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The 10 Best Places to Stay in Istanbul

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Istanbul: where East meets West.

This quintessentially Eastern city, divided by the Bosphorus, with Europe one side and Asia on the other, is a throbbing metropolis with incredible views. 

Boasting traditional bazaars and mosques, alongside smart hotels and stand-out bars and restaurants, it’s the ideal spot for a romantic weekend break. 

Here, SL’s Travel Expert, Jeannette Arnold, runs through the 10 best hotels to suit all budgets... 

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus 

Situated in one of Istanbul's trendiest and most beautiful coastal neighbourhoods, this former 19th-century Ottoman palace has been transformed into a luxurious sanctuary. Guests can experience a signature Hammam treatment at the hotel spa or relax by the outdoor pool in quiet respite from the bustle of the city.



Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet  

This luxury retreat in Istanbul's oldest district sits by the mystic waters of the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus. Eat dinner on the rooftop terrace with a delicious five-course menu created by Executive Chef Savaş Aydemir, as you enjoy awe-inspiring sunset views over the Old Town, taking in major landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. 



Soho House Istanbul

Housed in a 19th-century palazzo and already a firm A-list favourite, the latest addition to the Soho House Group offers sweeping poolside views of the Old City. The stunning bedrooms boast vast windows and seriously slick décor. 



Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

Located in the chic Taksim district with striking views of the Bosphorus, this former Foreign Affairs palace offers the largest spa in Europe. Its interiors remain inspired by Ottoman architecture, with each floor named after a Sultan of the Empire. The rooms are decorated according to their view (think blue for the sea and green textures overlooking the garden) and there’s an impressive on-site library to check out. 



Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

The numerous royals and heads of state choosing to say at the Ciragan Palace are continuing a long tradition: this grandiose property on the European side of the Bosphorus was once a residence for Sultans. The regal feeling is most pronounced in the Palace suites, where vaulted ceilings, elegant antiques and ornate textiles evoke the opulence of the Ottoman era. Guest rooms overlook either the sea or Yildiz Park, formerly a royal hunting forest.

On-site dining options include Tugra, whose classic Turkish cuisine is considered among Istanbul’s finest (the terrace is a favourite spot for romantic meals). All of the hotel’s restaurants and many of the rooms have sweeping views of the Turkish metropolis, stretching out across the Straits towards Asia. We recommend booking your stay via Leading Hotels of the World. 



Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Since opening in 1895, Pera Palace has enjoyed a rich literary history. Agatha Christie is said to have written Murder on the Orient Express while staying in Room 411 and Ernest Hemingway was a loyal patron of the famed Orient Bar.



The House Hotel Nisantasi

Super-stylish, slick and ultra-modern, this design hotel is perched above Prada in one of Istanbul’s most sought-after areas, with designer shops, bars, restaurants and Art Deco buildings galore. 



The House Hotel Galatasaray

This restored 19th-century Ottoman mansion in the heart of the historic Cukurcuma district is nestled among galleries, antique shops and cafes aplenty.