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.
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.
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.
Turkbuku is a celeb-spotting and paparazzi hub where the nightlife and flamboyant beach parties are often compared to those in St.-Tropez.
The Ajia Hotel, a waterfront property in Kanlica, Istanbul, is housed in an 1870s Ottoman mansion. The intimate hotel’s 16 rooms and suites are elegant but minimalist—with platform beds, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and Bosporus views.
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.
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.
Dedicated to the ancient Hittite goddess Kybele, this boutique hotel in Sultanahmet presents a lavish, jewel-box like interior design highlighted by antique carpets and furniture, red and gold walls, curios, and more than 2,000 colored-glass candle lamps hanging from the ceilings.
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.
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.
The six-bedroom villa in Bodrum is a Mediterranean-style estate with a pool, on the grounds of a working farm.
The 95 rooms on a steep hill with views of the bay have either ground-floor terraces or sunny balconies.
Room to Book: Corner rooms have balconies looking over the Bodrum Bay.
Doubles from $390.