Istanbul hotels worthy of emperors

Not Constantinople.

by Rashmi Chugani

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.

Ibrahim Pasha Hotel 92

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.

- The Telegraph

The Sofa Hotel 80

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.

- Lonely Planet

Hotel Empress Zoe 84

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.

- Lonely Planet

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

- Concierge

Park Hyatt Istanbul - Macka Palas 85

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.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Witt Istanbul Suites 86

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.

- Afar Magazine

Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah 91

Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, No:52

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

- Oyster

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet 85

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.

- Travel + Leisure

Sumahan on the Water 85

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.

- Fodor's

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.

- DK Eyewitness

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

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.

- Frommer's

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