Functional hotel with everything you would need
Posted Nov 22, 2015
I was in Istanbul for a conference at Boğaziçi University. I chose Taksim when I found no hotels near the university that were affordable, and because Taksim is so central to the city.
The staff were always very friendly and helpful. The room was always cleaned and tidied beautifully. It even had a nice view over the city since I was on the 7th floor.
I would recommend researching your travel options thoroughly before arriving in Istanbul though. While the hotel staff helped me as much as possible, the bus system is a bit of a mess, and very unclear if you do not know Turkish and have never visited the city before. I spent 3 hours trying to find my bus the first day, before giving up and walking 6 miles across the city just to see that there was a metro stop right outside the university, and another one in Taksim square. In general around Istanbul, there is a distinct lack of signs, maps and other little features that are helpful for the visitor. But no problem if you know before you go and do a few minutes' research on the internet.