Ascot Hotel

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Address: Çınar Caddesi No. 6, Büyükada, Istanbul, 34970, Turkey

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.2

Attractive new hotel on the largest of the peaceful Princes’ Islands.

With its sharp-looking rooms, fine food, and private swimming pool, the Ascot seems like the kind of hotel I’d expect to find in Istanbul’s hip central neighbourhoods. Instead, it’s a little outpost of urban chic on the popular holiday islands off the city’s coast.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.2
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

Local residents flock to the Princes’ Islands on summer weekends to escape the urban sprawl and indeed, if it’s relaxation you’re after – strolling, swimming, seaside dining, maybe a leisurely pedal on a rented bike – there’s not a better spot in all of Istanbul. The city’s sights and sounds are an hour-plus ferry ride away, though – a beautiful, but long, commute.

Bedrooms

Though a few overdo it on the brocade wallpaper, the 22 rooms generally have a subtle sophistication, pairing dark textured fabrics with light-stone-coloured walls. Best of all, each has a balcony from which to enjoy the island’s fresh air.

Public areas

I loved the intricately patterned traditional Çinli tile and plush white leather couches in the spacious lobby.

Eating and drinking

Thin-crust pizzas – including some with pleasantly unusual toppings such as pear and salmon – are the specialty at Jacks Restaurant and Café, which also serves as the hotel bar.

Leisure facilities

A white-tiled courtyard with the requisite umbrella chairs surrounds a small private swimming pool. There’s also a sauna for guests’ use.

Service

The hospitable staff are friendly and accommodating.

Who stays there

A mix of Turkish and foreign visitors.

Price advice

A good-quality breakfast is included in the rates and WiFi access is free.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Singles
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Swimming pool
  • Nice rooms and grounds
  • Good restaurant
  • Housekeeping service could be improved
  • Far from the city
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