Swissotel The Bosphorus

Address: Bayildim Cad No 2, Istanbul, 34357, Turkey | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located in the Vi?nezade area of Istanbul, is near Taksim Square, Taksim Park, Bebek, and Naval Museum.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsSwissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

      Reviewed by pilarrodrigueza

      Linda vista buenas instalaciones

      Reviewed Jun 11, 2013
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      Historical Traveler Reviews Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

      Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city


      Everything about the Swissotel is 1st. class. The rooms are so comfortable, the staff excellent and friendly. Have not stayed in any other hotels there so cannot compare but it would have to be very special to beat this place.

      Best in Istanbul


      We were very fortunate to negotiate an upgrade for just 10.00 per night prior to leaving the uk, the benfits trully made our experience memorable. Not only did the upgrade give us a room facing the Bosphurus but we were placed in the "executive lounge" on the 8th floor, the benefits were as follows; Free Breakfast and buffets throughout the day, access to broadband internet and 60" TV, access to roof top terrace and a dedicated team of staff. We estimate the upgrade saved us approx 100.00 per day. It was very nice to come back from the hussle and bussle of Instanbul to a welcoming reception on the 8th floor, there was never more than 6 people in the whole lounge and you were really able to relax. I must conclude that it was the best hotel experience we have ever had!!!

      Great Choice


      I stayed at the Swissotel Istanbul the Bosphorus in the beginning of July in executive business room booked by the internet. I didn't expect that my choice would be so good. It's an excellent hotel, especially for the tourists!

      Location is second to none. View is incredibly picturesque. Service is really 5-star. Rooms are spacious and stylish and posses all the necessary facilities and rather more including bathrobes, slippers and daily fresh fruit bowl. Breakfasts as well as snacks and drinks during the day are served at the executive lounge with a terrific view of the Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Palace. Free access to wellness center with indoor pool, sauna, etc.

      Concierge service is very helpful - they booked for me all the excursions I'd like to get.

      The Roof Garden is unforgettable restaurant - expensive but worth visiting due to a charming dinner with a breathtaking view of St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi palace at night on the other bank of the strait.

      Highly recommended!

      What a rip-off!


      Beware the totally outrageous prices in the hotel bars and restaurants. I stay approximately 100 nights per year in hotels around the world, and I have never before seen such a level of prices across the board. The hotel itself is OK, even though we had to wait one hour for a room to be available, despite arriving at 5pm. There are much better hotel options in Istanbul.

      Fantastic Hotel


      The view of the Bosphorous and Dolmabahce Palace from our room was breathtaking. We had breakfast on the roof terrace again with stunning views and the service was impeccable thoughout our three night stay. The hotel has many features and facilities which I think would take a week to explore.

      The room was large and well furnished and ditto for the bathroom. We had access to the executive lounge where complimentary food and drinks were available.

      It was not recommended by the porters to go walking from the hotel at night but taxis are cheap and readily available and Taksim Square, which seems to be the hub of tourist activity, is only five minutes away

      Only criticisms would be the temperature of the outdoor pool (it was as cold as the North Sea although it may warm up by July) and beware of the price of drinks at the pool. Approximately 6 for a small beer although iced water is provided free of charge.

      Needs an update


      The rooms are dated and the entire hotel needs a makeover. I could not figure out what the theme of the decor of the rooms was as there was so much going on. The pillows were cheap and the sheets were scratchy. I had a non smoking room and the chair in my room had a big cigarette burn on it. There are incredible views of the Bospherous from the lobby but again the lobby needs a makeover as well. It is a great location but is geared towards the convention crowd. I stayed at the Ciragan Palace Hotel last trip and would stay there or the Four Seasons. They are more expensive but much nicer hotels and worth the extra cost.

      No Communication


      I wanted to stay in this hotel again, however their reservation staff needs a haul over. They do not respond to numerous e-mails, or telephone calls. They evidently have rules of their own.

      Only after we called to Turkey and told them to cancel the reservation did they seem to pay attention. By then my travel agent, myself and the LHW were so frustrated we told them nothing would make me return.

      I am staying at Cirgian Palace instead.

      Great, very nice


      It is a big hotel but it is very well kept. Good location, great breakfast, wonderful view, impecable service. Good choice.

      This is the place to be in Istanbul


      Istanbul is a faboulous place and the Swissotel enjoys a terrific location in this faboulous city. Moreover, the staff is impeccable and friendly, rooms are wide and spacious, food is excellent. Just having breakfast in the open air on the terrace overwiewing the Bosphorus is worth the staying. You really can't ask for more.

      I adore this hotel


      I have stayed in the Swissotel 3 times now in the past few years and believe it to be one of the best hotels anywhere. I travel regularly worldwide on business and feel that the Swissotel compares very favourably with the best of them. The quality and friendliness of the staff is a key differentiator albeit the rooms and general ambience of the place is absolutely superb. From the rooftop bar to the splendid breakfast and lavish are truly cossetted by the place. Think 5 star Asian hotel quality, unusual in Europe, with a location that is outstanding. To quote an earlier contributor - stay stay stay!

      TripAdvisor Reviews Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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      A travel blog entry by kteam on Sep 28, 2014

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      ... br> Getting to the markets was simple enough once we negotiated the tram system and with a pleasant walk over the golden horn of the Bosphorus taking in the night scape of the city we were there.

      The girls seemed pretty apprehensive on arrival as we were hit with the unmistakable stink of fish an proceeded to walk past all of the displayed produce, however once finding our way to the back of the markets to the restaurant area apprehension turned to anticipation as the ...


      A travel blog entry by helenbond1953 on Sep 22, 2014

      6 comments, 15 photos

      ... Agia Sofia, Sultanamet Mosque ( Blue Mosque) Topkapi Palace all with a long history, and the skyline of ancient minarets, domes and towers. At regular intervals there is the call to prayer of the Imman echoing across the city as well as the exotic enticing smells of the spice market and the noise and banter of the Grand Bazaar. I also loved the simple things like men serving tea in glass curved cups on special trays, our Turkish breakfast of olives, ...


      A travel blog entry by thesunroseclear on Sep 11, 2014

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      ... But still not like Sultanahmet, which is Grand Central Tourist. Of course you have to go there, more than once, but don't spend more than half of your time there.

      The Museum Pass will get you into the Topkapi (including the Harem, for which you otherwise pay separately), Aya Sofia, Aya Irini, the Mosaic Museum, and the Archeology Museum. Even if you skip the Aya Irini, which is hardly worth it, you more or ...

      Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and Gallipoli

      A travel blog entry by anthonygoodwin on Jun 09, 2014

      2 comments, 18 photos

      ... on a fellow was seeking donations for the mosque. I mused quietly if they had a donation box for the advancement of women's rights in Turkey. The Hagia Sophia was a different story and one of the highlights of the trip so far. We paid for a guide thus avoiding the crowd and learning an incredible amount in the 90 minutes we were with him. It's more than 1400 years old and been through a number of religion and thus architectural changes: a little strange to see a Christian church ...

      A few days of exploring Istanbul

      A travel blog entry by petkatravels on Apr 18, 2014

      4 comments, 14 photos

      ... nearby and walked on.
      The other impressive mosque we visited was the Suleymaniye Mosque, which looks across the Bospherous to Galata Tower.This mosque dates back to 1550-1557 and is very impressive. There are so many other mosques that equal and even surpass the more famous Blue Mosque.
      We have kept up a very steady pace and covered a lot of territory these past few days. It has been great.


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