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Ibrahim Pasha Hotel

Fatih & Sultanahmet 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A half-block from the Hippodrome, two from the Blue Mosque, and within 10 minutes' walk of Aya Sofya, this hotel occupies a restored late-19th-century house behind the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum — Star Service

Located just off the Hippodrome, this exemplary designer hotel successfully combines Ottoman style with contemporary decor, and is notable for its high levels of service. — Lonely Planet

Hotel Ibrahim Pasha is one of the most charming boutique hotels in Sultanahmet, with an unbeatable location just off the Hippodrome. — Oyster

What was once the home of an extended Armenian family offers comfortable, stylishly decorated rooms... with vintage-looking wood and leather furniture. — Fodor's

With a funky roof terrace, comfortable rooms, friendly staff and excellent breakfasts, this hotel in the heart of Istanbul is popular with discerning city-breakers. — The Telegraph

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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah

Beyoğlu 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Storied grande dame hotel in arty Beyoglu district, wonderfully refurbished to preserve period ambience. — Andrew Harper

Extensive restoration has brought this Istanbul landmark... back to its former glory, with beautifully outfitted rooms and plenty of period decorations and antique furniture. — Fodor's

Istanbul may be developing ultra-rapidly, but everywhere you go there are telltale signs of its multi-layered history. — Frommer's

Established in 1895, the Pera Palace is a special museum hotel designed in neoclassical, art nouveau and oriental styles. — Time Out

One of the world’s iconic hotels, the Pera Palace first swung open its doors in 1892 and has been a meeting point for travelers in the city for more than 100 years. — Afar Magazine

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The guest list reads like a who's who of international royalty, all lining up for a Bosphorus-view room (not all get one). — Frommer's

Enjoy "the ultimate Istanbul experience" at this hotel on the Bosphorus, which blends a former sultan’s palace with a modern building. — Condé Nast Traveler

Well, all you need to know these days is that this is one of only two grand hotels on the European shores of the Bosphorus. — Concierge

The best things about the place are its location right on the Bosphorus and its amazing infinity pool. — Lonely Planet

Once a residence for the Ottoman sultans, the late 19th-century Çırağan Palace (pronounced chi-rahn) is Istanbul's most luxurious hotel. — Fodor's

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W Istanbul

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The hotel is... the last word in stylish modernity, just with a luxurious Ottoman twist. — Insight Guides

Housed inside buildings that were previously derelict, The W Istanbul is a superb example of urban revival — Star Service

This uber-stylish ‘design hotel’ is located between the glam shopping district of Nişantaşi and the party precinct along the Bosphorus. — Lonely Planet

The W Lounge is a bit heavy on the self-consciously hip trance music, but its mojitos are the best in the city; Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market restaurant is justifiably popular. — Travel + Leisure

Istanbul is fast becoming Europe's capital of cool, and its hip-o-meter certainly clocked up a couple more notches with the April 2008 opening of the W in the unlikely... neighborhood of Beşiktaş. — Concierge

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Tomtom Suites

Beyoğlu 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tomtom Suites can be described as the quintessential boutique hotel. Centrally located in a neighbourhood full of contrasts, it provides a perfect base to explore the city. — Time Out

Its contemporary decor is understated but elegant, with particularly impressive bathrooms, and each suite is beautifully appointed. — Lonely Planet

Offers superb accommodations and authentic character, with guest rooms furnished with warm woods, textiles in natural colors, high ceilings, and original artwork. — Fodor's

This is a unique, small hotel that provides an excellent alternative for those who want large accommodations but prefer not to stay in a big tourist hotel — Star Service

Couples seeking contemporary apartment-style accommodation a bit off the tourist trail are drawn to this beautifully renovated 20-room hotel on a quiet street in the old European quarter of Beyoğlu. — Oyster

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The Istanbul EDITION

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Baths feature deep soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers with drenching showerheads, marble surfaces, robes, slippers, hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and designer toiletries. — Star Service

Ian Schrager's take on Ottoman opulence takes business and pleasure to new heights in Istanbul’s contemporary Levent district. — Jetsetter

A chic, designer hotel with three-floor spa, housed in a modern tower block in Levent, one of Istanbul’s most fashionable areas. — The Telegraph

Following suit from the brand's inaugural (and now defunct) Waikiki Edition, the tranquil, monochromatic vibe is evident throughout the premises. — Fodor's

The Istanbul Edition is a slick city pad that eschews Ottoman finery and instead submerges guests in a Zen-inspired interior soaked in serious understated luxury. — Afar Magazine

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Witt Istanbul Suites

Beyoğlu 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Showcasing nearly as many designer features as an issue of Monocle magazine... conveniently located near the Tophane tram stop. — Lonely Planet

With only 18 rooms, and a room-to-staff ratio of one-to-one, this funky design hotel offers personalized service that makes guests feel as if they’re staying at an ultra-stylish friend’s home. — Afar Magazine

Located in a converted office building, this boutique-hotel shows off trendsetting style from the second guests step inside — Star Service

The luxury suites here are large, well-appointed and equipped with kitchenettes. — DK Eyewitness

A front-runner in the Istanbul designer hotel scene that rates comfort, intimacy and substance as highly as style — The Telegraph

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Fatih & Sultanahmet 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Refined boutique hotel in the heart of the old city, a short stroll from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. — Andrew Harper

A regular entry in ‘Best Hotel in the World’ lists, this place oozes quality and comfort. — Lonely Planet

"It seems smaller and feels more intimate than it is. We were addressed by name everywhere we went, and the concierge is incredible." — Condé Nast Traveler

Set in the heart of Sultanahmet... this property’s century-old Neoclassical building and manicured garden courtyard have hosted hotel guests since 1996. — Travel + Leisure

Completely renovated as a five-star hotel... Excellent, attentive service as you’d expect. — Rough Guide

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Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas

Şişli 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Overall, the Park Hyatt is a great option for business travelers or those seeking a little indulgence in a classier, less touristy—though still vibrant—part of Istanbul. — Concierge

Classy crash pad in Istanbul’s swankiest shopping district, with spacious rooms and hammam-style bathrooms. — Jetsetter

Offers spacious, elegant rooms decked out in sleek walnut with modern amenities alongside old-fashioned touches like period chandeliers and black-and-white photographs of Istanbul. — Fodor's

Its 90 spacious guest rooms complement the original details -- rounded archways, wood floors, and flowery moldings -- with modern furniture, and have luxurious bathrooms. — Oyster

You’ll find no more glamorous neighborhood than Nisantasi, with its Parisian-style cafés, recession-be-damned boutiques, and now a suitably posh hotel. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Ajia Hotel

Istanbul 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened by the Istanbul Doors group in the autumn of 2004 in Kanlıca, and the winner of many international awards since, A’jia serves its patrons from inside the Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalı. — Time Out

As a result, its tourist mix of guests spans the continents but typically skews toward those willing to pay for the privilege of excellent views and classy surroundings. — Star Service

The contemporary design of this sleek and stylish romantic getaway carries this traditional Ottoman yali into the 21st century. — Frommer's

In this city of many moods and layers, a quiet place like the A’jia is a welcome retreat. A’jia’s private yacht enables guests to explore the city while still enjoying the hotel’s privacy. — Jetsetter

Perhaps its biggest strength is the hard-to-beat location; you can't get a pad much closer to the Bosphorus Strait — The Telegraph

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from $212

Sumahan on the Water

Üsküdar 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On the Asian side of the Bosporus, this delightful design boutique-hotel is in a world of its own, offering peaceful luxury with beautiful views away from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul — Star Service

To convert a 19th-century Istanbul distillery into a boutique hotel, owner-architects Mark and Nedret Butler looked to the Bosporus for inspiration. — Travel + Leisure

What was once a derelict distillery on the Asian waterfront of the Bosphorus is now one of Istanbul's most chic and original places to stay, with comfortable rooms and suites. — Fodor's

Attractive hotel in a three-story former raki distillery at the water’s edge on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus. — Andrew Harper

The elegant Sumahan on the Water is located on the Asian side of the strait and has waterside terraces, an excellent restaurant and hotel launches to transport guests across the water. — Lonely Planet

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Swissotel The Bosphorus

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Swissôtel is one of those brands that says quality, luxury, sophistication, and understated elegance. — Frommer's

Swisshotel The Bosphorus is one of Istanbul's most luxurious hotels, situated in 65 acres of gardens overlooking the Bosphorus. — Oyster

Once you pass the security barrier, staffers operate as sharply as they dress. Many and varied facilities give the hotel a somewhat resortlike feel, albeit one focused on business. — Star Service

This "grand hotel" on a wooded hilltop sits on the gardens of Dolmabahçe Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman sultans. — Condé Nast Traveler

Modern glamour sitting pretty in historical gardens on the European side of the Bosphorus — Jetsetter

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Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Besiktas 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Luxe digs on the Bosphorus, with palatial rooms, a world class spa and a destination Cantonese restaurant. — Jetsetter

Five-star hotels have been popping up like seedlings in Istanbul in the last few years. Shangri-La Bosphorus opened in May and is one of only a handful right on the waterfront. — The Telegraph

There is a variety of cuisines (from Asian to Mediterranean) to suit most palates, but it's the impressive wall of wine that will have us coming back for more. — Wallpaper

Offering all the opulence and sophistication expected of this world-class brand, the Shangri-La Bosphorus overlooks the water, with a glittering lobby that features a two-story crystal chandelier. — Fodor's

It may take a knock for its lack of outdoor space, but if one must watch the Bosphorus Strait from indoors, there is no better place than the Shangri La. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Hotel Empress Zoe

Fatih & Sultanahmet 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This fabulous place is the prototype for most of Sultanahmet's boutique hotels but is unique in that it is constantly being changed and improved. — Lonely Planet

The nineteen rooms are in dark wood with richly coloured textiles, accessed by a narrow spiral staircase. — Rough Guide

Equally close to Sultanahmet’s major tourist sites as the Four Seasons, this boutique hotel is both quirkily charming and easy on the wallet. — Travel + Leisure

The Empress Zoe is one of the rare places in the area to display any spark of creativity in its concept and design. — Concierge

It is claimed that Empress Zoe actually lived here. The two buildings have been restored to an exceptionally high standard of taste and design with an abundance of spacious suites. — DK Eyewitness

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Sirkeci Mansion

Fatih & Sultanahmet 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Sirkeci Mansion hotel has built a very good reputation on the solid foundations of sound management and consistently good service. — The Telegraph

The comfortable and inviting room decor emphasizes local character, while the bustling, ornate lobby and warm, helpful staff convey feelings of refined luxury. — Fodor's

The Ottoman interiors go well beyond the usual sateen... to lend a more oriental, and regal, sense to the decor. — Frommer's

The air-conditioned, recently wallpapered guest rooms here are dreamily comfortable, with big beds on which rest not just a pillow menu but also a dish of Turkish delight. — Star Service

The owners of this terrific hotel overlooking Gülhane Park know what keeps guests happy – rooms are impeccably clean, well sized and loaded with amenities. — Lonely Planet

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Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel

Beyoglu 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Three or more nights in Istanbul's Karaköy, in a chic, design-savvy hotel, with breakfast and a welcome drink. — Jetsetter

A mid-19th-century bank building near the Galata Bridge combines historical accents and contemporary design in comfortable, attractive rooms spread over two separate buildings. — Fodor's

The 63-room Vault Karakoy is a luxury boutique hotel situated in a former bank. — Oyster

The hotel will likely appeal to some of the same travelers who stay at the nearby Witt Istanbul, which is also stylish but has fewer facilities and a somewhat less convenient location. — Star Service

A family-friendly Istanbul hotel with period charm, an atmospheric restaurant, a hammam and Golden Horn views. — The Telegraph

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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Adjacent to the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, and nearly as costly, this Four Seasons property is as elegantly restrained as the Kempinski is glamorously over-the-top. — Travel + Leisure

While the new Four Seasons definitely rivals the Kempinski in opulence and service, it stops short of outshining its neighbor. — Concierge

This restored 19th-century Ottoman palace with two modern wings exudes luxury. — Fodor's

The hotel is a practically flawless center of hospitality and service. — Frommer's

Restored 19th-century palace converted to contain guest rooms and suites, a quarter of which have views across the sea to the shoreline of Asia. — Andrew Harper

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Raffles Istanbul

Besiktas 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Unlike the majority of luxury hotels in Istanbul, Raffles does not pay homage to the city’s bygone Byzantine and Ottoman eras, but stands instead as a symbol of a modern, self-confident Turkey. — The Telegraph

Raffles Istanbul is a five-pearl property with dramatic, art-filled interiors situated in an upscale mall and residential complex, about a 30-minute drive from the top tourist sights. — Oyster

Channels the city’s Byzantine charm and mystery with gorgeous views from almost every room and lush Turkish textiles. — Condé Nast Traveler

All rooms feature a balcony with the best views overlooking the Bosphorus and the Princes’ Islands. — Wallpaper

With facilities catering to business travelers, families, couples, and VIPs, the 11th member of the international Raffles chain of luxury hotels has broad appeal. — Star Service

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Hotel Amira Istanbul

Fatih & Sultanahmet 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Slightly larger than the Witt, but in a more tourist-preferred location behind the Blue Mosque, the Amira is an affordable hotel with little pretension — Star Service

An attractive atrium between two wings houses the lobby, and well-appointed rooms are furnished in an eclectic mix of Turkish and contemporary styles. — Fodor's

One of the most popular options in the Old City, and stands out for its central location, personal family-run atmosphere, excellent free breakfast, and stylish rooms. — Oyster

A consistent performer, Amira has 32 attractive rooms with Ottoman flourishes. — Lonely Planet

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The Marmara Taksim

Beyoğlu 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Marmara Taksim is a five-pearl hotel situated in eastern Istanbul on Taksim Square. — Oyster

The rooms here are extremely comfortable and beautifully decorated. — DK Eyewitness

The Marmara is an excellent choice for those traveling for business or pleasure, particularly for its towering location above central and bustling Taksim Square. — Frommer's

In the modern heart of this sprawling metropolis, this hotel enjoys perhaps the best location for those who prefer not to stay in the historical surroundings of Sultanahmet across the Golden Horn — Star Service

Perfectly positioned overlooking Taksim Sq, this very popular hotel is an Istanbul institution. — Lonely Planet

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