Free access to the spa, sauna, Turkish bath and pool
Istanbul’s nightlife is within easy reach, but a world away from the sleepy street the hotel sits on
What To Know
The pool and spa get busy during peak hours
WiFi is free
The hotel was completely refurbished in May 2012
Parking on site
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Revamped urban retreat in one of Istanbul’s liveliest 'hoods with an impressive spa and Turkish bath
On a sleepy street near Istanbul’s lively Taksim neighborhood, Avantgarde Hotel Taksim is a comfortable crash pad within easy reach of the city’s best bits. The lobby is tricked out in gray marble and a cozy cafe serves deliciously-strong Turkish coffee just off reception. A 2012 revamp injected a shot of style into the guestrooms but the hotel’s crowning glory is its impressive spa and traditional Turkish bath: A top spot for a restorative pummeling after pounding the city’s historic streets.
Bed and Bath
The 124 guestrooms have a masculine look with sturdy beds topped with Turkish lines, black-and-white striped feature wallpaper and splashes of mustard-yellow. All come with free fruit, nuts and healthy snacks (replenished daily) and some overlook the maze-like 19th-century neighborhood of Tarlabaşı. Marble-paneled bathrooms are stocked with signature products and feature cascade showers.
The hotel’s spa is the star of the show: A beautifully-paneled ceder sauna is complemented by a marble-clad Turkish bath and a Romanesque pool complete with chunky marble columns; there are two Malaysian masseuses on-hand for treatments. The petite restaurant offers all-day dining, from a breakfast buffet piled high with Turkish pancakes to kebabs served at dinner alongside an impressive wine list.
In the Area
The hotel is a short stroll from Istanbul’s main drag, Istiklal Street. Make your way past teeming crowds to Zubeyir Grill if you’re looking for outstanding kebabs. For the best fish, head to the lively and unpretentious Cukur Meyhanesi. For post-dinner drinks, Nevizade is a charming street of open-air bars with folksy street music. Avantgarde is also at the center of the city’s transport network, with a nearby subway station linking visitors with the old city (for the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and the Grand Bazaar) or a ferry network that services Istanbul’s famous Princes’ Islands.