June 10, 2011

Turkish Airlines, Istanbul…C+

I used THY for the first time from Casablanca to Istanbul.

No boarding priority for premium passengers. Legroom on business class was limited and is a bit too small for comfort. If the seat next to me had not been empty I would have been really uncomfortable. In-flight entertainment was poor. Food was surprisingly average. In fact, it was bus-like and a bit rowdy but considering where I departed from, perhaps it is to be expected.

The cabin crew seemed friendly. Yes They were informative. Not. When you ask three of them separately as to the flight time and receive three different answers, then there is something wrong. The funny part is they allow passengers from economy class to walk around in business class so we get to share the toilet with them.

I know it was in Business Class, I can not even imagine what it was like in Economy. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

January 15, 2011

W Istanbul…funky decor but not so good location

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Location-wise, this hotel is not so great. It’s a bit of a walk to the tram stop and that’s not much of good eateries in its immediate vicinity. If you are looking for a hotel with a good view of Istanbul, this isn’t the hotel for you.

The decor coupled with the soft mood lighting is very trendy and and there’s funky lounge music everywhere you go (which can be quite disturbing after a while). The staff wear sharp black suits like those in a downtown bar.

The room was as sexy as the lobby with a mega-huge flat-screen TV mounted behind black mirrors, an iPod and Bose music system which sat on the bedside table. Lighting comes in five atmospheric mood settings.  There was, however, no bath (aw shucks!). There was a marble shower area with two showers – a rain-shower and a hand-held one.

The gym is small and windowless. Wifi-is free in the lobby of the hotel. Problems occured and  I had to summon engineering to fix it at 1am. at times the service doesn’t match the product. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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