Bosphorus Hotels in Istanbul

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 of Istanbul, starting with those nearest the city center, then going north up the Bosphorus:

W Hotel

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…

Swissôtel The Bosphorus

Fine Bosphorus views, looking right down on Dolmabahçe Palace, and Nişantaşı shopping is even within walking distance. More…

Conrad Istanbul

Good Bosphorus views from most rooms, but you must take taxis everywhere. More…

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

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. More…


Çırağan Palace at night…

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel

In trendy Ortaköy, within walking distance of the famous Ortaköy Mosque and nearby tea houses, is out of the center, but in a cool location near a ferry dock nonetheless. More…

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul – Bosphorus

The Bosphorus shore branch of the international luxury chain that also operates the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at SultanahmetMore…

Sumahan on the Water

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


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