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5 Hotels With The Best Bosphorus Views in Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)


Kempinski Ciragan Palace

Istanbul Week continues! Your must-stay hotels in your major areas are all well and good, of course, but what if you don’t care about the tourist sites or the nightlife or your bizness connectionswhat if you just want to wake up to the Bosphorus outside your door?

The downside of staying on the Bosphorus – other than the premium prices – is that it’s slightly out of the way, so makes it longer to get to the sites/your meeting/that hot new restaurant everyone is talking about. The upside of staying on the Bosphorus is that it’s so bloody beautiful, you’re unlikely to stray from your hotel. The solution? Work out how many nights you want in the other locations, and then add at least one (ideally two) on the water. You won’t regret it.

Here are some of the best waterfront properties:

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HotelChatter Must-Stay Hotels For Summer 2014: Business Triangle, Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
August 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

View of the Bosphorus from Le Meridien in Levent

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in Istanbul? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Istanbul is famously enormous – if spanning two continents wasn't enough, it also enjoys the largest urban sprawl in Europe – so location is key for getting the most out of your stay. If you’re going for work, you’re probably going to be spending most of your time well away from Beyoglu and Sultanahmet - you’ll be in the ‘business triangle’ north and east of Beyoglu that encompasses Levent, Besiktas and Sisli. Obviously these are all suitable for business, but some business hotels are more ‘business’ than others.

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6 European Hotel Chains That Should Be On Your Radar

Where: Europe
August 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (2)

It’s summer, and wherever you live, that means a trip to Europe. New to the continent? Keen to try something other than your major chains, but nervous about going independent? Here are six of the best European chains. NB: These are all also suitable for anti-chain snobs.

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Not Even Google Glass Can Spoil Vault Karakoy's Killer Istanbul View

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  Site Where: Bankalar Caddesi No. 5, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34420
June 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

That view from the Penthouse

Focus on the positive. Focus on the positive. Focus on the positive. Ok… It’s great that a hotel is trying something new. We're all about hotel technology.

Time for the negative. By “trying something new” we mean posting a video of your hotel experience via Google Glass.

House Hotels, possibly our favorite chain in Istanbul, is pimping its newest property, Vault Karaköy, by way of this video. Not sure why they’ve picked on this one to endure the Glass treatment – possibly because Karaköy is Istanbul’s trendiest nabe – but for us, at least, it’s not conquering our Glass misgivings.

On the plus side, the hotel – which opened in March in an old bank facing the Galata Bridge – looks stunning, and the staff look suitably bashful in the face of Google Glass (0:18). So let’s focus on what’s to love: an old-style cage elevator (0:21), a whopping breakfast buffet (0:34), some lovely (original?) tiling (0:39) and a bathroom with a seriously OMG view (1:11).

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