Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRenaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel
(Note - this was a July 2010 experience) We booked this hotel primarily because it was a Marriott property (using free points) and because it was handy to the airport. While expecting (and experiencing) normal Marriott-level quality, we were not expecting anything exceptional. We were very pleasantly surprised - the airport shuttle delivered us (free) to the hotel, all employees were very friendly and helpful, and we were lucky enough to sit on a second-story veranda at dinner, overlooking a traditional Turkish Wedding rehearsal party poolside. The rooms were very nice; highly recommended for a nice respite near the airport (While the hotel is great, we did not use this as a touring base, as it is not handy to the city)
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