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
My wife and I stayed for one night at the Gezi Hotel Bosphorus. It was the best decision we made in Istanbul!
Although we reached the hotel in the late evening, we were welcomed with a good smile at the front desk (Oktay) and from the other hotel staff. Our room was upgraded to a suite room and it had to be one of the top 3 hotel rooms we ever stayed in. Very nice night view of Bosphorus and breathtaking view in the morning from the room.
We also enjoyed a fantastic dinner at a restaurant near the hotel which the hotel staff recommended and booked for us.
It's a great location near Taksim metro station.
We will definitely go back to stay at this hotel again when we visit Istanbul.
I am used to the larger rooms of the chain hotels, but 3 things struck me about this hotel.
1) The cleanliness and how well-designed and thought out the rooms were. The attention to detail was impressive
2) The service. Every interaction I had with staff was incredibly positive. Special mention to Gurka at night reception as he truly makes all guests feel valued, appreciated and respected, I hope he will be there next time I return, as part of the reason I would come back is to experience is great customer service
Other special mention is Murat (the concierge as he was very helpful), the young lady with glasses and the gentleman with the shaved head that took care of beakfast in the morning. They were seamless in their execution and could not have taken better care of us.
I would def return to this hotel, and thet staff would be the main reason! 5* service
We had a wonderful stay at Gezi Bosphorus hotel. The hotel has a warm ambience, a charming view of the Bosphorus, and is also located within a short walking distance of Taksim Square, not to mention a lovely park just across the street for a beautiful morning or night walk. The culinary experience was delectable, room service efficient, but most of all, ALL the staff, night and day, was most hospitable and helpful. Special gratitude to Semih Kalyoncuoglu for his impeccable trip advice and responsiveness, and to Murat Akkas for his warm greeting smiles and transport support during our road trips. To the Gezi Bosphorus family, teşekkür ederim!