Don’t be fooled: The “Topkapı” in the name refers not to the famous palace in Sultanahmet, but to a lesser-known neighbourhood near the Byzantine city walls. With good freeway access to the airport and proximity to the new conference centre along the Golden Horn, the location is convenient for many business travellers. Sightseers can hop on the tram that stops right out front for the approximately 20-minute ride to the heart of the Old City.
I liked the subdued sophistication of the modern, spacious rooms, with their rich brown furniture and accent fabrics. All rooms are large and similarly appointed, making the standard “deluxe” room a good value; more expensive rooms come with spa or gym access and other perks.
The good-sized lobby and mezzanine have plenty of comfortable seats.
Eating and drinking
The Picasso Restaurant serves well-prepared Turkish and international cuisine and hosts food festivals and other culinary events throughout the year.
The Aqua Life Club contains a nicely sized heated indoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, two saunas, and a fitness centre with a trainer on staff. Various massage treatments are also available.
The service is fairly formal and generally professional, though not stellar.
Who stays there
Extensive conference facilities are a draw to business travellers, while the hotel’s Spanish ownership brings in guests from the Spanish-speaking world. Arab visitors are also common.
The hotel has free private parking, a rarity in Istanbul, and free WiFi throughout.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Escaping the crowds
Pros & Cons
- Free WiFi throughout
- Big rooms
- Good facilities
- Walls can be thin
- Somewhat remote location