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
The hotel is really 1 min walking from Taksim in a crowded area but the sound insulation guarantees a comfortable sleeping.
Lovely shower looking at the sea!!!
Breakfast is REALLY rich with various fist quality foods to choose form surrounded by a nice Bosporus view and a relaxing music.
I stayed at this hotel last week. Where to start? The corner rooms are nice because of the view, but if you get a northern-facing room, there is a brightly lit building to contend with if you're sleeping with the shades open and sensitive to light. The rooms are impeccable. The lighting is perfect. I didn't hear anyone else while I was in my room. The beds are super comfortable. The breakfast is also very very good. I look forward to staying there again!
Had a wonderful 6 nights stay in the Gezi. Got an amazing terrace upgrade. My husband is platinum member so they do recognize being a member. All the staff were so nice and helpful. Restaurant Fiamma had nice food also but not a great selection to choose from. Only a few minutes walk to taxsim square.
The hotel was in a great location just around the corner from Taksim Square and not too far from istiklaal street. It's located next to a metro which has good links to Sultanahmet. The rooms were spacious, clean, modern and the bed was very comfortable, we had a view of the bosphorus which was also facing the Besiktas Football Stadium. The hotel staff were polite, attentive and friendly. Everything about the hotel was perfect for our first time in Istanbul which involved a lot of sightseeing. The hotel left a nice surprise of Birthday cake for me even though we hadn't notified them of this which was really thoughtful and we would like to thank you again for that! We were two sisters travelling alone and felt safe at all times too which was great. I would recommend this hotel to my own family and friends and if we return to Istanbul we will be staying here again.
The only negative was the restaurant attached to the hotel. We had lunch at the restaurant and upon our arrival the staff neglected to seat us and had to be called over so we could make our order. Once we made our order it took them 30 minutes to provide us with our drinks which were just lemonades. Additionally they provided us with food which we hadn't requested and as we tried to tell them we had not ordered this they didn't understand. We had to walkover to where they were standing and tell them the order was incorrect with it taking 3 staff members to understand the order was wrong but they were rude and dismissive. The service was slow and we had to constantly request servers to approach our table as we were being ignored. The restaurant wasn't busy either there was only 3 to 5 other small groups of diners at the same time as us. The restaurant decor was very tasteful and modern, the atmosphere was lovely, it really was a shame about the poor customer service compared to the actual hotel staff members who were very competent. The food was okay, the desert looked delicious but we decided not to bother as the poor customer service put us off so much we just wanted to leave as soon as possible. When we were provided with the bill they had initially charged us for the food we hadn't ordered to then realize they had made an error and changed this which for us just highlighted the incompetency of the staff at the restaurant. There are many other places closer to the hotel to eat out or the room service was much better so I would recommend these over this restaurant.
My time at Gezi hotel with my friend was amazing. Great staff, lovely hotel, amazing drinks, scenic views, spa was needed at the end of the day after some amazing tours around blue mosque, hippodrome etc. Even squeezed in a session or two in the gym.
Turkish breakfast - spoilt for choice.