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“Great Staff. Location grows on you. Small rooms.”
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W Istanbul
Ranked #118 of 1,149 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Staff. Location grows on you. Small rooms.”
Reviewed 28 July 2011

These reviews warned us that location was kinda out of the way...but after you have experienced the market, Blue Mosque etc, you appreciate getting away a bit. Loved that there is a Supermarket with good wine, cold beer by the bottle and lots of goodies just across the street. Was able to walk to the outdoor theater and see Paul Simon's first concert ever in Turkey. Staff kind and helpful except should have warned me more about cabs. Cab 1 dropped us off at midnight at what was supposed to be a nightclub. Walked around for 75 min and never found it even though hotel said everyone knows where it is. Then really awful, scary cab ride back to hotel took us so out of the way through tunnel at 100KM/hr so he could over charge us. Be forwarned, there is no "W" in turkish I guess so saying "The W Hotel" is a problem, even at the airport....have a card with the name and address written on it to give drivers.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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TiaInIstanbul, Public Relations Manager at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 2 August 2011
Hello W Guest,
We really like our location as well! It is nice to get out of the Old City and see what it feels like to live in this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. The taxis in Istanbul are a problem and we are very sorry that you experienced some long rides. A lot of drivers know about W Hotel, but not all of them unfortunately. We always recommend taking taxis from the W or any other hotel in the city, as each hotel has a company that they work with. We hope you come back and stay with us very soon!
Sincerely,
The W Team
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

amazing hotel. great location, steps from trendy Nisantasi area, near the Bosphorus and Dolmabahçe Palace and Macka park. The hotel offers unique experience. Very nice and helpful staff, rooms are very comfy and private patios are simply amazing. Highly recommend this hotel although a little bit pricy but really worth it, especially for short stays. Summer offer, free entrance for Suada pool is also a nice way to kill the day and enjoy the stunning views of the Bosphorus. High 10!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2011

This is probably the hippest W-hotel we've been in to date in terms of decor reflecting the vibe of the area. The neon and low-lighting might not be for everyone, but it works well in a city that is very much alive.

The rooms have different lighting levels/themes so you don't feel like your in a club all the time. The service was excellent and the rooms were kept very clean. The design made the room feel bigger than what it was. The bar/lobby areas had designs that reflected the area.

It is probably a 10 minute walk to the light-rail line that takes you into the historic area. The walk is safe due to the wide sidewalks. We enjoyed the area it was located in.

Room Tip: A majority of the rooms are the same, due to the shape (long length) of the building.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2011

The W stands for a signature brand and you expect much more from a W than any other brand. Although the surrounding area is fantastic I think the W does not really provide you with value for money. The general feel of the rooms and the hotel is extremely dark and dingy although this is a W design feature it can be strange sometimes. The rooms are modern, well equipped, comfortable and compact because the WC and shower have separate areas. The breakfast is great and the bar is also pretty fantastic although not too popular with the locals. Overall I would say a good stay, W service is great, the SPA and fitness center are not up to the level you would expect of a W hotel.

Room Tip: If you have the cash splurge on a cabana room that really makes the hotel experience better
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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TiaInIstanbul, Public Relations Manager at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 27 July 2011
Dear Guest,
We appreciate that you took the time to write us and provide feedback. It is great that you liked our location in Besiktas & Nisantasi, the design of the rooms and the breakfast. The W Lounge is a fantastic bar and is very popular with the locals during the fall/winter/spring season. It is quieter during the summer months when everyone is outdoors. It was voted #1 place for Turkish celebrities to hang out. Very sorry to hear that our hotel felt too dark and that the SWEAT fitness center and W day spa did not live up to your expectations. Your tip to book a Marvelous Cabana room is a good one! Thank you so much for staying with us and we hope that you stay with us again soon, we would really like the opportunity to WOW you.
Sincerely,
The W Istanbul
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

This hotel is on a newly restored section of Istanbul leading up to Nisantisi, the Rodeo Drive of Istanbul. Very close walk to Nisantisi, with all its shops, cafes and restaurants as well as a quick taxi from the rest of Istanbul nightlife and site-seeing. Very retro-, cool, hip hotel with great service. Also, guests get complementary day passes to Suada, a small, island pool and beach club, which was a great way to get some city and sun on a weekend vacation.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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TiaInIstanbul, Public Relations Manager at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 19 July 2011
Dear W Guest,
What a fabulous review! We are delighted that you had such a great recent stay at W Istanbul. It is wonderful that you explored the neighborhoods; Akaretler, Besiktas and Nisantasi. Thank you so much for choosing our hotel & we look forward to seeing you soon.
Warm Regards,
The W Istanbul
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Santa Monica, CA USA
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2011

Great location. As far as we're concerned the Bosphorous and surrounding area is THE place to be in Istanbul. We liked that the property was not in an obvious tourist location but a local neighborhood to explore, yet easily accessible to taxis and boats etc. 20 min cab ride to major historical sites and tourist destinations. The hotel is not on the water - it would have been great to have a pool or somewhere to cool off in the heat - but then we're talking Four Seasons or Ciragn Palace (aka $$$$). Nice and friendly service, tiny but passable gym, good American breakfast every day. Your typical W with a slightly more funky twist on interior design.

Room Tip: We got an upgrade to room 402 - a jr suite with plenty of room and the great W bed (a must after 20...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2011

The hotel is very edgey and the room we had was fabulous. Staff was very accommodating. The hotel is located away from the maddening tourists and is in the modern area of Istanbul. Fifteen minute walk takes you to public transportation which is very efficient in getting around the city.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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TiaInIstanbul, Public Relations Manager at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 10 July 2011
Dear W Guest,
Thank you so much for choosing to stay at the W Istanbul, we are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much. It is wonderful that you received warm service and liked the hotel design. We really hope that you come back soon and please send all your friends and family to us as well.
Sincerely,
The W Family
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Property: W Istanbul
Address: Suleyman Seba Cad. No: 22 | Akaretler, Besiktas, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
Region: Turkey > Istanbul > Besiktas , New City / Taksim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#47 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#89 Luxury Hotel in Istanbul
#94 Business Hotel in Istanbul
#115 Romantic Hotel in Istanbul
#169 Family Hotel in Istanbul
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — W Istanbul 5*
Number of rooms: 140
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