Top 10-Rated Hotels Istanbul
If you are planning to visit Istanbul, Turkey with a lavish and luxurious trip in mind, then don’t even think about forgetting to stay in these High-Class Hotels to make your stay a memorable one!
1- Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet, Istanbul
A must for those, seeking Ottoman atmosphere and history, though you’d never guess, that the hotel is actually a converted 100-year-old prison which was once used to incarcerate writers, artists, and other dissidents. The jail was abandoned in the 1960s and re-opened in the Nineties as a five-star hotel. Clearly, a lot of thoughts went into the hotel conversion to produce an elegant interior that draws on the Ottoman tradition of fine furnishings. Local tiles, marbles, woods and wrought iron blend beautifully with Venetian glass and western modernism to produce a combination of comfort and clean lines that are the hallmark of Istanbul’s east-west influences.
2- Raffles Hotel, Istanbul
Unlike the majority of luxury hotels in Istanbul, Raffles does not pay homage to the city’s bygone Byzantine and Ottoman eras but stands instead as a symbol of a modern, self-confident Turkey. The hotel forms part of the award-winning Zorlu Centre, which comprises an upmarket shopping center and performance venue.. Inside it is quite a different beast, with all the public spaces adorned with an eclectic mix of Turkish and international art. The cavernous lobby, in particular, makes a real statement, with its limpid pools, a giant sculpture in the style of Henry Moore, and massive Neoclassical faience wall panel.
3- Tomtom Suites, Istanbul
This boutique hotel in Istanbul is all about attention to detail. That’s because Tomtom Suites only has 20 rooms, leaving plenty of extra room for personalized service. And guests were able to pick up on this strategy right away. Lodgers loved the staff’s eagerness to provide recommendations and appreciated that any and all inquiries were met with a smile. The large rooms were also a standout, with standard suites starting at 474 square feet. Pillow menus, LCD TVs with DVD players, Nespresso coffee machines, loaner iPads, homemade chocolates, and minibars are just a few of the in-room amenities you can expect to take advantage of during your stay.
4- Shangri-LA Bosphorus
The Shangri-La Istanbul is ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Besiktas, between the Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum, boasting breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait. In all of the 186 spacious rooms and suites, the two restaurants and one bar, and the signature CHI Spa, you will find a tasteful combination of Asian-inspired elements (reflecting the brand’s roots) and Turkish luxury. All rooms come with complimentary high-speed Internet access and many provide exquisite views of the city and the Bosphorus Strait.
5- Sirkeci Mansion
If you want to learn about Turkish history and culture while staying in Istanbul, then consider staying at Sirkeci Mansion. Just steps from the Topkapi Palace Museum and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, this family-owned property prides itself on offering immersive experiences like free Turkish cooking classes and weekly guided walks through the city. Additionally, you’ll have access to complimentary meze (Turkish appetizers) in the hotel’s living room, Turkish baths and Neyzade Restaurant, which serves gourmet regional cuisine. A fitness center, a heated swimming pool, and a sauna are also available on-site. When it’s time to rest, retreat to one of the property’s 32 guest rooms, which feature hardwood floors, floral fabric accents and at least 194 square feet of space. Standard amenities include coffee and tea makers, minibars and free Wi-Fi access.
6- Sumahan on the Water Istanbul.
Formerly an Ottoman-era distillery, this place was converted into an award-winning hotel by its discerning Turkish-American owners. As the hotel is situated on the Asian side of the Bosphorus Strait, guests arrive from Europe in the hotel’s own launch. There can be few finer ways to begin a visit to Istanbul. The hotel is situated in Çengelköy, a pretty village once home to a mixed population of Greeks, Armenians, Jews and other non-Muslim minority groups. It’s renowned for its fish restaurants, some with fabulous views down the Bosphorus to the first suspension bridge and beyond, and Ottoman period, wood-built waterfront mansions known as yalı.
7-Georges Hotel Galata Istanbul
The epitome of the new wave of hip boutique hotels to open in the city’s old European quarter, Georges is a concept hotel that makes the most of the beautiful, 19th-century apartment building from which it is fashioned, yet knows exactly what its discerning clientele want from their accommodation in this vibrant city. Over the last few years, narrow Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi has been transformed from a run-down alley running between the famous Galata Tower and the rather less well-known Anglican Crimean Memorial Church into one of Galata and Beyoğlu’s most fashionable streets, lined with trendy design stores and hip café-restaurants — with just enough semi-derelict, graffiti-embellished 19th-century buildings left to give it some down-at-heel urban chic.
8-Hotel Sultania Istanbul
The Sultania is one of the best hotels in Sirkeci, a characterful district nuzzling-up to the historic core of Istanbul’s old city. Rooms have more than a touch of Ottoman palace opulence about them, and the front of house staff are extremely keen to help guests make the most of their stay in Istanbul. Set on a fairly quiet side street lined with restaurants and hotels, the Sultania is just a few minutes’ walk (uphill) from major sites such as the Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace. It’s even closer to the green splash of Gülhane Park and the Archaeology Museum, whilst the Spice Bazaar, bustling Golden Horn waterfront and landmark Galata Bridge are an engaging stroll away at the foot of the hill. For explorations further afield, the Gülhane T1 tram stop is handily located just a minutes’ walk away.
9-Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
The numerous royals and heads of state staying at the Çırağan Palace are continuing a long tradition: in a previous life, this grandiose property on the European side of the Bosphorus was a residence for sultans. The regal feeling is most pronounced in the Palace suites, whose vaulted ceilings, elegant antiques and textiles evoke the opulence of the Ottoman Era. On-site dining options include Tugra, whose classic Turkish cuisine is considered among Istanbul’s finest. All restaurants and many rooms have astonishing views of the Turkish metropolis and stretch out across the Straits toward Asia.
10-The House Hotel Galatasaray Istanbul
The small but pioneering House group’s first venture into the hotel market occupies a beautifully preserved mansion house in the narrow streets of Çukurcuma, an artsy neighborhood of antique shops and galleries spilling down a steep hillside from the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, İstiklal Caddesi. Set on a narrow side street just a stone’s throw from Nobel-prize winning author Orhan Pamuk’s innovative Museum of İnnocence, the hotel is at the heart of a quarter well-known for its cosmopolitan past and bohemian present. Mixed in amongst the artists’ workshops and galleries, vintage shops, and antique centers are a scattering of hip cafes and restaurants. A five-minute uphill walk brings you onto the city’s premier shopping and entertainment street, İstiklal Caddesi, running through the heart of 24/7 Beyoğlu, crammed with bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and the like.