The 10 Best Hotels in Istanbul

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If you’re going to be traveling to Istanbul this summer, without a doubt, take in some of the cultural and historical tourist attractions that are in abundance in the city. Istanbul was nominated by the European Union as the Capital of Culture in 2010. Since then, there has been a growth in cultural projects – giving travelers plenty to see and experience.  There’s much to absorb in this fascinating city as well as some great restaurants.  Before

you go to Istanbul, be sure to book your hotel ahead of time.  Istanbul is packed with tourists in the summer since it has become one of the most visited cities in the world.  Best advice for the senior traveler is to book your hotel early.  The following is a list of the 10 best hotels in Istanbul.

If a 5 star luxury hotels is within your budget, the following are the top hotels to consider and perfect for the mature traveler.  They get rave reviews from hotel guests, know how to please and keep guests in true comfort:

1)  The Four Seasons Bosphorus

The Four Seasons Bosphorus has superior service and very chi-chi décor in a palatial setting situated right on the shores of the Bosphorus. This hotel was once a palace of the Ottoman’s.  The Four Seasons Bosphorus has been renovated into a luxury hotel.  The gardens, the Spa, swimming pool and dining facilities are truly magnificent.  Airport transfers are available.  One and two bedroom suites are available.  It was nominated by TripAdvisor as one of the top 25  luxury hotels in Istanbul.  Located at Çırağan Cad. No. 28.

2)  The Ritz Carlton

The Ritz Carlton, a very familiar name to most of us,  is a hotel chain known throughout the world for décor, leisure services and dining experiences. This luxury boutique hotel is located at Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6, 34367 Elmadag in the Sisli neighborhood of Istanbul.  This Ritz Carlton in Istanbul offers 22 suites, 57 Club Level rooms and one suite.  For first class dining, there is the Çintemani Restaurant and the Bleu Lounge & Grill with music in the evenings.  Catch afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge with great views of the strait of the Bosphorus.  Treat yourself to a luxury spa treatment in their Turkish style hamam Open Air Spa.  There is also a fitness center where you can keep up your fitness routine.

3) The InterContinental Istanbul

InterContinental Istanbul at Asker Ocagi Caddesi No. 1 , in the Taksim neighborhood of Istanbul provides great views of the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus from 80% of their hotel rooms.  You’ll find exclusive pampering at their spa and Turkish hamam.  Staff is wonderful and provides a very professional service. For dining and entertainment, the InterContinental offers the City Lights Restaurant and Bar on the rooftop terrace with splendid views of the Bosphorus.  Dine on traditional Turkish cuisine in the Saffron restaurant and also at the Veranda Restaurant and Lounge.   This hotel is complete luxury.

4)  The Sofa Hotel and Residences

The Sofa Hotel and Residences in the Nisantasi neighborhood of Istanbul is what they call a “design hotel.”  Very chic and modern, it offers superlative comforts and amenities provided to an upscale clientele. Total luxury is the best way to describe this hotel.  Café Sofa is where you’ll find gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  Pamper yourself in their Spa and Wellness center.  Good shopping, cafés and entertainment are nearby in this excellently situated design hotel.

5)  The Ciragan Palace Kempinski 

The Ciragan Palace Kempinski – fit for royalty as it once served as a palace for the Sultans.   Situated on the Bosphorus surrounded by very lovely gardens, it offers magnificent views of the Bosphorus and the Asian part of Istanbul.  It is truly an award winning hotel.  Most rooms and suites come with balconies and magnificent views of the Bosphorus.  It has two bars, the Çırağan Bar and Le Fumoir. Succulent and delicious dining for the most discerning of guests is available from the four restaurants:  the Gazebo Lounge, the Laledan Restaurant, the Tugra Restaurant & Lounge and the Bosphorus Grill.  The Ciragan Palace offers Spa services and wellness plans.  Don’t miss one of the most amazing massages you’ll ever have, delivered by expert hands.

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The Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, one of the best, if not the best hotel in Istanbul.

6)  The Four Seasons Sultanamet

Four Seasons Sultanamet – this luxury hotel in Istanbul is located right in the center of everything at Tevkifhane caddesi No. 1 in the Sultanahmet-Eminönü district of Istanbul . Most of the historical sites are close by and easily accessible by foot. Wonderful spa, marvelous dining, breathtaking views and professional and discreet services are yours.

7)  Hotel Les Ottomans

Also situated on the shores of the Bosphorus at Kuruçeşme Mh., Muallim Naci Cd No:68 is Hotel Les Ottomans.  The Hotel Les Ottomans was once a seaside mansion.  Since it’s opening, it has played host to a variety of celebrities.  Hotel Les Ottomans has ten exclusive, individually designed suites with garden or sea views.  For pampering and wellness, there is the Caudalie Vinothérapie® Spa.  Delectable five star dining is available at the terrace restaurant Rıhtım and A’La Carte Restaurant. A pool and snack bar is also available. A yacht is available for charter.

8) The Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency – this world renowned classic hotel provides exquisite service, luxury suites, award winning restaurants and the Spa for all your beauty and relaxation needs.  It’s reputation precedes it.

9)  The Bebek Hotel

You’ll need to rent a car, hire a driver or take a taxi to the majority of the historical sites in central Istanbul but the charms of the Bebek Hotel are worth it.  Located in the Bebek neighborhood of Istanbul, right at the water’s edge with plenty of restaurants, cafés to entertain you.  It offers spectacular views of the waterway, magnificent sunrises and sunsets with a view to the Asian side of the city.  This small luxury hotel offers 18 comfortable suites, a restaurant and bar you may be able to catch some musical entertainment.  Request a room on the Bosphorus side of the hotel and you’ll enjoy the scenery from the balcony.

10) The Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

Known as the “pearl of Istanbul,” the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah is located in the center of Istanbul in Beyoğlu at Meşrutiyet Caddesi No: 52, 34430 Tepebaşı.  This historical hotel was built in 1892 and later renovated in 2006.  The Pera Palace was the hotel, in days gone by, where the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo and Agatha Christie, all guests on the famous Orient Express once stayed. The Pera Palace shines with 19th Century elegance.  Most of the 115 hotel rooms and 16 suites come with balconies. Other amenities of the hotel include the Kubelli Tea Lounge, the spa and Turkish Haman, indoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

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