What We Love
- Great location close to Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and Gezi Park
- Incredible skyline and Bosphorus views from the rooftop City Lights restaurant
- Live fasil music at the hotel’s Safran restaurant, which serves traditional local fare
What To Know
- The spa features an outdoor pool and a traditional Turkish hammam
- The spacious rooms start at 344 square feet
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
At the edge of Gezi Park, in the city’s lively Taksim neighborhood, the InterContinental Istanbul is a luxe high-rise with stellar views across the Bosphorus. This classic five-star hotel offers all the amenities you’d expect from the InterContinental brand, including five bars and restaurants, an outdoor pool, a full-service spa and an extensive fitness center. Rooms skew toward the traditional, with carved wooden headboards and silk curtains. The lobby is similarly formal, with a dramatic stairwell framed by gold banisters and plenty of marble and mirrors. Of its restaurants, Safran is the most opulent, serving traditional cuisine accompanied by live Turkish fasil music, while City Lights is a buzzy spot on the roof.
In the Area
The hotel is a short taxi ride from the city’s old town, Sultanahmet, which is jam-packed with such historic sights as the Blue Mosque and the Byzantine cathedral turned mosque, the Hagia Sofia. For a sense of what the present day city has to offer, plan a visit to Istanbul Modern, a striking riverside gallery with its own chic café, the perfect spot for watching boats ply the waters between Europe and Asia. Istanbul’s stylish denizens like to stay up late; start with sundowners and dinner at Vogue, then head out to dance at Reina.
How to Get There
I have had one amazing stay in this hotel. The staff were amazing and the hotel and surroundings were fantastic. Hotel was clean and some lovely grounds to sit and have a drink or a coffee.
Rooms were lovely and spacious and always clean with clean towels and things everyday.
Would recommend and I would stay hear again
Stayed here for 6 nights last week and loved it. The hotel, the facilities, the staff are all perfect. Very rare to have such good, consistent food but everywhere I ate here was delicious. Thank you to all staff who made the stay wonderful.
I recently stayed at The Intercontinental Hotel and I have to say it's up-to mark as a great 5 star hotel. The hotel is a tall building which cannot be missed, a walking distance from Taksim square and easy access to all tourist areas in Istanbul.
I had a 3 night stay with half board, I checked-in around 11 and the hotel didn't give the usual early check-in block of hold your luggage now, the check-in time is 2pm, instead I was instantly given room key, this was a great first impression. After quick check-in, I was welcomed to have lunch at the Brasserie Restaurant.
Brasserie is one of main reasons Intercontinental will be my next choice again while visiting Istanbul. The restaurant has one of most versatile, delicious and perfect menus I ever had at an on-site buffet restaurant. The staff is great and always attentive at any meal you have there, the chef and manager are highly dedicated, making rounds and checking food constantly. The manager visited me all through my stay to query me about my satisfaction. As for the food menu, it was never repeated in 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner I had at the Brasserie. Hardly a buffet gets most things right but there was rarely a weak dish served here. I would even prefer to dine at Brasserie for their breakfast even if I am not staying at the hotel. It's that good.
As for the room, quite spacious with great view of Bosphorus. All amenities are provided and mini bar has all one needs. One small issue is lack of an USB port in the room and all wall sockets are EU. I requested the hotel for a converter and was asked to use the one in minibar, it is charged at 14€. Anyways, on my little annoyance on this outdated socket system in the room, the reception told me they won't charge for it. Good enough but this is one aspect that needs an upgrade.
My checkout was really quick and smooth as well and the hotel even held my luggage as I was moving more central in evening. Language barrier which was a big issue throughout my visit didn't bother much in Intercontinental, as except the housekeeping, everyone speaks reasonable English.
I recommend Intercontinental Istanbul confidently to anyone visiting the city for tourism. It's an efficiently run 5 star hotel with friendly staff and delicious food.