The W Istanbul is a fine enough hotel if you are a fan of W Hotels. It has the signature dark rooms and overly trendy decor, but lacks the amenities that you expect to find in a hotel of this caliber. Located in a chic neighborhood just up from the Bosphorus, the Hotel is set at a relatively quiet intersection in what looks like a beautiful old Istanbul building. Upon entering, though, the W designers have vanquished any historical references from the inside and have transformed the lobby into a non-intuitive, overly trendy reception area.
The rooms are no less over the top. The room in which I stayed had an entry area that doubled as the bathroom with the shower and toilet hidden in closet like areas and the vanity on the other side of entryway hidden behind folding doors. Although interesting, the room was barely functional and, to be honest, a little confusing. I will, though, give credit to the bath products from Bliss.
The rest of the room was dark, but much less confusing. There were two tiny windows that faced a large stone wall through which some outside light passed. Also, there was a huge pane of tinted glass across the wall under which the television resided. A cool idea, but you never got the brightness from the TV you would expect. The bed, though, was very comfortable and sleep comes easy, as the room feels a bit cave-like.
The real letdown was the breakfast. Served in a small cramped room, the breakfast buffet was underwhelming in both quality and food selection. As well, there were no cards denoting what was what, so the dark red substance could have been cherry jam or strawberry yogurt. Who knows?
This is not to say the W is a bad hotel. If you like the typically decor of W, then you will most likely enjoy this hotel. For the more traditional guests, you are better off down the road at the Radisson SAS which is located in a great neighborhood, is directly on the Bospherus and has a huge breakfast.
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- Also Known As:
- w Istanbul Hotel Istanbul
- w Hotels Istanbul
- w Hotel Istanbul