Lobby and public areas
Partial Bosphorus View Room Type
Full Bosphorus View Room Type
The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Gym
I arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul around noon time and was quickly checked-in by the friendly front desk staff.
I was incorrectly assigned a partial Bosphorus view room instead of a full front view room as I had booked. The issue was resolved quickly and my bags were moved to the correct room while I had an enjoyable lunch at the Bleu Lounge.
The hotel is elegantly decorated and its lobby and restaurants are tastefully furnished. The lobby is a lively place where people meet, have coffee together or socialise generally.
The room was stylish and offered a wonderful view over the Bosphorus and the city of Istanbul. The bathroom was nice and had a large shower, bathtub and a separate toilet.
My room was equipped with a small minibar and an Illy Espresso coffee machine. The shoe shine service was efficient and fast.
Breakfast at the Atelier Lounge was a nice experience with lots of local and international specialities. The chef who was taking care of the egg station was a friendly lady who offered stand-out service.
Dinner at the Atelier Lounge was equally pleasant, offering a splendid view of Istanbul by night. I had a pasta dish and a meat dish. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.
The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton is located in the lower floor and offers an indoor swimming pool, a sauna with relaxing areas, a turkish bath and a gym.
My only disappointment was that the outdoor area with the swimming pool was closed. Unfortunately they close for winter season. However, the weather was pleasant and warm in the afternoon and I think the area should have been opened.
The staff members that I met were all friendly and professional.
Whilst there are many luxury hotels in Istanbul I would return to the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul any time.