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We made it! I am exhausted and totally ready to go to bed. The Representative from Friendly Planet met us at the airport and loaded us onto a bus and took us to the Point Hotel near Taksim Square giving us a little history as we went along. PHOTO_ID_R=3-the-point-hotel-.jpg] There was an orientation session at the hotel that turned into a coercion …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Point Hotel Taksim Istanbul
Probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza
El Point Hotel Estambúl es probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza. Es el hotel más limpio y más elegante, y es muy razonable en términos del precio. Me he hospedado en unos hoteles muy buenos que eran más caros con mucho menos atributos. No pude encontrar un solo grano de polvo o suciedad en ningún lugar (no es que estuviera buescandolo tampoco). Era ordenado, impecablemente limpio, muy moderno, y todo funcionaba hermosamente. Tuve una habitación lujosa a 87 euros. Una noche me dieron ganas de ver un DVD, así que el gerente muy amablemente me ayudó instalando un tocador de DVDs en mi habitación sin tarifa extra. El personal casi se tropieza entre si tratando de ayudarte. Son amables, simpáticos, y 99.9% de todos ellos hablan inglés muy bien, aunque un poquito de turco te lleva muy lejos con la gente local. Y no siempre están esperando una propina con las manos abiertas después de haberte ayudado. Aunque una propina (si hay alguna) se recibe muy bien. El Point Hotel Istanbul es un hotel maravilloso que queda justamente cerca la Cuadra Taksim a la par de las tiendas y restaurantes y justamente en el centro de una maravillosa y hermosa ciudad. Le recomendaría este hotel a cualquier persona, ya que será un comienzo fantástico para tu visita muy memorable al mágico Estambúl.
Planeando un viaje
Me hospedé tres noches en una suite, yo durmiendo en una cama z en la sala y mis papás en el cuarto. Definitivamente no está diseñado para este tipo de ocupación. La cama plegable apenas medía 70 cm de un extremo a otro, y luchó por soportar mi considerable peso. Pudimos haber tenido una habitación con una cama doble y otra gemela por el mismo precio. Sí teníamos una TV plasma de 107 cm, la cual parecía impresionante, pero la señal de la TV no hizo lucir la pantalla. Fue un desperdicio. El desayuno se servía en la novena planta, y había una buena vista hacia los hoteles principales de Taksim (El Divan, Ceylan, Hyatt y el Ritz Carlton), y hacia el Bosporus en el Palacio Dolmabahce. La comida es buena. Es obvio que el hotel está intentando competir con la elegancia de boutique del Bentley, el cual queda a la vuelta, pero falla en la mayoría de cosas. Sin embargo, si ofrece algunas buenas gangas, y es competitivo con los hoteles de 4 estrellas del área. Me volvería a hospedar aquí si estuvieran ofreciendo una buena ganga.
Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je geschlafen habe
Das Point Hotel Istanbul ist wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je schlafen durfte. Es war sauber, stilvoll eingerichtet und sehr günstig. Ich habe schon in einigen teureren Hotels übernachtet, die nicht so gut waren. Ich konnte nirgends auch nur einen Staubkorn oder Fleck entdecken (nicht dass ich danach geguckt habe). Es war ordentlich, makellos sauber und sehr modern eingerichtet und alles hat wunderbar funktioniert. Ich hatte ein Deluxe-Zimmer (110 Dollar). Einen Abend hatte ich Lust, mir eine DVD anzusehen und der Manager hat mir dann einen DVD Player kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt. Das Personal war überaus hilfsbereit, höflich und freundlich und 99,9 % von ihnen sprechen auch sehr gut Englisch (obwohl ein wenig Türkisch im Umgang mit den Einheimischen immer hilfreich ist). Und sie erwarten dort auch nicht nach jeder kleinen Sache ein Trinkgeld. Obwohl ein Trinkgeld natürlich immer gern gesehen wird. Das Point Hotel Istanbul ist ein wundervolles Hotel, direkt am Taksim-Platz und in der Nähe von Geschäften und Restaurants, im Herzen dieser wundervollen und schönen Stadt. Ich kann das Hotel jedem empfehlen. Es ist ein fantastischer Start eines unvergesslichen Trips ins magische Istanbul.
Probleme mit den Zimmermädchen
Das neu ausgestattete Hotel hat eine schöne Lage, aber ein Zimmermädchenproblem. Wir haben im Zimmer geraucht und so gab es auch Asche auf dem Tisch und an anderen Orten. Die Zimmermädchen haben darauf leider nicht geachtet. Sie haben nur den Teppich gesaugt, das Badezimmer saubergemacht und das Bett gemacht. Den Staub aber haben sie vergessen. Auch mit dem Fernseher gab es ein Problem. Der große Flachbildfernseher war toll, aber es gab kaum Sender, die man sich ansehen konnte.
Excellent value for money hotel
Great hotel - ideal for business or pleasure. Same price as a Travelodge and better standard than most 5* UK hotels.
Good location, close to Taksim Square, but in a quiet traffic restricted area with a variety of restaurants and gift shops. If you are in Istanbul for a few days and want to do sightseeing during the day and have a quiet meal at night this is ideal.
Hotel room is trendy, high tech and spottlessly clean. white duvets - choice of pillows - excellent bathroom. We booked a standard room that was more than large enough. Not sure about the other reveiw but the desk in my room was glass topped and at least 12 foot wide (how much space do you need?)
Free internet access is provided via the LCD TV and wireless keyboard, however if you have a laptop then wireless and wired high speed service is also free - big plus if you need to keep in touch with work or mates.
Our room was on the back of the hotel and overlooked a busy street, but the double glazing is ample to cope with all the street noise and the air-con worked well.
Hotel left fresh fruit in the room on arrival. All requests were dealt with promptly and professionally.
Good taxi point right outside the hotel - taxis in Istanbul are cheap and reliable. Taxi to Spice Bazaar is two pounds. Blue Mosque around five pounds.
Breakfast (not included) is OK but expensive - try the cafe across the street or the kebab restaurant for a simple local and very cheap breakfast.
Plenty of eating options locally. Locals are very friendly and helpful - even though most speak no English they try very hard to understand and help. Best to stay away from Taksim Square late at night it is a bit risky (saw a bag-snatching take place), but area close to the hotel seems safe enough.
I stayed at the Point hotel this past week and they put me in a room that smelled smoke really badly. I then asked to change and they put me in another room that did not smell as bad but was definitely not free of the rancid smell left by cigarettes. I won't stay here again.
I stayed here for three nights on a floor suite with me on a z-bed in the lounge and my parents in the bedroom. It is definately not designed for this type of occupancy. The folding bed was barely 70cm across and strugged to support my, non-insubstancial, weight. We could have had a double + a single room for the same price.
We did have a 42" plasma TV, which looked impressive, but the TV signal did not make the most of the screen size. A waste.
The breakfast is served on the 9th floor restaurant and has a good view towards the major Taksim hotels (The Divan, Ceylan, Hyatt and Ritz Carlton) and down towards the Bosporus at the Dolmabahce Palace. The food is good.
It is obvious that this hotel is trying to compete with the boutique elegance of The Bentley (which is round the corner) but misses on most counts. It does however offer some good deals and is competative with the 4+* hotels in the area.
I would stay here again if they were offering a good deal.
Good but not well-designed for business travellers
I stayed at the Point Hotel in early December. It's quite stylish (especially the funky chairs in the lobby) and the rooms are attractively decorated and in good shape. Staff tried to hard to provide good service (in particular the doormen who got soaked in the rain as they tracked down cabs for us in rush hour) and were friendly. Breakfast, served on the top floor in an attractive room with good views, was excellent and our dinner in the hotel's Japanese restaurant was also very good (a little overpriced, but what hotel restaurant isn't). There are a few free internet terminals available and I didn't have trouble getting a little time. The hotel was conveniently located for getting around the business districts.
I stayed in two different rooms, at two different points during the trip. The first few nights, I had a mini-suite, not really any larger than a regular room, but divided into a bedroom with a 3/4 wall separating it from a small living area with a desk. On the second visit, I was stuck with a regular room that had two narrow twin beds. Not so great - try to hold out for a double. I was pleased to see that they had a non-smoking floor and stayed on it for both visits.
The rooms, however, are not very well designed for business travellers. The desk was next to useless - small, cluttered, difficult to fit your knees under; my desk chair was too low and the seat was too soft. I had to prop myself up on a firm pillow to make it even remotely comfortable for typing. There are very few outlets in the room and no multi-plug octopus was visible (my colleague found one under the minibar in his room, well-hidden from view). This meant that I had to unplug something (TV or light fixture) to plug in my computer. Likewise, they had a nice little tea table set up with a kettle etc but only one plug for the lamp - so you have to boil water in the dark (or take it to the bathroom). Unfortunately, they didn't restock the coffee sachets after the first night. The windows and curtains didn't provide much sound insulation from the busy street below, and the walls between the rooms were paper thin. You can hear everything that happens in other bedrooms (or bathrooms - ick).
I would stay there again, but I'd recommend that light sleepers and those who need to get a lot of work done in their rooms stay away.
Its well located and well furnished new hotel. The problem was the housekkeping. As we were smoking inside the rooms, there is ash on table etc. Unfortunatly the housekeeping is not paying attention to such details. They were just cleaning the carpet, bathroom and make the bed. No dust removing :( Another problem was the tv. The big flat tv is great but the problem is there is not much channel to watch.
Probably the best hotel I have ever had the pleasure of resting my head
The Point Hotel Istanbul is probably the best hotel I have ever had the pleasure of resting my head, It is the cleanest most stylish hotel and very reasonable (cost wise)
I have stayed at some really good hotels that were more expensive with much less attributes...I could not find a single pick of dirt or grime anywhere (not that I was looking) it was tidy, spotlessly clean and very modern and everything worked beautifully, I had a deluxe room (at $110 = 60GBP) but one night I fancied watching a DVD, so the manager very kindly helped me by fitting a DVD player in my room at no extra charge.
The staff are almost falling over themselves to help you, kind, friendly and 99.9% all speak English very well (although a little Turkish does go a long way with the locals), and they are not always waiting with their hands out after assisting you for a tip...although a tip (if any) is very well received.
The Point Hotel Istanbul is a wonderful hotel just shadowing Taksim Square next to shopping and restaurants and right in the heart of a wonderful & beautiful City. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone, as it will be a fantastic start for your very memorable visit to magical Istanbul.