week. A particular member of staff, Emin was absolutely lovely.
Whilst i probably won't visit Istanbul again, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to visit the city. It is within walking distance of all the sights including the river. The tram stop is a 4 minute walk from the hotel and there are lots of restaurants within a stone's throw.
One word of warning about restaurants in the area - Don't let them offer to 'order for you' when you are in a group. They make it sound like good value as they will put together a platter but infact charge you way over the odds. We fell foul to this on one occasion!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Ipek Palace is located in the old city section of Istanbul. The airport is 15 km from the hotel. Topkapi palace museum, orient express railway station, Blue Mosque and St. Sophia are only 15 minutes away by walking. The entrance of the hotel was decorated with Italian marble. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ipek Palas Hotel
- Ipek Palas Istanbul