You know about Istanbul’s amazing history, but do you know where to stay during your visit? Here are some expertly selected hotels that we love. Listen to us and your trip to this Middle Eastern city will be unforgettable in every aspect.
Terzihane Sok. No:7 Sultanahmet, Fatih
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.
Tesvikiye Cad. No:41/A Nisantasi, Sisli
The Sofa has got lots going for it – extremely comfortable rooms packed with amenities, a spa... and the fashionable Longtable restaurant – but what makes this place truly distinctive is its service.
Akbiyik Caddesi, No:10
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.
Ciragan Cad. No. 28
While the new Four Seasons definitely rivals the Kempinski in opulence and service, it stops short of outshining its neighbor.
Bronz Sok. No:4 Tesvikiye, Sisli
You’ll find no more glamorous neighborhood than Nisantasi, with its Parisian-style cafés, recession-be-damned boutiques, and now a suitably posh hotel.
Defterdar Yokusu No:26 Cihangir, Beyoglu
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.
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, No:52
This opulent 115-room luxury hotel in Beyoglu is a historic icon dating back to 1895.
Teyfikhane Sok No 1 Sultanahmet
Set in the heart of Sultanahmet... this property’s century-old Neoclassical building and manicured garden courtyard have hosted hotel guests since 1996.
Kuleli Cad. No:51 Cengelkoy, Uskudar
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.
W Istanbul 88
Suleyman Seba Cad. No: 22
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.
Ciragan Caddesi 32
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.
Ajia Hotel 85
Cubuklu Cad. Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi No:27 Kanlica, Beykoz
The contemporary design of this sleek and stylish romantic getaway carries this traditional Ottoman yali into the 21st century.