Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
This exquisite, 5-starred Swissotel grants magnificent views over the historic Bosphorus while also sitting adjacent to the historic gardens of the Dolmabahçe Palace. The intramural scenery is no less impressive, with rooms adorned with the sophisticated and meticulous décor of Khuan Chew, 8 elegant restaurants and bars serving world cuisine, and holistic treatments provided at the award-winning Pürovel Spa & Sport. On a hot summer day, have a complimentary smoothie shot and enjoy the panorama at the appealing outdoor pool. When the weather is not the most inviting, the cosy and lodge-style Chalet with its lovely fireplace and Alpine flavours is a heart-warming option.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul
Even though this Shangri-La hotel is located on the European side of Istanbul, the brand’s characteristic Asian roots are ubiquitous. With the Bosphorus at your doorstep, treat yourself to the most sweeping views from your own private terrace at either the Barbarous Suite or Shangri-La Suite. Do not lose sight of this beloved waterway while enjoying the creative combination of international flavours served at the IST TOO restaurant but do take your eyes away from it to savour a fine selection of teas and pastries at the classy Lobby Lounge.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
This former Ottoman Palace converted into a contemporary palace is worthy of the most sophisticated, quality-seeking clientele. Delicious Mediterranean, Italian and Turkish cuisine are served at the waterfront Aqua Restaurant while in The Club guests can enjoy light meals by the pool such as fresh grilled fish, Turkish street food, and homemade ice cream. Magnificent views over the Asian border are best appreciated from the opulent rooms in the Palace building. The fitness centre and tranquillizing spa with a steam room/hamman, sauna, saloon and several invigorating or relaxing massages and treatments hit all the right notes.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Multi-awarded Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is a renovated 19th-century Ottoman Palace of the utmost prestige, attainable to all. The dedication to excellence and striking location by the Bosphorus and convenient location – between atmospheric Besiktas and attractive Ortakoy – are some of this luxury hotel’s strengths, as is the heated outdoor infinity pool (open all-year-round), manicured gardens and top-notch facilities. Each room has a balcony with either garden or sea view and is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, classic or historical décor, and complimentary soft drinks in the mini-bar. Book a memorable tour around Istanbul with the Palace’s concierge, and upon return, indulge yourself in an oasis of tranquillity at the Luxury Spa.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Encapsulating the very essence of Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul at the Bosphorus is another feat by this luxury hotel chain. In the room, enwrapped in a terry cloth bathrobe, enjoy the panoramic views over the Bosphorus while sipping a Nespresso and reading the complimentary newspaper. In the Spa, embark on a relaxing journey with your better half at the hamman’s couple suite, modelled after the Turkish baths of Roxelana (the slave consort of the sultan Suleiman). For dinner, delight on the imaginative and fresh flavours of Atelier Real Food, and later on, bust a move at the glowing Bleu Lounge.