The best resorts, retreats and boutique properties on the banks of one of the busiest waterways in the world
Salhane Sokak No1, Ortakoy, Istanbul
With stylish interiors, a terrific location and panoramic views of the straits that divide Asia and Europe, the House Hotel is a fabulous option if you want to experience the best of Istanbul. The 19th-century building has been restored with oak, brass and walnut to create a modern deluxe retreat. Check into one of the top-floor penthouses that let you take in two continents in one glance. The hotel is near the Ortaköy Mosque, and has great food close by.
A 19th-century palace that has been lovingly restored and converted into a hotel, this is for those who want to travel back in time. The Ottoman glory lives on through the beautifully decked walls, and ornate furniture which, the hotel claims, is coated with 18-carat gold leaf. The Deluxe and Palace rooms offer spectacular views of the Bosphorus. But if you’re staying at the standard or superior rooms, you can take in the view from the Boathouse, which has been converted into a restaurant.
A beautiful Ottoman mansion from the 19th century has been converted into a chic boutique hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus. Besides the terrace views from the mezzanine suites, the Philippe Starck baths that you can tumble into straight off the bed can tempt you to stay longer. Add to that the fresh flavours of their Mediterranean cuisine, and you’re in danger of becoming part of the furniture here.
This one sits right across the road from the Bosphorus, but only the top-end rooms and suites get the best views of the waters. However, you can admire the shimmering strait while brunching at The StarBoard Restaurant & Terrace Bar, or watch the lights glow across the town while sipping cocktails at the Cruise Lounge Bar. The hotel also has a Turkish hammam, to complete the experience.
What could you possibly expect from a peach pink palatial hotel? How about a lush private Turkish hammam? Hand-painted arabesques on ceilings? Or the terrace restaurant on the Bosphorus that wraps itself around the hotel. One of the most priceless features of the hotel is the Palace Roof Top Suite–its adjoining terrace curves around to give you a 180-degree view of the Bosphorus, the Maiden Tower, Old Town’s skyline and a sultan’s view of Asia.