The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
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It's 2pm on Monday as I write this and we are still in Istanbul. Jochen has always wanted to visit this city and is seeing all the places he can whilst he can. I, on the other hand do not like cities and am having less of a good time, but this is what we planned, so this is what we are doing.
Yesterday we went to see the Basilica Cistern which is ...
... there certainly were some interesting websites that dealt with this I came to the conclusion that a Turkish emergency room sounded better than a Turkish prison. Looked like my best bet was the American hospital across town so I threw myself upon the mercy of the night desk staff to find me a taxi and explain to the man where I needed to go. The drive thru the city in the fog was ...
... br> After a quick chat it's all into the shirts and off out to a restaurant around the corner for a three course meal and some more beers (start as we mean to go on!)
The meal is excellent and we all chat and get to known the people around us, There are three Australians, two New Zealanders, one each from Ireland and Scotland and the rest are spread across the counties.
After clearing the dishes and grinning ...
... have collapsed due to the sandy rockiness of it. Anyway that's just the first day or 2 of the whole campaign. The whole place was really peaceful, like a cemetery, I didn't feel an eerie presences. What took my breath away though was seeing grave stones with people my age, younger and older, with last names the same as some people I know. Lone pine was amazing to see the size of land they were fighting over (about a rugby field) and in I think 3 or 4 waves of ...
... Our experience was pretty similar. You're in your bathing suit the whole time - just so you know. Well Jason was covered in a towel - but either way - we weren't naked. They barely spoke any English - they just kept saying 'lady!' and then would motion to what we were suppossed to do next. Hilarious. First you shower off and shampoo your hair. Then you go sit in a very hot sauna. Now we had spent the last 3 days sweating our butts off in Istanbul, so that sauna was not super ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Our visit to the Ritz Carlton, Istanbul was perfect. The service was top notch, from the bellmen to the waitresses and the chambermaids. The concierge always bent over backwards to please the guests. We have absolutely nothing to complain about ... in fact, we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Istanbul. With respect to the lobby bar, it was expensive, however, I wouldn't expect anything else. If we return to Istanbul, we would stay here again - definitely!
5 star experience
Stayed for 3 nights during the height of tourist season. This property met all expectation for a 5 star experience. The morning and lunch buffets were excellent... and we aren't buffet people. The service was up to standard for all non-US Ritz Carltons...eg. better service. The direct Bosphoros view was worth the extra $$. One must consider the location prior to reservation. Will return again.
Room for improvement.
Just visited Istanbul and found the city very interesting. Highly recommend the half-day/full-day city tours suggested by the hotel for those with little time. However, there's room for improvement. For example, when I was hungry after a late afternoon flight, there's only room service and the restaurant downstairs. Little option for a simple bite. Also, although the hotel is on a hill with a wonderful view, it's hard to get around unless you catch a cab (watch out for cab driver scam). And if you care for a king size bed over a queen, it may be helpful to requst for them. I didn't fuss about this but thought it was rather peculiar that they called a queen, a king.
We stayed here for two nights on honeymoon in April 2005 - we loved it. Everything you expect from a Ritz-Carlton - clean, very nice room, excellent service, good location and even a little welcoming chocolate scuplture in the room to recognize our occasion. The concierge was outstanding - they had an answer and recommendation for everything.
The hotel also had excellent security.
I satayed at the Ritz over 2 years ago, but since I will be re-visiting Istambul in July, I decided to check the website, and decided to write a review.
My wife & I just returned from a 5 nite stay at this hotel. In short, the hotel was great. Great room, great service, excellent gym, great spa treatments. The only shortcoming/flaw is that the prices in the restaurants & bars are very high, even for hotels of this caliber.
My wife and I spent a week at this fabulous hotel and can not speak too highly of it. Number 13 on the Tripadvisor hit list? You can not be serious!
Stayed at the hotel last October. Great location near all the sites and close to a large number of restaurants. Rooms are large with even bigger bathrooms that come with a seperate shower. Views from the Front Bosphorus rooms are incredible. Superb service and a spa that has a Turksih hamam along with other treatments. Indoor pool was nice in the monrning. Overall the nicest hotel in the city.
My aunt and I, hotel snobs, stayed in the Ritz Carlton in Istanbul two years ago. Our stay at this hotel ruined us for stays at all other hotels worldwide. The Ritz Carlton Istanbul is nearly perfect; my only complaint is that it lacks a good desert menu (no chocolate).
Located on a hill above the bosphorous, the hotel offers fanstastic views, spoiled only in part by the football stadium close by. It is on a hill by a busy road, so although you are within walking distance of some of the attractions of modern Istanbul, taxis are the most sensible mode of transport.