Fodor's Expert Review Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

Hayrettin İskelesi Sok. 1, Istanbul, Istanbul, 34353, Turkey

Offering all the opulence and sophistication expected of this world-class brand, the Shangri-La Bosphorus overlooks the water, with a glittering lobby that features a two-story crystal chandelier, richly colored marble flooring, and gold-rimmed furniture. The well-appointed rooms are more understated, with muted colors, simple Chinese brushwork art, and furniture in black lacquer and off-white marble; bathrooms are wonderfully luxurious. Higher-category rooms have views of the water, while others face the city or a Parisian-looking interior atrium. Other highlights are the attractive indoor pool; the brand's signature CHI, The Spa; the Cantonese-style Shang Palace restaurant; and a lobby lounge offering tea service.

PROS

  • plush, spacious rooms
  • extraordinarily attentive service
  • next to ferry dock

CONS

  • overlooks Bosphorus but no open-air spaces or waterfront access for guests
  • location next to prime minister's offices can mean heavy security presence
  • box-style hotel architecture feels rather insular

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, New, Views
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-275–8888

HOTEL DETAILS

169 rooms, 17 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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