October 26, 2016

Review: Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul

Trip To Panama Flying in Turkish Airlines Business Class

Last month, Mike and I traveled to Panama for the first time where we stayed four nights in the beautiful capital, Panama City. We flew with Turkish Airlines in business class although we had to originate from Budapest instead of Stockholm since the fare was much cheaper starting from the Hungarian capital. Between Stockholm and Budapest, we took the direct flight on Norwegian. Since I have Diamond status with Hilton, we stayed at the Hilton Panama and Waldorf Astoria Panama where we got upgraded to a Master Suite during our stay at the Hilton Panama. We also had a chance to stay at the Radisson Decapolis Hotel which was also a nice hotel, although not as nice as the two Hilton properties we stayed at. When in Panama, you should never miss doing the Panama Canal Tour as it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Take note that they don't have tours everyday so make sure you check the availability beforehand. Our trip to Panama was one of the best trips we've had and having flown in Turkish Airlines business class, it couldn't have been better!


Review: Radisson BLU Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul

Radisson BLU Hotel Istanbul king bed

Date of stay: September 26-27, 2016
Address: E-5 Karayolu Yanyol No:20 Kucukcekmece, Istanbul, Turkey 34295
Nightly Rate: 81.38 USD without breakfast

Hotel Exterior

Hotel exterior

Hotel Lobby

Lobby with Scandinavian touch

Hotel Reception

Reception desks

Room keys

Room 542

King bed

Here's a videotour of our room.

Arm chair and ottoman

Workdesk

Flat screen TV

List of TV channels including BBC, National Geographic, etc.

Complimentary coffee and tea

Minibar

Safe, slipper, laundry bag

Ironing board and iron, luggage rack

Bathroom

Balancing body lotion, shampoo, reviving shower gel and balancing conditioner by Thisworks.

Bathtub

View

The view from this room is just spectacular as there were lots of aircraft taking off every now and then.

Mandarin Bar

From here, we ordered some pizzas which were very good.

Indoor Pool

Indoor pool

Fitness Center

Fitness Center, open 6am to 11pm

Steam room and sauna

Business Center

Business Center

Complimentary Breakfast to Go

There's a complimentary breakfast to go which included coffee, tea, mineral water, apples and bread

Free Shuttle

There's also a free shuttle between the airport and the hotel

CONCLUSION

This hotel is very close to the airport and with the complimentary shuttle, it was perfect. The receptionist who helped us with the check-in was friendly and had no problem with us checking in around 11:35am. The room we got was okay, not the most modern but still had everything we needed. Complimentary wifi access was fast as well. I am not a fan of their Thisworks bath products and I really hope they would change to a much better brand. We had some pizzas from the bar as well as a pasta meal from the room service, both of which were very good. There's a pool and fitness center in the lower level of the reception although we did not use them. If you love airplanes and the sound from the airport is not that bothersome for you, then this hotel is perfect (if you get a room like ours). The complimentary "breakfast to go" was a nice touch specially when we left the hotel at 5am. Overall, a very nice airport hotel although I still prefer the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Airport. To all the staff of Radisson BLU Istanbul Airport, "Teşekkürler!"


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