The term boutique hotel is widely used these days but it was originally coined for hotels like this. The Witt is a small hotel over the river from the old town, in a hip young neighbourhood full of interesting little restaurants and bars. The hotel itself is lovely and welcoming with a glossy and clean lobby opening out from a candlelit entrance. The lift has been touched upon various times by other reviewers but sufficient to say it was a cute touch. We stayed on the fourth floor and fell in love with our suite as soon as we walked in. The view wasn't panoramic but you could see the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofia from the bar area window. The bar itself was magnificent, with marble fixtures and a really unusual metro mirrored wall opposite. We were touched to see that after being told that it was Mr Lisbonite's 30th, they'd left us an entire chocolate cake in the room, along with candles and sparklers. The room was spacious and squeaky clean and the bathroom was extremely comfortable and came complete with a rainfall shower big enough for two. The bed was enormous and the sofa area was perfect for stretching out with a book. Service was generally good. The only slight hiccup came when the concierge mixed our destination up with someone else's, sending us on a twenty minute taxi ride in the wrong direction. That said, they did send up a couple of glasses of wine that evening upon our return and offered to refund us the taxi fare. We also found it paid to pass by the bar on the ground floor for more water every time we came in as room service would bring one small bottle at a time. Overall, we loved the hotel so much that we actually spent most of one afternoon there reading and enjoying the view. We have told everyone we know that they shouldn't even think of staying anywhere else!
A couple of tips - yes, the hotel is on a steep hill but we found that taxis were generally very cheap and there's a tram stop about four minutes walk away. Ask taxi drivers to take you to the Italian Hospital. In general our strike rate when trying to get home was better once we realised that the hospital was practically next door. The hotel does give you a card with directions for taxi drivers but to be honest, very few of those that we used actually knew where the hotel was located. That said, we might just have been very unlucky with taxi drivers. Breakfast was good, if a litte unvarying, and excellent value for the relatively cheap room price.
Finally, take time for a local evening. The area feels like it's full of university students and ex-pats and there are loads of tiny bars and restaurants around. We walked further up the hill and then just wandered for ten or fifteen minutes before finding a lovely little place with huge windows and great food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Witt Istanbul Suites has an excellent location within walking distance from Istanbul's business district, Istanbul Modern museum and the buzzing bars and boutiques of both Beyoglu and Cihangir. All 15 suites span a generous 60m2. They are popular for long-stay guests as each has a Carrera marble-clad kitchenette with microwave, fridge and Nespresso machine. The super-cool beds with curved headboards and the laptop desks have been especially designed for Witt Istanbul Suites by Autoban. Sheets and towels were also commissioned from Denizli, a famous purveyor of Turkish linen. Cable TV, an excellent DVD collection, ipod docks and a welcome gift of multi-coloured macaroons are indulgent touches. But it's the bathrooms that make these suites really special. The ergonomic Corian sinks with pebble-shaped handles and the cluster of shower-heads that create a cocoon of misty hot water are all from designer Ross Lovegrove's Istanbul collection from Vitra. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Witt Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- Witt Hotel Istanbul