Istanbul is one of the most charming cities in the world, and it is the only city that connects the continents of Europe and Asia. Istanbul is also one of the only cities that has had many different names throughout the course of history based on its occupiers. It was named Constantinople, Byzantium, New Rome, and Istanbul to name a few. Istanbul has been at the center of trade in the world which has created a diversity of culture in the city from European, Asian, and even Arab influences. There is so much to explore in this magical city and getting lost in one of its many alley ways is the way to truly experience the powerful energy of Istanbul. Exploring a city the size of Istanbul requires good central accommodation with amenities, and of course close proximity to good food. The Marmara Taksim should be at the top of your list of accommodations in Istanbul because it is includes wonderful amenities, great location, and much more.
About the Marmara Taksim Istanbul
The Hotel is a modern structure built in the newer neighborhood of Taksim in Istanbul. The hotel property is the perfect blend of modern luxury and Turkish hospitality (which is warm, friendly, and beyond welcoming). When you enter this beautiful property you are greeted by their very own chocolate store and the escalator that takes you to the main lobby. Upon entering the property it is easy to see that no expense was spared creating this oasis. This vibe extends into the hotel rooms as well. We arrived around 10 pm due to a delayed flight from Cappadocia and were surprised to find the reception staff so welcoming and accommodating as we checked in.
Location, location, location! What makes the Marmara Taksim the best hotel in istanbul is that it has the perfect location for tourists looking to explore Istanbul. Istanbul is a very large city and can be difficult to navigate. This is why you are going to want your hotel to not only be centrally located in the city, but also located close to public transit. The Marmara Taksim is located directly on Taksim Square that serves as a major metro station for the istanbul area, and if you are not too keen on public transit no worries the Marmara Taksim has their own fleet of Taxis parked outside 24/7 (how’s that for convenience). While staying at the Marmara Taksim we relied heavily on the taxi service which is relatively cheap. For around $5 (25 TL) you can taxi directly to the Hagia Sophia. This trip only takes around 10 minutes depending on time of day.
Many seasoned travelers usually play by a few rules while traveling. One of those “rules” is do not eat in heavily tourist dominated areas. The reason for this is the quality of the food will usually be less and the price will be more. This is why Taksim is a great area to stay in, because the Marmara Taksim is located around some of the best local cuisine in Istanbul! Looking for something quick? No problem! There are at least twelve Kebap restaurants just outside. Traveling with kids or picky eaters? There is a Burger King just 3 minutes walking distance from the front door!
The Amazing Rooms at the Marmara Taksim
Exploring a large city can be exhausting and having a spacious and comfortable room to call “home” is an absolute must. Another reason why the Marmara Taksim is the best hotel in Istanbul is because the rooms come in a wide variety of styles that fit any traveler and their family.
Our review is based on the room that we stayed in called the Flying Carpet suite. The Flying Carpet suite is hands down the most amazing room we have ever stayed in. This place was amazing! The room includes a very spacious and comfortable bed, which was so vital after a full day of walking around Istanbul. The room also features a small living room area equipped with a comfortable couch, chair, and coffee table. Along with those features, the Flying Carpet suite also has a beautiful white and black marble bathroom that includes a jetted tub and a walk in shower! The jetted tub is a nice touch for the ultimate relaxing evening.
My favorite aspect of the suite is hands down the amazing view of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. With large windows lining the outer side of the room, you are graced with one of the best views in Istanbul. What is even better is witnessing this view during sunrise and sunset when the sky is a beautiful pink pastel color. No need to go anywhere for sunset, you can just stay in the comfort of your own room and enjoy the view. Does this convince you that the Marmara Taksim is the best hotel in Istanbul? It definitely convinced me!
I also wanted to add that if you do book a Club room (which is totally worth it), you have access to the club lounge. The club lounge is located on the 19th floor and is open every day starting at 5 pm. In the club lounge is complimentary drinks and snacks reserved only for club room guests. We went to the club lounge every evening and were greeted by a variety of sweet and savory snacks plus a glass of wine or beer depending on your preference. The club lounge also has a beautiful view of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, making it a great spot to enjoy a drink.
Pool, Spa, and Gym
Another amenity that is very important to me when traveling is the availability of an outdoor pool and spa. A break for exploring calls for a day at the pool, and what better way to spend a sunny day than lounging outside? The Marmara Taksim has a beautiful pool with an outdoor bar suited for guests of all ages. The pool also has a beautiful view of the Bosphorus River in the distance. Did I mention the amazing service at the Marmara Taksim? Pool lounging plus complimentary fresh sorbet definitely is the best way to spend a warm Istanbul afternoon.
Don’t want to miss a workout while on vacation? The Marmara Taksim has you covered as it has a great gym located by the pool free of access for hotel guests.
The Marmara Taksim also boasts a beautiful spa that includes a Turkish Hammam. The spa also includes massages which can be scheduled by appointment, a sauna, facials, and much more! The spa at the Marmara Taksim offers the ultimate relaxation after a long day of exploring or a long day of travel.
Hotel Services: Breakfast and Room Service
The first meal of the day is always the most important meal of the day, and the Marmara Taksim has you covered! The Marmara features an amazing breakfast spread with so much variety that it can be hard to choose what to put on our plate. From fruit, cheeses, deli, waffles, pancakes, omelets/eggs made for you, and all the pastries your heart desires breakfast quickly turns into the best meal of the day. Also what I really loved about the breakfast buffet service is that it opens at 630 am, which is perfect for people who like to get an early start for sightseeing!
Ah room service, the most convenient and comfortable way to eat if getting out is too much of a chore. The Marmara Taksim also offers an amazing room service menu including a variety of different Turkish delicacies and of course your typical such as pizza and hamburgers. The best part of the room service is that it is affordable! There have been many times at other hotels where room service was out of the question because of the price. At the Marmara Takism each meal item on the room service menu is reasonably priced and quickly delivered to your room.
Other Amenities at the Marmara Taksim
The Marmara Taksim includes a panorama bar and restaurant which are both located on the 20th floor of the building. Reserve a table for a delicious meal with an amazing view or just go up to the bar and have a pre dinner drink during the most beautiful hour of the day, sunset.
The Marmara Taksim also has two beautiful ballrooms great for private events and special occasions such as weddings. There are also a few meeting rooms great for business meetings and other events.
Aside from all of the amazing amenities that the Marmara Taksim offers, the service and friendliness of the staff is definitely of high status. Each time we were greeted by so much warmth by every single staff member at the Marmara. From the reception desk, eager to assist you with anything you may need at any hour, and the friendliness of the staff during breakfast hour was the perfect addition to our stay. It is always important to receive warm and attentive treatment from hotel staff, and I must say that this makes the Marmara Taksim the best hotel in Istanbul.
Overall we rated the Marmara Taksim in Istanbul easily at five stars. The service, amenities, and room views make it easy to to place the Marmara Taksim at the top of your list. Traveling to new places can be exciting and exhausting. This is why it is important to have a great hotel to be based out of. We often find ourselves not wanting to return to our hotel while traveling so that we can experience all of the culture and unique atmosphere a certain location has to offer. At the Marmara Taksim this was never an issue. With the breath taking views and central location it was easy to kick back and relax at the hotel while soaking up the unique Istanbul vibes. Whether it was in the room gazing out at the city landscape or decompressing in the Hammam Spa, it became our favorite place to escape the hustle of the city. This is why it was an easy decision to place this property at the top our list of places to stay.