Gezi Hotel Bosphorus – Boutique Class
What We Love
- Breakfast is included in the rate and showcases the Turkish countryside's best honeys, olives and cheeses
- Prime location puts Istanbul's best sights and transport options at your fingertips
- Atmospheric spa has a free Turkish bath, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi
What To Know
- Istanbul's rambling backstreets can be confusing; get thorough directions before heading out
- The lobby is tiny and not really designed for loitering or lingering
- WiFi is free
- Room service is available 24 hours
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Perched high above the Bosphorus, the Gezi overlooks the sprawling waterside palaces of Istanbul’s glory days. The hotel forgoes Baroque traditionalism, however, in favor of a 17-story zinc and titanium façade, showy wall panel lighting, curvilinear sculpturing and, in the lobby, a glowing cube that doubles as a coffee table. But don’t get the Gezi wrong: It has a warm and inviting feel, with plenty of traditional touches, such as earth tone marble floors and wood panel walls.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are dressed in muted earthy tones and come with hardwood floors and subdued furnishings, though few designer embellishments could complete with the main attraction: a stunning vista of city and sea. The comfy window benches are ideal for taking in the scenic waterway by day, and at night for gazing out at Istanbul’s minaret-studded skyline, the passing freighters and the dazzling light shows on the LED-ornamented Bosphorus bridge. The spacious Italian marble bathrooms don’t short-change the sights either, with the corner suites providing lookout points from both the shower and sink.
A sanctum of candlelit bliss, the Gezi’s atmospheric spa offers a lengthy treatment list of different massages; you can choose to be pleasantly pummeled by a Balinese or Turkish masseuse. Many of the spa’s best features are free of charge, including the sauna, steam room and kingly Jacuzzi, which sits in a marble-clad Ottoman bath chamber complete with pitch-perfect mood lighting. Vittorio Sindoni has teamed up with the Gezi to open Fiamma restaurant and bar, which serves traditional Italian cuisine and offers spectacular views over the Bosphorus.
How to Get There
Me and my husband have been coming to Istanbul for the last 4 years, for work. From first time we stayed at this Hotel. This year 2018, this is our second time in Istanbul. Last trip we tried another hotel in Taksim, and we are back to this hotel again. I was tired of same hotel. Anyways is a great location and great view. Most hotel staff are friendly and helpful. This time we stayed here 6 nights, from day 1 to day 6,breakfast is same every day, even looks the same items put back every day to serve. The only reason we will be coming back, is the location and the staff. The hotel need a face lift, furniture is very old definitely need change. Restaurant breakfast should Offer more choices or at least different choices on different days.
They need to invest in a few new ironing boards and Irons. The old ones they provide are embarrassing!!!!
The food and service in the restaurant is very good. The spa is also very nice.
DO NOT BE FOOLED FROM THE REVIEWS
I was very disappointed with my stay, the hotel has an amazing location just off taksim, however the room had dust everywhere and disgusting stains on the couch ( i put photos below to show). The concierge was never there , literally, concierge desk always empty day and night ( also i put photo for proof) we had to do all our bookings on our own. When i went to reception to ask for concierge they said “ we can help u” and they were so brief and did not help with recommending and interrupted me many times to talk with other clients and also started using google to look for italian restaurant!! Zero knowledge! How is this possible for five star hotel!
Only upon check out i felt one of the employees was very respectful and professional his name is mustafa yaldiz, he is the only one with true professionalism the rest were really terrible and not hospital / below standards.
I expected better from this hotel and booked it because of its good reviews, however it was a disappointing experience . Will never go again to this hotel.
The staff was very courteous and always smiling. The hotel was very clean. Excellent location. It was very near metro stop and bus stop. Shopping area and excellent eateries were only 5 minutes walk away. The place was alive till 2 am. Money changers were open till 11.00 pm. Housekeeping was available 24 hours and my room was cleaned after 10 pm when I requested it.
Sometimes they forgot to replace complimentary water bottle and when we called the reception they would come immediately.
Sound proofing was not very good. WiFi speed was good but it used to disconnect sometimes.
Interconnected rooms are not available in the regular rooms.
This property is perfect, great location, beautiful comfortable rooms, restaurant is cozy with great views serving testy Italian, staff is always incredibly friendly and courteous, front desk gentleman gave me some incredible restaurant suggestions in the area. Cant wait to come back.
We chose to stay at the Gezi Bosphorus because of its location, principally, its proximity to Taksim Square. Check In process was efficient and very welcoming. We were served tea while checking in. Semih Kalyoncuoglu (guest services manager) has to be by far one of the best we’ve encountered in our travels. He prearranged the delivery of distilled water for the CPAP machine. We were upgraded to a room with a superb view of the Bosphorus. The room was a good size with a very comfortable king size bed. All the staff (front desk and restaurant) were very friendly and helpful. We were welcomed each time in the lobby with delicious specialty teas freshly brewed. The proximity to Taksim is a big bonus (just a few minutes’ walk) to the restaurants and tea houses (Hafez Mustafa – best baklava). The WiFi is easy to connect to with a very strong signal in the lobby but a slightly weaker signal in the rooms. We would definitely stay at the Gezi Bosphorus again. Be sure to contact Semih in advance for specials and promotions.