Lush Hotel – Special Class
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate?
- Location, location, location — just a short walk from a plethora of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs?
- The adjacent restaurant/bar hosts regular live entertainment?
- WiFi is free
What To Know
- Square footage varies. If space is important, book an Elegance or Corner Elegance Room?
- Street-facing rooms can be noisy at night
- The area is a transportation hub, so you’ll have no trouble getting around the city?
- The decor is more quirky than luxe?
- Free WiFi
Set in a restored 19th-century apartment building, right in the center of Taksim Square, Lush takes a hip and unconventional approach to design, with eclectic decor that lets you live like an Ottoman sultan or a New York loft-dweller. The cosmopolitan hotel reflects the rich, lively neighborhood it resides in.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 44 guestrooms revolves around a different theme, from a split-level Ottoman fantasy straight out of Aladdin to loft-style living with exposed brick walls, not to mention Pop Art and all styles in between. They are all different sizes, and most of the Deluxe Rooms are quite compact. The larger Corner Elegance Rooms fall on the more edgy side; rooms 506 to 510 are decked out in a black-and-white color scheme punctuated by red velvet curtains, a houndstooth armchair and a graphic skyline etched into a glass wall. Their bathrooms are equally indulgent, with a large tub and powerful rain shower, lots of white fluffy towels, ARGAN lotions and potions and cute little his-and-hers travel kits.
After a day of sightseeing, you can visit the hotel’s sauna for a relaxing session. The daily buffet breakfast is served in the adjacent cafe/restaurant. You can choose from cereals, pastries and Turkish favorites — sesame-covered simit, goat cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and yogurt — ask the waiter for Turkish tea and eggs made to order. The lunch and dinner menus offer international fare, such as sandwiches, salads and pasta, and a selection of wine, beer and creative cocktails.
How to Get There
First, the photo of the hotel which is located on the website is photoshop. Secondly, the breakfast offered is very poor. What it should be warm is cold, what should be hot is cold. The waiters are unfriendly, you have to ask three times for something. The cleanliness of rooms and toilets is very low. The reception staff is slow-motion if they tell you the room will be ready in 5 minutes, be ready in half an hour. This hotel needs a lot to change.
The room was as terrible as a prison or grave.It was too small and dark with a view to a duct with a bad smell. In fact it was a connected room divided into two individual rooms only with a door. My room was at the back of the previews connected room. In the front part of the room , a noisy family stayed . So I had to listen to their favorite music.
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this place. They have a Hamam that supposed to be a Turkish hamam, which is know as part of the hotel and you only hear about it from the someone who works for them, in our case it was from a guys who was our DJ on the tour boat. They don’t have any pictures of the hamam, and when you ask them to send a picture to confirm they tell you that they can’t do that because it’s a private club, and asked to come and see the place. When you come, the place is dark and looks like a dungeon, they don’t give a receipt just a handwritten note that says you paid? And they insisted you bring your passport because it’s a must... we canceled the appointment immediately and In my opinion, we we’re lucky that we’re alive. Something is wrong with the hotel stuff and I highly recommend not to go there. And if someone wrote something positive about this place it’s because they’re paid members to write a fake review.