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Ibrahim Pasha Hotel

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

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

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

This lovely townhouse, once the guesthouse for the İbrahim Paşa Sarayı... is arguably the most tasteful boutique hotel in Sultanhamet. — Rough Guide

Conjure up images of a flickering open fire, comfy sofas, shelves stacked with copious quantities of books, and an endless supply of fresh tea and homemade cookies. — Frommer's

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

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Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah

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

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

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

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

This opulent 115-room luxury hotel in Beyoglu is a historic icon dating back to 1895. — oyster.com

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

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W Istanbul

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

With a great location close to Nisantasi... the W is housed in the historical Row Houses, erected in 1875 as accommodation for the high officers of the Ottoman Empire. — DK Eyewitness

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

The W Istanbul has completed a major renovation. The newly revamped hotel now features an entry lounge with an "interactive art installation" mixing lights, mirrors, and video... — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

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

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

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

In a 19th-century Ottoman palace, this 5-star hotel features an infinity pool with views of the Bosporus. — Time Out

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

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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Hotel Empress Zoe

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

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

The hotel's lush garden is an extremely tranquil spot to eat breakfast, and there's also an intimate, two-level roof terrace with nice views. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

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

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

Century-old prison turned plush Istanbul digs with manicured gardens, a roof terrace and spa — Jetsetter

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

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

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

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The Istanbul EDITION

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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.com

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

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

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Tomtom Suites

Beyoğlu 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This hidden gem draws high marks for the excellent service given by helpful staff, its modern, well-appointed rooms and the wonderful terrace views. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

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Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas

Şişli 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Set inside a refurbished building that dates back to 1922, the five-pearl Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas gives Old World grandeur a contemporary polish. Its 90 spacious guest rooms... — oyster.com

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.com

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Hotel Niles Istanbul

Şişli 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The plant-filled roof terrace has a lovely view of the Sea of Marmara, and service is on par with that at sister establishment Dersaadet. — Fodor's

Serious shoppers seduced by the prospect of bunking down close to the Grand Bazaar could do a lot worse than stay in this well-run and reasonably priced place. — Lonely Planet

This sister hotel to the Dersaadet Oteli is located in a working neighborhood a 3-minute walk from the Beyazit transportation hub and the Grand Bazaar. — Frommer's

Niles is a solid, no-nonsense, family-run hotel on the fringes of the tourist heartlands of the old city, the kind of place where experienced travellers go back time after time for its... — The Telegraph

Housed in a charmingly traditional building, the upscale Hotel Niles Istanbul is a small family-run property set just two blocks from Istanbul's must-see Grand Bazaar, but a bit far from... — oyster.com

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Swissotel The Bosphorus

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

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Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Besiktas 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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... — Fodor's

Ist Too, one of the two restaurants found within the newly opened Shangri-La hotel in Turkey's culture capital, certainly lives up to the building's exterior grandeur. Designed by Hong... — Wallpaper

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. It marks... — The Telegraph

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

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.com

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Sirkeci Mansion

Fatih & Sultanahmet 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

One of the first hotels to see the potential in Sirkeci, an atmospheric quarter between historic, tourist-central Sultanahmet and the busy Eminönü waterfront, the Sirkeci Mansion hotel... — The Telegraph

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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Raffles Istanbul

Besiktas 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On reflection, it was a canny decision to open Raffles in Istanbul’s most ambitious mixed-use development. Designed by architects Emre Arolat and Murat Tabanlioglu, the Zorlu Center, in... — Wallpaper

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

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.com

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

Outside of sleeping in Istanbul’s iconic Grand Bazaar, the new Raffles is as close as one can get to the city’s great shopping: The lobby connects to the Zorlu Center, a... — Afar Magazine

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Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul

Fatih & Sultanahmet 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In Turkish, Dersaadet means "place of felicity and beauty" -- an appropriate designation for this handsome hotel fashioned in the style of a 19th-century Ottoman house. — Frommer's

Dersaadet means "place of happiness" in Ottoman Turkish and this small, cozy hotel lives up to its name—rooms have an elegant, even plush, feel. — Fodor's

Roughly translated, the Turkish word 'Dersaadet' means 'Place of Happiness' – and you will indeed be happy if you stay here. — Lonely Planet

The Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul is a cozy, upscale property set in a remodeled 19th-century Ottoman-style inn — oyster.com

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Sumahan on the Water

Üsküdar 78 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

One of Istanbul's most talked-about boutique hotels, the recently refurbished Sumahan on the Water hugs the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in the village of Çengelköy. — concierge.com

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

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

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Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel

Beyoglu 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

Situated in central Karakoy, the Vault, a 19th-century former bank, underwent a $40 million restoration before opening as a House Hotel in 2015. The hotel's 63 rooms walk the line between... — Travel + Leisure

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

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Mama Shelter

Beyoğlu 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This slick addition to the city's hotel scene is daringly located on the top three floors of the Demirören shopping mall. — Frommer's

Mama Shelter is a popular choice among younger travellers to Istanbul, offering kooky, Philippe Starck-designed interiors, cheery staff, excellent dining and DJ sets in the bar — The Telegraph

The French Mama Shelter hotels have a new Turkish sibling — Wallpaper

Hip urban crash pad with designer digs by Philippe Starck, cuisine by Michelin-starred chefs and a rooftop bar — Jetsetter

Smack in the middle of Istanbul's entertainment district, the celebrated Philippe Starck–designed Parisian boutique hotel brand presents its first foray outside France. — Fodor's

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Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Beşiktaş & Ortaköy 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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.com

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The Marmara Taksim

Beyoğlu 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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