My husband and I not too long ago had the pleasure of travelling round Turkey for every week. We spent the final two nights of our journey in Istanbul.
There was quite a lot of debating as to which property to remain at, as there are an unlimited number of Marriott and Hilton properties in Istanbul. In the tip, we settled on a brand new property that opened this previous yr and was already receiving raving evaluations, the Orientbank Hotel Istanbul, a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – Booking
Having initially booked a distinct lodge, by the point I made a decision to e-book a keep on the Orientbank three weeks out, the money worth had gone as much as $400 (CAD). Had I booked earlier, charges had been just a little cheaper.
Rather than paying money, I redeemed 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy factors per night time for a Deluxe Guest Room with a king mattress.
I really booked two single night time stays back-to-back, and utilized Suite Night Awards to each. Interestingly, the Suite Night Award didn’t clear for the primary night time, but it surely did for the second.
Be conscious that this lodge particularly states of their welcome e mail that rooms are solely meant to accommodate two individuals, and that each one rooms solely have king beds. So, this might not be the property to e-book if you happen to’re travelling with younger children who can not keep in their very own room alone.
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Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – Location
Getting from Istanbul International Airport to downtown Istanbul typically takes round 45 minutes, and can value about 300–400 Turkish lira ($22–29 CAD).
The Orientbank is positioned at a really bustling intersection within the outdated city space on the European facet of Istanbul.
One factor to bear in mind in case you have mobility points and can regularly require using a taxi, is that it is rather troublesome to catch taxis by yourself within the outdated city space. If you want a taxi, it’s greatest to have the lodge to name one for you.
The excellent news is that the lodge could be very conveniently positioned to many main vacationer points of interest, and so using taxi shouldn’t be mandatory for many guests.
The Galata Bridge is just a ten minute stroll away, and on the foot of the bridge, you possibly can catch ferries to cross the river or a ship tour that may go alongside the Bosphorus Strait, which separates Europe from Asia. Crossing it, you possibly can meander alongside Istiklal Street, which is lined with outlets and cafés, and go to the Galata Tower.
If you stroll 20 minutes in the other way, you’ll discover Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Sultan Ahmet Camii, in any other case generally known as the Blue Mosque.
The Grand Bazaar can be reached inside 10 minutes, and the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar is actually steps away. The Grand Bazaar, by the way in which, is the place to get one of the best trade charge, in case you might be in want of Turkish lira.
Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – Check-in
The Orientbank lends its identify from its historical past as a financial institution from 130 years in the past. It was first a German financial institution, which was then transformed right into a Turkish financial institution.
Ten years in the past, the financial institution closed and the property started its renovations to turn out to be a lodge 5 years later. Although the renovations had been in depth, the unique marble flooring and stairwell stay intact.
The constructing is wedge-shaped, and fairly small in comparison with different Marriott properties within the space. It is comprised of eight flooring, with 36 visitor rooms throughout six of these flooring.
We took a taxi from the airport, and after we arrived, our taxi made an abrupt cease proper outdoors the doorway. Stepping out of the taxi, I quickly realized there was actually no different place for the taxi pull as much as.
At the doorway was a workers member able to welcome us and assist us with our baggage. Another shortly got here out to usher us into the lodge. Staff had been wearing gray pants and vests with white shirts.
Entering the lodge, you stroll up a set of marble steps, via a set of double doorways into an aesthetic foyer of marble flooring and pillars, with a big glass gentle fixture hanging from the ceiling.
One one facet was an off-the-cuff seating space with velvet coated seats and sofas round espresso tables for friends checking in or simply eager to lounge. The different facet had a bar and tables arrange like a small bistro.
At the tip of the foyer and centre of all of it was the entrance desk. Rather than checking in on the entrance, the workers member requested us to sit within the lounge space, and he kindly requested for our passports within the meantime.
While we waited, a hostess supplied us a welcome drink of orange juice, pomegranate juice, or lemonade. My husband and I each had the lemonade, which we discovered fairly refreshing.
When the workers got here again, he accomplished our check-in with a pill the place we sat. They had been fast to acknowledge our Marriott Bonvoy Titanium standing and clarify our advantages.
He even had just a little card the place he checked off our alternative of elite advantages, specifically the free breakfast in lieu of there not being a lounge. We opted for a $10 meals and beverage credit score fairly than 1,000 factors as our welcome amenity.
They additionally famous our back-to-back bookings, and since our second night time had been robotically upgraded to a One Bedroom Suite, they took the freedom of upgrading our first night time as effectively, so we wouldn’t have to alter rooms.
I used to be fairly impressed that that they had even seen the second reserving, and had been proactive sufficient as to improve our first night time primarily based on our second night time.
We then proceeded to go as much as our room. The stairwell and elevator are behind the wall of the check-in desk. The elevator is a small one, becoming solely 4 individuals at a time.
If you need to get some steps in, you possibly can take the staircase up as effectively.
Stepping out of the elevator, you enter right into a vestibule with marble tiled flooring. In the center was a glass show showcasing merchandise from an area retailer.
The partitions had been a vibrant white with coffering, and adorned with varied summary work alongside the wall.
Rooms are organized on both facet of the wall, with One Bedroom Suites on the finish of the corridor, the slender a part of the wedge-shaped constructing.
Once we entered our room, the workers member defined the options of the room to us. He additionally identified some welcome facilities: a package deal of Turkish delights and dried fruit, and likewise a financial institution observe made to be a reproduction of people who had been as soon as given out by the financial institution.
It was issued within the quantity of fifty Turkish liras that could possibly be used in direction of any meals or beverage throughout our keep.
Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – One Bedroom Suite
The One Bedroom Suite is the biggest of the lodge rooms; nonetheless, its format would make you assume in any other case, being positioned on the slender finish of a pie-shaped constructing.
The room, just like the foyer, is elegantly adorned with some classical options, however felt a bit cramped.
The suite is split right into a front room space and a bed room. When you first enter the room, you come throughout the small front room on the appropriate, with a sofa, an armchair, lamp, espresso desk, and wall-mounted TV.
In the nook is a small snack and beverage centre, with some wine, liquors, and snacks on the counter, and a mini-bar containing some extra choices just under.
Stepping away from the lounge, you’ll discover a brief hallway that results in the bed room. You quickly hit a wall, which appears odd at first, till you understand that it has the king-sized mattress and its headboard on the opposite facet of it.
The mattress is the central function of the room, and faces a semi-circular wall that has a number of home windows overlooking the busy intersection beneath. There will not be quite a lot of house between the mattress and the wall.
The mattress is flanked by a few marble-topped night time tables. Above these had been switches for lights and likewise USB ports, which makes charging gadgets handy.
On one of many night time tables was an alarm clock radio, which acted as a wi-fi charging station as effectively.
Next to the mattress is is a picket desk with a tea station.
Behind the mattress is a closet containing cabinets, drawers, a secure, iron, and ironing board. A separate espresso station can be discovered right here.
On the alternative facet of the room is the toilet, which consists of a bathroom, stand-alone sink, and bathe, all separated by glass partitions.
For a tiny self-importance, it was packed stuffed with facilities. There had been robes and towels in baggage on the shelf beneath the sink, and on the self-importance had been the toiletries, provided by Nerolinn, a Turkish model.
Aside from the standard toiletries, there was additionally a toothbrush set, comb, stitching package, self-importance package, scrubbing mitt, and a grape seed physique scrub. The scrub was a novel amenity, and together with the scrubbing mitt, you might carry out your personal hammam remedy within the consolation of your personal room.
Although the remainder of the suite was very clear, I did discover some areas of mildew within the toilet grout.
Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – Dining
The lodge presents breakfast, and all-day eating within the Lobby Lounge Restaurant. In-room eating can also be accessible, and meals companies can be found till 11pm.
Menus and pricing might be discovered here.
Breakfast is served from 7 to 11am. They have an à la carte menu which options three varieties of breakfast: Turkish, American, and wholesome.
If you’ve by no means had a Turkish breakfast earlier than, I’d suggest making an attempt it a minimum of as soon as throughout your keep. They serve an incredible quantity of tapas-sized dishes to take pleasure in, along with a predominant egg course.
There are additionally a number of contemporary juices you possibly can order.
From 6–9pm, in addition they open the rooftop bar. It is a good place to take pleasure in a drink or two, watch the sundown, or simply take within the view of Istanbul.
Staff are additionally completely satisfied to take you as much as the rooftop terrace for some daytime views.
Every Friday and Saturday night time, they open up the financial institution’s vault within the basement of the lodge for the Gregor By The Badau Jazz Club, Turkey’s solely “gastro jazz club”.
Unfortunately, our keep didn’t coincide with it being open. When open, it includes a reside jazz efficiency together with a gourmand, high-quality eating expertise.
Seating is proscribed, so you’ll want to make a reservation beforehand.
Orientbank Hotel Istanbul – Service
The service at this lodge was excellent, and undoubtedly a spotlight of our keep. Even earlier than we arrived, they reached out with an e mail containing details about the lodge and easy methods to contact them, together with through WhatsApp.
We reached out a few instances through chat with questions relating to transportatio. They had been all the time fast to reply with detailed solutions, together with serving to us e-book a hammam spa.
Staff are attentive and actually attempt to offer you a memorable expertise.
For instance, breakfast on our second morning took longer that anticipated. A workers seen with out us saying something, and proactively knowledgeable us they might examine with the kitchen on the delay.
At check-out, the workers seen we hadn’t used our $10 meals and beverage credit score welcome amenity, and supplied to modify it and gave us factors as an alternative.
I’ll additionally point out that our improve wasn’t an anomaly, as they’ve a monitor document for being fairly beneficiant of their upgrades, topic to availability in fact.
The Orientbank is a comparatively new Marriott property that provides the vibe of a boutique lodge. It has fairly a number of issues going for it, specifically its shut proximity to historic websites and points of interest, an incredible breakfast, and excellent service.
Like a boutique property, nonetheless, there will not be many on-site facilities, and the rooms are a bit on the smaller facet. Nevertheless, it was nonetheless comfy and well-appointed, and I wouldn’t hesitate to remain right here once more if I’m travelling with out the children.
The solely factor I’d change might be requesting a Junior Suite, if potential.
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