For our stay in Istanbul I selected the Radisson Istanbul Bosporus as one of the properties to stay at.
If you have been to Istanbul I bet you have been to Ortaköy – a tiny neighborhood right under the Bosphorus bridge.
The hotel is right between a busy street and the Bosporus (hence the name). It is a very sought after area and things get really crowded quickly.
Radisson Blu has grown on me since my very happy stay at the Radisson Blu Addis Abeba
Check-in was very friendly and somewhat quick.
The room was very modern and felt nice and warm from the get-go. The bathroom was equally modern and in great shape.
I also loved that the Wifi almost always reached 10 Mbit for up and downloads during the time of my stay.
The highlight of the hotel is the bar and restaurant area which face the Bosporus and provide a magnificent view during day and night. I had no trouble spending hours just marveling at the view.
The breakfast itself reminded me much of the one in Addis – and it was similarly delicious.
To my constant surprise – Turkey isn’t a country with a lot of English speakers. So I was happy to note that English (and German) was quite well spoken with most of the staff (though nobody at the restaurant spoke much English). They were also rather friendly.
The hotel has no pool (since there is so little space) but a spa. There is a Hammam, which s cool!, and a sauna (that wasn’t heated really) and a steam bath that also did not work.
All in all this was a great stay – loved the views and how modern the hotel is. Almost everything worked well during my stay.