Top location close to Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and Gezi Park
Sweeping views of the Bosphorus from the lobby and some guestrooms
Floor-to-ceiling windows in all guestrooms
What To Know
Opened January 2014
Small but well-equipped fitness center
Expect business travelers
A 15-minute cab ride from Istanbul's old city and 40 minutes from the airport
Parking on site
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Sleek new sleep with sweeping views of the Bosphorus in Istanbul's work-and-play neighborhood, Taksim
Sleek in slate, the Avantgarde's starkly modern façade stands out amid the neoclassical clutter of Taksim Square. Inside, the look is business casual. A suited corporate crowd dominates the marble-clad lobby, but the decor is softened by plush velvet sofas, a sprinkling of modern artworks and large bay windows overlooking the Bosphorus.
Bed and Bath
The 59 compact guestrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and look out at the Bosphorus or Gezi Park. They're decked out with wood floors and a palette of beige, taupe and light gray, and they feature huge beds with 300-thread-count Turkish linens and cozy backlit headboards. The WiFi is fast and free, and the wall-mounted flat-screen TVs offer an impressive free selection of international satellite channels. The bathrooms are positively petite, but the walk-in showers have indulgently large rainfall showerheads.
The Avantgarde can rest easy on its location laurels. It's 100 yards from lively Taksim Square and adjacent to Gezi Park, a green antidote to Istanbul's bustling city center, and it's flanked by boulevards lined with genteel sycamore trees and tea-sipping pensioners. There's a small wood-paneled restaurant that serves classic Turkish dishes and opens onto a terrace, and a well-equipped fitness center.
In the Area
Top shopping, the city's best nightlife and Istanbul's biggest conference venues are steps from the Avantgarde. Losen your tie at the proletarian Ficcin, one of Istanbul's most traditional and best-loved dining options. For fancy fine dining try the critically acclaimed Yeni Lokanta after drinks at the sceney Munferit. Enjoy skyline views from the upscale eatery Balkon. The wine bars around the iconic Galata Tower provide an idyllic setting for a night out. The Avantgarde is at the center of the city’s transport network, with a nearby subway station offering access to the old city (the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia and the Grand Bazaar), and there's a ferry network that services Istanbul’s famous Princes’ Islands.