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“Not worth your money, YOU'LL BE SLEEP DEPRIVED!”
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Lush Hotel
Ranked #458 of 1,160 Hotels in Istanbul
Reviewed 13 October 2009

Basic purpose of a hotel is restful sleep. Fancy decor and others are definitely pluses. But if you can't sleep what's the use of a nice room - the atmosphere all of a sudden is replaced with frustratioin, exhaustion and anger. All their de luxe rooms (or so we were informed by the reception) is located next to the street - so for anything higher than 159 Euros, which MIGHT give you some peace and quiet will cost you more. How noisy? We can hear people's conversation from the street! By 5:30 AM, the street quieted down, then we were finally able to get some nap. Bottom line is the hotel is more concerned about looks than comfort, when we complained they said "This is a city hotel there's nothing we can do about it" - what about investing in sound proofing your windows!!! If you can afford the fancy decor, or even just provide your guests with cheap ear plugs. Clearly the hotel doesn't care about delivering the most basic need of having a room, you might as well be in the streets for all the racket and noise. When I asked for some compensation for the unrestful evenings and requested for a manager to meet with us after our breakfast - they actually posted a room boy in the reception table - obviously someone with limited English and one who cannot decide. It's so typical!!! We decided to stay in this area because we wanted to enjoy both sides of Istanbul - and while we did enjoy the night life in the Beyoglu area, which is close to the hotel, there are other hotels with better soundproofing where you can enjoy restful sleep. Lush is also NOT KIDDIE FRIENDLY! PLS DONT' BRING KIDS HERE, their spiral staircase all the way to the 5th floor has railings with bars so wide, your kids (even age 7 who can be very active) can easily slip thru and fall. On the upside, I will give credit to their breakfast and cleanliness of the place. It's one of the newest looking hotels although you'll be sleep deprived.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

This hotel is neither lush nor hip. I stayed three nights at the LUSH hotel in a so called “elegance room” (102). Check in was conducted in a messy room which served as reception (cluttered by boxes, magazines and generally unappealing). The room I was given was a mid size sparsely furnished room with wooden floors, washable paint walls and devoid of any character. It featured an ok bed, a mirror placed against the wall (not hung) a tiny desk (not suitable for working) and a side table. Not even an armchair to relax in, it was either the bed or the chair for the desk. Very uncomfortable. The bathroom was so small that even the proverbial cat would not have fitted in, the grouting of the shower discoloured and stocked with simple toiletries which did not get replaced on the second day.

The TV only featured Turkish stations with the exception of one German TV station but even there the reception was fickle. The mini bar was just a fridge on the floor and again was not being refilled, neither was the coffee for the kettle. Overall very poor service and a poor room.

The service was mediocre. The guy at reception was yelling at the bell boy when I needed a taxi, not a nice sight. The breakfast was served in the gym as the ground floor which I assume normally holds the bar/bistro was a construction site (noise and dirt to go with it). The staff at the breakfast were the only ones that were consistently friendly.

While my room was to the back (with a view of a messy courtyard), the noise from other rooms and the hall could be heard loud and clear.

They charged me € 239 for this room per night which was about € 150 too much and clearly a rip off. This hotel tries to be a boutique hotel but has none of the wow factors or amenities to go with a boutique hotel. Service (housekeeping) is poor and furniture throughout looks like it has been rescued from a skip. WiFi was free but again a hit and miss.

I am at a complete loss when I read some of the glowing reviews here and wonder if the reviewers actually stayed at the same hotel.

I would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

We, two 30 year old single women, stayed at Lush for 3 nights in July 2009. The staff was very accomodating and the room was very well appointed. I believe it was Rm. 301. Our room was great because it was in the back of the hotel, so we didn't get the street noise at night. Lush is very well located and is in walking distance to the busy shopping streets as well as the train system to take you to the historic parts of Istanbul.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

My fiance and I stayed in the Lush Hip Hotel for 4 days and loved it! The standard double rooms are a bit small but the weather was rainy and cold and just added to the coziness of the place, the little balconies meant you could stand out over the street and feel the vibe. They are located on the modern side of Istanbul so the area was buzzing and full of bars and clubs in the surrounding area. The staff were extremely helpful and recommended and booked restaurants for us which were lovely and which without their help we would never have found. The breakfast spread each morning was everything you could think of. We could not rate this place any better.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2009

Lush Hotel was perfect! Would highly recommend staying there if views from your room are not important to you. It's located one block from Taksim square, very convenient to access all of Istanbul's public transportation. It's also very close to Istiklal Caddesi, the main walking street which has tons of restaurants, bars, shopping, cafes, etc. I stayed in room 301 which was quiet, beautiful and very spacious (compared to other hotels in Istanbul). I hear the rooms facing the front of the hotel are more noisy. I think it's worth the extra money to splurge for an "elegance" room in this hotel as I think the others are pretty small. Most of the hotel staff was helpful when we had questions on transportation, things to do etc. They served a traditional breakfast Turkish breakfast which was good.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

We stayed at Lush Hotel for a week and found it to be merely average. The good aspects: the hotel is located in a great area, very close to Taksim Square; the breakfasts; and some of the staff. And for the not so good...
We had arranged for an airport transfer with the hotel, but when we arrived in Istanbul, we found no one there to pick us up. When we got to the hotel and mentioned that, we didn't receive even an apology. Then, we got placed in an extremely tiny room that reeked of smoke. We asked if we could be placed in a non-smoking floor, but were told that we were on one. After suffering through a night in the room, we asked in the morning to be moved. The reception person was nice enough to show us a few more rooms, and we were able to move. The room we moved into was a lot bigger - so, if possible, ask for one of the larger rooms upon check-in as the room sizes are all different.
We thought the hotel lacked character - yes, there were small touches that were supposed to show off its "hipness" but it all seemed rather superficial and empty. We wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2009

Lush Hip Hotel is in a renovated building 1 minute away from Taksin Square. However it is far removed from the noise and traffic of the area, so it is incredibly quiet, No 2 rooms are the same which makes the Lush unique. Parking is TYL20 per day. Very unusual set up - there is no conventional reception area - only a small desk with 1 person working at it, so i was thrown off for a minute looking for a standard reception counter. Standard rooms were at Euro 109= TYL 160, which for Istanbul is on the higher side, but hotel availability in the Beyoglu area is more limited and the standards are higher.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lush Hotel

Address: Katip Celebi Mh. Siraselviler Cad. No: 10 | Beyoglu, Taksim, Istanbul 34433, Turkey (Formerly Lush Hip Hotel)
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Beyoglu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#155 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#164 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#218 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#309 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range: £49 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lush Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each having unique features, the rooms of Lush Hotel was designed upon inspiration from the cultures that have existed so far in Istanbul and Beyoglu. The efforts have been focused on reflecting traces of Classical, Ottoman, Art Nouveau, Modern, Post-Modern, Pop-art, Brutal styles and cultures on properties having the touch of these cultural lives. The rooms each reflecting different architectural styles and figures, have been designed as life spaces rather than classical hotel rooms. All components such as furniture, curtains, plaster moldings for the ceiling, mirrors, door handles and illuminations have been specially manufactured for each rooms. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lush Hip Istanbul
Hotel Lush Hip

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