Istanbul

Hotels in Istanbul

Istanbul's hotels have come a long way in the last decade. Luxury chain outposts have taken hold (think Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Kempinski, and more), centrally located boutique hotels are cropping up, and traditional properties such as the Pera Palace, with its views of the Golden Horn, have been renovated. It's essential to choose a hotel in a neighborhood that best suits your needs. Those in the Old City, Sultanahment, have great access to the major historical sites, but limited restaurant and nightlife options. Plus, salesmen flood the streets here, making your stay more stressful than it need be. You'll find more modern and luxury digs, most offering some type of shuttle service, across the Bosphorus; the views from here are spectacular. One of the best hotels in Istanbul is the opulent Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, set in an Ottoman palace built by Sultan Abdulaziz. The property straddles two neighborhoods, Ortakoy and Besiktas. With three restaurants, an over-the-top hammam, a beautiful pool area, and large, contemporary rooms done in jewel tones, there's plenty to keep you busy.

By the late 1970s, this former manor of a prominent Ottoman official was in such a state of decay that it was demolished and rebuilt from scratch.

Nestled in a protected bend of the Bosphorus, Bebek is perhaps the most exclusive neighborhood in the city, with luxurious apartments running up the hills above the shore.

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.

Set in the heart of Sultanahmet—a few minutes' walk from Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace—this property’s century-old Neoclassical building and manicured garden courtyard have hosted hotel guests since 1996.

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

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.

Twenty-one soundproof rooms are available by the night or by the hour ($140) in this hotel’s bland but comfortable Departures Terminal wing (additional rooms are available in a second wing of the hotel, connected via shuttle to the International Arrivals Terminal, where the fitness center and res

Istanbul’s lyrical qualities find literal manifestation at the Hotel Poem on the southern edge of the historic neighborhood Sultanahmet.

Visitors to Sultanahmet might believe Mavi Ev (blue house) had absorbed its color from the adjacent Blue Mosque. Although the 26-room guest house is decorated in traditional Ottoman tiles, carpets, and stained glass, it includes most modern amenities.

The Ritz-Carlton features 244 Ottoman-inspired rooms and suites across 34 floors of the city’s tallest skyscraper, as well as 2,403 square meters of meeting and conference space to appeal to the business traveler.

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.

To stay in the center of it all, try the Marmara Pera, which hosts Mikla, one of Istanbul’s chicest restaurants, on its top two floors. Mikla’s creations, by star Turkish chef Mehmet Gürs, fuse local and Scandinavian flavors—and the view is one of the most breathtaking in the city.

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.