I stayed at this hotel for four nights and paid an average of about $300 per night, including all taxes and one hour of internet access per day. In many ways, the hotel didn't meet my expectations. First, my room was very small, not at all how the "typical" room appeared on the website. Next, as others have commented, the noise from the hallways was very audible in the room. The toilet and shower were separate, which is fine, but the shower was much smaller than the website implied and it reminded me of a "prefabricated" unit. The sink and vanity area were right out in the bedroom, which would not afford the right amount of privacy if more than one person occupied the room. The bed, while it would have been comfortable for most people, was way too soft for me, and when I inquired about getting a harder bed, I was told that all the beds were the same. It's OK to have a "signature bed," but there should be some variety to accommodate different guest preferences. Finally, I thought the service in the bar was very slow and the waiter mixed up the order. Given its "high-tech" marketing, I expected internet access to be free, and it was about $10 per hour in the room. I actually liked the location, which was near the water and within walking distance of Dolmabahce Palace. The street on which the hotel is located is a quiet, pleasant, renovated street with upscale shops and restaurants. Parallel to that street are two nearby streets with more affordable shops and restaurants, including all of the major international chains. The concierge was also very helpful. But overall, if I went to Istanbul again, I would stay somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The W Istanbul Hotel is in the centre of the historic Akaretler Row Houses, an upscale neighbourhood filled with restaurants, cafes, and design & art galleries. W guests can explore the authentic and local area of Besiktas and the upscale shopping district of Nisantasi. 140 guestrooms and suites in W Istanbul carry the soul of both history and contemporary luxury. Marmara marble, Ottoman patterns, and lighting to experiment along with your mood. Rooms and suites with gardens, terraces or cabanas adorned with flat-screen TVs, the signature W bed and stylish luxuries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- w Hotels Istanbul
- w Hotel Istanbul