In the heart of the city’s business district of Taksim, the Marti Istanbul Hotel is a thoroughly modern example of Istanbul’s contemporary face. Designed by Zeynep Fadillioğlu, the interiors balance both classic and contemporary features, offering a warm, modern feel. Spacious rooms amply utilize shades of blues and purples, while oversized (and extra-long) beds will please taller guests. Suite rooms offer a hint of old Ottoman luxury with traditional Turkish bath basins and also allow access to the private top-floor Lounge 11, where complimentary drinks, snacks, and cocktails are served throughout the day.
A favored destination for business guests, the hotel provides state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and a business corner on the mezzanine floor offers 24-hour service. When work is done for the day, guests can relax with a traditional Turkish scrub-and-soak treatment at the Marti Istanbul Spa or sip cappuccinos or cocktails at Mixo Terrace—Taksim’s largest rooftop restaurant. For guests on the go, the hotel’s Gourmet Stop café offers sandwiches, cakes, and macaroons for takeaway.
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An excellent choice for business travelers with work commitments in the central city, Marti Istanbul is just a six-minute stroll from Taksim Square, making most work commutes just a short walk away. Heading south from the hotel, guests will find plenty of shopping, restaurants, and cafés within easy reach, particularly on and around vibrant İstiklal Caddesi. The hotel’s central position is also convenient for sightseeing. Hop on the funicular at Taksim metro station to reach the trendy café culture of Beyoğlu and catch the tram from there for the short ride into historic Sultanahmet.
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Rooms: 270 in total. From $122, suites from $340. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Guests can sip cappuccinos under the Turkish tent awning of the 24-hour Quad Restaurant & Bar, which forms the centerpiece of the hotel’s atrium. Cocktail hour beckons at Mixo Terrace, where guests munch on adana kebab while taking in the city views. Spa and gym details: On the top floor, the Marti Istanbul Spa offers masseurs, private sauna rooms, a vitamin bar, and four Turkish bath salons for a serene traditional bathing ritual. A hair salon provides grooming needs, while the 1,600-square-foot gym (open 8 a.m.–6 p.m.) has a full range of exercise machines plus panoramic views of the city.
Who’s it for: Business travelers looking for a comfortable base right in the thick of Istanbul’s contemporary hub. Our favorite rooms: Book a Turkish Suite for the palatial marble-clad bathrooms with traditional Turkish bath features and to gain access to the exclusive perks of Lounge 11. Good to know: Although the spa has separate Turkish bath sections for women and men, couples can book their massage together in the couples massage room.