Turkey

Hotels in Turkey

As travel to Turkey has boomed in recent years, so too has the number of upscale hotels in Turkey. In Istanbul alone, the luxury accommodation choices include classics like the Jumeriah Pera Palace, a designated "museum hotel" for its vast in-house collection, and the Ciragan Palace, a Kempinski hotel set in a former sultan's palace on the banks of the Bosphorus. Four Seasons has two properties in town—one on the water, the other in a former jail—while newer entries include the stunning Shangri-La Hotel Istanbul, set in a prime riverside location near the ferry stops.
In Cappadocia, travelers looking for unique hotels in Turkey will love the cave hotels located inside the historic cave networks that dot the area. A top choice is the Museum Hotel, where rooms and public spaces—including a beautiful pool area, as well as restaurants and lounges—are decorated with museum-quality art, antiques, furnishings and textiles from the owner's private collection. In seaside Bodrum, you'll find another Kempinski option on Barbaros Bay, as well as Amanruya, a peaceful hillside getaway with a beach club, gourmet dining, and renown spa.

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.

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.

Local and international trendsetters flock to the bar at the 50-room Bentley Hotel, where on weekends lounge music plays well into the night.

Near Bodrum’s crescent-shaped Bardaçi Beach, the hotel is surrounded by the summer mansions of Turkey’s elite (a former prime minister is among them). Its five suites are a mix of rustic textiles, antiques, and indigenous touches (including whisper-light, locally made cotton sheets).

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.

Over the past year we saw the advent of an unlikely trend: the luxury cave hotel. In the hillside village of Uchisar, the site of a thousand-year-old former monastery carved out of the region’s soft volcanic rock face encompasses 33 guest rooms with arched ceilings and hand-carved wall niches.

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Turkey’s elite have long flocked to the southern Aegean resort town of Bodrum for its calm azure seas (great for snorkeling and sailing) and proximity to Lycian, Roman, and Ottoman ruins. The area’s latest addition is EV, a hilltop hotel designed by Turkish architect Eren Talu.

For more than 20 years, Cosmos Yachting has offered charter yacht services in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, including Turkey, Italy, Seychelles, and French Polynesia.

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.

A counterpoint to Istanbul’s historic, grand dame hotels, this 144-room property by the Istanbul-based hotel brand Divan is done in muted colors and blond wood, and it’s best suited to forward-thinking travelers who prefer ease and convenience rather than over-the-top luxury.

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

Room to Book: The Corner rooms with a commanding view of the Bosphorus.

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.