Le Meridien Hotel
With its Mediterranean style and panoramic views of Istanbul, Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler is one of the most perfect options for your trip to Istanbul. It is located in Etiler, one of the hottest points in Istanbul in terms of residential, shopping and entertainment. It is only 8 kilometers from Taksim, and 4 kilometers from the Old City of Istanbul , and only minutes away from the Bosphorus waterfront.
He hotel offers a selection of guest-rooms, including deluxe rooms, suites, lofts and residential suites.
In addition to restaurants and bars, the hotel offers an extensive spa and wellness center that includes indoor and outdoor pools, spa, sauna, massage rooms, Turkish bath, a sun terrace and many more!
While you are nearby, you should consider exploring Istanbul by Bosphorus Cruise ! The tour begins with your transfer from the hotel lobby to the pier where you will get on board. The first station will be Ortaköy, one of the best sceneries of Istanbul, which probably you have seen in many Turkey guides before. The place is most famous for Mecidiye Mosque, which was built by an Armenian architect with the order of Sultan Abdulmecid. Ortaköy is also famous for Kumpir (stuffed baked potato) and waffles, don't forget to try them out! If you go there on the weekends, you’ll encounter a grand mark where you can get some handmade souvenirs for you and for your loved ones.
Second step will be Küçüksu Palace, which is located at the Asian side of Istanbul. Most of the classical Turkish movies include a scene of this place. You can take that perfect Instagram shot unrevealing your inner classical actor/actress! The palace is located in between Göksu and Küçüksu rivers. This palace is built by Nikogos Balyan as well, gives you a chance to compare two distinct works of the same architect.
Before moving on to Rumeli Hisarı Fortress, you’ll be served snacks with tea and coffee on the boat.
Rumeli Hisarı Fortress was built mainly to prevent the help coming for Byzantine Empire during the conquest of Constantinople. It is said that Sultan Mehmet the Second worked personally during its construction.
Bosphorus would probably make you feel hungry, so after the fortress you’ll be served lunch with vegetarian options upon request!
Anadolu Kavağı will be the next station after lunch. The place was built as Anatolian Control Point. It is most famous for Yusa Hill, its seafood especially fried mussels, and ice-creams and waffles, for which you have time to taste!
The final destination is Poyrazköy, where you’ll have a glimpse into the Black Sea. You’ll be having a break in there, so depending on the weather, you can have a chance to swim and enjoy the sunshine!
After this spot, you’ll be moving on towards Kabataş Pier, where you’ll disembark and transferred back to your hotel with all these amazing memories.