We (my wife, 11-month old son and I) stayed in this hotel for 5 nights in Aug 2012. We picked this over the W since it looked more family-friendly, which was confirmed by our pre-reservation interactions. The hotel's facade is quite spectacular in how it rises among a fairly affluent Istanbul suburb. The rooms were excellent - we were upgraded to a suite with a guest bathroom, kitchen and large terrace with breathtaking views of the Bosphorus and the Fatih bridge. The breakfast spread was great, and had the right blend of local flavors and evergreen favorites (I'm a big cereal buff, and wasn't disappointed). The amenities - pool, gym, spa - are excellent. Service was great too - we once had an issue with our living room TV, and they sent someone to fix it within 5 minutes. And he fixed it within a couple of minutes!
Only downside is the location, which is somewhat far from the sights - Taksim and Sultanahmet. There is a free shuttle on weekends which goes to the Metro station (<10 minute ride), from where these places are within 10-15 minutes. We also took cabs a few times which cost 25 TL (approx $14) to get to the city center. Not bad, overall - would definitely stay here again if given the opportunity
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rising 34 stories in Istanbul’s prestigious Etiler district, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler will be one of the city’s most impressive contemporary landmarks. Featuring a modern design with panoramic views of the Bosphorous and the city, the hotel is conveniently located along the TEM Motorway and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. 259 rooms including 18 Residential Suites of sophistication and elegance with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame breathtaking views of the cityscape and Bosphorus. A club lounge on the 14th floor provides comfort and luxury. Hotel's restaurant promises the ultimate dining and the Roof Bar puts you on top of Istanbul. Seven stylish meeting rooms, two VIP boardrooms and a Ballroom with private foyer feature among Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler's more than 2000 square metres of conference space. For contemplation and vitalization the Explore SPA & Fitness with Steam Rooms, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam and 8 treatment rooms as well as an Indoor & Heated Outdoor pool are available. ... more less
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