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The 10 Best Hotels in Istanbul

Four Seasons Bosphorus

Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection

HÔTEL LES OTTOMANS

On the banks of the Bosphorus, Hôtel Les Ottomans is a former 18th century Pasha’s mansion, meticulously and extravagantly restored to create a lavish tribute to Istanbul’s Baroque revival.

Decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui, each and everyone of the 10 suites reaches excellence in the art of sophistication. Each combine the luxury of personnalized services with the latest technology including highspeed internet access, laptop computers and private telephone, fax and photocopy facilities. This unique hotel, chosen as the World’s Leading All Suite Hotel & Spa, is an ultimate destination for city breaks, business trips but also for weddings and honeymoons.

The Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa combines modern and traditional bathing and lifestyle supported by the anti-ageing and rejuvenating Caudalie concept. The Hôtel Les Ottomans, Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa is 2,400 square meters, offering outstanding luxury and comfort. Begin your experience lounging in a relaxation room on heated ceramic benches beneath a sparkling dome, then discover the beautifully appointed sea water pool and Jacuzzi, Dead Sea water floating pool, adventure showers, luxury Hammam, salt inhalation Laconium, Fin sauna, ice fountain, meditation oasis and Kneipp basins. You may enjoy traditional massages and body treatments from all corners of the globe including European, Far Eastern and Turkish Hammam therapies.

Apart from the indoor sea water pool in the Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa, Hôtel Les Ottomans also offers an outdoor sea water pool with a generous sundeck overlooking the Bosphorus – a piece of heaven in the midst of Istanbul. The unsurpassed location on the Bosphorus and its specially landscaped Ottoman garden in the background makes this a favorite for summer banquets and weddings.

The restaurant facilities include an outdoor, “Rıhtım”, with a terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. Inside, adjacent to the lobby, the lavishly decorated “Yalıhatun Restaurant” welcomes guests during the colder fall and winter seasons. Also located off the lobby, the “Has Oda” has a private collection of books, offering the perfect lounge space for in-house guests, with several comfortable seating groups and one plasma screen. Here, it is also possible to enjoy breakfeast, tea time or lunch, watching the boats smoothly sail by on the Bosphorus outside.

+90 212 359 1500

Fax: +90 212 359 1540

Muallim Naci Cad. No:68 34345 Kuruçeşme, Istanbul-Türkiye

www.lesottomans.com.tr

KLASSIS RESORT HOTEL

Only forty-five minutes from Istanbul city center in the town of Silivri, Klassis Resort Hotel promises superior service with stunning views over the Sea of Marmara.

Choose from one of 308 elegantly designed rooms, or a self-contained villa complete with garden, terrace and pool view.

Close enough to Istanbul for easy access, yet far enough to escape inner city stress, Klassis Resort Hotel is the ideal choice for business engagements or social events. As well as 21 meeting rooms, the hotel boasts a banquet hall with capacity for 987 guests, and an 8,000-squarefoot amphitheater with capacity for 560 guests and panoramic sea views. So whether you’re planning a small meeting or a grand celebration, Klassis Resort Hotel has it covered.

If you like a refreshing swim or a game of squash, you’ll find the sports facilities second to none. Choose from heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, squash and tennis courts, and even a bowling alley. For blissful pampering, the hotel’s Lavnium Spa & Thalasso Therapy Center brings the miracle of seawater to its treatments. The seawater treatments clean your skin and nourish your body, purifying you from the stress of daily life and promoting physical, mental and spiritual renewal. During your stay, treat yourself to balneotherapy, enjoy a massage, facial or body treatment, relax in the Turkish bath and sauna, or work off some calories in the fitness center.

Only fifteen minutes to Klassis Golf & Country Club…

Golf addicts will love the nearby Klassis Golf & Country Club, the first golf club in Turkey to win PGA certification. Designed by world-ranking golfer Tony Jacklin, the 18-hole championship course has hosted many international tournaments, including the PGA European Challenge Tour, PGA Seniors Tour and European Club Cup Trophy. For carefree transport to and from the club, Klassis Resort Hotel offers free transfers, giving you the perfect mix of city break, golf and luxury living.

Boğaç Yılmaz, General Manager

+90 212 727 4050

Klassis Resort Hotel, Kargaburum Mevkii, 34570 Silivri, Istanbul

www.klassis.com.tr

PER A PALACE HOTEL

Pera Palace Hotel Agatha Restaurant

The Pera Palace Hotel opened in 1895 to provide luxury accommodation for the elite traveling to Istanbul on the newly extended Orient Express.

Restored and re-opened in 2010, this distinguished hotel remains a worthy destination for today’s Elite Traveler. Agatha Christie regularly visited the Pera Palace and was sufficiently inspired to write her bestseller ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Guests have the option to stay in Christie’s favorite room, 411, where her diary was found hidden under the floorboards. The Agatha Christie restaurant pays tribute to three major destinations of the former Orient Express: Paris, Venice and Istanbul, and serves a blend of French, Italian and Turkish cuisine. Executive Chef Maximilian J.W. Thomae produces a new seasonal tasting menu every month. For relaxation, try the new Pera Spa, which offers a traditional Turkish bath of heady scented steams, silky soaps and invigorating body scrubs.

TOP SUITE FRANZ JOSE PH PRESI DENTI AL SUITE

Why we love it: Named after former guest, Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, the suite offers unrivalled views of the Golden Horn. With a personal dressing room and spacious bathroom, living and dining areas, guests will feel like Franz Joseph himself.

  • Square footage: 1200
  • Nightly rate: $4,000

Pinar Kartal Timer, General Manager

+90 212 377 4000

Mesrutiyet Caddesi No. 52 ,Tepebası Beyoglu 34430

www.perapalace.com

ÇIR AĞAN PALACE KEMPINS KI HOTEL

Le Fumior bar

Once the residence of Ottoman Sultans, the Çıragan Palace Kempinski opened as a hotel in 1990.

With its extensive gardens, the Palace is a peaceful oasis in the bustling city. Infused with artwork and creativity, including a ground floor art gallery, garden sculpture gallery, twicemonthly classical music concerts and regular book readings by renowned authors, the Çıragan Palace is as much of a destination as Istanbul. During summer, a unique gourmet barbeque of fresh seafood, lamb, beef and mezze specialities is provided. Cigar lovers will enjoy the outdoor Le Fumoir Bar, where quality cigars are served in handmade humidors and perfectly complemented with premium cognacs and quality malts. Çıragan Palace is a prime location for elite events: the ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 guests and there are exhibition spaces for up to 300 and three private dining rooms.

TOP SUITE SULTAN SUITE

Why we love it: On the second floor of this historical palace, the Sultan Suite guarantees discretion, with its own entrance, reception and a lounge where guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary high afternoon tea, drinks and canapés in the utmost privacy. There are two large bedrooms with 65-inch LCD TVs, a kitchenette, dining area for 12 and two bathrooms. The Imperial-style furniture is Turkish and matches the suite’s colossal doors, ornate fireplaces and chandeliers. Replica Fausto Zonaro paintings are illuminated by 5.7 meter (18.7 foot) floor-to-ceiling windows. Ask your butler to run you a bath in the grand master bathroom with its handmade marble hamam, private steam room, rain shower and gold plated crystal faucets. Then float to sleep on the master bedroom’s air bed. The King of Spain, Juan Carlos II, and his wife Queen Sofia not to mention Bill Clinton have all stayed here.

  • Square footage: 4,000
  • Nightly rate: $40,700

Henri Blin, General Manager

+90 212 326 4646

Çıragan Caddesi 32, Besiktas, 34349

www.kempinski-istanbul.com

FOUR SEASONS AT THE BOSPHORUS

Four Seasons Bosphorus

The serene location of the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus, with 623 feet of private waterfront, more than compensates for the 15-minute drive to the city center.

From May to October lounge beside the 90-foot outdoor pool with uninterrupted views of the Bosphorus and enjoy light refreshments from the Pool Bar and Grill. On warm summer evenings dine on Fabio Brambilla’s mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes at the Aqua restaurant’s marble terrace, overlooking immaculate gardens and elegant fountains. The hotel boasts a high-tech fitness center where each machine is furnished with a LCD touch-screen television. The spa has ten treatment rooms including a private spa suite for two, men’s and women’s hamams and a sky-lit indoor pool. In-room massage and spa services are available.

TOP SUITE ATIK PASHA SUITE

Why we love it: Located on the second floor of the historic palace building the Atik Pasha Suite offers elegant high ceilings and unrivalled views of the Bosphorus Strait. The refined interior design combines calming beiges and creams with deep-blue, terracotta and copper accents. Bespoke fabrics and mahogany furniture are complemented with splashes of Ottoman ornamentation. The private dining room for ten, kitchenette, private bar and guest powder room make the Atik Pasha the perfect suite for entertaining. There is a spectacular marble bathroom including a steam room, small Turkish bath and rain shower.

  • Square footage: 4,057
  • Nightly rate: $35,580

Leonardo Baiocchi, General Manager

+90 212 381 4000

Çırağan Cad. No. 28, Beşiktaş, 34349

www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus

FOUR SEASONS SULT ANAHMET

A stunning example of neoclassical architecture, it is hard to believe that Four Seasons Sultanahmet was once a bleak Ottoman jailhouse for intellectual dissidents.

Located on Tevkifhane Sokak, ‘Jailhouse Street’, the Sultanahmet still bears the inscription Dersaadet Cinayet Tevkifhanesi, ‘Capital City Murder Jail’, on its main gate. The prison exercise yard has been reincarnated as an immaculate hotel courtyard with an elegant Seasons Restaurant glass pavilion serving afternoon tea. Just a stone’s throw away from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Four Seasons Sultanahmet is situated at the very heart of the city. A boutique hotel with only 65 guest rooms, the spa is exclusively for guests and has separate men’s and women’s saunas.

TOP SUITE MARMARA SUITE

Why we love it: The Marmara Suite’s three private terraces present exceptional views of the historic city center. The suites high angled ceilings offer space to breath away from the bustling streets. The living room has a beautiful fireplace, 42-inch plasma screen TV and a writing desk. At the end of the day enjoy a relaxing meal in the suites private dining area before soaking in the bubbling whirlpool tub. The luxurious marble bathroom is replete with a steam shower and a 15-inch LCD television.

  • Square footage: 1,397
  • Nightly rate: $8,540

Felix Murillo, General Manager

+90 212 402 3010

Tevkifhane Sokak No. 1, Sultanahmet-Eminönü, 34110

www.fourseasons.com/istanbul

W HOTEL ISTANBUL

W Hotel prides itself on its whatever/whenever® service, and the first W Hotel in Europe continues to deliver.

Located in the center of the historic Akaretler Row Houses, a hip and trendy district, the W Hotel offers 136 guest rooms and speciality suites, equipped with everything you need to stay connected, with a cool east-meets-west vibe. Guests can also take advantage of a personal chauffeured shopping service to the boutiques and up-and-coming designer shops of Istanbul. SWEAT® is the hotel’s fully equipped, 700-square foot fitness center and for a customized workout you can hire a personal trainer then indulge at Frederic’s, the in-house restaurant providing classic gastronomy. And if you’d like some pampering after a hard day’s sightseeing, look no further than the W Day Spa with its tempting range of massages and facials.

TOP SUITE EXTREME WOW

Why we love it: Entertain guests in the suite’s intimate dining room and then soak in the Jacuzzi on the private terrace. If you are longing for a quiet evening simply pick your favorite film from the extensive media library and recline with a munchie-box in front of the 42-inch LCD TV. There are 350 threadcount linens and a goosedown duvet on the deluxe master bed. The classic Ottoman style master bathroom has both a rainforest shower and an oversized bathtub, together with Bliss bathroom amenities.

  • Square footage: 1,830
  • Nightly rate: $5,540

James Gancos

+90 212 381 2121

Suleyman Seba Caddesi No.22 Akaretler, Beşiktaş 34357

www.wistanbul.com.tr

TOMTOM SUITES

LU XURY SUITE WITH TERRACE, TOMTOM SUITES

Once the home of Franciscan nuns this 1850s building now houses the sumptuous Tomtom Suites.

Overlooking Beyoglu, the banks of the Golden Horn and Sultanahmet, this is the perfect accommodation for mixing business and pleasure. The welcoming concierge desk will organize your cleaning, and provides 24-hour room service and airport transportation, while La Mouette restaurant is an excellent place to unwind and indulge. Pick from a broad selection of local cheeses and tasty tapas served with fine wines and cocktails from a generous drinks menu. On the Tomtom terrace, watch the sun set over a skyline of domes and minarets. To learn more about Istanbul’s historical and cultural legacy visit the hotel library, where there is also a fine collection of jazz and classical music. Tomtom is known for its attention to detail and its dedication to ‘younique’ individualized service.

TOP SUITE LUXURY SUITE WITH TERRACE

Why we love it: An expansive terrace offers fantastic views of the Marmara Sea and Topkapi Palace on both sides of the suite. Adorned with Carrara marble and equipped with underfloor heating, the exquisite bathroom is a modern interpretation of a traditional Turkish hamam. Invigorate yourself under the rain shower, or luxuriate in the generous Jacuzzi. There is a separate living room, fully furnished kitchenette and 24-hour room service. This suite can be joined with a junior suite.

  • Square footage: 1,200
  • Nightly rate: $950

Celal Bıyıklıoğlu, General Manager

+90 212 292 4949

Boğazkesen Caddesi, Tomtom Kaptan Sokak No. 18, Beyoğlu 34413

www.tomtomsuites.com

RIT Z-CARLT ON

Ritz carlton suite

Synonymous with luxury and style, enjoy an elegant afternoon tea in the Ritz-Carlton’s lobby lounge, decorated in sea green, cream and gold, while listening to a sophisticated grand piano and violin duo.

For dinner try the hotel’s à la carte Çintemani Restaurant, which regularly hosts international food festivals and offers diners fine Mediterranean cuisine. VIP guests can dine in absolute privacy in the winter garden dining room, which seats up to 16 guests. The Ritz-Carlton Bar boasts Istanbul’s largest collection of fine single malt whiskies, while its dark wooden paneling and live music create the ambiance of a traditional English private club. Try the delectable Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne, the perfect accompaniment to cinnamon scented cheesecake, caramelized apples and blackberry compote. For business visitors, the Ritz-Carlton offers 25,866 square feet of conference and meeting space.

TOP SUITE RITZ-CARLT ON SUITE

Why we love it: The décor of the suite is inspired by the Ottoman Empire. Interior designer Sinan Kafadar uses a tulip motif, which was a symbol of wealth in the Ottoman court. Tulips adorn the suite’s handcrafted woven fabrics, bed coverings and draperies. There is a goldplated king-size feather bed with sumptuous linens for guests’ ultimate comfort. The suite is extensive and has a kitchenette, dining room and living room, separate parlor and separate butler’s entrance. A decadent Jacuzzi is surrounded by windows with superb views over Istanbul and the Bosphorus. There is a twice-daily maid service and state-of-the-art entertainment facility, including an interactive flat screen TV. VIP guests have access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge located on the 12th floor where complimentary light refreshments – from continental breakfast to late night cocktails are served five times a day.

  • Square footage: 2,600
  • Nightly rate: $8,800

Mr Martin Kleinmann, General Manager

+90 212 334 4444

Süzer Plaza, Elmadag, Askerocagi Cad. No: 15 Sisli 34367

www.ritzcarlton.com

SUMAHAN ON THE WATER

Originally an Ottoman raki distillery, this 19th century industrial complex has been transformed into a luxury hotel.

Owned by prominent Istanbul architects Mark and Nedret Butler, the renovation has been a family project as their daughter Yasha designed the sleek interiors. Although the makeover was dramatic, the historical integrity of the building has been maintained. Each room has been individually designed to showcase the original architectural features. Enjoy refreshments on the peaceful waterfront lawn, sample seafood in Kordon, the hotel’s restaurant or take a private excursion on the hotel’s own launch. Sumahan is located just outside Çengelköy, a village of wooden houses, fish restaurants and seaside promenades – and only a 15-minute boat ride from downtown Istanbul.

TOP SUITE EXECUTIVE SUITE

Why we love it: The ever-changing image of the Bosphorus under the shimmering Istanbul light is subtly reflected in the designer’s use of blues, purples and grays. Like portholes in a ship, a series of windows running the length of this suite capture bold snapshots of the river’s expanse. With a fireplace in the living room, luxury Turkish towels and a Hammam-style bathroom, a warm comfortable stay is ensured. The suite can be adjoined to a deluxe room.

  • Square footage: 590
  • Nightly rate: $764

Ms Tuba Tekeli, General Manager

+90 216 422 8000

Kuleli Caddesi no. 51, Çengelköy, 34684

www.sumahan.com