W Istanbul – Special Class
What We Love
- Set within a 19th-century row house but with contemporary Ottoman-inspired interiors and innovative lighting
- Fun vibe, with a buzzy 24-hour lounge bar and a nightclub-style lobby
- A five-minute walk from the Besiktas dock for ferries across the Bosphorus
- Most rooms feature a balcony or terrace (except Wonderful Rooms)
- READ MORE: Insider Guide to Istanbul
What To Know
- The small spa offers Turkish-style massages, and the gym is open 24 hours
- Stay hyperconnected, using the W Hotel app to order room service and stream DJ playlists through your phone
- Pet-friendly, with a host of amenities for four-legged friends
- WiFi is free in public areas but costs and additional $16 per day in guestrooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a café-packed residential neighborhood close to the Bosphorus, the W Istanbul is a glam getaway with contemporary Ottoman-inspired interiors. Fashioned by local interior design firm GeoID, this sophisticated sleep sits within a 19th-century row house and surprises and delights from the get-go: The entrance is a mirrored tunnel walkway designed to look like a jewelry box. Artist Thierry Dreyfus is behind the striking lighting effects, including hot pink panels in the hallways, and the nightclub-style lobby streams a funky playlist.
Bed and Bath
Sultry and spacious, the guestrooms all have high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature W beds topped with pillowtop mattresses, goosedown comforters and down pillows embroidered with “Sweet Dreams,” and all but the Wonderful Rooms come with a private patio or terrace. Luxe features include 32-inch flat-screen LCD TVs set behind stylish black mirrored glass, oversize leather work desks and iPod docks. The hammam-style bathrooms feature rainfall showers, twin sinks, intricate backlit mirrors and Bliss toiletries.
Start the day with breakfast at the W Lounge, an elegant Ottoman-inspired spot open 24 hours a day. Fill up on specialties like menemen (a Turkish take on scrambled eggs), sucuk sausage and simit bread. In the evening, themed bento boxes combine Turkish and Asian delicacies. The Destination Bar is a hipster hideaway for cocktails and DJ sets. Head to the glass-paneled fitness room to work out while looking out to a leafy courtyard.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the Besiktas neighborhood, a great spot for traditional Turkish music, seafood restaurants, a fresh fish market and authentic teahouses and coffee shops to tempt you with baklava and other tasty Turkish treats. On Saturdays it’s worth the walk to the Besiktas Organic Market for inexpensive local food. The Nisantasi district is also nearby for designer boutiques and hip bars. Most of the main palaces and museums are within walking distance as well, and there’s a minibus to lively Taksim Square, the Galata Tower, Cihangir and Ortaköy. The property is well connected by tram to the old city, where you can explore the Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Spice Baazar or Hagia Sophia.
How to Get There
Breakfast service was superb at my stay. Faruk the waiter treated me and my friend with the best customer service and hospitality. I would really recommend this hotel. The location and staff are really friendly and welcoming.
The hotel is very boutique and well located. I had an amazing stay and especially the staff is super nice. Faruk and his team made the breakfast very special. I would always come back and can highly recommend this hotel!
The hotel offers a very nice bar with a decent though overpriced whisky list. Very crowded party place on weekends, nice music selection. However the corridors look quite creepy and the room a bit kitsch even for W standards.
We enjoyed our stay in this hotel. The service and food was excellent with clean house and surrounding and hospitable employees. Almost all of them speak English and was easy to communicate. There was this employee named Eyob who helped us above and beyond to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. He was willing to assist us in all corners of our needs with great personality and character. Please give our best regards and great compliment on our behalf and hope he will do the same with other guests.
The service was excellent, everyone speaks English which makes it better than many other hotels. Good staff especially this person called Eyub who helped us a lot in all our needs with good character and excellent personality. He makes our stay in this hotel being perfect. Please give him our regards on our behalf.
Also Can from the restaurant and Berk from the Counsier and Emin from front desk went above and beyond to make our stay more enjoyable and comfortable.