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“Kinky and Awesome, with Terrific Customer Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of W Istanbul

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W Istanbul
Ranked #122 of 1,129 Hotels in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
brookline, MA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Kinky and Awesome, with Terrific Customer Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2009

The new W hotel in the trendy Besiktas area is amusingly designed like a harem, with darkness and curtains and thumping music. This makes for great and harmless kitsch, and actually also helps frame an unusual layout for the hotel. The rooms are great, with dynamite hamam-style showers, balconies and great decor; but by far the hotel's best feature is its incredible team of concierges who sit in the lobby and help you plan every aspect of your trip. A few minutes a day makes for a great vacation.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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WInsiderIstanbul, Insider at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 1 September 2009
Well Hello There!

We are thrilled to hear that you had a fabulous time with us. Thank you so much for your valuable feedback and be assured that all reviews are shared with our talents with enthusiasm.
We all look forward to your next visit.

With summertime wuv!
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Miami Beach, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

we stayed at 2 hotels is Instanbul, bookended by a trip to Bodrum, and the W was the stellar choice. there are many beautiful hotels in Istanbul, but the staff at the W was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. when we asked for a cool cocktail closeby, the concierge escorted us us the street to make sure we didn't get lost (it was a cozy nook with super-cool music).

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MiamiBeach1
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WInsiderIstanbul, Insider at W Istanbul, responded to this review, 1 September 2009
Hello from your W family!

Your heartfelt words regarding W Istanbul talents and our service culture is the real source of happiness and encouragement for us. We hope to meet you again here, at your home away from home, or another exciting W Hotel around the world very soon.

Warm wishes.
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los angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2009

The hotel is amazing of course, it's the W Hotel! The rooms were beautiful, the service was excellent, and the neighborhood was swanky. If you do not mind being away from all the tourist spots then it is perfect for you, but not for us. You have to take a cab or a ferry every time you want to go see a sight. Be prepared for this. The only sight within walking distance is the Dolambache Palace. The reason that this is such a big deal is because if you get tired and want to take a break or a nap, it is a big hassle trying to get back to the hotel and the traffic is awful here. Also, the hotel is very expensive. A bottle of water from your room costs 15 TL which is like 12 US dollars. If I could do this all over again, I would have stayed in a lower end hotel to be closer to all the sightseeing then stay at this high end hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2009

W hotel is an amazing and cool experience.
The staff is very good, always trying to help in any way. They even borrowed us a notebook with free internet access in the loby, for a quick email check. A simple thing that makes a lot of difference.
The room is incredible - the lightning is excelent, the furniture very cool. The shower is excelent, specially in a hot country like Turkey. Another small nice thing - ipod docking. Nothing better then getting in your room and listen to the music you feel like.
The breakfast is one of the best i´ve ever had! Everything fresh and done at your will.
And dont worry about the reviews that complain about location. A taxi to Taksim (restaurant area) costs about U$5. All taxi drivers knew where the hotel was. The hotel is 15 min walk to the Tram station, that drops you in all tourist atractions in the city.
I deffinetly recomend this hotel to everyone who wants to spend a nice time in Istanbull in a fancy, cool and modern hotel.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank Piments
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2009

We had such a great stay at the W. Fantastic hotel and great service (notably the friendly knowledgable bar manager and his ginger margheritas).

Rooms are out of this world and the whole place is spotless.

A bit further from the centre than we had hoped but a cheap cab ride or easy tram ride to the historic centre. Not too many restaurants nearby but their own Spice Market is even better than the New York equivalent.

Try the "hidden" Italian at the bottom of the road as well. You'll be surprised when you get outside!

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank JPandJen
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Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2009

W Istanbul is located a bit outside of the tourist/historical area of Sultanameth which quite frankly, is a good thing. Quiet neighbourhood close to Dolmabahce Palace and Ortakoy where you can find cool restaurants by the water. The staff/concierge were helpful and friendly. The rooms was great expect the bed was too soft. Was there on points but can say it seems a bit expensive for what they offer, especially for the food. Expect a very dark interior. Internet was only available upon request at the front desk for a short period of time but it worked well.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Tampa Bay, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2009

We loved our stay at the W in Istanbul. The staff was very friendly and the hotel was clean and comfortable. We were upgraded to a suit with an outside private terrace. I was only sorry we only had one night before our cruise left. I would recommend the hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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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:
#45 Spa Hotel in Istanbul
#92 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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