Unsurprisingly for a hotel in Istanbul’s financial district the facade of the hotel is uninspiring on a busy main road. However, the foyer / reception area is considerably more impressive, spacious and airy with an inviting bar.
We were greeted by the concierge who took us to check in and offered us their signature tea, I would highly recommend giving this a try, very refreshing after a long journey.
We were checked into a deluxe room which included buffet breakfast. The room was inviting, a selection of fruits were laid out for us and all mod-cons were available. A large bed, bath and double shower made our brief time in the room a pleasure. The views, however were of the same main road, the black out blinds were a must!
Once settled we went downstairs for a light lunch in one of the hotel’s restaurants, Cipriani’s. It very much catered for business lunches and most parties seemed to come and go at speed. As you would expect the food was a little on the expensive side for what it was. The staff were attentive and polite, your drink was always being topped up.
After lunch we decided to try the spa facilities and were pleasantly surprised by the service. Robe and slippers were provided and the numerous services were varied. From a small cardio based gym area, to pool, steam and pamper options. We used the swimming pool, which was very relaxing before getting ready for our night out.
Back in reception the staff were very friendly and helpful and provided several recommendations for places to eat that evening, they were able to specify the most appropriate venue after we advised specifically what we were looking for. Especially when we told them it was our anniversary and we wanted to eat alfresco. They arranged not only the seating on the corner of the veranda with lovely views of the Bosphurus, but also the taxi there.
Once we returned from our meal we ventured to the hotel bar for a nightcap where you could find a selection of both local tipples and international brand drinks. It was once again catered to business meetings on a more informal environment. The barman mention a nightclub was open late in the basement, which was a surprise as there was no noise heard at all. After brief consideration we opted for an early(ish) night and headed to the room.
The following morning we headed to the hotels buffet restaurant where we were greeted with a great selection of continental breakfast and hot options from the waiter service. As a breakfast goes it was adequate to set us up for our day of sightseeing. Quality wise it was a little overpriced!
Upon checkout we were asked about our stay and were presented with a small gift each (a leather bookmark) and the concierge arranged a taxi to our onward destination.
Overall, this is an obvious choice for business related stays. They have business meeting suites to accommodate what seems to be their clientele base. If you are looking to combine a stay for both business and a bit of sightseeing the Edition is perfect for the business side but a little far from the historical centre to be appropriate for day trips etc.
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at Editions, Istanbul. Our opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night is €207 (February 2015).