Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus {TUR}

Old Mar 13, 01, 3:15 pm
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We're going to be in Istanbul the end of Sept (after a cruise). I have the Conrad booked on a HHonors award stay (the post-cruise hotel). Would appreciate comments from anyone who has stayed there. We are also considering staying at the Four Seasons for about $390 (a bit expensive but might be worth it?) Any comments regarding either hotel would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old Mar 13, 01, 4:52 pm
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I stayed at the Conrad last year on a business trip.

I had a room overlooking the Bosporus and the bridges. Very nice.

The hotel itself has nice and expensive Restaurants and Bars and a casino, which I didn't look at.

The location is convenient to the ferry station with another very good seafood restaurant.

At that the time of my stay the hotel was full of American tourists.
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Old Mar 14, 01, 12:21 pm
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peteropny,
I was in Istanbul last fall and had a great time. I didn't stay at the Four Seasons but I did walk through the lobby. It is really a stunning hotel in a refurbished Ottoman palace. The location is perfect--right in the middle of the main tourist sights (Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, etc. etc. etc.--there is so much to see!)

I found the service in my little tourist class hotel to be great so can only imagine that the Four Seasons should be impeccable.

I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I did--just avoid the carpet sellers! They are charming but extraordinarily persistent. Actually this is an excellent time to buy a carpet. The exchange rate is extremely favorable against the dollar (and with the Euro so low Turkey's prime market for exports is rather depresed). Turkish carpets CAN offer a really good value but I would recommend hiring a reputable guide if you are serious about making some purchases. This will ensure you find a fair deal and will save you a lot of time.
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Old Mar 14, 01, 12:38 pm
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Have a great time, as well. I would reccomend that since you have time before you go, read up on carpets, visit local stores so you have an idea what to look for and the prices for same, as well as who are chiselers locally, and only then take the plunge and perhaps buy a carpet over there.

You never know if your "guide" is reputable if you know absolutely nothing, and you may wish to dispense with one altogher.

Remember, you must buy from a locally reputable dealer, because you may have no recourse if you buy a rug, and you get shipped a differnet one!

I do not think that AMEX, etc. will help you as they have a 150 mile radius limit within your home, I think.

Perhaps you can take a picture and have it developed and signed by the merchant before you leave, that you are to get that particulat carpet, if you are not going to take it with you.
 
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Conrad Istanbul, any reviews/comments?

Going to IST in January/February for an oblong weekend, and booked at the Conrad. How do they treat HH Gold? Any particular rooms that should be requested?
Also thankful for info regarding good restaurants, nightlife, etc.
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Old Sep 30, 02, 2:47 am
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STAY AWAY FROM THE HOTEL!!!!!!!!! Seriously I have had many friends and acquaintances stay there. It is overpriced, has bad service and NO ONE has ever liked it, as a matter of fact most people leave after a night or two because it is SOO bad. If you are wedded to a Hilton related property go for the Istanbul Hilton (recently renovated and better located) or the ParkSA Hilton (smaller, cozier hotel).

If not, I would suggest (not necessarily in this order) the Ciragan Palace, the Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton, the IC or even the Hyatt. Better yet one of many boutique hotels in the Sultanahmet area operated by TURING, the Turkish AAA.

Seriously though the Conrad in IST is garbage, do NOT go there.
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Old Dec 31, 02, 2:48 am
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As my trip is nearing, I thought I'd bump this one.
Also: I've been given a choice between Conrad (HH Gold) or the Swissotel (Leader's Club member).

Any other opinions/comments?

Ideas for fine dining as well?
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Old Dec 31, 02, 6:59 am
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I was there in August and thought it was pretty good - not stellar, but no complaints.

It's biggest problem is location - a rush hour taxi into the old part of town can be 30 minutes
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Old Dec 31, 02, 7:16 am
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I must agree that Conrad isn't a good choice in Istanbul - primarily for location reasons. Istanbul Hilton was much nicer than the Park. Decent lounge, good location (~10 minutes walk from Taksim Square), pleasant personnel, reasonable rooms. If you're considering higher-priced options, the Intercontinental and Ritz will offer better value for your $ than the Swisshotel in IST.
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Old Jan 23, 03, 1:42 pm
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Getting there the 30th of January (If the Middle East conflict doesn't escalate).
Looks like I've been booked into the exec. floor, but poor chance of further upgrades... How's the service there? Good lounge?
Restaurant suggestions? (We're a group of ten people that are VERY food and wine oriented), looking for best restaurant serving Turkish influenced food.


Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 5, 03, 10:24 am
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My better half and I stayed at the Hilton Istanbul for five days during the summer of 2001 and were treated like royalty. Don't know how many DIAMONDs they see there, but I've rarely had a nicer hotel stay ANYWHERE. It was our first visit to Turkey ... but, after that stay, definitely not our last.
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Old May 19, 03, 9:40 am
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Some notes on the Conrad Istanbul

Conrad Istanbul

Having seen a few negative comments about this property, I thought I would post some points in no particular order. This is from a first time Conrad customer, with a shiny new (comp’ed) Gold card!

 Good gold recognition – upgrade to the Executive floor was automatic, no hassles
 The Executive floor rooms are over 2 floors – 14 & 15. The lounge is on the 15th floor and has a fantastic balcony that looks out over the Bosphorus. A wonderful view.
 Breakfast in the lounge was acceptable – a good selection of cereals, fruit, pastry etc but no hot selection.
 The rooms are a bit disappointing – medium sized with an odd mish-mash of modern art and classic furniture. No in-room safes and an uncomfortable desk and chair – plus the iron supplied by housekeeping was useless.
 On a positive note, the pillows are huge and the bed very comfortable, and (a personal bug bear), the light controls were easy to use!
 The quality of the staff was variable. There are a couple of gems on the Executive floor and main reception. There were also a couple of thoroughly unhappy campers too.
 The Summit bar on the 14th floor is well worth a drink for the view – another huge balcony looking out over the strait.
 The location of the hotel is not so convenient – located a taxi ride out of the main city centre areas i.e. Taksim, Galata and Sultanahmet.

All in all a perfectly competent stay – nothing devastating but nothing badly wrong either. If Gold recognition is as consistent as this elsewhere in the chain, it might be enough to sway a little of my business away from Starwood!
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Old Jul 25, 03, 9:15 pm
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Just stayed at Istanbul Hilton and while the Hotel was nice, I received no perks for being Gold. I had booked the room through the H web site and it was confirmed at checkin that my HH and FF numbers were in the computer. I was told I was upgraded to a "nicer" room on the 4th. floor. Not at all so, as it was exactly as described at booking, like the thousand other rooms, even with the described "Garden view". I asked about the Executive floor, but was told it was "full". Later went up to the EF expecting to have access to the lounge, no such luck, was told it was only for Diamonds. On my way to the lounge I saw the multiple small advertizements stuck in the keyholes for rooms not taken. When complaining about lack of access to the lounge I was told that they were sorry but could give me breakfast coupons as a "compensation", which made a lot of sense since my room price included breakfast.

I was absolutely unimpressed with their non-recognition of Gold status.

(Being of the paronoid type I suspect they have gotten into cahoots with Delta SM to make sure my travel experience becomes increasingly perk-sanitized!! )
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Old May 15, 04, 9:19 am
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Conrad Istanbul

Anyone have any relatively recent experience at the Conrad Istanbul?

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Old May 15, 04, 2:41 pm
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Great property - Stayed there three weeks ago. The lounge has an incredible view of the city and sea in the evening. We sat outside enjoying free drinks while looking across the city to Asia! Not bad ..... Also, if you happen to play, they have a great outdoor basketball court right across the street from the hotel that some real good local players come to play at.
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