The last two times I visited Istanbul I chose to stay in Besiktas, a very lively neighborhood on the Bosporus. Running around in the narrow streets of this area you don’t feel like you are in a big city. There are supermarkets, little shops, bakeries, restaurants and a dozen teahouses and coffee shops. I was there both times in winter and still people were sitting outside under the heaters sipping their tea as if it was normal, but the temperature was below zero and I was freezing my ass off!
How cool must this place be in summer, I thought! Wintertime is already giving me this lovely and bustling feel of gathering with friends outside on the terraces. So cool! I love to stay in hotels in Besiktas so all of this is just within a couple minutes walk. This is why you should visit Istanbul not the boring Taksim Square!
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My favorite hotels in Besiktas
Luxury hotels in Istanbul have high standards and since prices are very moderate staying in a 5 star accommodation is great value for money. During my last visits I tried out 4 stylish and well-known hotels in Besiktas Istanbul and found out that all of them had similarities according to great service and luxury, but all of them had a feature that distinguished them from each other. Which one do you go for?
W Hotel Istanbul
You might know that W Hotels is one of my favorite brands for the simple reason it is catered to a younger crowd. Their hotels always have a vibrant interior and an artistic design, so does their Besiktas hotel. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and there are always cool guests around to mingle with. This Besiktas Hotel is a great bang for the buck as I found rates going below $100 a night. I admit it is not the coolest W Hotel I have stayed in and the breakfast was not W standard, but their parties in the 24/7 restaurant/bar/lobby were fantastic and that for less than $100 a night if you are lucky! Best luxury Besiktas hotel for stylish parties and great value for money. Take a look at their TripAdvisor page.
Park Hyatt Istanbul
The Park Hyatt is the most upscale brand of Hyatt and it was a pleasure to finally work with them. My suite was definitely something to rave about. First of all it was huge so I invited some blogger friends over to have a drink before we were going out. Just like me they fell in love with the bathroom, which had a huge bathtub with mood changing lights and music plus it had a separate steam cabin. The bathroom was not even the best feature of this amazing Besiktas hotel as this was the fabulous breakfast. Of course there was plenty choice from the buffet, but the a la carte choices where super delicious. Next time I stay here I get up at 6am and make it a brunch till 10am. Wow it was seriously impressive. Check out the best rates for the Park Hyatt Istanbul or check out their TripAdvisor page.
I have stayed in many Shangri La Hotels now and therefore knew what to expect. This Besiktas hotel is one of the newest 5 star properties in Istanbul and has a prime location on the Bosporus. I requested a room with views over the Bosporus and it was the first time I could see a different continent from my bed. Their service is impeccable as I was offered a late check out so I could stay in my room until I had to go to the airport late in the evening, quality Chinese diining is on point and obviously a Shangri-La breakfast is always a feast! But this hotel had another feature that deeply impressed me. In the basement there is a fabulous wellness center with steam cabin, sauna and a Turkish Hammam. For guests it’s complimentary and a great place to chill out and fall asleep in their relaxing room. I also experienced a spa treatment, a great Chinese massage from a lovely lady. Looking for a Besiktas hotel with the best wellness option? You just found it… Check out the best rates for the Shangri La Bosphorus or take a look at their Tripadvisor page.
St. Regis Istanbul
Last but not least the very stylish St. Regis hotel that sits on a prime location as well. Just around the corner from the Park Hyatt this amazing hotel lives up to the expectations of this luxurious brand from the Starwood/Marriott group. Nothing to complain about here, with delicious breakfast options and slick rooms, but the rooftop bar with excellent views over Istanbul makes this a unique Besiktas hotel. Take a look at their Tripadvisor page.
As you can see all the hotels in Besiktas Istanbul live up to their expectations, but all of them have different key features. Wellness, breakfast, stylish parties or a rooftop with views over Istanbul, choose what suits you best! Enjoy Besiktas, for sure you will love it!
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