Pera Palace was the first international hotel in Istanbul and in Turkey. It was built on the European side of the city and opened in 1895 with a grand opening ball. It was the first and only building to be powered by electricity, other than the Ottoman Palaces. It was also the only address in the city to provide hot running water for its guests and was home to the first electric elevator in Istanbul.
Istanbul though isn’t only a city that is home to countless treasures from the past, but also a vibrant city looking to the future. It is the leading business and cultural center of Turkey. Being in Istanbul means being in the heart of Turkey.
Istanbul is expanding at an incredible speed. Especially on the Asian side of the Bosporus. Marriott was the first international hotel that recognized that and started a business, conference and leisure hotel in Atasehir, a major district close to the Bostanci and Kadikoy business districts with easy access to both of Istanbul’s beltways.
So the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia is what the Pera Palace hotel was for the European side of the city: the first international business hotel with all the amenities and facilities that business people need.
The 49 East Lounge is the place to be for business meetings, relaxing social get-togethers, with special zones and lighting for every mood and moment, whether unwinding or winding up an important deal in a private corner. The 49 East Lounge offers salads, sandwiches, light snacks, burgers, cocktails and fresh pastries.
The hotel has 12 different function rooms for 5 to 900 participants. The centrepiece of the hotel’s meeting facilities are its three ballrooms; two of which are divisible into three smaller break-out rooms for sessions and more.
After a busy day you can go to fitness and spa center – open 24/7 – with a gym, yoga studios, spinning, sauna, traditional Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor pools (bathing caps obliged, 10 Turkish Lira), steam room, resting rooms.
‘Orange’ is the name of the restaurant that specializes in southern Mediterranean cuisine. With flavours from the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, combining traditional and contemporary dishes.
The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. I especially liked the big desk to work in my room.
There were some drawbacks. The letters on the telephone are too small and there too much info. Although it says unlimited local phone calls, this doesn’t apply to calls to cell phones of your contacts in Turkey. I called for 27 minutes from my hotel room phone to a Turkish cell phone and had to pay 138 Turkish Lira.
Another thing that irritated me was the shower handle. It didn’t work properly although I tried everything. The maintenance guy who later tried to fix it, couldn’t repair the system either. He said it was a common problem in the hotel. They should remove this complicated thing and install a simple handle: up and down for water from the shower or from the tap.
But overall I had a very pleasant stay.
Marriott Istanbul Asia
Check-in and Check-out
- Check-in: 3:00 PM
- Check-out: 12:00 PM
- Public Areas: Wireless
- Guest Rooms: Wired*, Wireless
For a daily rate of 22.00 EUR, the following features are available in your guest room:
- High-speed Internet access
- Unlimited local phone calls
- Unlimited long distance calls (within the country), not available in all markets
Prices may vary in a few markets.
- Meeting Rooms: Wired, Wireless
- On-site parking, fee: 6 EUR hourly, 14 EUR daily
- Valet parking, fee: 6 EUR hourly
- The hotel has a car park with a capacity of 500 vehicles. Long term parking fee: Monthly 150 Euro, 6 months 550 Euro.
- 22 floors , 219 rooms , 19 suites
- 12 meeting rooms, 20,925 sq ft of total meeting space
- 1 concierge level
- New Lobby
- Pets allowed, non-refundable sanitation fee: 35 EUR, refundable deposit 50 EUR; contact hotel for details
- Service animals allowed for persons with disabilities