Gezi Bosphorus, Istanbul Turkey (Hotel Review)

Hotel Review: Gezi Bosphorus Hotel – Istanbul, Turkey (Taksim)

Bosphorus Bridge from Gezi Bosphorus Hotel

Bosphorus View Deluxe room

I’ve now stayed in about 20 different hotels in Istanbul. 

While I don’t proclaim myself to be an expert (yet) – I’m working on that, and maybe I’ll attain Expert Status before I die. I do, however, think I’m getting a good feel for good and bad hotels in the city, and other locations around Turkey.

So this most recent visit to Istanbul, and I’ve stayed in a lovely new hotel located just off Taksim Square called Gezi Bosphorus Hotel.

I cannot say enough good things about this new boutique hotel. From the moment I arrived at 3am in the morning, to the day I departed and they helped me get my bags in the car, I’ve been astounded by the stellar service and comfort levels I experienced at this property.The view from my Deluxe Bosphorus room – Gezi Bosphorus

My bed was as comfy, no I take that back – it was even MORE comfy than my own bed at home. I could LIVE at Gezi forever I think, and I’ve become painfully particular about hotels over the years, so to say I want to “stay” in ANY hotel, is a BIG statement for me to make.

Bed that feels like heaven

Breakfast buffet daily was incredible with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, pure honeycombs (nice touch!) and the finest Turkish coffee.

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Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey (Hotel Review)

Museum Cave Hotel – Cappadocia, Turkey (Hotel Review)


I had the pleasure to visit and spend some time at the lovely Museum Cave hotel in 2010, and also meet the owner, Mr. Omer Tosun at a party in Istanbul. The level of quality experienced at every turn in the Museum Hotel stems from it’s owners attention to detail and perfection.

The location and views over Cappadocia from Museum Cave Hotel are hard to beat, as you can see.
Hotel Review: Museum Cave Hotel - Cappadocia, Turkey

Museum Hotel, located on an approximately 5000m² wide and “unique” area; is composed from the restorations of old ruins and wrecks as saved originally. Museum Hotel, with its each special and different 30 rooms, is also important for being the first luxury boutique hotel in Cappadocia region.

With its unique location, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the majors of the region such as Avanos, Goreme, Love Valley, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley and Mt. Erciyes from all its rooms, Restaurant, Terrace and Bars. Being aimed at to serve the best service to our eminent guests from the very first day, Museum Hotel is the primary choice of the big part of elite guests that are visiting the region.

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Museum Hotel is a unique boutique complex in all sense. With its totally personalized reservation system, unique location, each different and special luxurious suites, excellent service quality, the most upscale a la carte restaurant Lil’a where you can taste the local foods that tend to be forgotten, private wellness services in room, unique concept of “Museum” and detailed and magical atmosphere that will bring you to thousands of years ago, Museum Hotel is, with just one word; ‘unique’.

L'ila Restaurant Cappadocia Museum Hotel

As you can see, each accommodation is furnished to highlight the unique features of each of the cave and non-cave rooms, as per each client’s preferences.

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Another lovely aspect of the rooms were the modern and upscale en-suite fixtures, including a double Jacuzzi bath for those considering a honeymoon stay.

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For potential meeting planners looking for a superb venue in the Cappadocia region, the Museum hotel can accommodate your group’s meeting and break-out room needs easily.


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Budget New York: Cheap yet chic dining, shopping and lodging

By Liz Humphreys
Special for USA TODAY

You won’t have much trouble finding a chic restaurant, hotel or boutique in New York City. What’s much more difficult is finding one that won’t drain your wallet. However, there’s no need to put off a trip to the fashionable haunts of the Big Apple; we’ll show you how to scout out the hidden values in this pricey town.

That said, New York will never be “cheap” – what locals consider inexpensive in New York may be extravagant in other parts of the country. For the purposes of this article, “cheap” is defined as $60 and under for a meal for two people and $300 and under (before taxes) per night for a hotel room. The amount you spend shopping is up to you, but we’ve found some places where you’ll get good value and style for your money.

Hotels: High style for low(er) prices
As of May 2008, the average hotel room in New York City cost $350, an increase of $50 from 2007, according to NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization for New York City. Yet it is possible to find a classy room for under $300 without opting for a cookie-cutter chain.

Cosmopolitan Hotel
Though the rooms at the Cosmopolitan (95 West Broadway; 212-566-1900 or 888-895-9400) are on the small side, the location in quiet, cobblestone-lined Tribeca is a charmer. All 150 rooms in this historic hotel, in business since 1851, come with private bath, work desks, color TV and free wireless Internet access. Rates range from $185 to $300 for rooms with double or queen beds.

Gershwin Hotel
If you’re looking for a funky place where the price is right, check out the Gershwin (7 E. 27th St.; 212-545-8000). Though the hotel can be a little rough around the edges, it has charm and old New York style; several artists in residence live full-time on the premises. Rooms range from $109 to $135 for the Essential, with a double bed; $119 to $245 for Le Standard, which is slightly larger; and $129 to $285 for the Superior, which includes a reading area. Plus it’s only a few blocks from Madison Square Park, home to the popular Shake Shack, open March through October.

Jane Hotel
Rooms for $99 a night in downtown’s chic West Village neighborhood may sound too good to be true. But that’s what hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode of Manhattan’s trendy Bowery and Maritime Hotels are offering this fall at their recently opened Jane Hotel (113 Jane St.; 212-924-6700). Though you won’t be sacrificing style by staying here, you will sacrifice space – the rooms, which resemble “luxury train cabins,” are only 50 square feet and share bathrooms down the hall. They do, however, include free high-speed Internet access and flat-screen TVs, plus a prime location next to Hudson River Park.

The Marcel at Gramercy
The Marcel (201 E. 21st St.; 212-696-3800) reopened earlier this year after renovations. This centrally located hotel includes 135 guestrooms, all offering Frette linens and flat-screen TVs, plus nice touches like champagne on arrival and wine and cheese in the evenings. Standard room rates start at $297 if you book through Amsterdam Hospitality’s website at The hotel also houses Bar Milano, a Northern Italian restaurant from the team behind popular Manhattan eateries ‘ino and ‘inoteca.

The Pod Hotel
Formerly the Pickwick Arms hotel, The Pod (230 E. 51st St.; 800-742-5945) has been thoroughly reinvented as a hip place to stay in east Midtown, within easy walking distance of Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and Times Square. The stylish rooms, called “pods,” include iPod docking stations (of course), free WiFi access and LCD TVs, and the hotel features a lounge and roof deck with panoramic city views. Single pods with shared bath start at $159 a night, bunk pods with bunked twin beds (each with its own TV) and shared bath at $169, and double or queen pods with private bath at $289. One handy feature – if you’re sharing a bathroom, an in-room display indicates whether or not the bathroom down the hall is occupied.

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