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.
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.
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.
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 is professional and highly personalised, with an excellent concierge.
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).
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.
- Travellers with pets
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Luxurious rooms
- Stylish hotel
- Location, décor won’t suit everyone
- No pool
- Pricey extras