The historic mosques, minarets and bazaars mix with a confident, modern and even fashionable scene in the city where east meets west. The buildings around Sultanahmet and the Old City are truly awe-inspiring, and there are some wildly evocative views to be had of the Bosphorus River. These couple with truly world class restaurants and bars.

Accommodation in Istanbul

Billed as a ‘holiday village’, this is a really family friendly place, with 450 rooms leading down to a sandy private beach. There are all the facilities you would expect to keep kids safe and entertained, as well as lush landscaped gardens to relax around.

A small high-end chain of hotels in Galatasaray, Nisantasi and Bosphorus, they are all built into period buildings, dating back as far as the mid 19th century. The small number of rooms in each (the biggest has 44) are all design-focused, and there’s an atmosphere of assured luxury in each of them.

Part of the Jumeirah chain, this grand property has 83 deluxe rooms that overlook the beauty of the Golden Horn. The period, 19th century exterior has been welcoming guests for well over 100 years, and the rooms are the last word in elegance in the capital. It is a designated ‘museum hotel’.

Overlooking a beautiful peninsula in wonderful Bodrum, the Kempinski Barbaros Bay has everything you could need for a sophisticated getaway. A private beach with access to water sports, a lovely indoor pool and a prime spot in the ‘St Tropez of Turkey’.

Not many hotels are former prisons, still fewer this good looking. The grand neo-classical building has just 65 rooms, making it one of the more intimate Four Seasons. Marble and tile dominate the interiors, and the opulence of the place is mirrored in the superb rooms.

The property, set in a refurbished 19th-century building, has all the luxury bells and whistles–including a heated waterfront pool, a chic terrace restaurant, a 22,605-square-foot spa, and 170 airy, high-ceilinged rooms decorated in a hushed palette of cream, russet, and gold. If you like a sleek, understated aesthetic to a wildly ornate one, this property […]

Some of the best views of the Bosphorus River can be had from this spectacularly-located property, a boutique hotel with just 16 rooms. The feeling of exclusivity permeates the entire building, especially at the restaurant, which is highly regarded.

There’s a sense of timeless elegance at this classic hotel, the building for which dates back to 1847. Marble staircases and custom crafted wooden furniture make for classy interiors and the 40 individually-appointed rooms are flawless. Truly an oasis of quiet luxury in the midst of Istanbul’s busy centre. The sun collectors on the roofs […]

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