W Istanbul


“This was my second time staying at the W Istanbul and I would return - especially now that they renovated the lounge, bar and restaurant. I always enjoy the great east-meets-west atmosphere and hip vibe of the hotel, and the rooms, which have a warmer feel than some of the other Ws, are amply hip too. During the day it is very easy to get to Dol-mabahçe Palace and Taksim Square and at night many of the fun and happening restaurants and nightlife spots are close by. You often don’t expect good service at trendy hotels but this one defies the assumption. The friendly and knowledgeable concierge went out of his way to organize a private city tour and took care of all our restaurant reservations. It was a great hotel experience start to finish”
- Trusted Friend: Sebastian Wagner - Munich, Germany
(Date experienced: December 2014)

Great for
A fun stay at a super-trendy hotel with a good-looking scene and happening nightlife. Also, they are very welcome to hotel guests with dogs, which is unique to say the least.

With whom
A friend or partner. Not the place to bring your kids or your elderly parents.

Memorable moment
On my latest trip, I stayed in the Spectular Room and spectacular it was indeed. The room features a private garden with chaise lounges, which was a lovely way to relax toward the end of the day.

Best time to go
In May/June or September/October when it’s sunny and warm but not too hot. Avoid going during Ramadan (usually in October of November) as so much is closed.

Be aware
Many of Istanbul’s main attractions, located in the Old City, are further away but if you care more about being in an artsy area with hip restaurants, galleries and boutiques, this is your spot.

From 180 Euros per night.


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