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Hotel Kalyon Hotel Hotel 4 star
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Sultanahmet Sahil Yolu 34 Istanbul, Turkey -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The marvellous view over the Bosphorus, the welcoming ambience and the excellent restaurant combine to make this hotel a real winner. Indeed, it is when you are in the restaurant or piano bar that the establishment can really be enjoyed in all its splendour.
However, in order to truly attain the status the hotel might otherwise deserve, it could do with gym and spa facilities.
This is a sophisticated establishment, but it has the potential to be even better.

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    Location 8.28 /10

    Even though the hotel is close to the old town, it does not enjoy the best of locations. Given its position directly next to the road that runs alongside the Bosphorus, you are strongly advised to make your way there in some form of motorised transport, because walking next to the fast-moving traffic is not a very pleasant experience.
    The main airport is about 15 minutes from the hotel.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The Kalyon has 110 guest rooms in a range of different categories (standard, superior, club, suite and French suite).
    The standard and club rooms have views over the city, the French suites and suites overlook the Bosphorus, and others overlook the Blue Mosque. The executive rooms are decorated in a rather original style, featuring a white bed adorned with a strip of orange fabric. The headboard is covered with leather and the lighting is provided by square chandeliers.
    Room service is available 24 hours a day, and there is also free Internet access. Guests booked in to an executive room are also provided with a welcome tray (tea and coffee-making facilities, etc.), free of charge.
    Apart from the parquet-effect lino floor, which really isn't very impressive, the setting is both welcoming and well equipped.
    Special attention has been paid to the 4 classic and 4 French suites. These spacious units are decorated in designer style, and have unrestricted views of the sea. They can also be converted into adjoining rooms for the convenience of families.

    Overview 7.45 /10

    The four-star Kalyon is a small luxury hotel where special care is taken to nurture a particular kind of atmosphere.
    It attracts holidaymakers and business customers alike, and has a large, modular conference room with folding partitions to tailor the dimensions to different kinds of meetings and specific occasions.
    The style of the hotel is quite sophisticated, without being flashy, and it does exude a certain charm. Nevertheless, the security inspections at the entrance are over the top, and initially, at least, the level of luxury appears to fall far short of that promised on the website
    In fact, this first impression created by the entrance inspections is contradicted, at least in part, by the special attention paid to 'etiquette'.
    The ground floor space is well organised, stretching from the lobby to the restaurant on one side and the conference room on the other. Every evening, a piano is played in the bar, enhancing the sophisticated ambience of this well-decorated room which also provides table service.
    It is a pity that there is no gym or spa; maybe these will be given some thought in time for the next renovation.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The restaurant at the Kalyon is very impressive. Not only is it a lovely place to spend an intimate evening, it also serves great food.
    The service is second to none, and the menu presents a wide range of local specialities and more international dishes. You are sure to have a most enjoyable evening there. What really sets the restaurant apart is its extraordinary view over the Bosphorus, and it's just a pity that the view is spoiled by the road, because the sight of the flocks of seagulls is breathtaking.
    The good selection of wines from around the world does justice to the quality of the dishes on the menu. Definitely worth trying!

    To know

    The Kalyon has been present on the Istanbul hotel scene for over 45 years (it opened in 1965), and was renovated in 2010. It is known for its 'low cost' reservations system, which sees room rates vary depending on the number of guests booked in to the hotel, becoming more expensive as the number of available rooms drops.
    The main airport is about 15 minutes away, and the hotel organises a shuttle service to get you there for an extra supplement (£25).

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The excellent restaurant
    • The view over the Bosphorus

    disadvantages

    • The road just next to the hotel
    • There is no spa or gym

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score 3.50/10
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