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TPG Reader Mike sent me a message looking for hotel recommendations:
“What is your favorite points hotel in Istanbul?”
Istanbul is a fascinating city. It’s huge and bustling, at the crossroads of Asia and Europe — part of the city is actually in Asia, and you can get to it by ferry. Whether you’re traveling on points or paying cash, I recommend a visit.
I’ve only been to Istanbul twice; the first time I stayed in a spa room at the Park Hyatt. Both the Park Hyatt and the St. Regis (which I also got to tour when I was there) are in a pretty upscale neighborhood that’s a bit quieter than other parts of the city (roughly the equivalent of New York’s Upper East Side). The Park Hyatt starts at 20,000 points per night, while the category 7 St. Regis starts at 30,000 points.
This past trip I stayed at the Soho House, which just opened about 6 months ago. The neighborhood is really cool and has a lot going on; it’s in walking distance to Taksim Square, nightlife, the art and design scenes, etc. I actually preferred the location of the Soho House, but it’s not a member of any major loyalty program.
Istanbul has been hit with some political strife lately, so tourism is down, and hotel rates along with it. That means redeeming points might not be your best option. If you can get a cheap hotel, it’s better to pay cash and earn rewards, which you can save your points for when you visit more expensive destinations like Paris, London or the Maldives.
That said, there are plenty of options; if you’ve stayed in any points hotel in Istanbul, please share your experiences in the comments below!
For more on travel to and around Istanbul, check out these posts:
- Layover Lowdown: Istanbul Atatürk Airport
- Turkish Airlines Announces Nonstop Istanbul-Miami Flights
- Exciting New Airline Routes for Summer 2015 and Beyond
- Uber launches UberBoat in Istanbul
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