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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 →

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

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

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

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

This charming stone-built hotel is located opposite the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. — DK Eyewitness

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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah

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

If you have no nostalgic whimsy... this is a solid high-end hotel in a central part of town. — Concierge

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

Luxury can be found elsewhere but if mystery and history appeal, you will love the atmosphere and original trappings. — DK Eyewitness

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Congratulate yourself for finding one of the rare budget accommodations in Besiktas, an area otherwise dominated by international luxury chains — Let's Go

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

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

Staying at this former Imperial Ottoman Palace—an elaborate, Arabian-style compound that the empire’s sultans called home—may easily give you delusions of grandeur. — Travel + Leisure

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

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from $264

Tomtom Suites

Beyoğlu 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

Very few visitors to the exotic, ‘’Oriental’’ city of Istanbul would expect to stay in a chic hotel fashioned from a former Franciscan nunnery. — The Telegraph

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from $108

Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

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

Service here is exemplary, rooms are luxurious and the setting on the Bosphorus is truly magical. — Lonely Planet

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

The Four Seasons hotel group opened its first Istanbul venture in 1996, cleverly contrived from a listed prison building in the tourist heartland of Sultanahmet — The Telegraph

This luxury hotel in busy Besiktas is partially housed in the 19th-century Ottoman Atik Pasha palace on the European bank of the Bosporus — Star Service

This nineteenth-century Ottoman palace sits on the European bank of the Bosphorus Strait and has "magnificent views" of the hills of Asia. — Condé Nast Traveler

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W Istanbul

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

This stylish hotel is in the center of Akaretler, surrounded by cafes and design galleries. The W features 2 restaurants, a modern gym and a day spa. — Time Out

From a block of abandoned row houses built in 1875 by Sultan Abdülaziz, to a stylish Starwood-branded W Hotel targeting the young, hip, and yes, even club-going set. — Frommer's

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

An 1870s Ottoman block of row houses has been restored and enhanced with posh ultramodernity—sexy lighting, chic East-meets-West decor, and cool amenities. — Fodor's

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

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from $110

Witt Istanbul Suites

Beyoğlu 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

An advantage of staying at the Witt Istanbul Suites, besides its location in the literati-filled neighborhood of Cihangir, is that everything in it is something you would want for your own home. — Condé Nast Traveler

The back suites on the top two floors have views over the minarets and the Bosphorus. — Concierge

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

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from $104

Sumahan on the Water

Üsküdar 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Formerly an Ottoman-era distillery, this place was converted into an award-winning hotel by its discerning Turkish-American owners. — The Telegraph

Istanbul’s Asian coast, lined with wooden yali... has charming little neighborhoods, including bustling Çengelköy, now the site of one of the city’s most luxurious small hotels. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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from $213

The Istanbul EDITION

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

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

An aquarium occupies an entire lobby wall at Edition Istanbul. But that’s only one of the design flourishes—silver-foil ceilings; glassed-in bathrooms—that send the 78-room hotel over the top. — Travel + Leisure

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

The Istanbul Edition is a sleek, 73-room luxury hotel located in the Levent, one of Istanbul's major business districts on the European side of the city. — Oyster

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from $94

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas

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

Located in the posh neighborhood of Nisantasi and set within two buildings, one of which is a 1922 Neoclassical beauty that houses 90 Art Deco–decorated guest rooms. — Travel + Leisure

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

The lobby is minimalist and very light, and oversize rooms include vintage photos by Turkish photographer Ara Güler. — Frommer's

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

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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from $159

Ajia Hotel

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

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

Fifteen large and comfortable rooms and suites offer various luxurious flourishes, but all include gorgeous bathrooms of creamy marble and tile. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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

Ajia is long way from the sights of Sultanahmet and the entertainment district of Beyoğlu, but it's a perfect place for a romantic retreat. — Lonely Planet

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from $212

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

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

A must for those seeking Ottoman atmosphere and history. — The Telegraph

I promise that the best place to relax, have a twilight cocktail, and soak in the awe-inspiring sights of Istanbul is the rooftop of the Four Seasons at Sultanahmet. — Afar Magazine

Probably the only Four Seasons in a prison, and one of the smallest in the chain, but there's nothing confining about this 65-room hotel. — Concierge

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

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

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from $307

Swissotel The Bosphorus

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

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

Contemporary hilltop hotel in a residential quarter behind the Dolmabahçe Palace, with Istanbul's largest spa. — Travel + Leisure

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

Run by the Raffles Group, Swissotel is the choice of many globetrotters when in Istanbul. — DK Eyewitness

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

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from $169

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

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

The Shangri-La Bosphorus is a first-rate luxury hotel housed in a former waterfront warehouse on the European side of the Bosphorus river. — Oyster

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

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

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

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Hotel Empress Zoe

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

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

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

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

A couple of period town houses form the basis for this charmingly simple hotel. — The Telegraph

If you do strain your back on the way up, you'll be pleased to find extremely comfortable beds and loads of character when you make it to your room. — Frommer's

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from $44

Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel

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

An exciting and evocative meld of old and new. Occupying a grand bank building complete with vaults. — Lonely Planet

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

Classic architecture and charming historic features (including the eponymous vaults) but added plenty of modern delights: there’s a spa, stylish modern decor and even its own in-house art curator. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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from $55

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 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

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

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from $83

Hotel Amira Istanbul

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

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

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

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

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Raffles Istanbul

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

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

Opulent, ultra-mod newcomer overlooking the Bosphorus with a rooftop cinema, lavish spa and Michelin-starred chef. — Jetsetter

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

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

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

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from $278

The Marmara Taksim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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