As a big fan of design hotels I loved this small place located just north of Taksim.
I secured an excellent rate thru the hotel website and upon check in was upgraded to a larger suite with a view over the modern part of Istanbul. The rooms are super comfortable, large with bath and shower combos. Linens on the beds was crisp and clean.
A nice breakfast is included with cold items but filling for a long day of touring and walking.
Staff was extremely friendly and accommodated all requests with a smile!
Unique Quality: modern, clean and well designed.
Directions: between Taksim and Nisantasi
I actually stayed there first in August 2004, then the next summer as well. I read about it at first in The Guide Istanbul then I went to see it. It's a minimalist design hotel with lots of chrome and monochromatic scheme. Tasteful decor and smart ambiance. The staff were very professional. The breakfast included in the room was actually quite good presented via an attractive buffet setting on the first floor. The location is very near Nisantasi and is also within walking distance to the metro in Osmanbey (I think). Taxim is a short taxi ride away.
Unique Quality: The all-male staff were polite and friendly. The hotel is well appointed in a tasteful, clean-lined monochromaric, minimalist manner. The rooms were comfortable with duvets on the bed and mini toiletries by Yargici. Bathrooms were modern and minimalist. The room was facing a side street VS the main street so it was a not bad. The windows are double glazed so the outside noise is muffled. Also I like the fact that there are blackout curtains which enabled me to sleep in. Breakfast was included. It was good and had healthy options. The fitness center has basic amenities but there was no bench at the time of my stay. The staff kindly offered to put a makeshift one although it was one that didn't incline. I hope they have a proper bench for exercising with weights by now.
The first HIP Hotel in town. The atmosphere is unique, the hotel is located downtown. Internet access is free of charge in the rooms, as well as the sauna and the fitness center.
Unique Quality: The top floor suites r great, with their terrace and spectacular view.
Directions: Near the Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center and Hilton Hotel.
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