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
- 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
Except for the rooms which a bit small everything else is great including the location of the property
Nice welcome and check in experience with ever smiling faces of Eda , Eyup and Emin and great hospitality at the restaurant
Friendly staff and excellent customer service. Everyone at the hotel was extremely informative, friendly and helpful in making recommendations about restaurants, shopping and visiting sites. This hotel is in a great location for those who want to walk and explore.
This was my third time staying at the W Istanbul. My husband and I continue to stay here because of multiple reasons including the picture perfect neighborhood it is located in as well as the customer service and room amenities. We cannot thank Emin & Eda enough for always taking care of us and making sure we have the ideal stay everytime.
We highly recommend the breakfast buffet as well as the candle massage at the hotel spa.
We stayed for for 5 days and had breakfast everyday there. All their staff are amazing including the W lounge staff: (Duygun,Can,Faruk,Ramazan,Rasim,Sinem,Tufan), so friendly and welcoming. Everything else in the hotel is great, room, cleanness, service, and LOCATION is perfect.
W Istanbul is very well located, Besiktas area is very convenient in terms of location, cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping. it is safe and very dynamic.
The hotel it self is a stand alone type in terms of in inner space design and decoration, it may not be for every one but personally i did enjoy every part of it. Staff is always friendly and ready to help.