Istanbul's best waterfront hotels

Istanbul's best waterfront hotels

The Guide Istanbul editorial team
May 28, 2014
  • A'jia
    1/10
  • Çırağan Palace Kempinski
    2/10
  • Shangri-La Bosphorus
    3/10
  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
    4/10
  • The Grand Tarabya Hotel
    5/10
  • Hotel Les Ottomans
    6/10
  • Sumahan on the Water
    7/10
  • M/Y Halas
    8/10
  • House Hotel Bosphorus
    9/10
  • Armaggan Bosporus Suites
    10/10

For those looking to visit Istanbul over the summer when the sun is out and the Bosphorus is gleaming, what better place to stay than a hotel right beside the water? Options in this simultaneously historic and cosmopolitan city are endless, so we’ve put together a list of fabulous hotels all with one key thing in common: waterfront locations with staggering views of the ever-impressive Bosphorus Strait.

Boutique

A’jia

A boutique hotel, with just 16 elegant but contemporary rooms, A’jia is the perfect urban getaway, as well as party or wedding venue. Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı Çubuklu Caddesi No. 27, Kanlıca; P: (0216) 413 93 53

Sumahan on the Water

Contemporary elegance is the perfect way to describe Sumahan on the Water. Located in a restored Ottoman-era alcohol factory on the Asian side of Istanbul, this boutique hotel pairs top-quality amenities with spectacular views. Kuleli Caddesi No. 43, Çengelköy; P: (0216) 422 80 00

The House Hotel Bosphorus 

The House Hotel Bosphorus, where to stay in Istanbul

House Hotel, by the Bosphorus, is a contemporary stand out, with elegant rooms, and a penthouse suite that has a jaw-dropping 180-degree Bosphorus view and wrap around terrace. Salhane Sokak No.1, Ortaköy; P: (0212) 327 77 90

Armaggan Bosporus Suites

The epitome of opulence, Armaggan Bosphorus Suites is a collection of restored waterfront mansions decorated impeccably with Ottoman flare and boasting beyond top-notch guest hospitality, including a boat service from the mansion to the airport and back. Tunç Çıkmazı Sokak, Ortaköy; P: (0212) 227 80 80

Luxurious

Shangri-La Bosphorus

The Shangri-La is perfectly perched along the Bosphorus, has rooms and suites all equipped with luxury facilities, as well as a delectable Chinese restaurant housed within its own walls. Sinan Paşa Mahallesi Hayrettin İskelesi Sokak, Beşiktaş; P: (0212) 275 88 88

Hotel Les Ottomans

Luxury is the key at this boutique hotel. A favorite with international celebrities, Hotel Les Ottomans has only ten suites, each decorated to the highest standard, as well as incredible spa services. Muallim Naci Caddesi No. 68, Kuruçeşme; P: (0212) 359 15 00

Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus

Four Seasons Hotel at the Bosphorus, where to stay in Istanbul

Once a 19th Century Ottoman palace, the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus is now a glorious hotel with a beautiful sprawling garden and pool overlooking the Bosphorus, as well as a luxury spa, and multiple exquisite dining options. Çırağan Caddesi No. 28, Beşiktaş; P: (0212) 381 40 00

The Grand Tarabya

The Grand Tarabya welcomes guests through its doors, in a location practically jutting out into the Bosphorus. With 248 luxury rooms, 30 service apartments, and several other amenities, this hotel is sure to offer guests a pleasurable stay. Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No. 154, Tarabya; P: (0212) 363 33 00

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Bosphorus hotels

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Almost an Istanbul institution, Çırağan, once an Imperial Ottoman Palace, offers guests mesmerizing rooms, a stunning outdoor space including an infinity pool, as well as several fine-dining options. Çırağan Caddesi No. 32, Beşiktaş; P (0212) 326 46 46

Nostalgic

Bebek Hotel

Old, but nostalgic, the Bebek Hotel is a true classic, having earned its place over the years in the heart of Bebek. Enjoy rooms with mesmerizing views and make sure to have a seat at their longstanding bar, visited by Istanbul natives and visitors alike. Cevdetpaşa Caddesi No. 34, Bebek; P: (0212) 358 20 00

M/Y Halas 71

M/Y Halas 71, Bosphorsu hotels, where to stay

Talk about striking views of the Bosphorus, this ‘hotel’ has 360-degree views of the river – mostly because it’s a boat (renovated 1814 passenger ferry), and can cruise directly on the Bosphorus as well as off the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in summer months. The M/Y Halas is the perfect mix of novelty, luxury, and history, which operates as a hotel between October - May. Tokmak Burnu, İstinye; P: + 90 549 334 21 04