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
Very nice hotel and management..very friendly employees, Location is perfect and near to the square and to public transfers such as the shuttle bus,metro,.. Very clean hotel.. We enjoyed our stay.. Thank you Avantgarde
I have presented my opinion in the survey form available in the hotel room. By the way this hotel is in good situation near Taksim Square.
This four star hotel but Room service was poor for us at least.
We stayed in two rooms in 4th floor , one room had a good view of the city but the other room’s view was the window of another hotel’s room in the street and we had to keep the curtain closed.
The hotel staff were very friendly and helped us with every thing, they gave us one of the rooms at our arrival around 11 o’clock while it was supposed to be given at 14.
It would be better if the bathroom had a hand shower, also the trash bin was a small one in the bathroom and could not be opened by leg.
The breakfast had several choices of warm foods, cheese, pastry,...