"excellent choice" Best Western The President Hotel Istanbul Tip by pucela777

Best Western The President Hotel Istanbul, Istanbul: 1,635 reviews and 7 photos

We stayed for one week at this hotel for our first time in Istanbul, and almost everything was great.
First, the location is excellent, because you are within walking distance of all interesting places, and you can have a taste of the more traditional Istanbul. This includes street selling booths, fruit sellers, men sitting at the doorstep of shops and houses, traditional bakeries and eateries, but also narrow and dirty streets. If you prefer a more European-style clean residential neighborhood, the area of Taksim, in the northern part of the city, is full of good hotels for you.

The hotel itself is excellent for the price (we paid 70 EUR/night with BOOKINGS.COM): A little swimming-pool with solarium, a wonderful terrace restaurant to see the sunset while having dinner, nice lobbies, free Internet, free gym, a cozy English-pub beautifully decorated, 24 hr room service, etc. The rooms are not too big, but they are well fitted, everything worked fine, (yes, including airco and warm water), lots of free TV channels, and the beds and bathroom were absolutely clean. Breakfast buffet restaurant is also beautiful, with a small terrace to have breakfast with a wonderful view on the Bosphorus and the mosques; the buffet assortment is good, but do not expect wonders. In general, the staff is quite helpful and friendly.

As a possible drawback, you must realize that the hotel is big, not very expensive, and packed with tourists like us, which means that service details are not always "exclusive". On top of that, we stayed during the peak season: waiters seem a bit exhausted and can make mistakes, the reception lobby is usually quite busy, the solarium is always full in the evening, etc.

All in all, an excellent choice if you want to see the real Istanbul being in the middle of it, but you also want a good level of comfort to stay a few days.

Definitely recommended.

Unique Qualities: Beautiful terrace restaurant. Good buffet breakfast. Nice pool and solarium. Excellent location.

Address: Tiyatro Caddesi 25 Beyazit, Istanbul, IS 34490
Directions: Beyazit district, 200 m from the Grand Bazaar.
Phone: +90 212 516 6980
Price: US$80-120
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.thepresidenthotel.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 6, 2005
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