I had a great experience at the W hotel Istanbul, booking a studio suite for three nights. The staff were excellent and the facilities were top notch. There's a great lounge in the hotel. Like many hotels in Istanbul this one is quite small, but not in any cramped or claustrophobic way. I'd highly recommend it, although maybe not for families with small children.
If you stay here be sure to inform any cab drivers that you want to go to Akartelar in Besiktas, as there's another similarly named street somewhere in the city and we have ended up there accidentally.
I loved staying at the Shangri-La. It is a new hotel and has a very elegant interior design...lots of white on white with some blues. The towels and amenities are soft and luxurious, and the duvets and bed linens are fantastic. The whole hotel has a feeling of elegance and class. It is also in a quiet spot beside the Bosphorus and right next door to the D. Palace, one of the prettiest buildings in Istanbul. It is nice to walk along the river, take a ferry to another spot, or walk through the palace. It is also pretty accessible to Taksim Square and Istiklal Street...and I even walked all the way over to the other side to the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia mosque and Grand Bazaar. The health club and spa are nice, and, as usual, the Shangri-La breakfast buffet is outstanding.
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Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul is ideally located between Dolmabahce Palace and Maritime Museum on the Europen shore of the …More
Excellent riverside views. Super restaurant views and decor. Great breakfast. Superb Hamman treatment at the spa (do try it). Rooms were European-spacious, although most guests are NOT IN A PALACE! (That's next door!)! Staff very helpful (thanks for finding the paperwork we left behind and mailing it on- hopefully!). Peaceful with no audible calls for prayer.... But a little away from the action. Given traffic and the tendency of Istanbul taxi drivers to take you for a 'ride' (literally and metaphorically), you have to decide that the trade off is worth it.
Situated on the European side of Istanbul, across the Golden Horn from the historic city centre, Besiktas lies on the coast of the Bosporus. The area is becoming increasingly upscale, with an influx of trendy cafés and international boutiques. Besiktas is also home to Turkey’s oldest sports club, whose football team is enthusiastically supported throughout the district.
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