This renowned hotel is located close to the Grand Bazar and the famous Orient-House club. You will find all the comfort you would expect from a 4 star hotel, and you can enjoy the panoramic terraces and very pleasant covered pool.
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The President is part of the Best Western hotel chain. It is located in the old town in the Beyazit district, close to the Grand Bazar and the fishermen of Kumkapi. The Blue Mosque, the Saint-Sophie Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are only a 15 minute walk away. Allow 25 minutes for the transfer to the airport (10.5 miles).
The drab corridors belie comfortable rooms. They are large, spacious and comfortable: Some of them are non-smoking. Over 70% have a view over the Marmara sea. They have air-conditioning and satellite television, a mini-bar and a telephone with two direct lines (one of which is for Internet connection). The bathrooms have a bath or shower, toilets and hairdryers.
Built in 1991, the hotel is a modern 6-storey building with 204 rooms including 8 suites. The rooms were renovated in 2001 and the facade in 2006. The lobby is comfortable and spacious. It opens up into a cafe bar decorated with fountains and plants, which offers a snack menu and pastries. Opposite, the English bar, which is a pub decorated by an English architect, welcomes the hotel's residents in a very British ambiance for a drink or a dance. On the top floor of the hotel there is a covered pool surrounded by large open-air terraces with a panoramic view over the Marmara sea. When the weather is nice, come and enjoy a drink by the pool.
Food and drink
Breakfast is a buffet in the Marmara restaurant, which is bright and airy. For lunch (1 pm-3 pm) and dinner (7 pm-10 pm), you can eat at the Ocakbasi, an a la carte restaurant offering around thirty international and Turkish dishes as well as a set menu. The decor is Ottoman-inspired and a small orchestra plays every night during dinner.
In the same building, the Orient-House is one of the most renowned tourist clubs in Istanbul. The cabaret offers a folk dinner-show with traditional dancing, music and costumes. You can reserve your table at the hotel's reception. Safes are available at the reception. On the 6th floor, the Health Club is very well equipped, with a Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, fitness centre and massages (at extra cost). You can use these facilities for 8 pounds sterling per day.
Turkish bath, hammam, sauna, massage, spa, beauty salon
The proximity of the Grand Bazar.
The Internet access in the rooms.
The English pub.
Pool with sea view terrace.
The hotel ambiance is a little impersonal.
The immediate surroundings of the hotel hold no interest.
The catering is disappointing compared to the other services.
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