4-5 Star hotel in Istanbul?

Oct 16th, 2005, 03:13 PM
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4-5 Star hotel in Istanbul?

Any suggestions ala Four Seasons ?
Thanks in advance - DLOECH
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Oct 16th, 2005, 03:32 PM
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What about the Four Seasons??? I stayed there two weeks ago and can recommend to all willing to pay the price. Service is impeccable; physical space is stunning; and the location is great for sightseeing. Double room costs a bit more than $400 US with tax.
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Oct 16th, 2005, 03:48 PM
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The Four Seasons Istanbul looks like a fabulous hotel. However, I HATE the Sultanahmet neighbourhood. It is very touristy. I stayed at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul, and highly recommend it. It is in the Taksim area of Istanbul, very close to trendy Ortakoy. Other top hotels in the area are the Divan, Mamara, and Inter-Continental.
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Oct 16th, 2005, 05:00 PM
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I agree in part; Sultanahmet is only good for a few days so you can be near the daytime sights. There is almost no good eating in the area and no nightlife. I stayed there when I arrived in Istanbul and then stayed in Tepabasi at the Marmara Pera after my car trip. Marmara Pera is rated four-star and I thought it was a pretty good hotel in a great location. But not even close in style and service to Four Seasons.
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Oct 17th, 2005, 05:07 AM
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First of all, a big hello to ekscrunchy. Welcome back.

Secondly, dloech, you can try Eresin Hotels according to your choice of location. You can either chose the one in Taksim or in Sultanahmet area.

http://www.eresincrown.com.tr/
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Oct 17th, 2005, 10:16 AM
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We had drinks on the roof of the Eresin Crown in the old town. The whole time we kept thanking our lucky stars that we were not staying there.

While it is a nice hotel, it is bland (in spite of the artifacts displayed in the lobby )with little or no activity. We were the ONLY people at the bar at sunset.

Seems to be a business hotel with a number of groups. I would not pay their prices for what you get.

We actually stayed at the Ciragan Kempenski our last night in Istanbul. Got a great room for less than $350. Unfortunately, we spent whatever we saved by eating breakfast and dinner there. Very expensive. Our continental breakfast was almost $70, which seemed a bit steep.

But, oh, so beautiful a location with a wonderful infinity pool overlooking the Bosphorus. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.
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Oct 19th, 2005, 03:54 AM
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"I stayed at the Ritz Carlton Istanbul,"

Ah, the "Accidental Tourist" syndrome; make foreign countries as much like.

Did you eat your meals at McDonald's, too?
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Oct 19th, 2005, 11:40 AM
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You are comparing the Ritz Carlton to McDonald's? Darling, go back on your meds. And why is the Ritz Istanbul being compared to McDonald's and not the Four Seasons? Is the Four Seasons somehow uniquely Turkish? Sorry, sweetie, just because you can't afford to stay in a good hotel don't take it out on me.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 12:19 PM
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" And why is the Ritz Istanbul being compared to McDonald's and not the Four Seasons"

Leave it to you to miss the point. No surprise there.
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Nov 8th, 2005, 11:20 PM
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Thingorgeous, lol. I think that's the answer he deserved.
Oh it was good to hear that Sultanahmet isn't the place to stay. I am planning my first trip to Turkey , with some days in Istanbul , and thought it was the best place to stay. Now I can go back and take a look at the Taksim area hotels I was ignoring. Thanks for the help

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Nov 9th, 2005, 07:45 AM
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While quite a lot of people do enjoy staying in the Sultanahmet area as this is where quite a number of the "not-to-miss-sights" are located, I agree with the people who would hate staying there. I simply think it's too touristy and I detest being constantly approached by dubious vendors and guides on the street to an extent that borders harrassment.

Thus, I second the recommendation of the Taksim area.
Should you want to stay there, my choice would be the Hyatt Regency. While it doesn't offer the gorgeous Bosphorus views that other properties such as the Hilton, the Ceylan Intercontinental, the Swissotel or the Ritz Carlton boast, it is very well maintained and relatively new.
The Interconti and the Hilton both appear to be a bit dated. What the Hilton has going for it, though, is its parklike grounds right in the center of the city.
The Ritz Carlton is certainly a very nice hotel, but is offers a service level that would be too high for me - I don't care to be escorted to the elevator and such.

Now, while it is a bit away from the hustle and bustle of Taksim Square, the Ciragan (pronounced: "Jee-rahn") Kempinski is quite lovely as its located on the grounds of a former Palace of the same name (not Kempinski, though ;-) ) that border the Bosphorus, as was outlined by a previous poster. However, the Park View rooms there, while still expensive do not offer much of a view in general, so you might want to make sure you book another category. Also don't be disappointed, that the rooms are not located in the palace, but a rather modern concrete building.
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Dec 8th, 2005, 12:02 PM
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Only two things to say. The Four Seasons is excellent. I have pictures of some of the employees on my fridge. They are now friends. Avoid the Hilton at all costs. Filthy and expensive.
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Dec 9th, 2005, 11:59 AM
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Sorry Hammail,
but my wife and I just spent the best 5 days at the Istanbul Hilton and found it to be the best hotel we have stayed at in all of our trips in Europe. It easily surpassed the Savoy in London just by the service alone. Up to date decor in our room as well as the rest of the hotel tells me you may not have been in that hotel recently. I would easily give it 5 star status rather than calling it filthy as you described it.

Maybe you are talking about the other, smaller Hilton that is nearby?
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Dec 9th, 2005, 01:18 PM
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We also stayed in Taksim - our first three days at the Hyatt and loved the hotel, room decor and oh, those lovely bathrooms and fluffy hugh bathtowels. The room appeared more like the inside of a tent with picture hanging off the drape... interesting touch. Whether king, queen, double or twin beds, all with fluffy duvets. Though a small lobby, there's little street traffic people hanging out, rather intimate.

When we returned to IST, stayed 1-nt at the Ciragan Palace, of course, the new building as the "palace" only has suites and tres expensive. Also thick duvets, though the towels not as big of fluffy as the Hyatt; bathroom lighting was also better at the Hyatt. Had a Bospherus view; sure funny to see the confused dolphins jump into the pool!!!

If you can't afford a stay here, do have cocktails for the view - indoors or out, depending on weather/season. Don't recall what we paid, but it included our breakfast, and nowhere near $70... but delicious with great choices.

The Intercontinental gets good reviews, and the Bosphorus views from the Hilton have to be great as the hotel is higher than the Hyatt and/or Ciragan.

There are a number of excellent * or 5* to select.

 
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Vote for the Hyatt..be sure to ask for room at the far left end (when facing the hotel)..that's what we did twice and both times had fab views of the Bosp! At continental breakfast, ordered additional item, and were charged 12$ (equiv.) for a hard boiled egg...simply spoke nicely to concierge, price for an egg reduced to $3..chicken not happy! Ordered eggs each day and never again charged the ridiculous $12....always $3 (equiv). All that's said above about the lovely Hyatt is absolutely correct.
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My husband & I will be first time vsitors to Turkey next Sept. On our trip we will be gone a total of a month. How much time should we plan for Istanul?? Also any hotels that are in the 200. range?? We are spending a week in Cyprus & also have a time share in Yalova for part of our trip.Thank you for any help=Chris
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Dec 10th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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Please forgive me but I cannot let the comment about the Istanbul Hilton go. We stayed at the monstrosity in the center of Istanbul last April. Great views. The staff when free were pleasant. But that's where it ended. To this day when asked about my Turkey trip in addition to the beaches people, food, culture, I have to throw in the Istanbul Hilton. To start we were not able to go to our room until 11:00pm. We thought maybe 12 or heck even 3pm would have been ok. When we got to the room there was no bed spread on the rock hard bumpy concave clam-shaped mattress. We had to call for help. The help arrived an hour later after we had come back from the bar to calm our nerves which didn't help because the vodka tonic I ordered cost me $38. $38 for a small cocktail.
We were so grateful to have covers on our bed at that point that I tipped the maid $20. (The Turkish people are the nicest people I have ever met in all my travels.) We had an amazing view of the Bosphorus and parts of the city although much of our viewing was spent longing to be in the other hotels on the horizon. All this is not to mention the Hilton was the only hotel with big-time US security surrounding it. I'm a US citizen and and am not a self-hating American but the overblown security, ridiculous prices, hords of big loud Americans, dirty room with stained rugs and atrocious inedible food at the breakfast all kind of made me feel like I was at a motel 8 in Kentucky during a catastrophic never-before-seen bout with inflation. Other than that, the Hilton is ok.
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Dec 10th, 2005, 12:49 PM
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The Marmara Pera is in a great location in Beyoglu; it is across the street from Pera Palas. I stayed in a double room with a fantastic view of the Golden Horn and the city for 170 USD per night last October. The rooms are modern, very clean; staff is helpful. BB was included. The location cannot be beat on this side of the city. They offered special internet discount pricing and if you give up the water view you can get a double for less than I paid. I would prefer to stay in this neighborhood rathr than further north in Taksim (where the Hilton is located)
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Why oh why, darling, would you want to stay at the Istanbul Hilton when you could stay at the Ritz Carlton just a few blocks away??? You can't even compare the two hotels--like comparing Sears to Bergdorf's, darling. Just watching the high-priced hookers and their fat patrons prancing around the pool area in Missoni bikinis is worth the price of admission to the Ritz. Like a Jackie Collins novel, darling. Bring a bottle of Krug and an Hermes robe and have a blast.
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Oh, come on Sissy, don't also get yourself banned from this site. You're too much fun. You know, this is sorta like Big Brother is watching us or reading us. Anyway while you last, I'm enjoying you. Sincerely, Joan
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