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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
It's all pretty average.
The setting is fine, right next to Taksim Square.
The building itself is on a very small lot, so the lobby area is totally inadequate. Both check-in and check-out were sloppy. Tripping over people. Two staff but only two chairs so whoever gets there first dominates the desk and if it isn't you, you have to beg for attention.
The room itself was a joke - possibly the smallest room I've ever seen (including 2/3 star hotels). Not worthy of "design" or 5-star rating. I had booked the cheapest room, but for Istanbul it still wasn't that cheap and I could have easily stayed at a true 5-star hotel. Seriously, couldn't even open the suitcase without putting it on the bed (yuck).
They have Bonvoy signs everywhere, but there is absolutely no recognition of member benefits (I should have been given an upgrade by right due to status). What is the point??
If you want a design hotel in Istanbul, stay at the Witt. It is 1,000 times better. If not, book any name brand 5-star as it will be a lot better than the Gezi for the same price.
I am mixed in this hotel. On the one hand, the location is great. The rooms are solid, not fanatic, but ok. Views are good. The idea of glass from the bathroom to the bedroom is kind of stupid as the mechanism to turn the blind is very hard to operate. No wife want her husband to see her pee. The internet is good, but the method to connect is very strange. However, what is most concerting is I am Bonvoy platinum elite and this is a bonvoy hotel and they don’t respect the rules. For example, I am entitled to late check out. They showed me the rules and still said they did not care, they are design hotel. Also, they did not understand a bonvoy membership has all details so as to not have to fill out forms.
Price was okay, walking distance to Taksim Square.
The down side was the room (also some common areas) had cigarette smell. I mentioned this to the reception and requested to change the room. The receptionist only wanted to use some spray to cover the smell, which I was not happy with. I didn’t want to be difficult so just let it go.
Also the staff spilled some welcome tea on my trousers and left some colours on the fabric (can be washed off though). I didn’t mind at all but think it is worth mentioned here.
Long waiting (about 20 mins) to check in as well.
Overall, it is an okay hotel but to be frank I don’t think I would stay here again.