W Istanbul

Suleyman Seba Caddesi No. 27, Akaretler, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, 34357

Price from: £127

W Istanbul WOW Suite

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Location:
4
4.0
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Singles, Travellers with pets, Celebrity spotting, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of W Istanbul

Hip hotel on historical street offering a variety of luxurious rooms.

Though it’s the centrepiece of the restoration of two streets of late-19th-century houses built for Ottoman nobility, there’s nothing old or quaint about the W Istanbul. This thoroughly modern hotel has what I see as the vibe of a posh nightclub throughout, full of exposed brick, dramatic lighting, and angular furniture.

Location: 

Off the beaten path in Beşiktaş, a bustling neighbourhood and up-and-coming nightlife area, the W’s location will be a benefit or a drawback depending on your perspective. Either way, it’s still relatively rich in transit options and a short cab ride away from some of the swankest parts of the city.

Bedrooms: 

I’d feel a bit silly asking for a “Wonderful” or “Wow” room, but the gushing adjectives aren’t entirely unsuited to the airy, high-ceilinged spaces, especially the higher-end rooms with their own private gardens or cabanas, separate mezzanine-level bedrooms, or dining areas that seat up to 10. Even standard rooms offer smaller-scale luxuries such as goose-down pillows on the bed and spa robes in the bathroom.

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Public areas: 

With its plush couches and chic blend of metal, brick, and wood, the lobby has a cocktail-lounge feel.

Eating and drinking: 

The W Kitchen and Café turn out well-executed dishes such as truffle pizza and pumpkin soup in a stylish atmosphere.

Leisure facilities: 

The fitness centre is a cut above the small, cramped rooms found at many hotels, with up-to-date machines and a personal trainer on staff. There’s also a day spa offering facials, massages, and other treatments, but no pool.

Service: 

Service is professional and highly personalised, with an excellent concierge.

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Who stays there: 

Trendy young business and leisure travellers will feel right at home in the W Istanbul, which also caters to pet owners with a variety of services (at a cost).

Price advice: 

Watch out for the cost of extras, which can really add up. It costs 30 Turkish Liras (15 euros) per day for in-room Internet access, 48 liras (24 euros) for one night’s valet parking, and 46 liras (23 euros) for the breakfast buffet, which I’d recommend skipping.

Pros: 
Stylish hotel
Luxurious rooms
Cons: 
No pool
Pricey extras
Location, décor won’t suit everyone

More information on W Istanbul:

Price from:
£127
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Suleyman Seba Caddesi No. 27, Akaretler, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, 34357
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Pets Allowed
Neighbourhood:
Beşiktaş

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