A few months ago we were invited to stay at the Shangri-La hotel in Istanbul.
Shangri-La Istanbul is right on the Bosphorus which means the views of the water are amazing. We had a fantastic view from our room and I stayed up late watching the boats sail down the strait. The hotel is situated in the Besiktas district of Istanbul right along from the Dolmabahce Palace, next door to the Maritime Museum and behind the ferry terminal which made getting around really easy.
The hotel is gorgeous with a well equipped gym, CHI spa, a Turkish bath, an indoor swimming pool and 2 restaurants; Ist Too and Shang Palace. We ate dinner at the latter and it was absolutely delicious. It’s one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city and definitely worth checking out. IST TOO is where the breakfast buffet is served and the choice was fantastic from waffles and pancakes to cereals, granola and smoked salmon – they had something to suit everyone’s tastes.
The staff were all friendly and helpful and made our stay very comfortable. It was a lovely experience and i’d return in a heartbeat as it’s a perfect place to stay whilst enjoying all of what the city of Istanbul has to offer.