The 360-room, 5-star hotel is a five-minute walk northwest of Taksim Square, and has a popular jazz bar, Italian restaurant and fine swimming pool.
Few of its rooms have fine Bosphorus views, though. The Ceylan InterContinental Hotel is right across the street, the Divan Oteli is right next door, and the Hilton Istanbul Hotel is a five-minute walk away.
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