On the edge of the centrally located Talimhane hotel district behind Taksim Square, the Point Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk to a bevy of transportation options and the heart of the city’s bustling Beyoğlu district. It’s also, unfortunately, on a busy, traffic-filled corner.
The 194 rooms, including 20 suites or “executive rooms,” are minimalist, but I found them surprisingly warm, with earth tones predominating. Bathroom fixtures and cabinets are sleek, space-saving, and modern. All rooms have Internet and flat-screen TVs. Street noise can be a problem for light sleepers; rooms in the back of the hotel, along Recep Paşa Caddesi, are likely to be the quietest.
A large lobby, two restaurants, a bar, and a café offer plenty of places to relax or meet. There’s also a business centre and six meeting rooms.
Eating and drinking
The rich buffet breakfast served in the upstairs dining room, which has Bosphorus and city views, will keep you going throughout a day of sightseeing. Udonya on the ground floor is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Istanbul – a treat in a city sorely lacking in Asian food.
An indoor pool, Turkish bath, and spa offer various tempting services, including aromatic oil massage, hydrotherapy, and yoga.
Service is crisp, efficient, and fairly formal.
Who stays there
Business travellers, groups, design-conscious couples and singles.
Unless you’ll be spending a lot of time in your room, it’s probably not worth shelling out for a suite, as the standard doubles are spacious enough.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Stylish décor
- Full set of amenities
- Good location
- Traffic noise is a potential problem