Sumahan on the Water is a unique hotel, located in a restored Ottoman-era alcohol factory on the Bosphorus waterfront in Çengelköy on the Asian side of the city. This is an intimate and elegant boutique hotel with just 24 rooms, each with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. The hotel has an interesting history, as the original factory was built in the mid-19th century to produce suma, the spirit used to make rakı. Unlike most water-front properties in the city, Sumahan has remained in the same family for generations, and was lovingly restored by the Turkish-American owners, architects Nedret and Mark Butler and their architect son Yaşa, who wanted to create a quiet retreat away from the hectic pace of the city.
Although this is a historic building, the furnishings of the hotel are very modern with touches of Turkish details, such as contemporary carpets from Ethnicon and hamam-like decor in bathrooms. There is a Wellness Center with a Turkish Bath and gym with massage services available including Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and more. The Waterfront Cafe is available for drinks as well as dining, while the hotel also houses Kordon, one of Istanbul's finest seafood restaurants. Scheduled complimentary boat transfers to the European side are available and airport transfers can be arranged, one of the many ways in which Sumahan on the Water provides the highest quality of service.
Sumahan "On the Water" Spa
Hotels in Istanbul: Definitely more than just a warm bed; by Talya Arditi