Top Luxury Hotels, Istanbul

Here’s Istanbul’s luxury lodging line-up, in alphabetical order.

To go from the airport to your hotel, reserve a value-priced private airport transfer to the hotel in a Mercedes-Benz vehicle that costs only slightly more than a taxi, and significantly less than two taxis (which you’ll need if you have 4 or more people and/or lots of luggage), and far safer, more pleasant, comfortable and trustworthyMore…

A’jia Hotel

This small 16-room ultra-luxury boutique hotel is actually a restored Ottoman yalı (Bosphorus waterfront mansion) in the town of Kanlıca on the Bosphorus. Though the atmosphere recalls the charm of Ottoman times, the guest rooms are chic modern, and the views from the restaurant are spectacular. The drawback? It’s 14 miles (23 km) north of the city center, thus good for a restful retreat, but not so good for daily downtown sightseeing. More…

Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul

Asymmetrical high-rise looming above Taksim Park with central location and good views. More…

Çirağan Palace Kempinski Hotel Istanbul

Right on the Bosphorus shore next to a restored Ottomanpalace, but distant from most other attractions. Only half the rooms have Bosphorus views. More…

Conrad Istanbul

Modern hotel with good Bosphorus views, easy access by taxi to business districts but farther from tourist sights. More…

Divan Istanbul Hotel

Old-style ultra-smooth personal service in a smaller, recently-renovated hotel with the highest standards near Taksim Square, next to the Grand Hyatt and Ceylan InterncontinentalMore…

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul – Sultanahmet

Best location for sightseeing: historic building right in Sultanahmet, steps from Hagia SophiaSultanahmet (Blue) MosqueTopkapı Palace, and the Hippodrome. No Bosphorus views from the guest rooms, or swimming pool (coming soon), but the ultra-posh place closest to the sights. More…

Four Seasons Hotel – Bosphorus

An Ottoman-era building right on the Bosphorus flanked by modern accommodations, all in its own compound right on the shore. More…

The Marmara Taksim Hotel

Right in the middle of Taksim Square, next to Atatürk Cultural Center and shops and nightlife along Beyoğlu‘s İstiklal Caddesi. Good views all around. More…

Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Fine mod-Ottoman building with a nice swimming pool, good location near Taksim Square and Nişantaşı shopping and nightlife, also near the Convention Center, next to the Divan Istanbul Hotel and Ceylan Intercontinental. Few views, though. More…

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

Grande dame of Istanbul hotels set in 5+ hectares (13 acres) of hilltop gardens, fine views, great pool, 10-minute walk to Taksim or Nişantaşı shopping and nightlife, right next to the Convention Center. More…

Pera Palace Hotel

The Constantinople classic built for the passengers on the Orient Express, newly renovated, in the heart of renascent Beyoğlu at TepebaşıMore…

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Istanbul‘s luxury high-rise between Taksim and Dolmabahçe (unpleasant walk to each) is something of an eyesore in this location. Pool, some good views, but the best views are from leased apartments on top, not from the guest rooms. More…

Swissôtel The Bosphorus

Excellent Bosphorus views (overlooking Dolmabahçe Palace), smooth service, 15-minute walk to Nişantaşı shopping and nightlife, but mostly you’ll travel by taxi. More…

More Hotel Possibilities

These fine hotels provide all comforts and facilities, but most of them are some distance from Old Istanbul and its must-see sights. The Old City has a number of fine boutique hotels offering similar comforts, some of the same facilities, and far more convenient locations, than many of the top international chain hotels. Look here…


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