Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus
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Our hotel was the Hilton International. There were concrete blocks set up outside the hotel to protect the Americans staying there. It was a bit unnerving.
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The concensus was that we would walk across the Galata Bridge – I would have been happy with a taxi but hey, how often do we get to do this? I knew it would be a long walk as we had done that same walk in 2006 … when I was much younger, fitter and no ankle issues.
I recalled an underground by-pass so down the steps we went to this subterranean city where there were stalls and hundreds of people – I felt like ...
... room to join the other couples for some refreshments - where we sat in another ancient room, all in our white mummy wrappings quietly talking.
Such an amazing experience! I also can't believe how energised I felt after the treatment, I was walking faster than Mark, Tian and Sacha put together - and believe me that's unusual!
Overall Istanbul left me feeling very confused, especially the old area. The new area felt like it had a purpose and was ...
... We eventually got our bearings and ended up walking along the harbourside. We got on a boat for 10 Euro each and headed along the Bosphorous. That was a long, hot but scenic 2 hours. We got to see the different palaces and the swanky hotels that we couldn’t afford to stay in. It really was a nice little cruise but we were sweltering in the heat.
On our way back we lost ourselves in the Grand Bazaar and then also the Spice Bazaar. It all started with ...
... Cruise and found the Grand Bazaar to be disappointing. It was a crowded madhouse with everything that you saw on the streets, magnified a thousand time more. I heard that there are 20 different gates in entering the Grand Bazaar. I found an easy one and waked in and straight ahead as far as I could go then turned left and went as far as I could go and then headed back. I did shop at one place that had Jewelry pieces that I was looking for. I did enjoy the Spice ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Istanbul Bosphorus
Several American hotels were all in the same area. This was a nice clean hotel that treated Americans very well.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus
The hotel facilities are nice, and the location near Taksim square is great for shopping, eating, and taking a cab or bus to popular sights in Istanbul. However, I would never recommend staying here after the 5-night experience I had in June 2006.
Clean and spacious rooms
I got a room with balcony facing the Bosphorus. The room is clean, and spacious. Stayed here for five days. It has a large variety of food for its breakfast buffet.
Toilet is clean too. No stains on the edges of the bathtub, toilet bowl or sink. There is one aspect they can improve though. The hotel should provide each room with an electric kettle so that guests can make their own beverages at their own convenience.
The good and the bad
I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights and though i enjoyed it i could say that much could be improved.The view is lovely but the staff, though kind, had a very low level of spoken english and even the waiters could not understand what i asked of them,often doing the very opposite of what i required and by the time they understood i wanted a toothpick i had gotten up and got it myself!! It also is a little old in style( it's the first Hilton outside the US).The breakfast is unbelievingly expensive and by the time i knew what it had cost the taste of my fresh apple juice went sour in my mouth. It is so much more expensive than other 6 star hotels in Dubai where i live and that have a much larger variety of food.
Well, of course, it's the Hilton, but the wireless connection was impossible to get when I needed it ("Our IT manager isn't here yet" (9:00 AM) and by the time I could connect, the information I needed was too late to be of use.)
The Staff here have lots of energy to look after you. The building is starting to look outdated. It is in a complex surrounded by gardens and people have to pass security before they can get in. It feels safe, but there's an uneasiness about why there is so much security. A good location within walking distance from Taksim Square.
We stayed here for 4 nights on our first trip to Istanbul a few weeks ago and cannot say enough about how great it was.
We have just resturned from a stay of several days at the Hilton in Istanbul. This is a great hotel. The service is first rate. The food in the restaurants is impeccable. The staff could not do enough to ensure we had a perfect stay. At the rate we had, which we booked on short notice, it is a wonderful value
Everything but the room is overpriced!
We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights and were very pleased with the overall quality of the hotel. My main complaint is that the restaurants and bars in the hotel are incredibly expensive. I consider $14 for a glass of Turkish beer to be a bit over the top, as is $15 for a cappuccino. The prices were higher than New York! Also, I would not necessarily recommend the neighborhood. It is very corporate and you are in walking distance to virtually nothing. You must take a cab to go anywhere. If I am lucky enough to return to Istanbul I will definitely look to stay elsewhere.
Also, although the staff were most accommodating, we found the concierge desk (we talked to more than one concierge) to be lacking in both ideas and enthusiasm. I would hope for more at a 5-star hotel.
We stayed in this hotel several times that`s why when I stayed other Hiltons in England I got so dissapointed afterwards because they can never reach Istanbul Hilton`s quality and service. Therefore you do not compare this Hilton with any other. It is the first 5 star hotel in Istanbul and kept very well. The rooms are spacious and if you have a Bosphorus view room you are very lucky! The staff is very friendly and professional. The food is superb. Especially if you go there in summer you can enjoy the swimming pool and the gardens. It is in the new part of the city and the district where all 5 stars are located. You can reach everywhere easily by taxis. As a last tip do not forget to go to the roof bar at night! While you are sipping your coctail enjoy the magnificent view.
We stayed here in Sept. 2003 ( after our cruise ) and we cannot say enough effusive things about it. Our deluxe room was the size of a suite and we faced the Bosphorus . What a view !! The staff bent over backwards to please us and the comfort and cleanliness of the room was A+ in standard.
The breakfasts we had each morning were the very best I had ever had in my life. ( Freshly squeezed cherry, apricot and peach juices (!!!)
We are very seasoned travellers and stay in great hotels wherever we visit but this hotel surprised and delighted even jaded "us".