The hotel's public rooms are rich in colored stone with which Turkey abounds. Service is first-rate.
Most of its 584 guest rooms and 51 Executive rooms, suites and apartments have Bosphorus views. As with any hotel boasting Bosphorus views, the views vary from room to room—keep this in mind when you reserve.
The Conrad has an indoor-outdoor swimming pool and its own tennis courts as well as a spa, sauna and health club.
Although the Conrad is right next to Yıldız Palace and only a noisy 10-minute walk uphill from busy Beşiktaş, with its Naval Museum, ferry dock and market district, you'll find yourself taking taxis to just about everywhere else.
If you're coming to Istanbul for business the Conrad is a good choice: from the hotel you can zoom right up Barbaros Bulvarı to the Esentepe, Gayrettepe, Mecidiyeköy and Zincirlikuyu business districts.
It's easy to reserve a value-priced private airport transfer to the hotel in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle that costs only slightly more than a taxi, and significantly less than two taxis (which you'll need if you have 4+ people and/or lots of luggage), and far more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthy. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan