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.
The Grand Hyatt Hotel near Taksim Square in Istanbul has a lot going for it. With 360 luxury rooms, suites, and apartments, two restaurants, a Gaia Spa & Fitness Centre, a tennis court, Turkish bath, and arguably the best pool in the city.
Turkey’s first 5-star hotel is a 499-room complex surrounded by lush gardens in the heart of the city. Set on the European side of the Bosphorus, the 56-year-old hotel is walking distance to lively Taksim Square and shopping district Nisantasi.
Istanbul’s lyrical qualities find literal manifestation at the Hotel Poem on the southern edge of the historic neighborhood Sultanahmet.
The seven-suite, boutique MiSafir Suites is located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. The hotel is housed inside a repurposed historic building, and the original façade encloses an updated, ornate interior with basalt floors and marble accents.
Simple but chic 20-room hotel set amid olive groves outside the charming village of Yalikavak.
Sandwiched between the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, this hotel complex consists of nine pastel-colored clapboard buildings along a narrow, cobblestoned street closed to traffic.
Don't be fooled by its modest stone façade. The newest hotel to arrive in Alaçati, the Istanbul elite's getaway on the Aegean Sea, does away with the area's quaint cookie-cutter aesthetic in favor of character and verve.
No neighborhood in Istanbul exudes more European chic than Nisantisi. The Sofa Hotel is a prime example. Designed by renowned Turkish architect Sinan Kafadar, the 82 guest rooms contain a minimalist mix of light hardwood, marble, chrome, and strategic splashes of pomegranate red.
A stylish hotel with 10 crisp, airy rooms; book those with Golden Horn views.
On a peninsula with its share of opulent villas and over-the-top resorts, Maçakizi (pronounced mahcha-kiz-uh) is a standout, the sexiest hotel in all of Bodrum.
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.
The W doesn’t have staff, it has insiders (that’s really the title on their business cards). Flanked by designer boutiques and minutes away from the Dolmabahçe Palace, the W’s décor—aquamarine lighting, gleaming chrome, slick surfaces—is equal parts neo-Ottoman and neo–Stanley Kubrick.
Built in the style of a seaman's manor, the hotel evokes the town's quaint traditional architecture with its stone walls and an olive tree–shaded courtyard. But the real treat is the attentive staff, known to leave flowers on your balcony.
22 rustic-chic rooms in the shadow of a Byzantine fortress.