A view of the Bosphorus from
the hotel room is a dream many visitors
to Istanbul may have. It's a worthy
dream: watching the huge ships, the
yachts, the fishing boats pass.
But it comes at a price, and it's
not just five-star room rates. Istanbul's
morning and evening rush-hour
traffic is intense, and you may spend several
hours of your sightseeing time in taxis going
to and from your hotel.
If your chosen hotel is near a ferry
dock, that's much better, as the Bosphorus is wide enough to avoid boat jams.
Here are the best hotels on
the Bosphorus north
starting with those nearest the city
center, then going north up the Bosphorus.
Renovated architecturally-significant buildings very near Dolmabahçe Palace are now a posh hotel. Some things are fairly handy, others are more difficult to get to. More...
Fine Bosphorus views,
looking right down on Dolmabahçe
Palace, and Nişantaşı shopping
is even within walking distance. More...
Good Bosphorus views
from most rooms, but you must take
taxis everywhere. More...
Modern, next to a rebuilt Ottoman palace
right on the Bosphorus shore. A status address, but
only half the rooms have good views,
all are surprisingly expensive,
traffic can be a challenge.
Çırağan Palace at night...
In trendy Ortaköy,
within walking distance of the
Ortaköy Mosque and
nearby tea houses, is out of
the center, but in a cool location
near a ferry dock nonetheless. More...
The Bosphorus shore branch of the
international luxury chain that
also operates the Four
Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet. More...
A boutique hotel in a historic building with spectacular views of the city—but you must cross the Bosphorus each time you want to visit the city. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan