Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. A transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, Istanbul has plenty to offer to aspiring globe-trotters. Below we present the finest hotels of 2018 in Istanbul, hand-picked by our lifestyle team.
5. Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas
Istanbul’s posh Nişantaşı district is teeming with trendy bars and restaurants, upscale shopping, exciting nightlife, and iconic attractions. Here you can spend your days discovering the history of the Hagia Sophia and reveling in the beauty of the Blue Mosque, and then retire to the historic Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas in the heart of Istanbul.
Address – Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak No. 4 Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey, 34367
Website – Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas
4. Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Being the only Ottoman Imperial Palace and Hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the city and reflects the ultimate luxury of a genuine Ottoman Palace. With a total of 310 rooms, including 279 rooms and 20 suites in the main hotel section and 11 suites in the imperial palace section the hotel’s restaurants & bars, offer a blissful culinary experience. Beyond all the Spa facilities, a favorite is the winter heated infinity outdoor pool, which gives you the feeling of floating on the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is the only hotel in Istanbul accessible by car, yacht and helicopter.
Address – Ciragan Caddesi 32, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey
Website – Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
3. Raffles Istanbul
Located on the European side of the city in the Beşiktaş district, Raffles Istanbul has excellent transport links to everywhere from the Old Town to the Bosphorus, allowing guests to fully experience everything Istanbul has to offer. With its numerous bars and restaurants, the hotel offers a variety of choices from casual dining to world-class gastronomy such as Rocca Restaurant serving mediterranean tastes and the legendary Long Bar with its lively and energetic atmosphere welcoming guests alike for drinks, light bites and conversation.
Address – Levazım Mahallesi Koru Sokağı Zorlu Center, 34340 Beşiktaş, Turkey
Website – Raffles Istanbul
2. Shangri-La Bosphorus
An enchanting retreat in the Capital of Empires and ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Besiktas, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul offers breath-taking views of the Bosphorus Strait. Each of the 186 spacious chandelier-accented rooms and suites provides a relaxed luxury haven to call home just minutes from Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace and the Maritime Museum.
Address – Sinanpaşa Mahallesi, Hayrettin İskelesi Sk. D:No.1, 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Website – Shangri-La Bosphorus
1. The St. Regis Istanbul
Taking residence at the Nisantasi district, Istanbul’s most vibrant neighborhood, the modernist Art Deco-influenced St. Regis Istanbul features exceptional services and world-class facilities at Istanbul’s best address. The St. Regis Istanbul is the ideal luxury hotel in Istanbul, forming a focal point for cosmopolitan Turkish and international society. Savor epicurean flavors at Spago, the first international venue of the Beverly Hills phenomenon by master chef Wolfgang Puck or at St. Regis Brasserie. Last but not least, the most exciting luxury fashion brands, the best art galleries, restaurants and events, are all mere minutes from the hotel.
Address – Harbiye Mahallesi, Mim Kemal Öke Cd. No 35, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
Website – The St. Regis Istanbul