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Loved this hotel
The Sofa hotel in Istanbul is truely amazing. As soon as you walk in your taken back by the interior design. Its contemporary, stylish and comfortable. The staff are great, really helpful with lots of suggestions on where to eat, go for a drink or visit for great views of the city. The bedrooms are fairly large compared to other hotels i've stayed in in Europe. Each room has everything you need and its cleaned twice a day which is fantastic. The bathrooms are really nice with double showers and Locotaine products to use. The hotel has an amazing spa and the retaurant is great too. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone, it really made our holiday.
L'hôtel Sofa de Istanbul est vraiment incroyable. Dès que vous entrez dedans, vous êtes subjugué par la décoration intérieure. C'est contemporain, élégant et confortable. Le personnel était super, vraiment très serviable et ils offraient une mine d'informations concernant les endroits où manger, où prendre un verre et où avoir une belle vue sur la ville.
Un alloggio eccellente
Vado ad Istanbul ogni mese per circa una settimana, e prima avevo l'abitudine d'alloggiare in un albergo delle grandi catene alberghiere. Ho scoperto il Sofa Hotel il maggio scorso, e da allora vado sempre lì. Le camere (particolarmente quelle chiamate "suite della tranquillità"), sono molto tranquille e confortevoli. Il servizio è eccellente. La sala lounge è uno dei posti più gradevoli semplicemente per rilassarsi dopo una lunga giornata, o per riunioni d'affari in un'atmosfera informale. Il ristorante, benché non straordinario, è molto piacevole, soprattutto se potete sedervi fuori sulla terrazza. L'albergo è senza dubbio uno dei segreti più ben mantenuti di Istanbul.
A great place to stay
I am in Istanbul approx 1 week every month and used to go to the big hotel chains. I discovered the Sofa Hotel last May and have been going there ever since.
The rooms (especially those called "tranquility suites") are very quiet and comfortable. Service is very good.
The lounge is 1 of the nicest places to simpy hang out after a long day or to hold business meetings in an informal atmosphere.
The restaurant, although not outstanding is very pleasant, especially if you can sit outside on the terrace.
This hotel is definitely one of the best kept secrets in Istanbul.
I stayed at The Sofa Hotel for five nights in October 2006. This hotel is in a fabulous location in the middle of the posh shopping, bar and restaurant district of Nisantasi in Istanbul. Hotel itself is a luxurious design hotel with impeccable service and has a very cosy feel to it. Staff is readily available for any requests from buying a thermometer to recommending restaurants from basic kebab places to luxurious fusion restaurants. Restaurant Tuus at the hotel serves very tasty, yet surprisingly light food and is definitely not to be missed. Very spacious rooms have everything guests can wish for, huge bathrooms, with "raindance" showers & separate baths, L'Occitane bath accessories, big fluffy bathrobes & towels, walk-in wardrobes and large comfortable beds and even highspeed internet connection for business travellers. There is plenty of attention to detail in these large beautifully decorated rooms with fresh lilies on your desk, Istanbul Guides, list of recommended events (Cinema, Exhibitions etc) and even your name hand written on note pad by the bed! Complimentary fruit includes figs and strawberries, instead of the usual bananas & apples and breakfast offers lovely freshly squeezed juices. Downstairs there is a beautiful Spa offering a wide range of treatments and complimentary Turkish Bath & Sauna for hotel guests. All in all I had a great stay at this lovely hotel which attracts a very high-end clientele and offers fantastic service.
Beautiful hotel with such style and design that makes you want to stay longer and longer. This is certainly worth the experience to feel hip and trendy. Must have been one of the best hotel rooms I ever set my foot in. Not only very clean and spacious (e.g. walk-in wardrobe), but also tasteful (design lamps, luxury bathroom items). I loved the raindance shower, L'Occitane products, thick soft bathrobe and slippers. I slept like a log in the huge comfortable bed. I only wish I had had more time to spend in the spa and the saunas (complimentary to guests)! Nice local red wine (first bottle complimentary) adds to the atmosphere. Staff was very helpful in carrying all the (very heavy) luggage with smile on their face. I had the best ever fresh tomato juice at breakfast. Make sure your breakfast is included in the package. Nisantasi area itself is a perfect location for this trendy hotel that serves perhaps best the business traveller or the regular Istanbul visitor. If budget allows I will go back again and again. Next time I'll have to try the TuuS restaurant and a couple massage at the Taylife Detox and Wellness Center! The Sofa is lounge and lounge is the Sofa!
I spent four nights at the Sofa at the end of September and into early October. I booked a 'Tranquility Suite' on the Great Hotels of the World (of which the Sofa is a member) website. That was fortunate, as the rates soared shortly afterward.
A chic hotel in a chic neighborhood
I go to Istanbul often for business and pleasure.
I stayed at this hotel with a friend in June. I loved the fact that there is finally a great hotel in a great neighborhood in Istanbul.
The hotel is beautifully designed and the beds were wonderful.
The staff was all very helpful and well-trained
The restaurant in the hotel is very happening and the lobby lounge was fun for people watching and meeting friends. The spa was beautiful and I got a great massage there.
I loved the fact that you could walk out your door and be in the middle of a neighborhood where there are great restaurants and wonderful shopping.
I far preferred it to staying in Sultanahmet, where only the tourists go. It feel like I finally found a home away from home in Istanbul
A group of friends and I spent three nights at this HIP hotel, a chic landmark in Istanbul. It islocated in a stylish designer-shop covered neighboured; not ideal if you are interested in seeing the real Istanbul or the great mosques and museums of Sultanahmet.
Cool hotel,best location you can get
We stayed at Sofa this weekend.
First of all you can't get a more perfect location. The hotel is in the middle of Nisantasi, where all the best shops and restarants are at. You see the beatiful Istanbulies around. it's only 5 min taxi ride from Taksim. But might not be the perfect place if you want to do the touristic stuff as Istanbul traffic is always too busy.
Rooms are big. With no views. Decorated very nicely. There are rainshowers and bath tubs in the bathroom. There is a popular restaurant and a spa in the hotel.
The breakfast was OK. Unless it's not included in the rate you're paying, prefer to have your breakfast outside as there are so many nice cafes around.
Defintelly will go back for my next trips to Istanbul