Avantgarde Hotel Taksim
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Was in Avantgarde Hotel with friends. Location of the hotel is perfect, 5 minutes walk to Taksim Square. Friendly, nice and helpful staff. Breakfast is good (you pay 10 TL for a cup of orange juice). The SPA is nice, and the Turkish bath is a must.
I stayed here for 3 nights. The hotel is very ideally located as it is walking distance from Taksim Square. The staff at the reception is polite and helpful. The hotel gives an adequate breakfast buffet, however the restaurant staff is not as good as the reception staff. The restaurant staff does not speak adequate English. The hotel has a good spa and indoor pool. It is a good place for a short stay.
This is my second stay at Avantgarde hotel. I have chosen to return here because of the great time I've had at previous visit. This time I arrived late in the evening and there was a fruit plate waiting for me in the room. I found it very nice. Then, the receptionist, Rashim, phoned to ask if I was hungry and offered information about the restaurant. This was definetely a sign of respect for the guests which I appreciated a lot. Breakfast had a large variety of food and I enjoyed it a lot. The room was very clean and big. Although there is a club just across the street, the room was very silent (it's true that it was at 9th floor... so quite far from the noise). Internet connection was good. I didn't try the pool or hammam.
In March 2019 we were here for 8 nights, and the hotel services was very good, in April we came back here for 3 nights and we were so thankful for their good hospitality, and services,
I thank the manager of the hotel for this good services, I can specially than Mr. Dogan Ciimiistas the chef of the hotel and Mr. Selcuk Yilmaz the restaurant service manager who were so hospitable and caring much for guests.
God bless them that they made our trip much more pleasant for their good foods and services.
The rooms were clean and they change towels and clean the bathroom everyday.
I'm so glad that we were here and I recommend it to those who care about their resident and reachability.
Thanks to avantgarde Taksim hotel collection.
Good break fast, clean rooms,near to taxim sq., but;
Too small rooms, we didn't have enough space for our clothed!
And it was very noisy.there is an arabian club in front of the hotel and we could not sleep well during the night!
Most of the travelers were Arabian the spoke loudly during break fast!
I won't choose this hotel for the next time.
I prefer "golden park hotel" than avantgarde