We stayed at the Kismet while traveling with a tour. The tour was very expensive and typically reserves 4-5 star hotels. In Istanbul we stayed at the Kempinski and it was fabulous. Upon our arrival at the Kismet our group was extremely disappointed. If we'd paid less than $200 a night we might have been happy enough, but at the $1500 a day we paid for our tour, we were painfully disappointed and all felt someone profited greatly at our expense. The front desk did their best to accommodate us but they simply couldn't offer anything close to what we'd paid for. The smaller rooms are nicer than the larger ones, the larger rooms seem old and not so fresh. Housekeeping left a lot to be desired, the bathrooms were some of the dirtiest I've seen - the bathroom sink was disgusting and the tiny shower not much better. The view, however, is extraordinary. I would recommend this hotel only for those who want to pay less than $140 a night.
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