Barcelo Eresin Topkapı

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Address: Millet Caddesi No. 186, Topkapı, Istanbul, 34104, Turkey

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4

High-quality large hotel that caters to an international business clientele.

This recently renovated branch of a Spanish hotel chain lacks the uniqueness of many Istanbul hotels, but I think the level of amenities and service it offers makes it a solid choice for business travellers, and anyone else who prefers to stay a safe distance away from the bulk of the visiting crowds.

Location
3.8
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4
90%
Public areas
3.8
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Leisure facilities

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.

Service

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.

Price advice

The hotel has free private parking, a rarity in Istanbul, and free WiFi throughout.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • 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
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