The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
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... that some this was there before it became a mosque. Near the front of the Hagia Sophia you can see the symbols for Allah (God) and Muhammad. Oscar explained that many Christian symbols were covered and painted over when it became a Mosque, however many other things still remain.
The church is facing east toward the sunrise, now towards Mecca.
It was great to see the transformation and the incorporation of the two different faiths ...
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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.