adds a touch
Niles has long been
a favorite of mine because of its
interesting location, excellent
service and good value. (More...)
The Niles now has superb junior
suites designed in a refined
Ottoman style with
artist's touch and
finished with high-quality all-natural
Each suite has mahogany floors (heated
from beneath in winter), antique-style
light fixtures, İznik-faience trim,
hand-painted Ottoman ceiling borders,
and luxurious drapes, sheers and light-blocking
curtains on the two windows and two
The king-size bed boasts
fine linens, a light cover as well
as a cozy duvet, and a pillow
your preferred size, filling, etc.
The capacious cushion-covered sofa in
the window nook of each suite is actually
bed, artfully disguised
by the rich cushions. This is no fold-out
couch, but a complete full-size single
bed: remove the cushions and it will
comfortably accommodate an adult or
Each suite is equipped
for making coffee and tea, and a minibar
refrigerator that you may stock with
beverages as you like.
hamam-style bathrooms are
simply beautiful: striped Marmara
marble throughout—walls, heated
floor, washbasin, accented by plate
glass and mirrors. The spacious shower
includes an Ottoman hamam-style kurna (splash
bowl) and taps. More...
Besides the heated floors for winter,
each suite has its own remote-controlled
programmable climate unit for air-conditioning,
fan and supplemental heating.
Electrical outlets/points abound in
each suite, a welcome feature much
appreciated by travelers who need to
charge laptops, mobile phones, camera
batteries, PDAs and other devices.
Wifi Internet is free, and available
The suites are reached by their own
glass-sided, wood-trimmed elevator.
If you have an artistic eye and sensibility,
and you want your Istanbul stay to
be especially memorable, I think you'll
find the Hotel Niles junior
suites an excellent choice and value.
(Note: these junior suites are different from, and superior to, the Hotel Niles "Superior"-class rooms.)
You should also know that the Niles
has two small duplex suites (maisonettes):
salon with kitchenette and day bed
on the upper floor, and master bedroom
and large marble bathroom
below ground. Each suite has its own
Ottoman-style hamam with
heated göbektaşı, the warmed
marble slab for relaxing as the steam
works its wonders). These apartments
are small, but quite nicely done,
and can sleep up to four people.
When you contact the Hotel
Niles, be sure to mention
TTP. Here's why.
Ordu Caddesi, Dibekli Cami Sokak No.
Tel +90 (212) 517 3239
Fax +90 (212) 516 0732
—by Tom Brosnahan
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