A very warm welcome to the InterContinental Istanbul. My team and I are honored to have you with us.All your expectations will be met and exceed at anytime.We are here for you redefining our legacy of standards of excellence.
InterContinental Istanbul offers privileged concierge service throughout your stay. In order to make your accommodation a perfect one, Concierge handles reservations for fine dining and helps with every single detail. The expert team changes your stay in Istanbul into an unforgettable experience. Post Office, theatre and concert ticket , restaurant reservation, transfer and tour , flight ticket , boat and car rental, mobile phone rental, pharmacy , transportation assistance.
A perfect Istanbul morning starts in Ortakoy, with a traditional breakfast at one of its many waterfront cafes and a breathtaking view across the Bosphorus to Asia. After breakfast, it's wonderful to wander around the flea market in the square, stroll past the Ciragan and Dolmabahce Palaces, and arrive at Istanbul Modern, the largest art gallery in the city. As well as looking around the exhibition, you can have a light lunch in its cafe - another meal with a magnificent view. After a short walk to cross the Golden Horn via the historical Galata Bridge, you really like you are placed where the East meets the West - on the left, a big modern metropolis, on the right, an ancient city of palaces and mosques.
At the end of the Galata Bridge you'll find yourself in the ancient district of Sultanahmet. Strolling through its parks and alleys you'll find many marvellous buildings that testify to Istanbul's long and glorious history - from the lavish Ottoman halls of Topkapi Palace to the world's greatest church, St. Sophia and up to the Blue Mosque with its exquisite Iznik-tiled interior. Finally, feel yourself transported to the 1001 Nights at Kapali Carsi, the oldest bazaar in the world, with its nargileh (shisha/water pipe) stands, jewellery stalls and carpet-sellers.
And finally before you go to your room enjoy a magnificent and panoramic view of the Bosphorus as you sip your drink at the top of the hotel in the City Lights Bar.
The only time visitors to Turkey are asked not to wear shorts and women are requested to cover their arms and legs is when they visit a mosque. This is asked as a gesture of respect, much as when tourists visit European cathedrals. While, for cultural or religious reasons, many Turkish women do cover their heads, it is not obligatory for a tourist to do so. You may barrow a scarf at the entrance of the mosque.
The major restaurants usually do not add tips to bills,therefore the general tendency is to leave approximately %10 tip of total bill
We highly recommend you to bargain with shop sellers at the Grand Bazaar.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Ataturk (the founder of the modern Turkish Republic) stayed here when in Istanbul and died here on the morning of November 10, 1938. Clocks throughout the palace are permanently stopped at five minutes past nine, the time of his death.
The Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar)
The Grand Bazaar is the oldest covered bazaar in the world, with more than 3,500 shops.
The Tunel Metro is the shortest underground railway in the world and also one of the oldest, built in 1871-76. It takes just 90 seconds to travel between Tunel square and Karakoy Square.
WHAT TO PACK
We recommend that you exchange at least a little money - just enough to cover airport incidentals and transportation to the hotel - before you leave home, so you can avoid queues at the airport ATMs
Bring a Turkish dictionary or phrasebook; the people of Istanbul love to help tourists, but it helps to be able to say some words in Turkish.
Direction from International Ataturk Airport to InterContinental Istanbul by car:Take the airport exit and turn to first right intersection and follow the signs for the Sirkeci / Sahilyolu (parallel to the coast). After about 15 km you will come to roundabout of Yenikapı.Turn left from the roundabout towards the Taksim signs.Keep straight to Taksim.After approximately 5 km you will reach Taksim Square where you will be following signs towards Sisli.End of the Taksim Gezi Park,turn to first right. InterContinental entrance is 50 meters on your right hand side.