May 5, 2023

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The 8 Best Hotels in Istanbul


Istanbul, located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is a vibrant city offering a unique blend of history, culture, and cuisine — including its famous kebabs, baklava, and Turkish coffee. For those who want a range of experiences, here are some of our favorite neighborhoods: Beyoğlu is a lively, cosmopolitan district known for its bustling İstiklal Street and vibrant nightlife, Nişantaşı is an upscale, chic neighborhood with luxury boutiques and elegant dining options, the historic Üsküdar area offers picturesque waterfront views and stunning Ottoman architecture, and Moda is a trendy, bohemian neighborhood with a thriving arts scene and fashionable cafes.

1. Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Located on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, this five-star hotel combines Ottoman imperial history with contemporary design. The palace, now a residence, offers 310 rooms and suites, including a 4,900-square-foot presidential suite, all with views of either the Bosphorus or the gardens.

Amenities include four restaurants, a traditional Turkish hammam, an infinity pool, a wellness center, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and concierge services. The property also has event spaces and a ballroom, making it suitable for weddings, events, and conferences.

2. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet - Special Class

Situated in Istanbul's historical district, this five-star hotel is housed in a restored century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. The hotel is within walking distance to landmarks such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace, as well as major business and financial hubs. It offers 65 guest rooms and suites, each with handcrafted furnishings, modern amenities, and views of the surrounding city.

The hotel also features a courtyard garden, on-site eateries, a rooftop terrace, a spa complete with an authentic Turkish hammam, and a gym. Guests will also find a range of personalized services and a dedicated staff.

3. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus

This property, a blend of Ottoman-inspired architecture with modern amenities, offers guests waterfront and garden views and is in close proximity to various historical sites. Highlights include a spa, fitness facilities, and a heated outdoor pool. The guest rooms and suites come complete with private balconies, Turkish motifs, and modern amenities.

The on-site, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant utilizes locally-sourced, fresh ingredients, while the bar offers both handcrafted cocktails and panoramic views of the city and Bosphorus Strait.

4. Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus Istanbul

Sitting on the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, this hotel offers 100 rooms and suites, a spa, a fitness center, and a variety of dining options. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and plush furnishings, while artisanal touches can be found incorporated throughout the property. Highlights include an infinity pool, a range of therapies at the holistic wellness center, and on-site restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

5. Raffles Istanbul

In Istanbul's Zorlu Center, this five-star hotel offers views of the Bosphorus, an impressive art collection, and a contemporary design inspired by the city's rich cultural heritage. Guests will have easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as historical sites such as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

The property offers 181 guest rooms and suites, all with custom furnishings and a wide range of modern amenities. Other amenities include a restaurant, spa, gym, and event spaces suitable for meetings, conferences, and other special events.

6. Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

On the shores of the Bosphorus Strait, this hotel offers views of the city's skyline and the waters that separate Europe from Asia. With a combination of contemporary and traditional Turkish design, the hotel features 186 rooms and suites, many of which come with private terraces. The hotel also offers a variety of modern amenities, handcrafted details like chandeliers, and Turkish artwork. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant offering a fusion of international flavors and Turkish cuisine and a spa.

7. The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is a five-star hotel that offers a range of accommodations, from guest rooms to grand suites, all outfitted with fine furnishings, marble bathrooms, and panoramic views of either the city or the Bosphorus Strait. Amenities include a spa with traditional Turkish hammams, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a fitness center.

The rooftop Mediterranean restaurant features live jazz music and panoramas of the city skyline. The hotel is also near to must-visit cultural landmarks, including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim Square, and the iconic Hagia Sophia. While the concierge team ensures all visitors have access to tailor-made itineraries that include both shopping experiences and dining.

8. The St. Regis Istanbul

This five-star property offers views of the city and a blend of modern design and rich cultural heritage. Guests will have easy access to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions, as well as an Art Deco-themed spa that offers a wide selection of treatments. The on-site restaurant serves a range of both Turkish and international flavors, and guests can choose from several dining venues, including a roof terrace with views of Istanbul.

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