The Divan Istanbul is a European-style hotel with excellent cuisine and near-perfect personal serviceby well-trained multilingual staff.
A standout among Istanbul hotels for its high standards of service, it has been completely rebuilt and modernized by a top-level designer and architect.
If you're looking for the spirit and service of a top-class European boutique hotel, but the comfort and facilities of an international-class 5-star hotel, this is the place for you.
Few of its rooms have Bosphorus views, and the hotel has no grounds to speak of, but the location is good: right next to the Grand Hyatt, across the street from the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel, and a five-minute walk from Taksim Square to the south and the Hilton Istanbul Hotel to the north. Here's a map:
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