Sunday 23 September 2012

Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel, Topcu Caddesi, Taksim, Istanbul

The view over breakfast at the Best Western Eresin Taxim
The Best Western Eresin Taxim would be just another midmarket city-centre hotel, if it weren't for the impressive buffet breakfast on the tenth floor with great views of the sun rising over the rooftops of Istanbul. Although you can't quite see the Bosphorous, there is plenty to survey as you munch on the freshly-baked bread, unusual croissants and pastries. The buffet also features meats and cheeses, plus plenty of juices and half-decent coffee.  The accommodation is less enticing. Although the cramped bedrooms have modern, inoffensive Ikea-style decor, they have no wardrobes or chests of drawers. Instead you have to make to do with a hanging rail. And there is only free Wi-Fi in the compact lobby. Still, this hotel is well-placed for Taksim Square - one of Istanbul's bustling hubs. 7/10